Lee Garlington

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Lee Garlington
Ann Leslie Garlington

(1953-07-20) July 20, 1953 (age 69)
Years active1981–present
SpouseHoward Nugent [1]

Ann Leslie "Lee" Garlington (born July 20, 1953) is an American actress.


Early life

Garlington was born in Teaneck, New Jersey. [2] She spent her teenage years in Wilmington, Delaware.


She has guest starred in a number of notable television series, including The West Wing , 7th Heaven , 8 Simple Rules , CSI: Crime Scene Investigation , Judging Amy , Will & Grace , Matlock , L.A. Law , The Practice , Quantum Leap, Home Improvement , Boston Legal , Roseanne , Get a Life , Coach , Profiler , Medium , Buffy the Vampire Slayer , Two and a Half Men , Lie to Me and among other series. She also played the part of Kirsten, Rose Nylund's (Betty White) daughter in the final season of The Golden Girls and Ronni, the mistress of Joey Tribbiani's father on Friends . [3] From 2002 to 2005, she had a recurring role as Brenda Baxworth on Everwood . She was one of the stars of the series Lenny . [4]

Garlington also appeared in the sequels to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho , Psycho II (1983) and Psycho III (1986). She starred alongside Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen in the action/thriller Cobra (1986). In Sneakers (1992), she appeared as Dr. Elena Rhyzkov, a Czechoslovakian mathematics scientist, in a scene with Robert Redford. [4]

Garlington was originally intended to play the lead female role in Seinfeld . She was the female regular in the pilot episode, "The Seinfeld Chronicles", playing the waitress Claire at Pete's Luncheonette. When the series was picked up, however, it was decided that having the female lead be from such a different social status compared to the rest of the cast would be unworkable, so the character of Claire was dropped and replaced by Elaine Benes. [5]

In 2021, Lee Garlington worked in the Discovery+ film Candy Coated Christmas .


In 2018, Garlington received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for her role as Darlene in Broken .



1983 Psycho II Myrna
1986 Cobra Nancy Stalk
1986 Psycho III Myrna
1987 Some Kind Of Wonderful Gym teacher
1988 The Seventh Sign Dr. Margaret Inness
1989 Field of Dreams Beulah Gasnick
1990 Meet the Applegates Nita Samson
1992 Sneakers Dr. Elena Rhyzkov
1993 Jack the Bear Mrs. Festinger
1993 My Life Carol Sandman
1994 Reflections on a Crime Tina
1995 The Babysitter Dolly Tucker
1997 Dante's Peak Dr. Jane Fox
2000 Forever Lulu Linda Davis
2002 The Sum of All Fears Mary Pat Foley
2002 The Hot Chick Vice-Principal Bernard
2002 One Hour Photo Waitress
2004 Johnson Family Vacation Betty Sue
2004Guarding EddyHelen
2005 Mortuary Rita
2006 Something New Mrs. Cahan
2008 Just Add Water Penny
2008 Pulse 2: Afterlife Aunt CarmenVideo
2008 The Coverup Beverly Thacker
2014SisterPrincipal Jacobs
2014 The Angriest Man in Brooklyn Gummy
2014 The Extendables Paint
2014 Some Kind of Beautiful Wendy
2015 Safelight Dottie
2015 Band of Robbers Lt. Polly
2016Do You Take This ManEsther
2016Her Last WillRuth
2017 House by the Lake Dr. Llywelyn
2018North BlvdLiz
2018Christmas HarmonyDebbie
2021 The Little Things Landlady
2021 Candy Coated Christmas Kim WintersDiscovery+ film
20??Boy's NameElseePre-production


