An affable blonde actress who first came to attention in an award-winning turn as a soap opera good girl turned bad, Cynthia Watros enjoyed primetime success as Erin, the stable yet quirky girlfriend...
Lake Orion, Michigan, USA
|Family Guy||2013 1997 - 2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|The Bill Engvall Show||2008 2005 - 2008||Actor||A.J. Banks||20087|
|Raines||2006 2005 - 2006||Actor||Sarah||20067|
|Titus||2001 1998 - 2001||Actor||Erin||20017|
|Dog With A Blog||2014 2011 - 2014||Actor||Sigourney||20147|
|Life is Wild||2007 2006 - 2007||Actor||n/a||20077|
|Criminal Minds||2013 2004 - 2013||Actor||Heather Vanderwaal||20137|
|P.S. Your Cat Is Dead||2003||Actor||Kate||20037|
|Warehouse 13||2013 2007 - 2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|Rendez-View||2001 2000 - 2001||Actor||Guest Panelist||20017|
|His and Hers||1997||Actor||Pam||19977|
|Mercy Streets||2000||Actor||Samantha 'Sam'||20007|
|Hawaii Five-O||2013 2009 - 2013||Actor||Katie Burgess||20137|
|Grey's Anatomy||2013 2003 - 2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|A Smile As Big As The Moon||2011 2010 - 2011||Actor||Dr. Deborah Barnhart||20117|
|The Drew Carey Show||2003 1994 - 2003||Actor||(regular as of season 2002-2003)||20037|
|Electrick Children||2013||Actor||Gay Lynn||20137|
|Law & Order: Criminal Intent||2010 2000 - 2010||Actor||n/a||20107|
|Desperate Housewives||2011 2003 - 2011||Actor||Tracy Miller||20117|
|Just Pray||2004||Actor||Perry Ann Lewis||20047|
|Men of a Certain Age||2010 2008 - 2010||Actor||n/a||20107|
|The Yellow Bird||Actor||Alma Tutwiler||7|
|Cafe Society||Actor||Dianne Harris||7|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||2013 1999 - 2013||Actor||Barbie Aubrey||20137|
|Gossip Girl||2012 2006 - 2012||Actor||Cece||20127|
|The Secret Life of the American Teenager||2012 2006 - 2012||Actor||n/a||20127|
|The 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards||1994 1993 - 1994||Actor||Presenter||19947|
|The 24th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards||1996 1995 - 1996||Actor||Presenter||19967|
|Spin City||2001 1995 - 2001||Actor||Gayley||20017|
|Profiler||1999 1995 - 1999||Actor||Helen||19997|
|New York Undercover||1997 1993 - 1997||Actor||Reporter||19977|
|Guiding Light||2008 1950 - 2008||Actor||(to 2/23/98)||20087|
|Another World||Actor||(from 8/21/98 to 9/3/98)||7|
|Appeared in a small role on "New York Undercover" (Fox)|
|Briefly returned to daytime playing Vicky Hudson McKinnon on NBC's "Another World"|
|Co-starred in "P.S. Your Cat Is Dead," directed by and starring Steve Guttenberg|
|Acted Off-Broadway in "Four Dogs and a Bone"|
|Played the virginal nurse Annie Dutton on the CBS drama "Guiding Light"|
|Cast as Agnes Gooch in a production of "Auntie Mame"|
|Joined the cast of "The Drew Carey Show" as Kellie Newmark, Drew's childhood friend|
|Joined the cast of Fox's "House M.D." playing the role of Dr. Wilson's (Robert Sean Leonard) ex-wife|
|Had role in the Showtime TV-movie "Cafe Society" (also released theatrically in the USA)|
|Had supporting role in Faye Dunaway's directorial debut, the short "The Yellow Bird"|
|Joined the cast of ABC's "Lost" as Libby, a therapist who was part of a second band of survivors of the airplane crash discovered in the second season; returned briefly in 2008 and for the final season in 2010|
|Appeared in the Canadian film "His & Hers"|
|Made debut as a series regular on the Fox sitcom "Titus" as Erin, the title character's girlfriend|
The youngest of two, Michigan native Watros was raised in near poverty after her parents were divorced. While her mom struggled to feed and clothe two kids by holding down two jobs, the future star faced a life-threatening illness when she hit high school. Diagnosed with immune thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP), a disease that causes bleeding through the skin, she spent nearly three years in and out of hospitals undergoing chemotherapy and eventually a splenectomy. Graduating from high school, Watros marked time at a local community college until she was cast as Agnes Gooch in a production of "Auntie Mame". Transferring to Boston University, Watros graduated with a BFA and like many, headed to NYC to seek fame.
