Glynnis O'Connor

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Glynnis O'Connor
Born (1956-11-19) November 19, 1956 (age 64)
Years active1973present
Douglas Stern
(m. 1985)

Glynnis O'Connor (born November 19, 1956) is an American actress of television, film, radio, and theater. She first gained wide attention in the mid-1970s with leading roles in the television version of Our Town and in the short-lived series Sons and Daughters . She also co-starred with Robby Benson in the films Jeremy in 1973 and Ode to Billy Joe in 1976, as well as with Jan-Michael Vincent in the film Baby Blue Marine in 1976.


Personal life

O'Connor was born in New Rochelle, New York, [1] and is the daughter of actress Lenka Peterson and film producer Daniel Patrick O'Connor. [2] [3] She is married to Douglas Stern, a New York City native, [4] and they have two daughters together, Lindsay (b. 1990) and Hana.


In 1973, O'Connor sang the title song for the film Jeremy in which she also co-starred with Robby Benson. [5] On January 8, 1974, she starred in the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre production of "Ring of Roses" and then co-starred with John Travolta in the 1976 made-for-television movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble . The same year she portrayed Bobbie Lee Hartley, co-starring again with Robby Benson, in the film Ode to Billy Joe, a tragic romance produced and directed by Max Baer Jr. [5]

In 1984, O'Connor starred as Leola Mae Harmon in the biographical made-for-TV movie Why Me? , about United States Air Force nurse Harmon’s trauma and series of facial reconstruction surgeries after a horrifying car accident. She was also cast in 1984 in the comedy Johnny Dangerously . [5] In 1986, O'Connor performed in the NBC made-for-TV movie The Deliberate Stranger .

O’Connor played defense attorney Anne Paulsen in five episodes, from 1998 through 2004, on the television series Law & Order . [5] In 2007 she appeared in the independent feature film P.J., directed by Russ Emanuel. [6]



1973 Jeremy Susan Rollins
1976 Baby Blue Marine Rose
1976 Ode to Billy Joe Bobbie Lee Hartley
1977Kid VengeanceLisa Thurston
1978Getting It Over WithRuthieShort
1979 California Dreaming Corky
1980 Those Lips, Those Eyes Ramona
1981 The White Lions Jeannie McBride
1982 Night Crossing Petra Wetzel
1982 Melanie Melanie
1984 Johnny Dangerously Sally
2002 New Best Friend Connie Campbell
2007 Graduation Mary
2012 The Trouble with Cali Avie Bluejones
2012AlbumAdult TrishShort
2014The HistorianDean Jan Messer
2015 Angelica Older Constance
2018 Diane Dottie
2018 A Bread Factory Jan


1973 As the World Turns Dawn "Dee" StewartTV series
1974Love Is Not ForeverAnitaTV film
1974 Insight Laura"Resuscitation"
1974 Sons and Daughters Anita CramerMain role
1975All Together NowCarol LindsayTV film
1975Someone I TouchedCarrieTV film
1975 The Rookies Ellen"Cliffy"
1976 Harry O Gayle"Mister Five and Dime"
1976 The Boy in the Plastic Bubble Gina BiggsTV film
1977 Insight Laura"She's Waiting for Us"
1977Our TownEmily WebbTV film
1977 Rosetti and Ryan Angel"Bedeviled Angel"
1978Black BeautyPhyllis CarpenterTV miniseries
1978 Little Mo Maureen ConnollyTV film
1979 The Chisholms Elizabeth ChisholmTV miniseries
1980My Kidnapper, My LoveGeegeeTV film
1983The FighterRindy BanksTV film
1984 Why Me? Leola Mae HarmonTV film
1984Love Leads the Way: A True StoryLoisTV film
1985Sins of the FatherKevan HarrisTV film
1986 The Deliberate Stranger Cas RichterTV film
1986 The Twilight Zone Dorothy Livingston"The Storyteller"
1987A Conspiracy of LoveMarcia WoldarskiTV film
1988To Heal a NationBecky ScruggsTV film
1988 Too Good to Be True Ruth BerentTV film
1988Police Story: Cop KillerLynn LewisTV film
1990Kojak: Flowers for MattyMolly FitzimonsTV film
1992Nightmare in DaylightSloan EvansTV film
1992-93 Reasonable Doubts JoRecurring role
1993-94 As the World Turns Margo HughesTV series
1995Death in Small DosesNancy LyonTV film
1995Past the BleachersHarper ParishTV film
1996Summer of Fear'Cat' MarshallTV film
1997 Ellen Foster Charlotte Nelson HammondTV film
1998 Saint Maybe Claudia BedloeTV film
1998-2004 Law & Order Anne PaulsenRecurring role
2000 Young Americans Donna Banks"Will Bella Scout Her Mom?"
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Raquel Kurtz"Damaged"
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Rev. Poole"On Fire"
2012Behind the 8 BallGuest"Matty"
2021Sand Dollar CoveNanaHallmark Movie

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