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Patricia Wettig (born December 4, 1951) is an American actress and playwright. She is perhaps best known for her role as Nancy Krieger Weston in the ABC television drama thirtysomething (1987–91) for which she received three Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.[1]

Patricia Wettig
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Wettig at the 41st Emmy Awards in September 1989
Born (1951-12-04) December 4, 1951 (age 66)
Milford, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actress, playwright
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Ken Olin (m. 1982)
Children Clifford Olin
Roxy Olin

Other notable works include the portrayal of Vice President Caroline Reynolds in the Fox serial drama Prison Break (2005–07), and playing Holly Harper in the ABC television drama Brothers & Sisters (2006–11). She is also known for her roles in the comedy films City Slickers (1991), City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994), and the science fiction miniseries The Langoliers (1995).

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Early lifeEdit

Wettig was born in Milford, Ohio, to Florence (née Morlock) and Clifford Neal Wettig, a high school basketball coach. She has three sisters: Pam, Phyllis, and Peggy. She was raised in Grove City, Pennsylvania and graduated in 1970.[2] She attended Ohio Wesleyan University and graduated from Temple University in 1975. She returned to her studies later in life and received a Master of Fine Arts in playwriting from Smith College in 2001.[3] F2M, a play she authored, was performed in 2011 as part of the New York Stage and Film and Vassar College's 2011 Powerhouse Theater season.[4][5]

CareerEdit

Although Wettig has acted in a number of films (including City Slickers, Guilty by Suspicion, and The Langoliers), she is best known for her work on television. She received critical acclaim (and a number of awards) for her role as Nancy Weston on ABC's thirtysomething. Her portrayal of Nancy's cancer struggle attracted considerable acclaim and attention.[6][7] She also portrayed Joanne McFadden on the television program St. Elsewhere. In addition, Wettig appeared in a number of popular television programs during the 1980s and 1990s including L.A. Law, Frasier, Hill Street Blues, and Remington Steele.[3]

Wettig starred in the ABC comedy-drama series Brothers & Sisters, which debuted in September 2006, where she portrays the Walker family patriarch's mistress, Holly Harper. Her character was the co-CEO at Ojai Foods with Sarah Walker, the daughter of William Walker. She left the show mid-season during Season 5 after her character Holly Harper followed her daughter to New York along with her fiance David played by real life husband Ken Olin.[8] This season sees the whole Harper family absent from the show. Wettig also had the recurring role of CIA psychotherapist Dr. Judy Barnett on Alias (husband Olin was a producer and director on the series). Before joining Brothers & Sisters, she played the fictional Vice President Caroline Reynolds on the 2005 Fox television drama, Prison Break. She turned down Fox's offer of becoming a series regular on Prison Break in order to pursue Brothers & Sisters. In 2007 ABC and FOX agreed that Wettig could briefly reprise her role as Caroline Reynolds, providing off-camera voice-overs and appearing in a scene with Wentworth Miller.[9]

 
Patricia Wettig and Ken Olin on the red carpet at the 41st Annual Emmy Awards

In 2012, Wettig joined the national tour for Larry Kramer's production, The Normal Heart.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Wettig is married to actor and producer Ken Olin; they have two children, Clifford Olin (b. 1983) and Roxanne "Roxy" Olin (b. 1985).[1] Roxy Olin was a principal cast member of the MTV series The City, and also had a regular role on the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters.[citation needed]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Guilty by Suspicion Dorothy Nolan
1991 City Slickers Barbara Robbins
1993 Me and Veronica Veronica
1994 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Barbara Robbins
1997 Bongwater Mom
1998 Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 Mrs. Lusk
1999 Nightmare in Big Sky Country Judge

Television filmsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Parole Maureen
1988 Police Story: Cop Killer Dede Mandell
1991 Silent Motive Laura Bardell
1992 Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story Nancy Ziegenmeyer
1994 Parallel Lives Rebecca Ferguson Stone
1995 Nothing But the Truth Jill Ross
1995 Kansas Virginia 'Giny' Mae Farley
2005 Lackawanna Blues Laura's Mother
2010 The 19th Wife BeckyLyn

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Remington Steele Barbara Frick Episode: "Blood Is Thicker Than Steele"
1985 Hill Street Blues Mrs. Florio Episode: "The Life and Time of Dominic Florio Jr."
1986 Stingray Annie Murray Episode: "Below the Line"
1986–87 St. Elsewhere Joanne 6 episodes
1987 L.A. Law Carolyn Glasband Episode: "Beef Jerky"
1987–91 thirtysomething Nancy Krieger Weston 64 episodes
1995 The Langoliers Laurel Stevenson 2 episodes
1995 Courthouse Judge Justine Parkes 11 episodes
1997 Frasier Stephanie Episode: "To Kill a Talking Bird"
1998–99 L.A. Doctors Eleanor Riggs-Cattan 8 episodes
2002 Breaking News Alison Dunne 5 episodes
2002 Boomtown Nora Jean Flannery Episode: "Reelin' in the Years"
2002–04 Alias Dr. Judy Barnett 11 episodes
2005–07 Prison Break Caroline Reynolds 13 episodes
2006–11 Brothers & Sisters Holly Harper 85 episodes
2014 Identity[11] Liana Grant Unsold TV pilot

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
1988 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series thirtysomething Won
1990 Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Won
1990 Q Award Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series Nominated
1991 Golden Globes Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Won
1991 Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Won
1991 Q Award Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Patricia Wettig biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  2. ^ "GHC417.html". Wettig.org. Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  3. ^ a b "Patricia Wettig- Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  4. ^ Wettig, Patricia. F2M. Dramatist Playservice. 2012. ISBN 9780822226338
  5. ^ Hetrick, Adam. “Patricia Wettig's F2M, With Keira Keeley, Ken Olin, Begins Powerhouse Run June 29”. Playbill. 29 June 2011 [1]
  6. ^ TELEVISION; Life, Loss, Death And 'Thirtysomething' New York Times. 10 February 1991
  7. ^ Nancy Lives Entertainment Weekly. 22 February 1991
  8. ^ "Patricia Wettig Leaves Brothers & Sisters". TV Fanatic. 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  9. ^ Brothers & Sisters' Patricia Wettig Plots a Prison Break TV Guide. 26 January 2007
  10. ^ Patricia Wettig, Michael Berresse Will Join Patrick Breen, Luke MacFarlane, Christopher J. Hanke In Normal Heart Tour Archived 2012-09-03 at the Wayback Machine. Playbill. 4 May 2012
  11. ^ Nikara Johns @NikaraJohns (2014-03-20). "Patricia Wettig Joins CW's 'Identity' Pilot". Variety. Retrieved 2014-06-03. 

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