Kathleen Noone

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Kathleen Noone
Kathleen Noone in All My Children (1977)
Kathleen O'Meara

(1945-01-08) January 8, 1945 (age 78)
Years active1965–present
Bill Noone
(m. 1967; div. 1976)
Websitewww.kathleennoone.com Edit this at Wikidata

Kathleen Noone (née O'Meara; January 8, 1945)[1] is an American actress. She began her career as a singer in nightclubs and performed in musicals off-Broadway before making her television debut in the CBS daytime soap opera, As the World Turns (1975–1976).

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 as Bette Katzenkazrahi on NBC's Sunset Beach (1997–1999), for which she received another Daytime Emmy Award nomination. She has had recurring roles on L.A. Law, Party of Five, According to Jim, and Dexter.

Early life and education[edit]

Noone was born in Hillsdale, New Jersey to a professional baseball player father.[2] She graduated from University of Miami and Southern Methodist University,[3] 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.[4]



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).[5] 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.[3]


After leaving All My Children, Noone, in her early 40s, moved from New York to Los Angeles for a 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.[5] She played the role from 1990 until the show was ended in 1993. Noone's character became an antagonist 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.[3]

During the 1990s, Noone appeared in a number of television series, movies, and specials. She guest-starred in an episode of the NBC sitcom Frasier, playing the role of Aunt Patrice in 1993. That same year she was a guest judge at Miss Teen USA 1993 held in Biloxi, Mississippi. She had recurring roles on L.A. Law and Party of Five, and guest starred on Ned and Stacey, Beverly Hills, 90210, and Ellen.[6] She had a supporting role in the 1996 comedy film Citizen Ruth starring Laura Dern and Swoosie Kurtz.

In 1997, Noone returned to daytime television playing gossip columnist Bette Katzenkazrahi on the NBC series Sunset Beach, produced by Aaron Spelling.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] In 1999, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.[10]


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.[10] 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.[11] Noone also is a member of the Playwrights Kitchen Ensemble at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Noone was married to Bill Noone for nine years beginning in 1967. The couple divorced in 1976 but Noone kept her married name as her professional name.


Year Title Role Notes
1975–1976 As the World Turns Margaret Porter Series regular
1977-1989,1995 All My Children Ellen Shepherd Dalton Series regular
1988 Kate & Allie Phyllis Kincaid Episode: "Mr. Nightingale"
1989 Quantum Leap Sadie Cotter Episode: "So Help Me God - July 29, 1957"
1990 Empty Nest Cookie Episode: "Harry's Choice"
1990 Hunter Mrs. Julia Linder Episode: "Mrs. Julia Linder"
1990–1993 Knots Landing Claudia Whittaker Series regular, 67 episodes
1993 Frasier Aunt Patrice Episode: "Here's Looking at You"
1993 A Song for You Mrs. O'Brien
1993–1994 L.A. Law Fran Hendrickson Recurring role, 4 episodes
1994 Love & War Mrs. Carlisle Episode: "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue"
1995 Ned and Stacey Patrice Nolan Episode: "Portrait of a Marriage"
1995–1999 Party of Five Ellie Bennett Recurring role, 6 episodes
1996 Serpent's Lair Betty
1996 Citizen Ruth Pat
1996 Beverly Hills, 90210 Ruth Keats Episode: "Leap of Faith"
1996 The Faculty Mary Driscoll Episode: "Parents' Night"
1996 Hearts Adrift Grace Deerfield
1996 What Love Sees Sarah Treadway
1996 Kirk Marylee Waters Episodes: "Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave: Part 1" and "Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave: Part 2"
1997 Skeletons Sadie
1996–1998 Ellen Ferne Kovak Episodes: "Kiss My Bum"" and "Vows"
1997–1999 Sunset Beach Bette Katzenkazrahi Series regular
1999 Cold Feet Stella Lombardi Episodes: "An Affair to Dismember" and "I've Got a Crush on You, Frigidaire"
1999 Diagnosis Murder Jesse’s Mom Episode: "The Mouth That Roared"
2001 Any Day Now Muriel Maples Episode: "Blinded by the White"
2001–2005 According to Jim Maggie Recurring role, 5 episodes
2002 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Francesca Flaum Episode: "Sabrina and the Kiss"
2002–2008 Passions Edna Wallace Series regular (2003-2004), recurring (2002–03, 2004–08)
2006 Supernatural Mrs. Robinson Episode: "Route 666"
2006 The War at Home Aunt Shelley Episode: "Looney Tunes"
2006 The Unit Kathryn Episode: "Eating the Young"
2007 Safe Harbour Louis Anderson
2008 You Don't Mess with the Zohan Second Woman in Cab
2008 General Hospital: Night Shift Patricia Julian Episode: "Brothers & Sisters"
2010 United States of Tara Mimi Episodes: "You Becoming You" and "To Have and to Hold"
2010 Dexter Maura Bennett Recurring role, 3 episodes
2011 About Fifty Peggy
2014 Faking It Nana Episode: "Burnt Toast"
2017 A Neighbor's Deception Abagail

Awards and nominations[edit]


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  4. ^ "Passions - Soaps.com". 4 June 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  5. ^ a b Deborah Wilker (February 14, 1991). "Kathleen Noone Landed On Her Feet". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  6. ^ "Kathleen Noone". Hollywood.com. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  7. ^ Ostrow, Joanne (January 13, 1997). "Amply fleshed "Sunset Beach' guns for young viewers". The Denver Post. (MediaNews Group). Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "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. Archived from the original on October 17, 2016. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  10. ^ a b "Kathleen Noone Playing Edna Wallace on Passions". Soaps.com. Archived from the original on January 8, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  11. ^ "About Fifty". Rotten Tomatoes. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Kathleen Noone". IMDb.

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