Paula Trickey

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Paula Trickey
Born Paula Sue Trickey
(1966-03-27) March 27, 1966 (age 50)
Amarillo, Texas, United States
Years active 1988-present
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Spouse(s) Rich Thurber (1996-2010) 1 child (divorced)
Children McKenna

Paula Trickey (born March 27, 1966) is an American actress.


Trickey has starred in many TV movies and has also appeared in television series. Trickey's most well-known role was on the USA Network series Pacific Blue as Officer/Sgt. Cory McNamara from 1996-2000. She has made guest appearances on many TV shows, including Beverly Hills, 90210, Renegade, Sliders, Walker, Texas Ranger, and One Tree Hill. She appeared on the third and fourth seasons of The O.C., playing the mother of Harbor School socialite Taylor Townsend.[1]

Trickey was born in Amarillo Texas, the daughter of Virginia Demorest and Harold Trickey.[2] Trickey was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she attended East Central High School. While in high school she appeared in local television commercials and began competing in pageants. In 1985 she was crowned Miss Oklahoma in the All-American Teen Pageant (a Miss USA production) only to lose in the finals to an unknown Halle Berry.

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Following high school Paula moved to Dallas where she studied acting and worked in commercials and local film productions such as "Dallas", and "Dallas the Early Years". Trickey moved to Los Angeles in 1986. She married television producer Richard Thurber in 1996; they have one daughter.[3][4][5]



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