Kathryn Harrold

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Kathryn Harrold
Born (1950-08-02) August 2, 1950 (age 65)
Tazewell, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1975–2011
Spouse(s) Lawrence O'Donnell (m. 1994; divorced; 1 child)

Kathryn Harrold (born August 2, 1950) is an American actress. She is known for her female leading roles in films The Hunter (1980), Modern Romance (1981), The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper (1981), Yes, Giorgio (1982), and Raw Deal. Harrold also had the leading roles in horror films Nightwing (1979) and The Sender (1982).

Early life[edit]

Harrold was born in Tazewell, Virginia to B.H. and Carolyn Harrold. She attended Tazewell High School[1] and Mills College in Oakland, California, majoring in drama.[2]



Harrold was Steve McQueen's leading lady in the screen legend's final film, The Hunter (1980), and Arnold Schwarzenegger's leading lady in the action vehicle Raw Deal (1986). She appeared in Nightwing (1979), The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper (1981), the cult horror film The Sender (1982), and co-starred with Luciano Pavarotti in Yes, Giorgio (1982). Harrold starred in Modern Romance (1981) as the ex-girlfriend of Albert Brooks's character.[3] Harrold also had a supporting role in Into the Night (1985), an action/suspense film directed by John Landis, as Paul Mazursky's character's girlfriend.[4]


Harrold began her television career playing Nola Dancy Aldrich on the NBC daytime soap opera The Doctors from 1975 to 1977. After she left the show, her replacement was Kathleen Turner. In 1980s, she had the leading roles in the short-lived dramas: MacGruder and Loud (1985) produced by Aaron Spelling, and The Bronx Zoo (1987-88) opposite Ed Asner. From 1991 to 1993, she co-starred alongside Regina Taylor and Sam Waterston in the critically acclaimed NBC period drama, I'll Fly Away.[5][6] She later was regular cast member on The Larry Sanders Show, playing Francine Sanders.[6]

During her career, Harrold has appeared in several made for television movies, most notably Bogie (1980), in which she played movie legend Lauren Bacall, reportedly against Bacall's wishes, and the HBO film Dead Solid Perfect (1988) in a leading role, opposite Randy Quaid. She also starred in Man Against the Mob (1988) with George Peppard, aired on NBC as a TV movie. In late 1990s, she had the recurring role in the CBS medical drama, Chicago Hope, and the following years guest starred on The Practice, Judging Amy, CSI: NY, and Desperate Housewives.

Personal life[edit]

On February 14, 1994, Harrold married Lawrence O'Donnell but the marriage did not last; the couple had one child, Elizabeth. Harrold retrained in psychology and now runs her own counseling practice in Los Angeles, California.[7][8]


  1. ^ Leslie, Louise B.; Mullins, Dr. Terry W. (2006). Tazewell. Arcadia Publishing. p. 87. ISBN 9780738543864. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kathryn Harrold profile". New York Times. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Modern Romance (1981)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 12, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Kathryn Harrold". Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "I'll Fly Away - EW.com". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Kathryn Harrold". Hollywood.com. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "The Sharp Shooter : Love him or hate him, Lawrence O'Donnell Jr. is shaking up Washington. His take-no-prisoners style makes him the consummate outsider on the inside". Los Angeles Times. August 12, 1994. 
  8. ^ Kathryn Harrold. "About Me". kathryn-harrold.com. 

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