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Carolyn Hennesy

Carolyn Hennesy
Hennesy at the 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards
Born (1962-06-10) June 10, 1962
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Writer
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Donald Agnelli (2007-2013)

Carolyn Hennesy (born June 10, 1962) is an American actress and author. She played Rosalyn Harris on the HBO series True Blood. Prior to joining the cast of True Blood, Hennesy starred on ABC's primetime series Cougar Town and received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for her work on ABC's General Hospital. She currently appears on the Disney Channel show Jessie.

Early life

Hennesy was born on June 10, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Oscar-winning art director Dale Hennesy, and a niece of actress Barbara Rush and cousin of Fox News reporter Claudia Cowan. She studied at the American Conservatory Theatre and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is a veteran of many stage productions as well as the comedy troupes the Groundlings and the ACME Comedy Theater.


She starred as Mrs. Valentine on the teen drama Dawson's Creek in the 2000-2001 season, and she had supporting roles in the films Global Effect (2002), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde (2003), Click (2006), The Heat Chamber (2003) and Cougar Club (2007). She made three appearances on That '70s Show and has guest-starred on Reba as the mother of Reba's son-in-law, Van. She made a guest appearance on Drake & Josh as Mrs. Abernathy, the boss of the Ball & Vance Fish Corp. Additionally, she appeared as Judith Haven in an episode of What I Like About You and she voiced Blair Lansfield in the video game Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. Currently, she stars as Rosalyn Harris in the fifth season of HBO hit series True Blood.

Hennesy has written a series of children's books based on the character Pandora. The first one, called Pandora Gets Jealous, was released January 2008. The sequel, Pandora Gets Vain, was released August 2008. The third book in the series, Pandora Gets Lazy, released March 2009. Book four, Pandora Gets Heart, was released in January 2010. The fifth book, Pandora Gets Angry, was released in February 2011. Book six, Pandora Gets Greedy, was released in June 2012. Book seven, ''"Pandora Gets Frightened",was released in 2013.

Hennesy wrote The Secret Life Of Damien Spinelli featuring the characters of General Hospital'

Hennesy recently appeared in a GEICO television advertisement featuring the character known as "Cash".

In October 2011, Hennesy appeared on Jessie as Mrs. Chesterfield, and in November 2011 as Myrna in the "That Still Small Voice" episode of Once Upon a Time. She also guest starred in "Bucket and Skinner"

Personal life

Hennesy lives in Los Angeles. She got married in 2007 then it ended in 2013, she was married to Donald Agnelli. She is considered a sex symbol, with a great figure for her age. She is also a trapeze artist.


