Lake Orion, Michigan, USA
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Titus, The Drew Carey Show, Lost
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Cynthia Michele Watros (born September 2, 1968) is an American television actress, who also starred in films and on stage. She is best known for her roles as Libby on the ABC TV series Lost, Kellie in The Drew Carey Show, Erin in Titus, and Annie Dutton in Guiding Light. She was born in Lake Orion, Michigan. Graduating from Lake Orion High School, Watros attended Macomb Community College. She transferred to Boston University and graduated with a BFA, and like many, headed to New York City to seek fame. She was cast as Agnes Gooch in a Broadway musical theatre production of Auntie Mame. She also appeared as one of the Pigeon Sisters in The Odd Couple with Llama Productions.
Watros initially became known for her role as Annie Dutton on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light from 1994 to 1998. Her character, a nurse, began as a heroine, but she gained notice and critical acclaim when her character`s rivalry with Reva Shayne (played by Kim Zimmer) led her to become a scheming villainess. In 1998, Watros won a Daytime Emmy Award as "Outstanding Lead Actress" for her role on Guiding Light. In 1998, Watros briefly filled in for Jensen Buchanan as Victoria Hudson McKinnon on Another World while Buchanan was on maternity leave. She appeared as Erin Fitzpatrick from Santa Maria California on Titus from 2000 to 2002. After Titus was canceled, she took on the role of Kellie Newmark on The Drew Carey Show. From 2005 to 2006, she was a cast member on the hit ABC series Lost. She played psychologist Libby.
Watros overcame a serious disease as a teenager; she was diagnosed with Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, an autoimmune disease of the blood. It required several years of chemotherapy and a splenectomy. In an interview in the Season 3 DVD of Titus, she stated that she had lost her hair and gained over 100 pounds as a result of this disease. Watros has had a complicated history with Guiding Light co-star Kim Zimmer. Zimmer and Watros met and became friends when they co-starred in an off-Broadway show, Four Dogs and a Bone by John Patrick Shanley. Although there is no long-standing rivalry, working in close quarters apparently caused a serious rift between them when they both appeared on Guiding Light. In particular, a physical altercation between the two actors was captured on tape during filming of a Guiding Light episode. Watros is married to Curtis Gilliland and has twin daughters, Emma Rose Marie and Sadie Anna Marie (born July 14, 2001).
Watros and her Lost co-star Michelle Rodriguez were each arrested on the morning of December 1, 2005 in Kailua, Hawaii, where Lost is filmed. Police said both women failed field sobriety tests and were released on $500 bail each. Five months later, both characters in the show were killed in an episode called "Two For The Road", leading some critics to speculate that it was punishment for their arrests. Rodriguez and the producers have denied this, saying it was to be so from the start.
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Macomb Community College, Boston University
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Cynthia Michele Watros
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Cynthia Michele Watros (born September 2, 1968) is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Libby Smith on the ABC TV series Lost, Kellie in The Drew Carey Show, Erin in Titus, and Annie Dutton in Guiding Light. Since July 8, 2014, Watros has starred in the series Finding Carter. She was born in Lake Orion, Michigan.
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Cynthia Watros is married to Curtis Gilliland, they have been married for 19 years (since 1996).
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