Actor/Actress, Producer, Soundtrack
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Jill Eikenberry has a long list of theater, film and television credits. She is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Ann Kelsey on NBC’s long-running hit series "LA Law", which earned Jill four Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations and a Golden Globe Award. She reprised her role on "L.A. Law - The Movie" on NBC. After Barnard College in New York and Yale Drama School in New Haven, Jill began an extensive theater career on and off Broadway, starring in Michael Weller’s "Moonchildren"; "The Beggars Opera;" "All Over Town" directed by Dustin Hoffman; "Save Grand Central" by famed cartoonist, William Hamilton"; Summer Brave" with Alexis Smith; Wendy Wasserstein’s "Uncommon Women and Others, " in which she also appeared opposite Meryl Streep in the PBS-TV version; Tennessee Williams’ "The Eccentricities of a Nightingale," "Watch on the Rhine," and the Broadway musical, "Onward Victoria". For her performances in Lanford Wilson’s "Lemon Sky" and Richard Greenberg’s "Life Under Water" she was recognized with an Obie Award. She was most recently seen Off-Broadway in Manhattan Theater Club’s production of "A Picasso." She appeared regionally at Yale Rep, The Arena Stage In Washington, D.C., The Long Wharf Theater in New Haven and The Marin Theater Company. She performed in "The Vagina Monologues" at The Circle in the Square in San Francisco and The Napa Valley Opera House and numerous productions around the country of "Love Letters" by A.R. Gurney, with her husband, Michael Tucker.
She made her feature film debut in 1976 in "Between the Lines" opposite John Heard, Jeff Goldblum and Lindsay Crouse. She then appeared in "Rich Kids," with John Lithgow; "An Unmarried Woman", "On Hope", directed by Jobeth Williams; "A Night Full of Rain" directed by Lina Wertmuller; "Butch and Sundance: The Early Days," MGM’s "Hide in Plain Sight," opposite James Caan, "Arthur," in which she played Dudley Moore’s jilted fiance, and again opposite John Lithgow in "The Manhattan Project". Most recently, she appeared in the independent feature, "Manna From Heaven" and two films that will be released this year, "A Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing" and "The Best Day of his Life".
On television - in addition to "LA Law", Jill starred in the PBS series, "The Best of Families" as well as numerous TV Movies: "Swansong," with David Soul; "Orphan Train"; the CBS mini-series "Kane and Abel"; "Family Sins"; "The Deadliest Season"; "A Stoning in Fulham County"; "My Boyfriend’s Back"; "Cast the First Stone"; "Rugged Gold"; "Dare to Love"; "Sessions"; "Without Consent"; "Family Sins"; the four-hour ABC mini-series "An Inconvenient Woman" with Jason Robards; "Roughing It" with James Garner; "Living a Lie," with Peter Coyote, "My Very Best Friend" starring opposite Jaclyn Smith, Showtime’s "Chantilly Lace," and its sequel "Parallel Lives." She has guest-starred on television series such as "Strong Medicine", "Tracy Takes On" and "Judging Amy".
Jill has appeared opposite her husband, Michael Tucker on stage in A.R. Gurney’s "Love Letters," on television in "Hill Street Blues," "A Family Again," "Assault and Matrimony," "A Town Torn Apart", "Gone in a Heartbeat", and "Archie’s Wife," which also featured their daughter, Alison. Jill co-produced a one-hour documentary for NBC entitled "Destined to Live," which dealt with the emotional aspects of breast cancer, from diagnosis to recovery. Jill battled the disease in 1986 and was aware of the importance of letting other women know that they were not alone and could recover and lead full and normal lives. Jill and Michael tell their story with humor and hope. Jill says, "Our experience with breast cancer forced us to face the fact that we are going to die one day. The question became, ‘how do we want to live?’" "Destined to Live" was honored with a Humanitas Award.
The "Tuckerberrys" have now created a show of their own entitled, "Life is a Duet" in which they tell the story of their 35 year relationship with the help of 12 songs and clips from TV and film. They have been performing throughout the country.
Jill and Michael have recently produced a documentary film entitled "Emile Norman - By His Own Design", about an 88 year old sculptor in Big Sur California, which has appeared on KQED in San Francisco and will appear nationally on PBS this coming year.
Jill Susan Eikenberry (born January 21, 1947) is an American film, stage, and television actress. She is known for her role as lawyer Ann Kelsey on the NBC drama L.A. Law (1986–94), for which she is a five-time Emmy Award and four-time Golden Globe Award nominee, winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series in 1989. She received an Obie Award in 1986 for the Off-Broadway plays Lemon Sky and Life Under Water, and was nominated for a 2011 Drama Desk Award for the Off-Broadway musical The Kid. Her film appearances include Hide in Plain Sight (1980), Arthur (1981) and The Manhattan Project (1986).
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Jill Susan Eikenberry
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Actress, Producer, Voice Artist
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Date of Birth 21 January 1947, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Birth Name Jill Susan Eikenberry
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)
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The couple who plays together stays together. While this old and familiar adage probably would not work for a number of the happily married, high-profiled Hollywood star couples still thriving around town, it certainly has done wonders for one of Hollywood's more popular pairs -- actress Jill Eikenberry and her actor/husband, Michael Tucker. Broaching on a four-decade union, the couple has enjoyed a highly productive personal, as well as professional, pairing. Balancing strong solo careers as well, they have appeared together in all three mediums at one time or another, and one of their more recent projects was a cabaret act aptly titled, "Life Is a Duet", which came alive in 2007.
