Kathleen Noone

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Kathleen Noone
Kathleen Noone and Mark LaMura.jpg
Noone and Mark LaMura in All My Children (1977)
Born (1945-01-08) January 8, 1945 (age 71)
Hillsdale, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1965–present
Spouse(s) Bill Noone (May 1967 - 1976) (divorced)
Website www.kathleennoone.com

Kathleen Noone (born January 8, 1945) is an American actress. Her acting mentor is the late Ruth Warrick. She began her career as a singer in nightclubs and performed in musicals in off-Broadway stage, while simultaneously studying, before making her television debut in the CBS daytime soap opera, As the World Turns (1975–76).

From 1977 to 1989, Noone played Ellen Shepherd Dalton on the ABC daytime soap opera, All My Children. For this role, she won Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1987. In 1990, Noone moved to prime time, starring as villainous Claudia Whittaker in the CBS series, Knots Landing (1990–1993). She returned to daytime television with starring role as Bette Katzenkazrahi on the NBC's Sunset Beach (1997–1999), for which she received another Daytime Emmy Award nomination. She also has had the recurring roles on L.A. Law, Party of Five, According to Jim, and Dexter.

Life and career[edit]

Noone was born in Hillsdale, New Jersey to a professional baseball player father.[1] She graduated from University of Miami and Southern Methodist University,[2] and the following years performed on off-Broadway stage. She co-founded member of the Scott Repertory Theatre, the Globe Theatre in Texas, and the Colonnaides Theatre in New York City, where she co-produced and developed plays with Michael Lessac.[3]


Noone has made her screen debut playing Margaret Porter in the CBS daytime soap opera As the World Turns from 1975 to 1976. In 1977, she was cast as recently divorced Ellen Shepherd on the ABC daytime soap opera, All My Children, a role she played from 1977 to 1989. Her character was counter to the naughty Erica Kane (Susan Lucci).[4] In 1987, she won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series after nomination in 1980 in same category. She also received three Soap Opera Digest Awards nominations.[2]


Noone in Sunset Beach

After leaving All My Children, Noone, in her early 40s, moved from New York to Los Angeles for career in Hollywood. After guest starring roles on Quantum Leap and Empty Nest, in 1990 Noone, was asked to play the new character of Claudia Whittaker, elder sister of Greg Sumner (William Devane) in the CBS primetime drama Knots Landing.[4] She played the role from 1990 until the show was ended in 1993. Noone's character became main antagonistIn for the last three seasons after Donna Mills's leaving in 1989. In 1992, Noone received Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Actress: Prime Time for her performance as Claudia.[2]

During 1990s, Noone has appeared in a number of television series and movies. She guest-starred in an episode of NBC sitcom Frasier, playing the role of Aunt Patrice in 1993. She had the recurring roles on L.A. Law and Party of Five, and well as guest starred on Ned and Stacey, Beverly Hills, 90210, and Ellen.[5] She had supporting role in the 1996 comedy film Citizen Ruth starring Laura Dern and Swoosie Kurtz.

In 1997, Noone returned to daytime television playing the role of Gossip Columnist Bette Katzenkazrahi on the new NBC series Sunset Beach, produced by Aaron Spelling.[6] The series aired only three years, Noone signed a new contract with the serial in August 1999, she also incorrectly predicted that Sunset Beach would not be axed by NBC.[7] In 1998 and 1999, for her portrayal of Bette, Noone was nominated in the category of "Female Scene Stealer" at the Soap Opera Digest Awards.[8] In 1999, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.[9]


Noone has had guest starring roles on Any Day Now, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Supernatural, and The Unit. From 2001 to 2005, she had the recurring role of Courtney Thorne-Smith's mother in the ABC sitcom According to Jim. From 2002 to 2008, she also played the role of Edna Wallace on the NBC soap opera, Passions.[9] She joined the show in June 2002 and, after her storyline dried up, the actress was bumped to recurring status in 2005, but she continued making recurring appearances on the show until its end in August 2008.

