Jill Eikenberry

Active - 1977 - 2015  |   Born - Jan 21, 1947 in New Haven, Connecticut, United States  |   Genres - Drama

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Jill Eikenberry had been a stage actress for over a decade when she made her film bow in Joan Micklin Silver's Between the Lines (1977). That same year, she was seen in her first television project, the TV movie The Deadliest Season. Gravitating to comedy roles in films, Eikenberry was at her strident best as Dudley Moore's wealthy bride-to-be in Arthur (1981). On the weekly-TV scene, Eikenberry had a regular role on the short-lived series Nurse, and a longer engagement as attorney Ann Kelsey on LA Law (1986-1994). Co-starring on that series with Jill Eikenberry was her husband Michael Tucker, who has also teamed with Eikenberry in the made-for-TV feature films Assault and Matrimony (1987) and The Secret Life of Archie's Wife (1990).

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  • Began her collegiate career as an anthropology major.
  • Starred opposite Henry Winkler in a 1970 Yale Cabaret production of Cocaloony Tennessee
  • Debuted on Broadway in 1974 in the Dustin Hoffman-directed play All Over Town.
  • Met future husband Michael Tucker in 1970 when they both appeared in the play The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail in Washington, D.C.
  • Successfully battled breast cancer during the mid-1980s.
  • With Tucker, toured the country in 2007 with a cabaret act called Life Is a Duet, the story of their relationship, family and careers.