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Michele Greene at the 1990 Emmy Awards
February 13, 1962|
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|Occupation||Actress, singer, songwriter, author|
Brahms Yaiche (m. 1997–1998)
Michele Dominguez Greene (born February 13, 1962, in Las Vegas, Nevada) is an American actress, singer/songwriter and author. She is perhaps best known for her role as attorney Abigail "Abby" Perkins on the TV series L.A. Law from 1986 to 1991 (and reprised the role in the 2002 TV reunion film L.A. Law: The Movie).
Greene was born in Las Vegas, Nevada to an Irish American father, Roland, and a Mexican/Nicaraguan mother, Dorita, who was an accomplished singer and dancer. She attended Fairfax High School in Los Angeles where she picked up a taste for acting after enrolling in a high-school drama class; she had chosen the class to help her overcome her extreme shyness. She then attended University of Southern California, where she auditioned for and was accepted to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, entering on a scholarship and beginning her formal training as an actor. During her college years she began working in television, appearing in numerous guest shots and television movies.
Shortly after graduation, she landed the role of Judy Nuckles in the short-lived Steven Bochco series Bay City Blues (1983). When that was cancelled, Bochco kept her in mind and offered her the role of Abby Perkins on L.A. Law in 1986. The show was a critical and commercial success, winning multiple Emmys and garnering Greene a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category in 1989. Together with Amanda Donohoe her character participated in what was reported to be U.S. primetime television's first lesbian kiss in 1991. Greene appeared on L.A. Law for five seasons, leaving in 1991 to pursue her musical career and stretch her acting challenges.
After leaving L.A. Law, Greene had acting roles in a number of popular television series including Bones, CSI, CSI: Miami, Cold Case, Crossing Jordan, Diagnosis: Murder, JAG, Judging Amy, Nip/Tuck, The Outer Limits, Six Feet Under, Stargate SG-1 and The Unit. Greene also appeared in an episode of Brothers and Sisters on ABC-TV in March 2009 as a fictional Governor of California. She had a recurring role on HBO's Big Love as a TV reporter.
|1981||The Dark End of the Street||Marlene|
|1988||Going to the Chapel||Margo|
|1994||The Unborn II||Catherine Moore|
|1994||Stranger by Night||Lisa||Video (as Michelle Green)|
|1996||Daddy's Girl||Barbara Mitchell|
|1997||Her Married Lover||Brenda Slagel|
|1997||Stranger in the House||Joanna Winters|
|2001||A Family Affair||Reggie Abravanel|
|2002||Determination of Death||Katie Williams|
|2003||A Woman Hunted||Gloria Parker|
|2005||The Legend of Lucy Keyes||Sheila Travers|
|1979||Laverne & Shirley||Vicki||Episode: "Bad Girls"|
|1980–81||Eight is enough||Jill||5 episodes|
|1981||The Miracle of Kathy Miller||Sherrie||Movie|
|1982||Desperate Lives||Julie Jordan||Movie|
|1982||The Dukes of Hazzard||Bobby Lee Jordan||Episode: "Coy meets Girl" (5.4)|
|1983||For Love and Honor||Joy||Episode: "For Love and Honor" (pilot) (1.1)|
|1983||ABC Afterschool Specials||Andrea Cranston||Episode: "Andrea's Story: A Hitchhiking Tragedy" (12.4)|
|1983||Bay City Blues||Judy Nuckles||8 episodes|
|1984||Highway to Heaven||Sara Higgins||Episode: "Song of the Wild West" (1.5)|
|1985||Simon & Simon||Lisa Brơoks||Episode: "Mummy Talks" (4.20)|
|1985||The Best Times||Stacey Emery||Episode: " The Narc" (1.3)|
|1986||American Playhouse||Kevin's Friend (as Michelle Greene)||Episode: "The Little Sister" (5.9)|
|1986||Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun||Sister Margaret||Movie|
|1987||Matlock||Laura Gordon||Episode: "The Billionaire" (2.1)|
|1989||The Pat Sajak Show||Herself||Episode: (1.6)|
|1990||In the Best Interest of the Child||Nora||Movie|
|1990||Nightmare on the 13th Floor||Elaine Kalisher||Movie|
|1990||Cop Rock||Abby Perkins||Episode: "Potts Don't Fail Me Now" (1.8) (uncredited)|
|1990||To My Daughter||Julie Carlston||Movie|
|1986–91||L.A. Law||Abby Perkins||Seasons 1–5|
|1991||Posing: Inspired by Three Real Stories originally known as "I Posed for Playboy"||Janet Janeway||Movie|
|1992||Jack's Place||Suzanne||Episode: "Everything Old Is New Again" (1.4)|
|1993||Silent Victim||Bonnie Jackson||Movie|