In 2010, Noone had the recurring role in the Showtime drama series, Dexter playing Maura Bennett. She also appeared in two episodes on Showtime comedy-drama United States of Tara in 2010. She also has appeared in the 2011 independent comedy film About Fifty starring Wendie Malick.[10] Noone also is a member of the Playwrights Kitchen Ensemble at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Song for You, AA Song for You Mrs. O'Brien
1995 Serpent's Lair Betty
1996 Citizen Ruth Nurse Pat
2007 Safe Harbour Louis Anderson Video
2011 About Fifty Peggy


Year Title Role Notes
1975-76 As the World Turns Margaret Porter TV series
1977-89 All My Children Ellen Shepherd Dalton Role
1988 Kate & Allie Phyllis Kincaid "Inside Park Avenue"
1989 Quantum Leap Sadie Cotter "So Help Me God"
1990 Empty Nest Cookie "Harry's Choice"
1990 Hunter Mrs. Julia Linder "Unacceptable Loss"
1990-93 Knots Landing Claudia Whittaker Main role
1993 Frasier Aunt Patrice "Here's Looking at You"
1994 Love & War Mrs. Carlisle "Slaughter on 10th Avenue"
1993-94 L.A. Law Fran Hendrickson Recurring role
1995 Ned and Stacey Patrice Nolan "Portrait of a Marriage"
1995 All My Children Ellen Shepherd Dalton 2 episodes
1995-99 Party of Five Ellie Bennett Recurring role
1996 Beverly Hills, 90210 Ruth Keats "Leap of Faith"
1996 Faculty, TheThe Faculty Mary Driscoll "Parents' Night"
1996 Hearts Adrift Grace Deerfield TV film
1996 What Love Sees Sarah Treadway TV film
1996 Kirk Marylee Waters "Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave: Parts 1 & 2"
1996-98 Ellen Ferne Kovak "Kiss My Bum", "Vows"
1997 Skeletons Sadie TV film
1997-99 Sunset Beach Bette Katzenkazrahi Main role
1998 Sunset Beach: Shockwave Bette Katzenkazrahi TV film
1999 Cold Feet Stella Lombardi "An Affair to Remember", "I've Got a Crush on You, Fridigidaire"
2001 Days of Our Lives Dame Kay Witty 1 episode
2001 Any Day Now Muriel Maples "Blinded by the White"
2001-05 According to Jim Maggie Recurring role
2002 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Francesca Flaum "Sabrina and the Kiss"
2002 Dharma & Greg Kathy Kincaid "She's with the Band"
2004-08 Passions Edna Wallace Regular role
2006 Supernatural Mrs. Robinson "Route 666"
2006 War at Home, TheThe War at Home Aunt Shelley "Looney Tunes"
2006 Unit, TheThe Unit Kathryn "Eating the Young"
2008 General Hospital: Night Shift Patricia Julian "Brothers & Sisters"
2010 United States of Tara Mimi "You Becoming You", "To Have and to Hold"
2010 Dexter Maura Bennett "My Bad", "Hello, Bandit", "The Big One"
2014 Faking It Nana "Burnt Toast"

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ She began her career as a singer in nightclubs and performed in musicals while simultaneously studying.Kathleen Noone Biography ((?)-)
  2. ^ a b c "Noone, Kathleen 1945–". Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Passions - Soaps.com". Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Deborah Wilker (February 14, 1991). "Kathleen Noone Landed On Her Feet". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Kathleen Noone". Hollywood.com. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  6. ^ Ostrow, Joanne (January 13, 1997). "Amply fleshed "Sunset Beach' guns for young viewers". The Denver Post. (MediaNews Group). Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  7. ^ Stone, Sally (August 29, 1999). "Mike's a little worried about Ali's confession on 'Days'". Portsmouth Daily Times. (Heartland Publications). Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Daytime Television's Brightest Stars Selected; Nominations for 15th Soap Opera Digest Awards Announced; Fans Can Vote for Their Favorites.". PR Newswire. (UBM plc). November 13, 1998. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Kathleen Noone Playing Edna Wallace on Passions". Soaps.com. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ "About Fifty". 11 November 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  11. ^ Biography for Kathleen Noone

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