Sherry Hursey

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Sherry Hursey
Born Rutherfordton, North Carolina, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1975–present

Sherry Hursey (born in Rutherfordton, North Carolina)[1] is an American actress. She best known for her recurring role as Ilene Markham on the sitcom Home Improvement and her 1988–1989 stint as Paula Carson on the soap opera Days of Our Lives.

Her other television credits include The Rookies, Happy Days, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Mary Tyler Moore Show , Rhoda, Simon & Simon, Matlock, Step by Step, Major Dad, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, NYPD Blue and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She also appeared in a number of television films and the theatrical films Tom and Huck (1995) and Bring It On (2000), playing the mother of Kirsten Dunst's character.[1] In 1996, she appeared in the television film Lying Eyes.

In 2010, Hursey starred and produced the television pilot Lilly's Light, starring in the titular role.[2] The series was about a Lilly (Hursey) a foster mother living in an enchanted lighthouse raising three foster children. Actors Mindy Sterling and Fred Willard also co-starred.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1978 Almost Summer Lori Ottinger
1982 Avenging, TheThe Avenging Cynthia Justin
1991 By the Sword Tanos
1996 Dead of Night Hillary
1999 California Myth Jill Klein
2000 Bring It On Christine Shipman
???? For the Actor Casting Director Short film, completed


Year Title Role Notes
1975 Rookies, TheThe Rookies Shirley "Reading, Writing and Angel Dust"
1975 Happy Days Winnie McKinnie "The Other Richie Cunningham"
1975 Rhoda Patty Pappas "If You Don't Tell Her, I Will"
1976 Waltons, TheThe Waltons Felicia "The House"
1976 Mary Tyler Moore Show, TheThe Mary Tyler Moore Show Bonnie Slaughter "Mary's Insomnia"
1977 Best Friends Kathy TV film
1977 Six Million Dollar Man, TheThe Six Million Dollar Man Melissa McGrath "Deadly Countdown: Parts 1 & 2"
1978 Family Sherry Wilson "Fear of Shadows"
1978 Paper Chase, TheThe Paper Chase Jennie Todd "Bell's in Love"
1979 Friendly Fire Patricia Mullen TV film
1980 Number 96 Jill Keaton TV series
1980 Knots Landing Trish "Hitchhike: Part 2"
1981 Insight Felicita "God's Guerillas"
1982 Victims Susan Arthur TV film
1982 Tucker's Witch Dawn "Big Mouth"
1982 Member of the Wedding, TheThe Member of the Wedding Janice TV film
1982 High Powder Cathy Brock TV film
1983 Uncommon Valor Nurse Keifer TV film
1984 Emerald Point N.A.S. Cindi Baines "The Assignment", "Secrets"
1984 Riptide Cheryl Watson "Father's Day"
1984 Simon & Simon Marie Blandings "Corpus Delecti"
1985 Simon & Simon Julie Bronson "Have You Hugged Your Private Detective Today?"
1986 Prince of Bel-Air Sandi TV film
1986 Morningstar/Eveningstar Debbie Flynn Regular role
1986 You Are the Jury Jane "The State of Arizona vs. Dr. Evan Blake"
1987 Matlock Diane Benson "The Husband"
1988 She's the Sheriff Lucy "All Alone"
1988 Paradise Jane Parker "Stray Bullet"
1988-1989 Days of Our Lives Paula Carson TV series
1989 Freddy's Nightmares Sheila Rake "Silence Is Golden"
1989 Tour of Duty Kitty Ashton "Green Christmas"
1990 Doctor Doctor Marilyn Challenger "Fetal Attraction"
1990 Going Places Michelle "Married to the Mob"
1991 Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love Etta Crue TV film
1991 Dark Justice Estelle Roberts "The Neutralizing Factor"
1992 Step by Step Luanne Dexter "Daddy's Girl"
1992 Tequila and Bonetti Janice Curtis "A Perfect Match"
1992 Major Dad Liz Harrington "Here's Looking at You, Pol"
1993-1997 Home Improvement Ilene Markham Recurring role
1994 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Louise Chambers "Just One Lullaby"
1994 Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A., TheThe Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. Mattie TV film
1994 Last Chance Detectives: Mystery Lights of Navajo Mesa, TheThe Last Chance Detectives: Mystery Lights of Navajo Mesa Gail Fowler TV film
1995 Bless This House Mrs. Lessner "The Postman Always Moves Twice"
1995 Last Chance Detectives: Legend of the Desert Bigfoot, TheThe Last Chance Detectives: Legend of the Desert Bigfoot Gail Fowler TV film
1996 Lying Eyes Ruth Miller TV film
1996 Last Chance Detectives: Escape from Fire Lake, TheThe Last Chance Detectives: Escape from Fire Lake Gail Fowler TV film
1999 Hit and Run Nancy Grayson TV film
2000 NYPD Blue Sara Lorenz "Little Abner"
2001 Any Day Now Ms. Hubbard "Don't Give Up"
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mrs. Rycoff "Chaos Theory"
2002 Touched by an Angel Debbi "Secrets and Lies"
2003 Judging Amy Joanne Padgett "Sixteen Going on Seventeen"
2003 JAG Mrs. Lindsey "Second Acts"
2005 Nip/Tuck Lynn James "Rhea Reynolds"
2010 Lilly's Light Lilly TV film


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