|1993||Moment of Truth: A Child Too Many||Patty Nowakowski||Movie|
|1993||Picket Fences||Patty Henley||Episode: "Duty Free Rome" (2.2)|
|1994||Heart of a Child||Karen Schouten||Movie|
|1994||How the West Was Fun||Laura Forester||Movie|
|1996||She Woke Up Pregnant||Connie Loftis||Movie|
|1997||Badge of Betrayal||Annie Walker||Movie|
|1997||The Outer Limits||Joan Garrison||Episode: "The Awakening" (3.10)|
|1997||Lost Treasure of Dos Santos||Willa||Movie|
|1999||Twice in a Lifetime||Jenny Parnell / Dr. Karen Lantz||Episode: "The Gift of Life" (1.14)|
|2000||Stargate SG-1||Laira||Episode: "A Hundred Days" (3.17)|
|2000||Entertainment Tonight Presents: L.A. Law - Secrets of the Firm||Herself||Special|
|2000||Wild Grizzly||Rachel Harding||Movie|
|Diagnosis Murder||Rachel Wơdrall
Carrie Langford Adams
|"Must Kill TV" (5.9)|
"Sins of the Father" Parts 1 & 2 (8.12, 13)
|2001||The Perfect Wife||Felicia Laurel||Movie|
|2001||Lightning: Fire from the Sky||Barbara Dobbs||Movie|
|2002||JAG||Lt. Col. Sara Coffey||Episode: "Head to Toe" (7.15)|
|2002||NBC 75th Anniversary Special||Herself|
|2002||Weakest Link||Herself||"L.A. Law Edition" (game)|
|2002||L.A. Law: The Movie||Abby Perkins||Reunion|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Jan Branson||Episode: " Blood Lust" (3.9)|
|2002||TV's Most Censored Moments||Herself||Special|
|2003||Miracles||Travis's Aunt||Episode: "The Bone Scatterer" (1.5)|
|2003||Killer Flood: The Day the Dam Broke||Natalie Powell||Movie|
|2003||Strong Medicine||Pam Sherr||Episode: "Rash Decisions" (4.4)|
|2004||Judging Amy||Beth Benfield||Episode: "Christenings" (5.11)|
|2004||Crossing Jordan||Pam Oakley||Episode: "Missing Pieces" (3.7)|
|2004||Threat Matrix||Anne Colt||Episode: "19 Seconds" (1.15)|
|2005||Six Feet Under||Dr. Fraker||Episode: "Ecotone" (5.9)|
|2005||Nip/Tuck||Illana Manning||Episode: "Hannah Tedesco" (3.9)|
|2006||The Unit||Cynthia Burdett||4 episodes|
|2007||McBride: Dogged||Judy Murray||Movie|
|2007||Cold Case||Tessie Bartram '07||Episode: "Justice" (5.10)|
|2008||Bones||Amanda O'Rourke||Episode: "The Man in the Outhouse" (4.2)|
|2009||Brothers & Sisters||Governor Eve Kern||Episode: "Troubled Waters" Part 1 (3.16)|
|2009||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Sue Schiff||Episode: "The Gone Dead Train" (9.22)|
|2009||Brothers & Sisters||Governor Eve Kern||Episode: "Breaking the News" (4.2)|
|2009||Three Rivers||Judge Glynn||Episode: "A Roll of the Dice" (1.10) (as Michelle Greene)|
|2010||Big Love||Reporter Sheila Jackson White||3 episodes|
|2011||The Defenders||Judge Glynn||Episode: "Nevada v. Donnie the Numbers Guy" (1.13)|
|2011||CSI: Miami||Connie Faber||Episode: "A Few Dead Men" (10.9)|
|2002||Ojo De Tiburon||Appleseed Recordings|
|2003||Seeds: The Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol.3||Appleseed Recordings||The song "From Way Up Here"|
|2003||Spanish In My Heart: Songs of the Spanish Civil War||Appleseed Recordings||The songs, "En la Plaza de Mi Pueblo" and "Tu Que Brillas"|
|2006||Luna Roja||Appleseed Recordings|
|2006||Chasing the Jaguar||Rayo HarperCollins||Hardcover / Paperback|
|2010||Keep Sweet||Simon & Schuster||Paperback|
|1989||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series||L.A. Law||Nominated|
- Joanne Kaufman and Michael Alexander, "With Her New Look, Her New Home and a Bright Future, Michele Greene Is L.A. Law's Mouse That Soared" Archived January 13, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., People, April 4, 1988.
- "Michele Greene", at Emmys.com (accessed 2014-01-13).
- "Greene ends 5-year stint on 'L.A. Law'", Chicago Sun-Times, June 22, 1991 – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
- Virginia Rohan, "Life After L.A. Law", The Record, April 25, 1996 – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
- Sandra Barrera, "U Ought to Know; New Appeal; Greene Leads a Musical Life After 'L.A. Law'", Los Angeles Daily News, October 6, 2002.
- "Greene, Michele 1962- (Michele Dominguez Greene)", Contemporary Authors, January 1, 2007 – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
- Review of Keep Sweet, Publishers Weekly, February 15, 2010.
- Lauren Beale, "Actress-author Michele Greene sells Hollywood Dell home", Los Angeles Times, November 10, 2011.
- Patricia Brennan, "Greene breaks 'L.A. Law' routine with 'Daughter'", Chicago Sun-Times, November 26, 1990 – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).