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Jessica Hecht (born June 28, 1965) is an American actress and singer, known for her role as Gretchen Schwartz on Breaking Bad and for her numerous Broadway appearances and other TV roles.

Jessica Hecht
Born (1965-06-28) June 28, 1965 (age 54)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1994–present
Adam Bernstein (m. 1995)


Early life and educationEdit

Hecht was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the daughter of Lenore, a psychotherapist, and Richard Hecht, a physicist.[1] 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.[2] She was also a featured cast member in the Jonathan Silverman sitcom The Single Guy.[3][4] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.

Personal lifeEdit

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;[7][8] she has stated that she is "Reconstructionist Jewish and ... fairly spiritual".[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Joe's Rotten World Annie
1998 Anarchy TV Natalie
1999 Jump Carol
2004 Saving Face Randi
2004 Sideways Victoria
2004 The Forgotten Eliot
2005 At Last Laura
2006 Rabbits Wife Short
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
2009 Reunion Beth
2009 Whatever Works Helena
2010 Helena from the Wedding Lynn
2010 Fair Game Sue
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 Le Refuge Gemma Short
2014 The Sisterhood of Night Sue Parris
2015 Anesthesia Jill
2018 Write When You Get Work Ellen Hazard
2019 The Sunlit Night Mirela


Year Title Role Notes
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 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Miss Kreutzer "Uncivilized"
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 High Maintenance Laurie "Ghost"
2018 Blindspot Dr. Margaret Palmer "Fix My Present Havoc"
2019 Special Karen Hayes Main cast

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Terror T.R.A.X.: Track of the Vampire Wendolyn


Year Venue Title Role
1990 East 13th Street Theatre/Classic Stage Company Theatre Othello Biana
1997 Playwrights Horizons Plunge Val Nyquist
Helen Hayes Theatre The Last Night of Ballyhoo Lala Levy
1998 The Public Theater Stop Kiss Callie
1999 Playwrights Horizons Lobster Alice Alice Horowitz
2002 Vineyard Theater The Fourth Sister Wiera
2003 New York Theatre Workshop Flesh and Blood [10] Susan
2004 American Airlines Theater After the Fall Louise
2006 Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater The House in Town Amy Hammer
2005 Belasco Theater Julius Caesar Portia, Ensemble
2007 Laura Pels Theater Howard Katz Jess
2009 Nederlander Theater Brighton Beach Memoirs Blanche Morton
2010 Cort Theater A View From the Bridge Beatrice
2011 East 13th Street Theatre/Classic Stage Company Theatre Three Sisters Olga Prozorov
2012 Studio 54 Harvey Veta Louise Simmons
2013 Samuel J. Friedman Theatre The Assembled Parties Julie Bascov
2014 Playwrights Horizons Stage Kiss She
Delacorte Theater King Lear Reagan
2015 Broadway Theater Fiddler on the Roof Golde
2017 American Airlines Theater The Price Esther Franz
2018 Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater Admissions Sherri Rosen-Mason


  1. ^ "Jessica Hecht Biography (1965-)". Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  2. ^ (May 21, 2010). Jessica Hecht Buys Flat in Landmark Building, The New York Times
  3. ^ Kolson, Ann (September 28, 1997). Up & Coming: Jessica Hecht; Working All the Time Is Her Idea of Fun, The New York Times
  4. ^ Keveney, Bill (February 1, 1996). Jessica Hecht's Got Double Vision, Star-News
  5. ^ Isherwood, Charles (June 14, 2012). "Hope Is a Thing With Long, Fuzzy Ears: 'Harvey,' With Jim Parsons, at Studio 54". The New York Times.
  6. ^ (August 19, 2011). Jessica Hecht to Guest Star on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, Broadway World
  7. ^ Michael Elkin (January 14, 2010). "'Bridge' Works". Jewish Exponent. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  8. ^ Curt Schleier (April 16, 2013). "Jessica Hecht Talks Broadway vs. Hollywood – The Assimilator –". Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  9. ^ "Jessica Hecht on Broadway's 'The Assembled Parties' – Speakeasy – WSJ". April 17, 2013. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  10. ^ "Flesh and Blood". New York Theatre Workshop. Retrieved May 9, 2018.

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