World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Heather Goldenhersh


Heather Goldenhersh

Heather Goldenhersh
Born (1973-03-26) March 26, 1973
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Brían F. O'Byrne
Children 2 daughters

Heather Goldenhersh (born March 26, 1973) is an American actress. She has appeared on Broadway, on television, and in feature films.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Credits 4
    • Television 4.1
    • Movies 4.2
  • Broadway 5
    • Shows 5.1
  • Awards and nominations 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life and education

Goldenhersh was born on March 26, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in St. Louis. She has said that she is "half-Jewish by adoption on my father's side and Greek Orthodox on my mother's side".[1] She was a fundamentalist Christian for several years, but ultimately drifted away from the faith in her mid-20s.[2]


A graduate of Juilliard, Goldenhersh made her film debut in 1996 with her role in an adaptation of Herb Gardner's I'm Not Rappaport. From then on she appeared in films such as Swallowed, The Great Gatsy and The Believer. Goldenhersh also appeared on television in Sex and the City and episodes of the Law & Order franchise. She then focused on her stage career; her 2005 Broadway debut was in Doubt, opposite Cherry Jones and Brian F. O'Byrne.

Goldenhersh was nominated for a Tony Award in 2005 for "Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play" for her role as Sister James in Doubt. She also won a Theatre World Award for that performance.

In 2006, Goldenhersh auditioned for the show The Class, a sitcom created by David Crane (one of the creators of Friends), and Jeffery Klarik (an executive producer of "Mad About You") and was cast in the part of Lina Warbler. The Class premiered in September 2006 and won a People's Choice Award for "Best New Comedy" in January 2007. The series wasn't renewed for a second season.

Personal life

Goldenhersh is married to her Doubt co-star, Irish actor, Brían F. O'Byrne.[3] The couple has two daughters together, one being born in 2008, and the other being born in 2010.



Year(s) Show/Appearance Role
2000 Sex and the City (1 episode) Jenna
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (1 episode) Roseanne Connelly
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1 Episode) Ellen Swanson
2006–2007 The Class (permanent role) Lina Warbler


Year Movie Role
1996 I'm Not Rappaport Strike Woman
1997 Swallowed Trina
2000 The Great Gatsby Myrtle Wilson
2000 Spin The Bottle Rachel
2001 The Believer Linda
2002 Unconditional Love Grace's Daughter
2002 Nicholas Nickleby Fanny Squeers
2003 The School of Rock Sheila
2004 The Merchant of Venice Nerissa
2004 Kinsey Martha Pomeroy
2004 Tempting Adam Kami
2005 Southern Belles Margery
2006 The Pleasure of Your Company Jane
2007 Wedding Daze Jane
2008 Leatherheads Belinda



Year Show Role
2005 Doubt Sister James

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2005 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play Nominated
2005 Theatre World Award NYC Debut Performance Winner


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.