1984 Jessie PatEpisode: "Valerie's Turn"
1985 Hill Street Blues MauraEpisodes: "Hacked to Pieces", "Seoul on Ice"
1986 Stingray AnneEpisode: "Below the Line"
1987 Matlock PaulaEpisode: "The Chef"
1987 Sledge Hammer! Dr. Sara Johanssen / MarkovichEpisode: "Comrade Hammer"
1987 Amen DominaEpisode: "Into the Night"
1987 L.A. Law Regina FurnaldEpisode: "Pigmalion"
1987 Student Exchange Mrs. WhitcomsTV film
1987 Family Ties Beth DavisEpisode: "Miracle in Columbus"
1987–88 Hooperman GailEpisodes: "John Doe, We Hardly Knew Ye", "The Naked and the Dead", "In Search of Bijoux"
1988Down Delaware RoadJanet RhondaTV film
1988WinnieGladysTV film
1988 Raising Miranda Helen LundquistEpisode: "Marcine Shoplifts"
1989 Murphy Brown ShawneeEpisode: "It's How You Play the Game"
1989 Heartbeat Judy PellmanEpisode: "What the Inspector Saw"
1989 Seinfeld ClaireEpisode: "Good News, Bad News"
1989 Cold Sassy Tree Mary WillisTV film
1989A Brand New LifeLindaEpisodes: "The Honeymooners", "Above and Beyond Therapy", "Private School"
1989 The Nutt House AngelicaEpisode: "Suites, Lies and Videotape"
1989, 1991 Roseanne Carole Karoszek / Karen MillerEpisodes: "Death and Stuff", "Santa Claus"
1990Last Flight OutJanTV film
1990 A Killing in a Small Town Peggy BlankenshipTV film
1990 Bar Girls ShellyTV film
1990 When You Remember Me JoanneTV film
1990–91 Lenny Shelly CallahanMain role
1991 Get a Life PattiEpisode: "Married"
1991 The Whereabouts of Jenny GinaTV film
1991 Who's the Boss? Ms. FosterEpisode: "Tony and Angela Get Divorced"
1991 Quantum Leap Nurse ChatamEpisode: "Shock Theater"
1991Posing: Inspired by Three Real StoriesJosetteTV film
1991 Coach BarbaraEpisode: "I Hate Barbara"
1992 Reasonable Doubts Martine SullivanEpisode: "The Shadow of Death"
1992 Blossom SamyEpisode: "Whines and Misdemeanors"
1992 The Golden Girls KirstenEpisode: "Home Again, Rose: Part 2"
1992 Shame Tina FarrellTV film
1992 Arresting Behavior Connie RuskinMain role
1992 When No One Would Listen LeeTV film
1993 Kiss of a Killer HelaineTV film
1993Dying to Love YouRitaTV film
1993 Sirens Ann HollingsEpisode: "Everybody Lies"
1993 Torch Song PhyllisTV film
1993River of Rage: The Taking of Maggie KeeneJaniceTV film
1993Love MattersNanTV film
1993The Conviction of Kitty DoddsAnne WilliamsTV film
1993 Bakersfield P.D. Judy HamptonEpisode: "The Gift"
1993 Home Improvement Joanie GrahamEpisode: "Feud for Thought"
1994 Birdland Diane Van de VenEpisode: "Crazy for You"
1994 Wings ViEpisode: "Exclusively Yours"
1994The Yarn PrincessWandaTV film
1994 Phenom Marla CaseyEpisode: "Just a Family of Doolans Sittin' Around Talkin'"
1994Take Me Home AgainNellTV film
1994Higher EducationFayeMain role
1995 See Jane Run Carole GarsonTV film
1995 Friends RonniEpisode: "The One with the Boobies"
1995 Whose Daughter Is She? AnnieTV film
1995 The Monroes Bailey IzzyEpisode: "Emission Control"
1995, 1997 Grace Under Fire EmilyEpisodes: "Matthew Gets Busted", "Matthew's Old Lady"
1996Summer of FearWinnieTV film
1996 Champs JeanetteEpisode: "Two of a Kind"
1996 Profiler Dr. Frances BarryEpisode: "Insight"
1996 Dark Skies Betty HillEpisode: "The Awakening (Pilot)"
1996 Townies Kathy DonovanMain role
1997Total SecurityKaren Des MoinesEpisode: "Wet Side Story"
1997 Nash Bridges Jill ReichertEpisode: "Shake, Rattle & Roll"
1997 Chicago Hope Carol SardosEpisode: "The Lung and the Restless"
1997, 1999, 2004 NYPD Blue Rosie DePaul / Lea Chambers / Margret LidzEpisodes: "Three Girls and a Baby", "Mister Roberts", "The Vision Thing"
1998 The Net Carol WaltersEpisode: "Bulls and Bears"
1998 Maximum Bob Rosellen FortenotEpisode: "Bay of Big's"
1998 Martial Law Judge Mary RubenEpisode: "Cop Out"
1999 Can of Worms Dana PillsburyTV film
1999 Snoops Alicia Spitz GordonEpisode: "The Heartless Bitch"
2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 GeorgetteTV film, segment: '1972'
2000Blood MoneyJeri WilliamsTV film
2001 Judging Amy Dr. KemperEpisode: "The Undertow"
2001 Stranger Inside Warden ArnoldTV film
2001 Titus SueEpisode: "NASCAR"
