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JILL HENNESSY (Kelly Madsen) began her acting career in Toronto, appearing in the feature film "Dead Ringers.” The actress, who hails from Edmonton, Canada, studied improvisational comedy with the famed Second City and also worked with a Toronto-based improv comedy troupe before landing a role in the Broadway-bound production of "The Buddy Holly Story.”

Once in New York, Hennessy starred in Ron Howard's feature film "The Paper,” and her additional film credits include "I Shot Andy Warhol,” "Chutney Popcorn,” "Most Wanted,” "A Smile Like Yours,” "Dead Broke,” "Row Your Boat,” "The Florentine,” "Two Ninas,” "Komodo,” "Autumn in New York” and the box-office hit "Exit Wounds.” She also wrote, directed, produced and performed in her own movie, "The Acting Class.”

Hennessy was last seen on the big screen in the Robert Redford/Sundance Lab project "Love in the Time of Money.”

Most recently, Hennessy starred alongside Blythe Danner, Martin Landau, and Howie Mandel in "Walk Two Moons,” based on the novel of the same name.

Television audiences first came to love Hennessy from the years (1993-96) she spent playing the role of assistant district attorney Claire Kincaid on the Emmy®-winning NBC drama series "Law & Order.” She returned to NBC starring as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the miniseries "Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot.” In her first season of "Crossing Jordan,” Hennessy received a People's Choice Award nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series. She has also received a Golden Satellite Award (Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television) from the International Press Academy for her work in the TNT cable movie "Nuremberg.” The show, filming its seventh season this summer, will return to the NBC lineup for the 2006-2007 season.

Hennessy, her husband, Paolo Mastropietro, and their son, Marco, divide their time between their homes in Los Angeles and Manhattan.

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