Sofer in 2014
Rena Sherel Sofer
December 2, 1968
Arcadia, California, U.S.
Wally Kurth (m. 1995–1997)
Sanford Bookstaver (m. 2003)
Rena Sherel Sofer (born December 2, 1968) is an American actress, primarily known for her appearances in daytime television, episodic guest appearances, and made-for-television movies. In 1995, Sofer received a Daytime Emmy Award for her portrayal of Lois Cerullo in the soap opera General Hospital.
Sofer was born in Arcadia, California, the daughter of Susan (née Franzblau), a psychology professor, and Martin Sofer, a Conservative Jewish rabbi. Her family subsequently moved to Pittsburgh, where she was raised after her parents' divorce. Sofer attended the Frisch School, a Jewish high school in Paramus, New Jersey. She lived in North Bergen, New Jersey, where her father was Rabbi of Temple Beth El, and graduated from North Bergen High School before beginning classes at Montclair State College.
Early daytime television
Sofer first played Lois Marie Cerullo on General Hospital. Her first appearance was in 1993 as a band manager.
Sofer's first high-profile role was as Rocky on the daytime soap opera Loving (1988–91). She is perhaps best known for her role as Lois Cerullo on General Hospital (December 15, 1993 – September 24, 1996). She would later return as a guest star (February 7–17, 1997; September 30-October 2, 1997). Her portrayal of the outrageous Lois won Sofer a Daytime Emmy Award in 1995 for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series."
Sofer has appeared in several high-profile prime time television series in a guest star/supporting cast member roles: Seinfeld, Melrose Place, The Chronicle, Ed, Friends, Spin City, Blind Justice, Ghost Whisperer, 24, NCIS, and Two and a Half Men.
Sofer was the subject of controversy in the early 2000s when she briefly joined the cast of the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me!, playing the character Vicky Costa. It was widely reported[by whom?] that NBC executives forced the producers of the series to add Sofer to the cast, due to executives liking Sofer and wanting to showcase the actress in hopes of making her a break-out star for the network. Sofer's addition to Just Shoot Me! was widely panned. With the show being canceled midway through the season, she was quietly written out of the series halfway through the final season. A farewell episode for her character had been produced, but it was not shown during the show's first run. It aired in syndication. The network later cast Sofer in the short-lived US remake of the UK series Coupling.
In recent years, Rena Sofer has appeared in the NBC TV series Heroes as the recurring character Heidi Petrelli, wife of aspiring politician Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar). She appeared on Two and a Half Men in 2008, as a former girlfriend of the character Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen). Rena also has guest starred on Dirty Sexy Money playing an intrepid reporter and played a ghost on Ghost Whisperer. In early 2010, Sofer began a recurring role on NCIS as Attorney Margaret Allison Hart, who is a potential love interest for the character Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon). She had a brief guest role on Bones as a love interest for the character Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz).
She played the P.E. teacher Ms. Desjarden in the television film adaptation of Carrie in 2002.
She also starred as Andrea Larson in the television movie Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style.
Sofer and General Hospital love interest and co-star Wally Kurth became involved as their characters' storyline progressed. In 1995, the actors were married and have a daughter, Rosabel Rosalind Kurth. In 1997, Sofer and Kurth divorced.
