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Jill Hennessy

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Date of Birth:25 November 1968
Birthplace:Edmonton, Alberta
First Name:Jill
Last Name:Hennessy
Height:5' 8" (173 cm)
Eye Color:Brown - Dark
Hair Color:Brown - Dark
Star Sign:Sagittarius
Claim to Fame:Claire Kincaid on Law and Order
Occupation Category:Actress
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Biography for Jill Hennessy

Jillian Noel "Jill" Hennessy (born Nov. 25, 1968 (52 years ago)) is a Canadian actress and musician known for her TV roles on Law & Order and Crossing Jordan.

Early years

Hennessy was born in Edmonton, Alberta. Her father, John Hennessy, was a meat salesman and sales/marketing executive, a job that required considerable travel and resulted in frequent moves for the family. Her mother, Maxine, a secretary, left the family in 1982 (38 years ago), leaving her daughter to be partially raised by her paternal grandmother, Eleanor, in Kitchener, Ontario. She has a younger brother, John Paul Hennessy Jr.( also known as J.P.), and an identical twin sister, Jacqueline, who is a magazine writer and TV show host in Canada. Hennessy has Irish, French, Swedish and Italian ancestry on her father's side, and mostly Ukrainian, as well as Austrian, ancestry on her mother's. She graduated from Grand River Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, Ontario and used to busk in the Toronto Subway.


Hennessy and her sister played twin call girls in 1988's Dead Ringers. She was short-listed for the role of Dana Scully, on The X-Files. Hennessy is most well-known for playing assistant district attorney Claire Kincaid on Law & Order (1993 – 1996 (24 years ago)) and for playing the lead role as medical examiner Jordan Cavanaugh on Crossing Jordan. In 1999 (21 years ago) she played Lisa in Chutney Popcorn. In 2000 (20 years ago), Hennessy wrote, produced, and co-directed with Elizabeth Holder an independent movie called The Acting Class. Inspired by a true story, the mockumentary looks at the trials and tribulations of a dysfunctional acting class. The movie co-starred her sister, and included cameos by a number of Hennessy's former Law & Order co-stars.

In 2001 (19 years ago) she portrayed Jackie Kennedy in the movie Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot. In 2003 (17 years ago) she made a cameo appearance in the movie Abby Singer. She appeared on Broadway in the musical Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story in 1990 (30 years ago).In 2005 (15 years ago) she appeared in the tv show Las Vegas as Jordan Cavanaugh... Most recently, she portrayed Tim Allen's wife in the 2007 (13 years ago) movie Wild Hogs. On Jun. 9, 2007 (13 years ago), she received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame. She also recorded an album in Austin, Texas, Ghost in My Head, which was released in Jun. 2009 (11 years ago).

Personal life

Hennessy is multi-lingual, and speaks English, Italian, French, Spanish and German. She married Paolo Mastropietro, a former bartender and sometime actor, on Oct. 1, 2000 (20 years ago). Her husband opened a tavern in Northvale, New Jersey, in 1999 (21 years ago), and named it Hennessy Tavern, after his wife. Hennessy enjoys riding motorcycles with her husband. They had a second marriage ceremony in Jan. 2001 (19 years ago), which took place at New York City Hall with Mayor Rudolph Giuliani officiating. Their son, Marco, was born on sep. 17, 2003 (17 years ago) and son Gianni on Nov. 21, 2007 (13 years ago).


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