- Maura Lynn Tierney
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=INTRODUCTION= Maura Tierney was born on February 3, 1965, in Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Tierney was raised in Hyde Park by her father, Joseph M. Tierney, former Boston City Council President, (died at his Hyde Park home at age 68 after a brief battle with cancer On December 14, 2009) and her mother, Pat, currently a real-estate agent. Maura has two younger siblings, including a sister, Dierdre, for whom she acted as matron of honor when she married in 1998. Contrary to popular belief, Maura Tierney is not related to actress Gene Tierney.
=BREAST CANCER= On July 13, 2009 it was announced that Tierney would have surgery to remove a tumor from her breast. On September 10, 2009, it was announced that she had left the cast of Parenthood due to schedule conflicts with her cancer treatments, and would not be returning to the show.
On January 27, 2010, her publicist revealed that she had finished treatment and was going back to work, signing up to star in a stage play (North Atlantic of the Wooster Group). She's also in the new season of Rescue Me, will be aired in 2011 and ABC's new series THE WHOLE TRUTH (pilot will air on 22 sept. 2010) a legal drama produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. She will play prosecutor Kathryn Peale against the defense's Rob Morrow
=HISTORY= Ms. Tierney went on to attend the Circle in the Square theatre school at New York University, but ended up six credits short of graduation. During this time, she met filmmaker Richard Shepard, with whom she would become close friends with and appear in several of his writing/directing works: The Linguini Incident (her big screen debut), Mercy, Oxygen, and the upcoming Mexico City (with a voice cameo). She also reads his scripts long before they are produced. During her years at NYU, she performed in several plays, including Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Baby With the Bathwater, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Talking With, and Food. For a period of time, Maura lived in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, at one point selling t-shirts door-to-door in college dorms. She eventually relocated to Los Angeles, where she landed an agent. However, success was not yet imminent. The Van Dyke Show, her first foray into series television, was cancelled after only two months, and her first leading film role was in Dead Women in Lingerie, a project that is conspicuously absent from her official resume.
After several smaller film roles and failed pilots like Flying Blind, Norman Lear cast Maura in his All in the Family spin-off 704 Hauser as the feisty Jewish girlfriend of a conservative black student. While the show was neither hailed by audiences or critics, it garnered considerable attention and controversy because of its origin. The series was cancelled after 5 episodes, more than a year after the original pilot was shot, but within the next year, Maura Tierney became a last-minute hire for a pilot titled The Station. The pilot would eventually become the critically acclaimed sitcom NewsRadio, and, coupled with a supporting role in Primal Fear, it succeeded in bringing Ms. Tierney to the attention of the industry and the public alike.
Maura was married to actor Billy Morrissette since February 1, 1993, two days before her 28th birthday, though they have been together since 1988. The couple did not have any children, just a black pug named Rose Kennedy. She filed for divorce 13 years later, citing irreconcilable differences.
The two of them were both hired as co-stars in a sitcom starring Ralph Macchio, but found the whole thing so awful that they were too happy to get fired. (Maura claims that she deserved it, he didn't.) The couple also make cameos in the film The Thin Pink Line, unreleased in North America. Mr. Morrissette's other credits include a regular role on the short-lived FOX network series Danger Theatre and a recurring role on Mad About You. However, he is perhaps most well-known for a "Got Milk?" commercial in which he inadvertently confesses to his fiancé that her diamond engagement ring is a fake. Most recently, he directed Maura in an independent film based on his own script, a MacBeth update titled Scotland P.A.
Nowadays, Maura Tierney continues to maintain a high profile both on TV and on film. She was a regular cast member on NBC's long-running series ER, which ended their 15th and last season and has played major roles in Liar Liar, Forces of Nature, and Welcome to Mooseport to name but a few.