WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
(Actress) - thirtysomething
Mary Ellen Harris
July 12, 1956, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Claim To Fame:
She is known for roles in several TV series, including thirtysomething (1987-1991), Something So Right (1996-1998) and Stargate SG-1.
Her five marriages (in chronological order) include: David Silbergeld (1978-79), Brian Kilcommons (1980- 82), photographer David Hume Kennerly (1983?88) (with whom she had son Byron in 1984), actor Cotter Smith (1988-96) (with whom she had daughter Madeline in April 1990) and investment banker Michael Toomey (2001-2006).
Harris is best known for playing Hope Murdoch Steadman on the 1980s television series thirtysomething (1987-1991). She has appeared with James Belushi in K-9 (1989) and with Jere Burns on the NBC sitcom Something So Right from 1996 to 1998.
Harris has also appeared on television in a number of programs including The West Wing, Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest, Dawson's Creek, Touched by an Angel and House. She had a recurring role on Stargate SG-1 as Oma Desala, played real-life victim Madge Oberholtzer in the TV mini-series Cross of Fire (1989) and starred in the Scott Turow legal thriller The Burden of Proof in 1992.
Grew up in North Brunswick, New Jersey and graduated from New Brunswick High School in 1974.
As Mel Kennerly, she won quite a bit of money on the TV game show The (New) $25,000 Pyramid (1973) in September of 1985. She introduced herself as a professional dog trainer.
Trains for triathalons.
Mel is how her sister pronounced Mary-Ellen when she was very young, and the nickname stuck.
Named as one of "America's 10 Most Beautiful Women" by Harper's Bazaar in 1989.
Where Are They Now:
Most recently, last year in fact, Harris appeared on the Bravo network series Imposters.
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