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Overview (3)

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameMaura Lynn Tierney
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

On the viewing horizon since the late 1980s, actress Maura Tierney has been a steady product of independent features, some hits and some misses, for close to a decade and a half. An odd and compelling beauty, she came from an upscale Bostonian family and was raised in the Hyde Park district.

Born February 3, 1965, the eldest child of three of Pat, a real estate agent, and Joseph M. Tierney, a prosperous politician and city councilman, Maura initially studied at New York University. She left school prior to graduation when she hooked up with the Circle-in-the-Square theater school. Following some stage plays including "Baby with the Bathwater" and "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea," she moved to the West Coast in the late 1980s finding minor roles here and there in TV-movies and making the rounds on episodic shows such as Growing Pains (1985), Family Ties (1982) and Law & Order (1990). She met actor/husband Billy Morrissette after both were fired from the set of an eventually-scrapped Ralph Macchio series. After a few other failed pilots and a short-lived TV series, Maura made a minor film debut with The Linguini Incident (1991) and progressed to leading lady status in the B-movie spoof Dead Women in Lingerie (1991), which didn't go over well. She finally hit paydirt on TV when she won a female co-lead as smart but insecure newswriter Lisa Miller on the comedy series NewsRadio (1995). The show sailed along for a number of seasons due to the fine comedy instincts of Dave Foley, Andy Dick and the late Saturday Night Live (1975) player Phil Hartman. The show lost its oomph, however, as well as its audience after Hartman's tragic 1998 shotgun slaying, despite an assured replacement in fellow Saturday Night Live (1975) alumni Jon Lovitz. The show couldn't escape its bad aura, and it was gone the following year.

Maura's work on the TV sitcom thrust her into the film comedy limelight with prominent roles in such films as the Jim Carrey vehicle Liar Liar (1997). She also showed up as sly, darker-edged femmes in the thriller Primal Fear (1996), Primary Colors (1998) and Instinct (1999). She received one of her best art-house roles as a heavy in her husband's feature Scotland, Pa. (2001)--he wrote and directed. It was back to steady TV work, however, into the millennium with the role of Abby, who was first a nurse and then a doctor, in the long-established and critically-acclaimed medical drama series ER (1994), where she still resides on the staff. The L.A.-based actress and her husband enjoy traveling in their spare time.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (1)

Billy Morrissette (1 February 1993 - 2006) ( divorced)

Trivia (20)

Attended New York University and Circle in the Square Theatre School.
Attended Notre Dame Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school in Hingham, Massachusetts (SE of Boston).
Owns a black pug, with her husband Billy Morrissette, named Rose- Kennedy. They take her everywhere with them.
Met her husband, Billy Morrissette, in the revolving lounge at the top of the Hollywood Holiday Inn. It was a blind date of sorts set up by their mutual friends.
Wrote an article in the spring 2001 issue of Flaunt titled, "'Rudy Giuliani' : A Fascist? You Be The Judge."
Was cast in the role of Nurse Abigail 'Abby' Lockhart in ER (1994), without an audition.
Daughter of former Boston City Council president Joseph Tierney.
Maura was added to the cast of NewsRadio (1995) the day before they shot the pilot.
On Last Call with Carson Daly (2002), she admitted that she was fired from the television show Growing Pains (1985). The show was supposed to have an episode arc in Europe, but the idea was scrapped when Kirk Cameron expressed a fear of flying.
On Last Call with Carson Daly (2002), she stated that she and her husband Billy Morrissette were fired from a sitcom known as The Ralph Macchio Project.
In the NewsRadio (1995) episode "Presence", her character "Lisa Miller" is a math whiz who learns to play poker to win back Bill (Phil Hartman) after their boss "Jimmy James" (Stephen Root) loses Bill in an inter-station poker game. In real life, Tierney won the 2004 (Season 2) Celebrity Poker Showdown (2003), hosted by Dave Foley. Tierney defeated Lauren Graham at the final table. Foley, Graham and Tierney all appeared in NewsRadio (1995).
Of Irish extraction.
Landed a key part of a single mom who falls for hockey player Bruce Willis in a romantic comedy titled "The Broadway Brawler." After just two weeks' shooting, however, "creative differences" brought an end to the project.
One of her closest friends is her ER (1994) co-star, Parminder Nagra. Maura officiated at Parminder's wedding in January 2009.
Played an alcoholic in Oxygen (1999) and on ER (1994).
While being interviewed on Irish chat show Tubridy Tonight (2004), Maura admitted that she has had Botox although she did not like the experience. (February 2009).
Undergoing surgery to remove a tumor from her breast [July 13, 2009]. Later had a mastectomy.
No relation to actress Gene Tierney.
Had to leave Parenthood (2010) after discovering she had breast cancer. Promotional items with Maura were already released by NBC to promote the show in 2009 and production had to be pushed back, because of Maura's leave. She was eventually replaced by Lauren Graham.
(August 27, 2018) She was riding her bike late morning in Los Angeles when she was involved in the accident. A car hit her back tire, which caused her to fall to the ground. After she was placed in a neck brace and put on a stretcher, Tierney was transported via ambulance to a hospital. An LAPD media relations officer confirmed that the driver involved was not believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Maura has been released from the hospital with no major injuries later that day.

Personal Quotes (20)

I have so many insecurities they fight for prominence.
I diagnosed my husband's recent appendix attack. At first, he didn't believe me. He was having pain in his lower abdomen and felt nauseous. He also had a fever which I said was suspicious. I even did a stomach press check and I knew. Still, I got out my medical textbook they gave me on ER (1994) and said, 'Let's go to the real doc.' He said, 'It's just the flu.' Of course, they admitted him and took out his appendix. Now he's like, 'Get over yourself. You're still not a real doctor.'
I prefer living in New York over Los Angeles -- or for that matter, any other city I've visited.
I mean, I'm always wary about saying there's no great roles for women. I guess it's true and it's not true. It is the marketplace. Which is a little bit sad, in terms of what studios decide people will think is funny. I think the decisions about what entertains people are made before they know what entertains people. Now it seems really, really about the bottom line. But there is also new media! And it's easier than ever to make a movie now. . . . If I'm frustrated, I should write a movie or shoot a movie. And 25 years ago you couldn't.
I was fired from Growing Pains (1985). Kirk Cameron and I weren't a good match.
Unfortunately in life, justice is not always achieved.
It's a life-changing thing to be in a position of needing help and being so lucky as to get it.
Being bald is no fun.
I don't have much patience with sick people.
In a man, I like funny guys. A guy who doesn't have a lot of therapy, who's mature. A man, not a boy.
I love Martin Amis.
You can't just take care of everybody else all the time.
I've been misquoted a lot, and there's this tendency for people to put on to you how they think you should be or what they think you should feel.
I tend to focus on what I'm doing at the moment, and that takes up the entire span of my focus.
Everyone in my family has seen me cry before.
On The Affair (2014): They presented me with really challenging things to do and I really wanted to be up to the challenge. I think my work excited the writers and the writers' work excited me.
My answer to a lot of things is to go to work. That's not everybody's answer.
I'm not really the nurturer type.
On The Affair (2014): The show is going to change next season - the structure of the show is going to change in an exciting way.
I wish I had a little more joy of cooking - because mostly I have anxiety of cooking. I'm so proud when things come out well.

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