Year Film Role Notes
1992 I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore Bowling Alley Waitress Credited as Carolyn Henessey
1993 Lightning in a Bottle Marsha Timmons
2001 Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation Rose (voice: English version)
2001 The Elite Elaine
2002 Engaging Peter Vivian
2002 Surprise Whitney Short film
2002 Global Effect Meredith Tripp
2003 Wave Babes Maureen Straight-to-video
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Rich Woman
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Congresswoman with Haircut
2004 The Second Degree Crissy
2005 Appleseed Athena Aerios Voice, Feature film, credited as Lee West
2005 The Heat Chamber Lila
2005 Off the Hook The Enchilada Short film
2006 Outta Sync Phaedra Lee
2006 Bambi II Bambi's Mother (voice) Straight-to-video
2006 Click Kathy O'Doyle
2006 The Emerald Sun Major Danes Short film
2007 Feeding Carolyn Short film
2007 Sublime Cheryl Straight-to-video
2007 Cougar Club Judge Margaret Emerson
2007 Believers Lina Vance Straight-to-video
2007 Til Death Does His Part God Short film
2008 Shattered! Adrienne
2008 I Yes Ms. Cummings Short film
2008 Necessary Evil Carole Fielding
2008 Boob Jobs & Jesus Jody Short film
2009 Half Truth Soap Actress Short film
2009 It's Not Me, It's You Therapist Short film
2009 Scream of the Bikini Ronda (voice)
2010 Annie in the Aisle of Irma Marsha Short film
2011 I Love You Like Crazy Dr. Sing Short film
Year Series Role Notes
1993 Dark Justice Jill Pygmalion (1993)
1995 Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare USDA Representative TV movie
1995 Grace Under Fire Gloria Jimmy Goes Away (1995)
1995-1996 Night Stand Amanda / Layla
  • Sexaholics (1996): Amanda
  • The Fame Show (1995): Layla
1997 Wings Flight Attendant Just Call Me Angel (1997)
1997 Party of Five Alice Leap of Faith (1997)
1997 The Naked Truth Flight Attendant We Almost Had Paris (1997)
1997-1998 Jenny Chase Gardner
  • A Girl's Gotta Go Vogue (1998)
  • A Girl's Gotta Make Room for Daddy: Part 2 (1998)
  • A Girl's Gotta Protect Her Assets (1998)
  • A Girl's Gotta Deck the Halls (1997)
  • Pilot (1997)
1998 Encore! Encore! Barbara The Diary (1998)
1999 It's Like, You Know... Cathy Pilot (1999)
1999 Thanks Henrietta Randolph Tobacco (1999)
1999 The Big O Vera Ronstadt (Season 2)
2000 Moesha Dr. Miller He Doth Protest Too Much (2000)
2000-2001 Dawson's Creek Mrs. Valentine
  • Hopeless (2001)
  • The Tao of Dawson (2001)
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2000)
  • The Unusual Suspects (2000)
  • You Had Me at Goodbye (2000)
2001 Strip Mall Caroline Cantwell Barry Boinks Caroline (2001)
2001 Reba Mrs. Montgomery Tea and Antipathy (2001)
2002 Any Day Now Phyllis Boys Will Be Boys (2002)
2002 The Young and the Restless Penelope Quinlan Episode #1.7351 (2002)
2002 Judging Amy Louise Rodericks Come Back Soon (2002)
2002 Bram and Alice Patricia Goody Two Shoes (2002)
2002 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Kago's Mother (voice: English version) Testation (2002)
2003 Android Kidaider Chigusa Sakamoto (voice: English version)
2003 Half & Half Mrs. Scranton The Big Sexy Shame Episode (2003)
2003 Recipe for Disaster Mrs. Devries TV movie
2003 What I Like About You Dr. Judith 'Judy' Haven When Holly Met Tina (2003)
2004 Significant Others Realtor The Right House, the Wrong Gender & a Turn (2004)
1999-2004 That '70s Show Sharon Singer / Patty Ryals
  • Winter (2004): Patty Ryals
  • The Good Son (1999): Sharon Singer
  • Hyde Moves In (1999): Sharon Singer
2005 Barbershop Mrs. Kane Debates and Dead People (2005)
2006 Girlfriends Melora Stewart The Music in Me (2006)
2006 Commander in Chief TV Interviewer Wind Beneath My Wing (2006)
2006 Drake & Josh Mrs. Abernathy I Love Sushi (2006)
2007 General Hospital: Night Shift Diane Miller Falling Star (2007)
2008 Little Miss CEO Ms. Rivers TV movie
2008 Mother Goose Parade TV movie
2009-2012 Cougar Town Barb 24 episodes
2009 Penny Dreadfuls Carolyn / Dorothy
  • All Tomorrow's Parties (2009): Dorothy
  • Feeding (2009): Carolyn
2010 Better People Ivy TV movie
2010-2011 Everyone Counts Sheila
  • Ghostriding the Whip (2011)
  • The Next Assignment (2011)
  • Demographics (2010)
  • Snapshot of America (2010)
2011–2015 Jessie Mrs. Rhoda Chesterfield
2011 Shameless Mrs. Neidereiter But at Last Came a Knock (2011)
2011 Once Upon a Time Myrna That Still Small Voice (2011)
2012 Bucket and Skinner's Epic Adventures R.J. Caldwell Epic Cuffs (2012)
2012 True Blood Rosalyn Season 5
2013 The Middle Connie McDonald Winners and Losers (2013)
2014 Devious Maids Mrs. Parker You Can't Take It With You (2013)
2014 Revenge Mrs Ellis Season 4: 5 episodes
2007–present General Hospital Diane Miller 352 episodes
Video games
Year Game Role Notes
2000 Jump Start 1st Grade Ms. Nobel Credited as Carolyn Hennessy
2000 Casper: Friends Around the World Casper the Friendly Ghost
2001 Star Trek: Away Team Aloram Vas (voice) Credited as Carolyn Hennessy
2002 Star Trek: Bridge Commander Captain Eina Zeiss/Captain Elizabeth Haley/Captain Torenn (voice) Credited as Carolyn Hennesey
2002 .hack//Infection Gardenia (voice: English version)
2002 .hack//Mutation Gardenia (voice: English version)
2002 .hack//Outbreak Gardenia (voice: English version)
2003 .hack//Quarantine Gardenia (voice: English version)
2003 Star Ocean: Till the End of Time Blair Lansfeld/Julee Garrand (voice: English version) Uncredited
2005 Tales of Legendia Additional Voices (voice: English version) Uncredited
2007 Golden Axe: Beast Rider (voice)
2007 Ghost Rider Lilith (voice)
2010 Metro 2033


Year Award Result Category Series
2000 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Won Outstanding Comedic Actress Career
2004 Ovation Award Won Featured Actress in a Play "The Fan Maroo"
2007 TV Guide's "Best of 2007" Awards Won Best Supporting Actress General Hospital
2009 Canadian Spirit Award Won General Hospital
2010 Daytime Emmy Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress General Hospital

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