Melissa Fitzgerald

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Melissa Fitzgerald
Melissa Fitzgerald, ILO, 2013-crop.jpg
Fitzgerald in 2013
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Actress, Nonprofit Administrator
Spouse(s) Noah Emmerich (m. 1998–2003)

Melissa Fitzgerald is an American actress and Senior Director of the nonprofit organization Justice For Vets. She is best known for portraying Carol Fitzpatrick on The West Wing.

Early life and education[edit]

Fitzgerald graduated from Springside School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and earned a B.A. in Drama and Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Her father is prominent Pennsylvania judge James Fitzgerald; and her mother, Carole, is involved in politics and volunteer work in Philadelphia.


Fitzgerald is the founder of Voices in Harmony, a non-profit community theater in Los Angeles.[citation needed] From 1999 to 2005 she played Carol Fitzpatrick, assistant to C. J. Cregg, on The West Wing.

On January 19, 2007, Nicholas D. Kristof of The New York Times announced that Fitzgerald had won a writing contest he had sponsored on Darfur.[1] On May 17, 2008, Fitzgerald received the Chestnut Hill College Medal; and she was the graduation speaker for the commencement exercises of Chestnut Hill College's class of 2008.[2][3]

In November 2013, Fitzgerald joined Justice For Vets as its Senior Director. The organization advocates for Veterans Treatment Courts.

Personal life[edit]

In 1990, Fitzgerald met actor Noah Emmerich, who acted in The Truman Show, Beautiful Girls, and Miracle. Fitzgerald appears as an extra in The Truman Show and can be seen in the dance scene, where she is one of the other people dancing. They were married November 28, 1998. They divorced in 2003.[citation needed]





  1. ^ Kristof, Nicholas D. "We Have a Winner... 'Your Turn': The Darfur Genocide". 
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  3. ^ "Chestnut Hill College : Commencement 2008". 10 May 2008. Archived from the original on 10 May 2008. 

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