Lisa Pelikan

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Lisa Pelikan
Born (1954-07-12) July 12, 1954 (age 63)
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Years active 1974-present
Spouse(s) Robert Harper
(1981-1984; divorced)
Bruce Davison
(1986-2006; divorced)
Children Ethan Davison (b. 1996)

Lisa Pelikan (born July 12, 1954) is an American stage, film and television actress.

Life and career[edit]

She was born in Berkeley, California, the daughter of Helen L., a psychologist, and Robert G. Pelikan, an international economist. He served as the minister-counselor from the United States at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.[1][2] She attended the Juilliard School with a full scholarship to its drama division.

Pelikan is primarily a stage actor and director, but is also known to film audiences for her film debut as the younger version of Vanessa Redgrave's title character in Julia (1977). She also had the role as the widowed mother Sarah Hargrave in the film sequel Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991).

Pelikan's first regular Television work was as maid Kate Mahaffey on the CBS soap opera Beacon Hill. Other high points in her career include her performances as the lusty Lucy Scanlon in the Television miniseries Studs Lonigan (1979), and the title character of the horror film Jennifer (1978).

She won a Drama-Logue Award for her role in Only a Broken String of Pearls, a one-woman play about Zelda Fitzgerald by Willard Simms. Her stage credits are numerous.

Pelikan was married to actor Robert Harper from 1981 to 1984. They divorced and she married actor Bruce Davison in 1986. They had one son together, Ethan, born in 1996. They divorced in 2006.



Year Title Role Notes
1977 Julia Young Julia
1978 Jennifer Jennifer Baylor
1979 L'Homme en colère Anne
1984 House of God, TheThe House of God Jo Miller
1984 Swing Shift Violet
1985 Ghoulies Rebecca
1990 Lionheart Helene
1991 Return to the Blue Lagoon Sarah Hargrave
1998 Shadow of Doubt Leslie Saxon
2015 Circle Cancer Survivor


Year Title Role Notes
1974 Country Girl, TheThe Country Girl Nancy TV film
1975 Valley Forge Tavis TV film
1976 I Want to Keep My Baby! Miranda TV film
1977 Happy Days Michelle Episode: "The Graduation: Part 1"
1977 Kojak Jennifer Campbell Episode: "Lady in the Squadroom"
1977 Best of Families, TheThe Best of Families Mary Margaret Rafferty TV miniseries
1977 James at 15 Paisley Episodes: "Friends", "The Apple Tree, the Singing and the Gold"
1978 Perfect Gentlemen Annie Cavagnaro TV film
1978 True Grit: A Further Adventure Mattie Ross TV film
1979 Studs Lonigan Lucy Scanlon TV miniseries
1979 Last Convertible, TheThe Last Convertible Rosamond Ardley TV miniseries
1980 Women's Room, TheThe Women's Room Kyla TV film
1981 Best Little Girl in the World, TheThe Best Little Girl in the World Gail Powell TV film
1983 Trapper John, M.D. Rachel Episode: "Life, Death and Vinnie Duncan"
1984 This Is the Life Bonnie Episode: "Reprise for the Lord"
1984 Remington Steele Christy Cordaro Episode: "High Flying Steele"
1985 Bunny's Tale, AA Bunny's Tale Lee TV film
1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Nurse Ellen Hatch Episode: "Night Fever"
1986 Hotel Laura Shafer Episode: "Enemies Within"
1986 Equalizer, TheThe Equalizer Anne Fitzgerald / Diane Snyder Episode: "Counterfire"
1987 Cagney & Lacey Frances Gorelik Episode: "Divine Couriers"
1989 Murder, She Wrote Jill Goddard Episode: "Prediction: Murder"
1991 Sons and Daughters Melanie Episode: "Melanie"
1991 Into the Badlands Sarah Carstairs TV film
1991 In the Heat of the Night (TV series) Jeanette Marshall Episode: "Obsession"
1991 Murder, She Wrote Allison Franklin Episode: "Terminal Connection"
1992 Brooklyn Bridge Bernice Episode: "Rainy Day"
1993 Jack's Place Lizzie Episode: "The Pipes Are Calling"
1997 Color of Justice Betty TV film
2001 Guardian, TheThe Guardian Carol Ritter Episode: "The Men from the Boys"
2001 Off Season Ashley Manson TV film
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Garrison Episode: "Waste"
2002 For the People Amanda Jacobs Episode: "Nascent"
2003 Strong Medicine Babs Darner Episode: "The Hero Heart"
2007 Marlowe Laura Devin TV film
2007 Sacrifices of the Heart Virginia Doyle TV film
2010 10,000 Days Anna Hesse Regular role (12 episodes)
2013 Rake Lorraine Wilson Episode: "1.1"
2014 10,000 Days Anna Hesse Television film


  1. ^ "Lisa Pelikan Biography ((?)-)". 
  2. ^ "Robert Harper Weds Lisa Pelikan, Actress". 31 May 1981 – via 

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