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Jenny O`Hara (born February 24, 1942) is an American actress who is part of a performing family whose influence encompasses regional and New York Theater from Warren, Pennsylvania to Greenwich Village, Broadway, and rock music from England to New York. O`Hara was born in Sonora, California. Her father, John B. O`Hara, was a salesman and her mother, the former Edith Hopkins, was a journalist and drama teacher. Jenny, her singer/actress younger sister Jill O`Hara, and her singer/guitarist brother Jack O`Hara, grew up amid their mother`s pursuit of a theatrical career, leading a gypsy-like existence in half-built houses and other accoutrements of a struggling existence. Edith O`Hara directed a children`s theater in Warren, where the two daughters occasionally participated as actresses during their teens, though neither took it seriously. Jenny O`Hara is married to British-born American actor Nick Ullett (b. March 5, 1941).
O`Hara spent a year at Carnegie Tech and a summer playing in stock theater, and then came to New York to study with Lee Strasberg and Sanford Meisner. In the 1960s she appeared in the dramatic play Dylan opposite Alec Guinness and in the short-lived musical The Fig Leaves Are Falling with Dorothy Loudon. In 1970, O`Hara succeeded her younger sister, Jill (who had been nominated for a Tony Award) in the musical Promises, Promises. By the mid-`70s, Edith O`Hara was running the 13th Street Theatre in Greenwich Village (a major venue for off-off-Broadway and children`s theater), and her brother Jack was in London, playing guitar and bass and singing with the band Eggs Over Easy, pioneering the pub rock scene in England. Meanwhile, Jenny had graduated to television, both in series and made-for-TV features, including starring roles in: Brink`s: The Great Robbery, The Return of the World`s Greatest Detective, Blind Ambition and Blinded by the Light. She later worked in movies such as Career Opportunities, Mystic River, and Matchstick Men, and television series such as Kojak, Charlies Angels as race car driver Bloody Mary, The Facts of Life, My Sister Sam, Law & Order, Beverly Hills, 90210, NYPD Blue, ER, House M.D., Reba, Barney Miller, and The King of Queens, where she plays Doug Heffernan (Kevin James)`s mother, Janet Heffernan. She also played a small role in the film "Extract" starring Jason Bateman and Ben Afleck. O`Hara stars in the upcoming Horror film Devil, which is directed by the brothers Dowdle.
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Jill O'Hara (born August 23, 1947) is an American actress and singer. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical in 1969 for creating the role of Fran Kubelik in Promises, Promises, a role made famous by Shirley Maclaine in the movie the musical is based on, The Apartment (1960).
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