|1992||A Stranger Among Us||Shayna|
|1992||Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style||Andrea Larson||TV Movie|
|1996||Hostile Advances: The Kerry Ellison Story||Kerry Ellison||TV Movie|
|1997||The Stepsister||Darcy Canfield Ray||TV Movie|
|1998||Nightmare Street||Penny Randolph|
|2000||Keeping the Faith||Rachel Rose|
|2002||Carrie||Miss Desjarden||TV Movie|
|2006||The Secret of Hidden Lake||Maggie Dolan||TV Movie|
|2009||Always and Forever||Grace Holland||TV Movie|
|2010||The Devil's Teardrop||Joan||TV Movie|
|2011||Another Man's Wife||Hadley Warner||TV Movie|
|1987||Another World||Joyce Abernathy|
|1988-1991||Loving||Amelia McKenzie Domeq|
|1992||Freshman Dorm||Veronica||Episode: "Sex, Truth, and Theatre"|
Episode: "The Last Sonnet"
|1993||Herman's Head||Stephanie||Episode: "When Hermy Met Crawford's Girlfriend"|
|1993-1997||General Hospital||Lois Cerullo|
|1996||Caroline in the City||Risa Glickman||Episode: "Caroline and the Nice Jewish Boy"|
|1997||Seinfeld||Mary Anne||Episode: "The Muffin Tops"|
|1998||Glory, Glory||Elizabeth||TV Pilot|
|1998||Ellen||Jean||Episode: "Womyn Fest"|
|1998||Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place||Lauren Henderson||Episode: "Two Guys, a Girl, and a Recovery"|
|1998||Timecop||Dr. Carrie Ann Trent||Episode: "D.O.A."|
|1998-1999||Melrose Place||Eve Cleary||25 episodes|
|1999||Oh, Grow Up||Suzanne Vandermeer||12 episodes|
|2000||Opposite Sex||Ms. Gibson||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2000||Spin City||Sam||Episode: "Lost and Found"|
|2001||The Weber Show||Dawn Cheswick||Episode: "Dog Eat Dog"|
|2001||Ed||Bonnie Hane||7 episodes|
|2001-2002||The Chronicle||Grace Hall||22 episodes|
|2002||Friends||Katie||Episode: "The One with the Cooking Class"|
|2002-2003||Just Shoot Me!||Vicki Costa||14 episodes|
|2003||CSI: Miami||Alison||Episode: "Grave Young Men"|
|2003||Coupling||Susan Freeman||9 episodes|
|2005||Blind Justice||Christie Dunbar||13 episodes|
|2006-2007||Heroes||Heidi Petrelli||5 episodes|
|2007||24||Marilyn Bauer||12 episodes|
|2008||Ghost Whisperer||Tammy||Episode: "Ball & Chain"|
|2008, 2010||Two and a Half Men||Chrissy||Episode: "Taterhead is Our Love Child"|
Episode: "Gumby with a Pokey"
|2009||Dirty Sexy Money||News Reporter||Episode: "The Facts"|
|2009||Monk||Kim Kelly||Episode: "Mr. Monk's Favorite Show"|
|2009||Criminal Minds||Erika Silverman||Episode: "The Slave of Duty"|
|2010||Bones||Dr. Catherine Bryar||Episode: "The Predator in the Pool"|
|2010||NCIS||Margaret Allison Hart||6 episodes|
|2010||Royal Pains||AJ||Episode: "Open Up Your Yenta Mouth and Say Ah"|
|2010||Medium||Dr. Natalie Salem||Episode: "Native Tongue"|
|2011-2012||Covert Affairs||Geena||Episode: "Bang and Blame"|
Episode: "Letter Never Sent"
Episode: "This is Not America"
|2012||House M.D.||Marlene Reese||Episode: "Man of the House"|
|2012||The Glades||Alexis Cane||Episode: "Old Times"|
|2012||Beauty & the Beast||Sabrina Meyer||Episode: "Bridesmaid Up!"|
|2013||Once Upon a Time||Queen Eva||Episode: "The Queen is Dead"|
|2013–present||The Bold and the Beautiful||Quinn Fuller||Main role|
|2014||Chicago PD||Doctor||Episode: "Chin Check"|
Awards and nominations
|Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||General Hospital||Won|
|Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress||General Hospital||Won|
- Rena Sofer at the Internet Movie Database
- Dickter, Adam. Sofer Sex, The Jewish Week, September 19, 2003.
- "Rena Sofer", Oh, Grow Up, WCHS. Accessed September 22, 2011. "Born in Arcadia, California, Rena moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, following her parents' divorce, and later to North Bergen, New Jersey, where she finished high school."
- Lipton, Michael A. "Heart Condition: For Rena Sofer, Checking into General Hospital Meant Finding a Healing Love with Costar Wally Kurth", People (magazine), October 31, 1994. Accessed September 22, 2011. "Neither parent remarried, and today Sofer maintains close relations with both her father, who presides at Temple Beth El in North Bergen, N.J., and her mother, a professor of developmental psychology at the University of North Carolina in Fayetteville.... She took a drama class during her senior year at North Bergen High School and then, after less than a semester at Montclair State College, took acting lessons in New York."
- Logan, Michael (May 20, 2013). "Exclusive: Rena Sofer Joins The Bold and the Beautiful". TV Guide. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
- Sandell, Scott. "TUNED IN; A New Face, but the Usual 'Shoot'", Los Angeles Times, October 1, 2002. Accessed June 23, 2008.
- Waldman, Allison. "Rena Sofer booked on Two and a Half Men", TV Squad, August 8, 2008. Accessed August 12, 2008.
- Shhh! Rena Sofer Has a Dirty Sexy Little Secret!" TV Guide. November 10, 2008. Retrieved on November 12, 2008.
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- "'Days of Our Lives' Wins Best Soap Opera Award". The Durant Daily Democrat. Associated Press. February 19, 1995. Retrieved February 10, 2013.