2001Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free ManLaura Lee KestesTV film
2001 Gideon's Crossing Barb PalmerEpisode: "Clinical Enigma"
2002 Touched by an Angel Dr. JosephsEpisode: "Ship-in-a-Bottle"
2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Jessica HarrisEpisode: "Hell's Bells"
2002 Once and Again Ms. ConwayEpisode: "Experience Is the Teacher"
2002, 2005 Six Feet Under Fiona KleinschmidtEpisodes: "Back to the Garden", "The Rainbow of Her Reasons"
2002–2005 Everwood Brenda BaxworthRecurring role (seasons 1–3)
2003 Abby Jeanette MorrisEpisode: "Abby's First Date"
2003 Joan of Arcadia Charlotte BloomEpisode: "Touch Move"
2003 Dragnet Mrs. PriceEpisode: "The Magic Bullet"
2003 Grounded for Life LouiseEpisode: "Been Caught Stealing"
2003, 2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mrs. Frommer / Mrs. BriggsEpisodes: "Forever", "The Lost Girls"
2003, 2005–06 The West Wing Alana WatermanEpisodes: "Red Haven's on Fire", "Here Today", "Welcome to Wherever You Are"
2004 Cold Case Carol ProsserEpisode: "Late Returns"
2004 The District Evelyn ParrasEpisode: "Passing Time"
2004 Desperate Housewives Alberta HolsteinEpisode: "Anything You Can Do"
2004 Will & Grace AnnetteEpisodes: "Queens for a Day: Parts 1 & 2"
2004–05 8 Simple Rules Fran / LeslieEpisodes: "Mother's Day", "VolleyBrawl"
2005 NCIS Mary HanlanEpisode: "The Meat Puzzle"
2005DetectiveBeatrice DoilTV film
2005 Grey's Anatomy Fara LindenEpisode: "Deny, Deny, Deny"
2005 Invasion Helen ConradEpisode: "The Cradle"
2006 Big Love Grace AnnEpisode: "Eviction"
2006 Close to Home Hannah TurleyEpisode: "A Father's Story"
2007 Big Day WendyEpisode: "The Ceremony"
2007 Crossing Jordan DixieEpisode: "Night of the Living Dead"
2007 Two and a Half Men PeggyEpisode: "I Merely Slept with a Commie"
2007 What About Brian MonaEpisode: "What About Calling All Friends..."
2007 Boston Legal Alisa McKenzieEpisode: "Trial of the Century"
2007 The Young and the Restless Probation Officer CavanaughEpisode: "1.8709"
2007–08 The Riches Jane FedleyEpisodes: "Operation Education", "Field of Dreams"
2008 Medium Marion WheelerEpisodes: "Wicked Game: Parts 1 & 2"
2008 The Game BrenEpisode: "Baby on Board"
2009 Saving Grace Sally MeekerEpisode: "Watch Siggybaby Burn"
2009 Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith Jane BurnsTV film
2009 Nip/Tuck Briggitte ReinholtEpisode: "Briggitte Reinholt"
2009–10 Southland Cathleen KerikEpisodes: "Sally in the Alley", "The Runner"
2010 FlashForward CarleneEpisodes: "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "The Negotiation"
2010 Lie to Me Mrs. WalkerEpisode: "Beat the Devil"
2010 Psych EugeniaEpisode: "Chivalry Is Not Dead... But Someone Is"
2010 The Whole Truth Judge Amy ShapiroEpisode: "True Confessions"
2011 Good Luck Charlie Mrs. KrumpEpisode: "Duncan vs. Duncan"
2011 Friends with Benefits BillieEpisode: "The Benefit of Mardi Gras"
2011–12 The Killing Ruth YitanesRecurring role (seasons 1–2)
2012 The Mentalist Betty FulfordEpisode: "Devil's Cherry"
2012 Emily Owens, M.D. Donna FisherEpisode: "Emily and... the Outbreak"
2013 Private Practice Stella PetersonEpisode: "Good Fries Are Hard to Come By"
2013 The Bridge Sherry SpellmanEpisodes: "Calaca", "Rio", "Maria of the Desert"
2013 Dads JanetEpisode: "My Dad's Hotter Than Your Dad"
2014 Suburgatory DorothyEpisode: "I'm Just Not That Into Me"
2014 Longmire RuthEpisode: "Of Children and Travelers"
2014 Stalker Dep. Chief Diane KindrickEpisode: "Crazy for You"
2014–15 Mistresses EleanorGuest role (seasons 2–3)
201540's and FailingRhonda BodesEpisode: "Statistics"
2015 Major Crimes Janet SloanEpisode: "Turn Down"
2016 iZombie Muriel FletcherEpisode: "Fifty Shades of Grey Matter"
2016 Childrens Hospital Geraldine PetersEpisode: "Through the Eyes of a Falcon"
2016The Engagement ClauseElizabeth 'Bitsy' TateTV film
2017 The Magicians DanaEpisode: "The Cock Barrens"
2018 Alexa & Katie LorettaEpisode: "Thanksgiving"
2018BrokenDarleneTV series

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