Jennifer Rhodes

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Jennifer Rhodes
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Rhodes in 2006
Janice Wilson

(1947-08-17) August 17, 1947 (age 75)
Years active1971–present
SpouseJordan Rhodes (divorced)

Jennifer Rhodes (born Janice Wilson, [1] August 17, 1947) is an American actress. [2]


Life and career

The daughter of Bennie and Clara Wilson, [1] she was born and grew up in Rosiclare, Illinois and became interested in theater while attending Southern Illinois University and moved to New York City soon after graduating. She studied acting and began getting cast for theatre roles. After marrying Jordan Rhodes, she eventually moved to Los Angeles where she stopped acting for a while because she felt, as a stage actress, she didn't know very much about acting for television or movie roles.[ citation needed ] She eventually auditioned successfully for commercials roles, later moving on to television and film. [3]

Rhodes' first credited role was in the 1960s television series The High Chaparral as the character Tanea. In 1980, she played a press secretary on a made-for-TV movie about Jackie Kennedy.[ citation needed ] In 1988, she appeared in the New World Pictures film Heathers as Winona Ryder's mother. [3] She appeared on the following select series: Fame, Matlock, Little House on the Prairie, L.A. Law, Quantum Leap, Knots Landing, Designing Women, Full House, Red Shoe Diaries, Party of Five, ER, Wings, Murphy Brown, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Family Matters, Friends, Popular, The Agency, and Boston Public . She also appeared on the Disney Channel's The Suite Life on Deck .

Rhodes may be best known as Penny "Grams" Halliwell on The WB series Charmed , [4] where she starred as the ghost of the Charmed Ones's grandmother and the tough-as-nails matriarch of the Halliwell clan. Although not a regular she did appear frequently throughout all 8 seasons of the original series.

Her first regular series role was in  Nightingales  as the character Effie Gardner. [4] :765


She married Jordan Rhodes and later moved to Los Angeles from New York City with him. The marriage ended in divorce. She never remarried and has no children.




1971 The High Chaparral TaneaEpisode: "A Man to Match the Land"
1971 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors NurseEpisode: "Close Up"
1973 Barnaby Jones 2nd WomanEpisode: "Sunday: Doomsday"
1973 The New Perry Mason Dina LandonEpisode: "The Case of the Spurious Spouse"
1978 James at 15 Mrs. PhillipsEpisode: "Actions Speak Louder"
1978 Lou Grant Dr. Roberta GianiEpisode: "Poison"
1979 The Rockford Files Jean MartineEpisode: "Just a Coupla Guys"
1979–1982 Little House on the Prairie Mrs. Hale / Nurse2 episodes
1980–1990 Knots Landing Attorney / Chairperson3 episodes
1985 Fame Joyce Chapman3 episodes
1986 Matlock Gracie FielderEpisode: "The Stripper"
1986 Mike Hammer Carlie JamesonEpisode: "Dead Pigeon"
1987 Cagney & Lacey AdeleEpisode: "You've Come a Long Way, Baby"
1987–1988 L.A. Law D.D.A. Gylkowski2 episodes
1987–1988 The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Andrea Buxbaum2 episodes
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Queen IlliziEpisode: "Further Adventures"
1989 Nightingales Effie Gardner6 episodes
1989 Quantum Leap Agnes StevensEpisode: "Blind Faith"
1990–1991 Equal Justice Judge Justice Billings4 episodes
1990 Adam 12 Mrs. KorowskiEpisode: "Neighbors"
1990 Doogie Howser, M.D. Dr. ButterworthEpisode: "Car Wars"
1990 Gabriel's Fire Connie DiFrancoEpisode: "Windows"
1991 Designing Women Ms. TauberEpisode: "The Big Circle"
1991 Morton & Hayes Hunt Guest #2Episode: "Society Saps"
1991 Reasonable Doubts Mrs. LeedsEpisode: "Daddy's Little Girl"
1992 The Heights Mrs. MazelliEpisode: "What Does It Take?"
1992 Full House Liz LarsonEpisode: "Designing Mothers"
1995 Red Shoe Diaries MomEpisode: "Divorce, Divorce"
1995 Party of Five Carolyn ProuskyEpisode: "The Trouble with Charlie"
1995 The Larry Sanders Show Irene GoodmanEpisode: "Hank's Sex Tape"
1996 ER Mrs. HenryEpisode: "It's Not Easy Being Greene"
1996 Wings MavisEpisode: "Lynch Party"
1996 Murphy Brown Mrs. CrawfordEpisode: "Office Politics"
1996 3rd Rock from the Sun Mrs. Sumner4 episodes
1997 High Incident GloriaEpisode: "Knock, Knock"
1997 Friends Mrs. LynchEpisode: "The One Where They're Going to Party!"
1998 Family Matters Blanche GeissEpisode: "Lost in Space: Part 1"
1998 Maggie OwnerEpisode: "The Maris Syndrome"
1999–2006 Charmed Penny 'Grams' Halliwell14 episodes
1999 Ally McBeal Gladys ClavenEpisode: "Only the Lonely"
1999 Time of Your Life RobertaEpisode: "The Time the Truth Was Told"
2001 Popular Joanie SalkEpisode: "I Know What You Did Last Spring Break"
2001 The Agency Mary OrlandEpisode: "Closure"
2002 The District Margaret De SicaEpisode: "The Killing Point"
2003 Boston Public Claire's Mother2 episodes
2006 Gilmore Girls BeverlyEpisode: "Lorelai's First Cotillion"
2007 Cold Case Miranda Allison '07Episode: "Devil Music"
2008 The Young and the Restless Leilani3 episodes
2009 The Suite Life on Deck Mrs. McCrackenEpisode: "Kitchen Casanova"
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Aunt Nellie PorterEpisode: "Irradiator"
2012 The Mentalist Wealthy WomanEpisode: "Red Rover, Red Rover"
2013 See Dad Run RoseEpisode: "See Dad Swoon"
2014 Sean Saves the World BettyEpisode: "The Wrath of Sean"
2015 Grey's Anatomy Jean DominyEpisode: "I Feel the Earth Move"
2016 Mary + Jane DorisEpisode: "420"
2017 Famous in Love Letti DevonEpisode: "Some Like It Not"
2017 Teachers Mrs. FoleyEpisode: "Nightmare on Fillmore Street"
2019 Grace and Frankie CathleenEpisode: "The Pharmacy"

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  1. 1 2 "Jennifer Rhodes On 'High Incident' Tonight". Hardin County Independent. Illinois, Elizabethtown. January 30, 1997. p. 1. Retrieved July 1, 2020 via
  2. Jennifer Rhodes profile Archived 2011-07-13 at the Wayback Machine ,; accessed August 15, 2015.
  3. 1 2 "Ask American Profile". The Times and Democrat. South Carolina, Orangeburg. September 30, 2001. p. 38. Retrieved July 1, 2020 via
  4. 1 2 Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 179. ISBN   978-0-7864-6477-7.