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June 28, 1965|
Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.
Adam Bernstein (m. 1995)
Early life and education
Hecht was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the daughter of Lenore, a psychotherapist, and Richard Hecht, a physicist. When she was three, Jessica moved with her parents and her sister to Bloomfield, Connecticut. Following the divorce of her parents, her mother remarried when Jessica was twelve and her sister Elizabeth was fourteen. They were brought up by her mother and her step-father Howard Iger, a psychiatrist, who had custody of his children, Andrea, age five, and Russell, age three. In 1987, Hecht graduated from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama.
Hecht has made appearances in television shows such as Lois & Clark, ER, Seinfeld, Once and Again, Law & Order, Breaking Bad, Bored to Death, and The Good Wife; and in movies such as Sideways, Anarchy TV, and Kicking and Screaming. Hecht is known for her recurring role on Friends as Susan Bunch, the wife of Ross Geller's ex-wife, Carol Willick. She was also a featured cast member in the Jonathan Silverman sitcom The Single Guy. Hecht had the supporting role of Amy Burns in the comedy-drama Dan in Real Life (2007), with Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche. She also appeared in Whatever Works (2009) directed by Woody Allen.
Hecht was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress for her role in A View from the Bridge on Broadway with Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber, which wrapped on April 4, 2010. In 2012, she performed on Broadway with Jim Parsons in Harvey. In 2016, Hecht performed the role of Golde in the 2015 Bartlett Sher-directed revival of Fiddler on the Roof at the Broadway Theatre.
She also had a semi-recurring role as Gretchen Schwartz on the popular AMC drama series Breaking Bad and appeared in a guest role on Desperate Housewives in 2011. In the TV drama Person of Interest, she played the role of Elizabeth Bridges in season 4, episodes 6 and 18. In 2015, she appeared in Marvel's Jessica Jones on Netflix. In the Amazon Prime original series Red Oaks, she played widow Rebecca Horowitz, foil to Paul Reiser's Doug Getty.
Hecht has been married to Adam Bernstein, a film director, since 1995. They have two children together, Stella and Carlo Bernstein. Hecht was raised in a "pretty secular" Jewish household; she has stated that she is "Reconstructionist Jewish and ... fairly spiritual".
|1995||Joe's Rotten World||Annie|
|2007||Starting Out in the Evening||Sandra Bennett|
|2007||Dan in Real Life||Amy Burns|
|2008||Quid Pro Quo||Edie|
|2008||Calling It Quits||Cynthia|
|2009||The Winning Season||Stacey|
|2010||Helena from the Wedding||Lynn|
|2010||My Soul to Take||May Hellerman|
|2011||J. Edgar||Emma Goldman|
|2011||The Sitter||Sandy Griffith|
|2012||The Arm||Mrs. Bearmush||Short|
|2012||The Magic of Belle Isle||Karen Loop|
|2012||The Composer||Piccolo Player||Short|
|2012||Good Sister||Helene Shuster||Short|
|2013||Northern Borders||Liz Kittredge|
|2013||Space Cadet||Linda Agnello|
|2013||The English Teacher||Principal Trudie Slocum|
|2014||The Sisterhood of Night||Sue Parris|
|2019||The Sunlit Night||Post-production|
|1994||Seinfeld||Lindsay||"The Couch", "The Gymnast"|
|1994||Party of Five||Amanda||"Something Out of Nothing"|
|1994–2000||Friends||Susan Bunch||Recurring role; 12 episodes|
|1995||The Wayans Bros.||Agent Johnson||"First Class"|
|1995||The Heidi Chronicles||Chloe||TV film|
|1995–96||The Single Guy||Janeane Percy-Parker||Regular role; 22 episodes|
|1996||Harvey||Miss Ruth Kelly||TV film|
|1996||The Christmas Tree||Sister Mary||TV film|
|1996||Intimate Betrayal||Katie||TV film|
|1997||Promised Land||Marie||"Independence Day"|
|1997||Early Edition||Abby||"A Bris Is Just a Bris"|
|1999||Homicide: Life on the Street||Sister Mary Catherine||"Forgive Us Our Trespasses"|
|2001||What About Joan?||Betsy Morgan||Main role; 13 episodes|
|2003||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Meredith Breen||"Undaunted Mettle"|
|2004||Century City||Rose Krell||"A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Lose"|
|2004||The Jury||Mrs. Sheridan||"Three Boys and a Gun"|
|2005||ER||Stephanie Lowenstein||"Man with No Name", "Wake Up"|
|2006||3 lbs||Rebecca Ellis||"Heart Stopping"|
|2008||Eleventh Hour||Mrs. Beatrice Brown||"Cardiac"|
|2008–09; 2013||Breaking Bad||Gretchen Schwartz||Recurring role; 5 episodes|
|2009||Law & Order||Miriam Johnson||"Chattel"|
|2009||Jesse Stone: Thin Ice||Stephanie Morton||TV film|
|2009||U.S. Attorney||Dr. Amy Webber||TV film|
|2010||The Good Wife||Carla Browning||"Infamy"|
|2010||Medium||Judy Bennette||"The Match Game"|
|2010||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Carly Beck||"Cold Blooded"|
|2010||Bored to Death||Dr. Donna Kenwood||"Make It Quick, Fitzgerald!", "The Gowanus Canal Has Gonorrhea!", "The Case of the Grievous Clerical Error!"|
|2011||Nurse Jackie||Mimi||"Enough Rope"|
|2012||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Jillian Webster||"Vanity's Bonfire"|
|2013||Elementary||Patricia Ennis||"The Deductionist"|
|2013–15||Person of Interest||Beth Bridges / Psychiatrist||"The Devil's Share", "Pretenders", "Skip"|
|2014||Manhattan||Miriam Rubins||"The Second Coming"|
|2015||Limitless||Ubient Worker||"Side Effects May Include..."|
|2015||Jessica Jones||Audrey Eastman||"AKA 99 Friends"|
|2016||The Interestings||Lois Jacobson||TV film|
|2016||Falling Water||Miranda||"Don't Tell Bill", "Monsters, Most Familiar"|
|2016–17||Red Oaks||Rebecca Horowitz||Recurring role; 10 episodes|
|2017||Madam Secretary||Julia MacDonald||"Persona Non Grata"|
|2018||Blindspot||Dr. Margaret Palmer||"Fix My Present Havoc"|
|1995||Terror T.R.A.X.: Track of the Vampire||Wendolyn|
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