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Jillian Armenante (born July 5, 1968) is an American television and film actress, known for playing the role of Donna Kozlowski on the TV show Judging Amy.

Jillian Armenante
Born (1968-07-05) July 5, 1968 (age 51)
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Alice Dodd

Life and careerEdit

Armenante was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and grew up in Wyckoff, New Jersey.[1]

Her feature-film credits include Vice, Hail, Caesar!, Bad Teacher, A Mighty Heart, North Country and Girl, Interrupted. On television, Armenante has made guest appearances on several shows including Fresh Off the Boat,The Mayor,Shameless, Medium, Party Down, Castle, The Closer, Private Practice, Grey's Anatomy, Las Vegas, ER, Six Feet Under, The West Wing, and Northern Exposure.

With Alice Dodd, her wife,[2] Armenante co-produced, co-directed and co-wrote Laura Comstock's Bag-Punching Dog and In Flagrante Gothicto at the Circle X Theatre Company. Laura Comstock's Bag-Punching Dog won the Theatre L.A. Ovation Award for "Best New Musical" and "Best Musical Production".

In Flagrante Gothicto received:

In Flagrante Gothicto was produced at The Empty Space Theatre in Seattle in their 2003 season.

Armenante directed the world premiere of Great Men Of Science, Nos. 21 & 22. The show received a Theatre L.A. Ovation Award for "Best Production in a 99 seat theatre", and The L.A. Weekly Award for Best Production. She also produced The Texarkansas Waltz at Circle X Theatre.

Regionally, she has acted at the Empty Space Theatre in the title role of The Salvation Of Iggy Scrooge; at the Group Theatre in Marisol; at New City Theatre in Stript and 3 Americanisms.

She played "Melony" in a stage version of The Cider House Rules which was performed at The Atlantic Theater in New York City, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, and at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. For this role she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award, received a Garland Award and a Theatre World Award for "Debut on the New York Stage". The show also received a Theatre L.A. Ovation Award for "Best Production in a Larger Theatre".

In Seattle, she was a member of Annex Theatre for eight years, where she appeared in The Fatty Arbuckle Spookhouse Review, Bessemer's Spectacles, Tattoo Girl, and Hamlet The Musical. At Annex, she directed Triplets In Uniform, Exquisite Torture, and Running From Boomerangs. She was the Associate Artistic Director for Alice B. Theatre where she produced Pretty, Witty and Gay and Memory Tricks by Marga Gomez at the Broadway Performance Hall.

Personal lifeEdit

Armenante is married to actress Alice Dodd. The couple have two daughters: Hazel Georgia Dodd Armenante (born 2004) and Heloise Margaret Armenante Dodd (born 2008).



Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Wright Brothers Col. Kovacevich
1999 Delivered Danielle
1999 Girl, Interrupted Cynthia Crowley
2003 Frankie and Johnny Are Married Cynthia
2005 North Country Peg
2007 A Mighty Heart Maureen Platt
2007 The Gray Man Delia Budd
2008 Prairie Fever Lettie Video
2009 Shrink Karen
2010 Not Your Time Debbie Short
2011 Bad Teacher Ms. Pavicic
2013 Trust Me Sandy
2014 TSA America: Yeah, But Is It Ticking? Officer Shears Short
2014 Mr Maple Leaf Cousin Zelda Short
2016 Hail, Caesar! Script Girl
2018 Vice Karen Hughes
2019 The Untold Story Patty Completed
2019 Stuck Officer Wheeler Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Northern Exposure Olympias "Baby Blues"
1997 Cracker Ina Gardener, RN "Hell Hath No Fury"
1999 The West Wing Leela "Five Votes Down"
1999–05 Judging Amy Donna Kozlowski Main role; 101 episodes
2004–05 Strong Medicine Francine "Frankie" Biancavilla "The Real World Rittenhouse", "Family Practice"
2005 Unscripted Director "1.6"
2005 Six Feet Under Shirley "Hold My Hand"
2005 ER Tamara Gordon "All About Christmas Eve"
2006 Grey's Anatomy Mindy Carlson "It's the End of the World", "As We Know It"
2006 Smith Nash "Two", "Three"
2007 Las Vegas Beth Lipshitz "Run, Cooper, Run!"
2008 Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show Bonny Bonnom "Surprise Party"
2008 The Closer Norma Patterson "Cherry Bomb"
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Rita "Allison from Palmdale", "Brothers of Nablus"
2008 Untitled Victoria Pile Project Det. Grace Dillon Unsold TV pilot
2009 Private Practice Arlene Perkins "Contamination"
2009 Numb3rs Claire Wells "First Law"
2009 Castle Susan Mailer "Ghosts"
2009 Hawthorne Cheryl Brooks "Pilot", "Healing Time", "The Sense of Belonging"
2009 Dollhouse Grace "The Public Eye"
2010 Party Down Mona "Not on Your Wife Opening Night"
2011 Medium Veronica Tate "Labor Pains"
2011 Shameless Abby Ruggiero "Aunt Ginger"
2011 Memphis Beat Dolores Toscano "Flesh and Blood"
2011 In Plain Sight Dr. Perez "A Womb with a View"
2011 The Guild Lizette "Downturn", "Grande Finale"
2011 Desperate Housewives Rachel "School of Hard Knocks", "The Art of Making Art"
2012 Scandal Moira O'Donnell "White Hats Off"
2013 Arrested Development Armstrong "Off the Hook"
2013 New Girl Eileen "The Box"
2015 Kittens in a Cage Barbara Regular role
2015 Better Call Saul Paula "RICO"
2015 The Fosters Shaz "Daughters"
2015 Dropping the Soap Melanie Regular role
2015–2017 Fresh Off the Boat Nancy Recurring role; 17 episodes
2017 The Mayor Kitty "Pilot", "City Hall-oween"
2017 Hank'n Barry Lindsay TV film, post-production

Other workEdit

Year Title Notes
2016 Kittens in a Cage Executive producer, director, writer
2016 The List Producer, director
2016 Hank'n Barry Executive producer, collaborating director, co-writer, editor
2017 Stuck Executive producer, director


  1. ^ Rohan, Virginia. "Comic Actress Makes a Lot Out of Little Parts", The Record (Bergen County), August 21, 2001. Accessed December 24, 2013. "Nowadays, she lives in Los Angeles, and on TV she calls Hartford home. But on this summer morning, Jillian Armenante is in Wyckoff, her real hometown, sipping a grande coffee at Starbucks."
  2. ^ Chiang, Harriet; Gordon, Rachel, "+THE WEDDINGS GO ON /DAY IN COURT: Judges refuse immediate halt to same-sex marriages",

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