Born in New Haven, Connecticut on January 21, 1947, Jill was raised in Madison, Wisconsin, before moving to Missouri. She began her college studies taking up anthropology at Barnard College in New York. In her second year, however, she auditioned for and was accepted into the Yale School of Drama in New Haven, Connecticut.
She met Tucker while the two of them were performing at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.. Appearing in "The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail" (1970), they were later cast in the play, "Moonchildren" (1971), which eventually took them to Broadway in 1972. Jill and Michael married the following year and decided to settle in New York City. Together, they have a son, Max Tucker, a sometime actor, and Jill has a stepdaughter, actress Alison Tucker, from Michael's first marriage.
Throughout the early-to-mid 1970s, Jill focused on the theater, building up a strong reputation, with roles in "The Beggar's Opera" (1972), "Lotta" (1973), "All Over Town" (1974) (her Broadway debut), "Summer Brave" (1975) and "Saints" (1976). Films began to come her way, with Rush It (1978) (her debut) and Between the Lines (1977). In 1978, she and Michael earned small roles in both Lina Wertmüller's A Night Full of Rain (1978) [also "The End of the World in Our Usual Bed in a Night full of Rain"] and in the social drama, An Unmarried Woman (1978), starring Oscar nominee Jill Clayburgh. Jill finished the decade with sterling theater performances as "Alma Winemiller" in the play, "Eccentricities of a Nightingale", and in Wendy Wasserstein's "Uncommon Women and Others", which was taped for the small screen. The entire cast got to recreate their roles except for Glenn Close, who was replaced by Meryl Streep, for the TV presentation of Great Performances: Uncommon Women... and Others (1979). Jill also began to gain some ground on the largeer screen, with roles in Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979), Rich Kids (1979) and Hide in Plain Sight (1980). Making a formidable dent in TV-movies as well, she appeared in the PBS mini-series, The Best of Families (1977), and the TV-movies, The Deadliest Season (1977), Orphan Train (1979), and Swan Song (1980).
A gentle, effortless sweet nature befits the lovely Jill but it also can belie some of the stronger-willed, resourceful, even neurotic character that have played figuratively into her versatile career. This was never displayed better on film than with her breakthrough role as dipsomaniac Dudley Moore's ever-patient but extremely passive-aggressive fiancée, "Susan", in the classic comedy film, Arthur (1981). This success helped put her on the map in Hollywood.
Following a 1985 off-Broadway Obie Award win for her work in both "Lemon Sky" and "Life Under Water", she and husband Michael were cast in the acclaimed TV law series, L.A. Law (1986). Produced by Steven Bochco, who had remembered them after using the duo in two episodes of his established series, Hill Street Blues (1981), the couple not only enjoyed the steady employment but the richness in the writing of the show. While both went on to receive multiple Emmy nominations, neither won. Jill did pick up, however, a Golden Globe statuette for her excellent work on the series. The taller blonde (5'8") and her shorter husband (5'5") soon became instantly identifiable as a TV couple. Art imitated life, as well, when their characters, lawyer "Ann Kelsey" and tax specialist "Stuart Markowitz", wound up marrying on the series.
Just before the beginning of the run of the law series, Jill was diagnosed with breast cancer. The cancer eventually went into remission but, as a result of her ordeal, she became committed to her new cause and co-produced a 1989 documentary for NBC called "Destined to Live", which featured interviews with other cancer survivors, including former actress Nancy Reagan [aka Nancy Reagan]. To this day, Jill remains an ardent activist for breast cancer research and early detection. Her efforts have been recognized with awards and commendations and both she and Michael have been official spokespersons for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She has since been inducted into the Cancer Survivors' Hall of Fame.
Jill and Michael went on to parlay their TV success into acting projects for themselves, creating a number of mini-movies as vehicles, including the social/domestic comedies, Assault and Matrimony (1987) and The Secret Life of Archie's Wife (1990) and the more dramatic A Town Torn Apart (1992) and Gone in a Heartbeat (1996). They also appeared together in ABC Afterschool Specials: A Family Again (1988) in 1988 and reunited with their former series' cast members for the TV-movie, L.A. Law: The Movie (2002).
On stage, the couple appeared in productions of "Love Letters", "Emma's Child" (1997) and "The Last Schwartz" (2004). Jill's more recent solo efforts in film have included Manna from Heaven (2002), the short The Happiest Day of His Life (2007) (with Michael), and Suburban Girl (2007).
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Michael Tucker (18 June 1973 - present) (1 child)
Obie for "Lemon Sky"
Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1979" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 31.
Stepdaughter, Alison Tucker (b. 1969), and son, Max Tucker (b. 1982).
Good friend of Henry Winkler. They met at the Yale Drama School as students.
Breast cancer survivor. Cynthia Nixon's mother, Anne Nixon, who was also a breast cancer survivor, was Jill's inspiration to seek the treatment to fight her cancer.
Her brother Ken served as Attorney General for the State of Washington during the mid to late '80s.
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Barnard College, NY, Yale School of Drama, New Haven, CT
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Lava Entertainment (NYC), Bauman, Redanty and Shaul Tim Marshall (NYC)
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