Charlotte Ross (born January 21, 1968) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Eve Donovan on the NBC Daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives from 1987 to 1991, and as Det. Connie McDowell on the ABC police procedural drama series NYPD Blue from 2001 to 2004.
Ross at the Heroes and Villains convention in August 2016
|Born||January 21, 1968|
Winnetka, Illinois, U.S.
(m. 2003; div. 2008)
Ross was born and raised in Winnetka, Illinois on January 21, 1968. Her parents are Debbie Ross Kullby, who is retired and living in Colorado; and Peter Ross (died 2009), a financial advisor. She has one younger brother, George, a hedge-fund analyst. "When we were little I used to beat him up," she recalls with a laugh, "but now we're close." Her first on-screen performance was in My First Mouthpiece; when she was eight years old. She moved on to performing in various hometown theater productions.
After graduating from New Trier High School, Ross moved to Los Angeles, which her father opposed. She tried out for the role of Kelly Bundy on Married... with Children, but was the producers' second choice behind Christina Applegate to whom she lost the role, before being cast as Eve Donovan on Days of Our Lives. Four years later, Ross co-starred with Katey Sagal in the movie Violation of Trust (aka She Says She's Innocent). The year after that, she guested on Married... with Children as one of Bud Bundy's sexier classmates.
Ross's run on Days of Our Lives lasted from 1987 to 1991, earning her two Emmy nominations. Her other television credits include the musical drama series The Heights (where she sang on the Billboard Number One hit "How Do You Talk to an Angel"), The 5 Mrs. Buchanans, Drexell's Class, Pauly, Law & Order, Trinity, Beggars and Choosers, Frasier, Savage Land, Jake in Progress, Fall Into Darkness, and A Kiss So Deadly (which reunited her with Days co-star Charles Shaughnessy). She also co-starred in the Lifetime original films Montana Sky and Christmas in Paradise (both 2007). She earned a Gold record in 1992 for her work as a singer on the soundtrack album to The Heights.
Ross is also known for her role as Connie McDowell in the ABC police procedural drama series NYPD Blue from 2001 to 2004. On February 25, 2003, Ross appeared in an NYPD Blue episode entitled "Nude Awakening", which featured shots of her buttocks as she prepared to step into the shower. As a result, the FCC fined each of the 52 ABC stations with a $27,500 fine for broadcasting "indecent material" between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. However, on January 4, 2011, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously revoked the fine, stating that the FCC's enforcement of its indecency rules was "unconstitutionally vague and chilling." ABC, Inc., et al. v. Federal Communications Commission, No. 08-0841-ag(L) (2nd Cir.).
In 2006, Ross joined Billy Blanks to co-host a series of Tae-Bo infomercials. In 2011, Ross appeared as Candy in Summit's 3D film Drive Angry, alongside Nicolas Cage and Amber Heard. From 2009 to 2012, Ross began a recurring role on the Fox comedy-drama series Glee as Judy Fabray, the mother of Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron). She appeared in 4 episodes. In 2013, Ross began starring in the VH1 sports drama series Hit the Floor. In 2014, Ross passed on an offer to return to Days of Our Lives as Eve Donovan, and her role was recast with Kassie DePaiva because she was too busy with other acting projects. Along with this news, Ross made a guest appearance on the ABC musical drama series Nashville. Later that year she was cast as Felicity Smoak's mother in The CW superhero series, Arrow.
On October 18, 2003, Ross married Michael Goldman and gave birth to one child, a son name Maxwell Ross Goldman (whose name combines Charlotte's and her mother's maiden names). She and Michael Goldman separated in 2008 but "remain best of friends in raising our son." She resides in Los Angeles.
|1986||Touch and Go||Courtney's Girlfriend|
|1994||Foreign Student||Elizabeth 'Sue Ann' Baldridge|
|Love and a .45||Mary Ann|
|1998||Looking for Lola||Debbie|
|Street Kings 2: Motor City||Beth Kingston||Direct-to-video|
|The Umpire||Billie Satriano||Short film|
|2014||Rita Mahtoubian is Not a Terrorist||Lana||Short film|
|1987–1991||Days of Our Lives||Eve Baron Donovan||Series regular; role from July 16, 1987 to July 12, 1991|
Nominated – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (1990–1991)
|1991||She Says She's Innocent||Justine Essex||Television film|
|Reasonable Doubts||Meredith Little||Episode: "Dicky's Got the Blues"|
|1992||Empty Nest||Antoinette||Episode: "Sayonara"|
|Drexell's Class||Janet||Episode: "The Resentments"|
|Married... with Children||Darlene||Episode: "Teacher Pets"|
|The Heights||Hope Linden||Series regular; 13 episodes|
|1994||Birdland||Ronnie||Episode: "Crazy for You"|
|1994–1995||The 5 Mrs. Buchanans||Bree Buchanan||Series regular; 17 episodes|
|1995–1996||Murder One||Stephanie Lambert||Episodes: "Chapter Eight", "Chapter Seventeen"|
|1996||ER||Angel||Episode: "The Right Thing"|
|Minor Adjustments||Amy||Episode: "Baba-Doo-Wang"|
|A Kiss So Deadly||Amanda Blake||Television film|
|Fall into Darkness||Ann Price||Television film|
|1997||Pauly||Dawn Delaney||Series regular; 7 episodes|
|1998||A Will of their Own||Susan Peterson||TV miniseries|
|1998||Trinity||Fiona McCallister||Series regular; 10 episodes|
|NYPD Blue||Laurie Richardson||Episodes: "The One That Got Away" and "I Don't Wanna Dye"|
|1999||Kidnapped in Paradise||Megan Emerson||Television film|
|1999–2001||Beggars and Choosers||Lori Volpone||Series regular; 42 episodes|
|2001||Frasier||Monica||Episode: "Sliding Frasiers"|
|2001–2004||NYPD Blue||Det. Connie McDowell||Series regular; 70 episodes|
|2006||Jake in Progress||Annie||3 episodes|
|2007||Law & Order||Judith Barlow||Episode: "Talking Points"|
|Montana Sky||Tess Mercy||Television film|
|Christmas in Paradise||Dana Marino||Television film|
|2008||Ring of Death||Mary Wyatt||Television film|
|2009||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Sabrina Owen||Episode: "If I Had a Hammer..."|
|2009–2012||Glee||Judy Fabray||4 episodes|
|2013||Hit the Floor||Olivia Vincent||Series regular (Season 1)|
|2014||Nashville||Ruth Bennett||Episode: "Guilty Street"|
|2014–2017||Arrow||Donna Smoak||Recurring role (Seasons 3–4 & 6)|
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