After marking time as a waitress, she landed a small role on Fox's "New York Undercover" and then was cast in her star-making role as the virginal nurse Annie Dutton on CBS' long-running "Guiding Light" in 1994. Over her three years on the daytime drama, her character went from sweet good girl to psychotic, allowing the actress to display her range. Although she clashed with resident diva (and on screen rival) Kim Zimmer, Watros proved popular with fans and took home the 1998 Daytime Emmy as Best Lead Actress. By that point, though, she had decided to try her hand at other roles and had decided not to renew her contract with the show.
While she had a couple of film roles ("Cafe Society" 1996) under her belt, Watros headed West for pilot season. Although she made "Rock Paper Scissors" for Fox, it didn't make it to the fall schedule. She briefly returned to daytime filling in for an ill actress in the role of Vicky Hudson McKinnon on "Another World" in late 1998. The following year, she auditioned and was offered the role of Erin in the pilot of "Titus", but Fox ironically wanted to pay her less money than she had received for "Rock Paper Scissors". As a result, she spurned the offer but after an exhaustive search, the "Titus" producers pressured the network to meet her financial demands. As a result, Watros enjoyed critical acclaim for her work and further got to demonstrate her comedic abilities. Like others who have enjoyed success on the small screen, the actress was courted for other parts and accepted a supporting role in Faye Dunaway's directorial debut, the short "The Yellow Bird" (2001) and a co-starring part in Steve Guttenburg's directorial debut, "P.S. Your Cat Is Dead" (2003).
After the cancellation of "Titus," the producers of ABC's long-running sitcom "The Drew Carey Show" quickly snatched up Watros in the 2002 season to fill the distaff void left by departing actress Christa Miller, casting her as Kellie Newmark, Drew's childhood friend who has long carried a torch for him. Watros stayed with the show through its final season in 2004. She was not absent for the small screen for long, cast on the hit ABC series "Lost" as Libby, a therapist who was part of a second band of survivors of the airplane crash discovered in the second season.
|Emma Rose Marie Gilliland||Daughter||Twin of Sadie; born July 14, 2001; father, Curtis Gilliland|
|Sadie Anne Marie Gilliland||Daughter||Twin of Emma; born July 14, 2001; father, Curtis Gilliland|
|Curtis Gilliland||Husband||Met when they worked together in a NYC restaurant; married in 1996|
|Nancy Salvador||Mother||Divorced from Watros' father c. 1975|
|Bruce Watros||Father||Divorced from Watros' mother c. 1975|
|Steven Watros||Brother||Born c. 1966|
|Macomb Community College|
|On initially passing on the role of Erin when the network offered her a paltry salary, Watros explained to TV Guide (May 20, 2000): "I loved the "Titus" guys and really wanted to do the show, but I couldn't sell myself short. So I broke up with [the producers] the way you'd break up with a boyfriend that wasn't working out: I decided to move on, find another guy and never look back. [But] every other pilot in town as looking for "Dawson's Creek"-type girls. I spent the next three months trying to pass myself off as 18, to no avail."
The actress was eventually cast in the role at the insistance of the producers who got Fox to increase their offer to her.
|On Nov. 30, 2005, Watros was arrested and taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in Oahu, Hi; she plead guilty to drunken driving on Jan.12, 2005, where she was fined $312, had her driver's license suspended for 90 days and was ordered to undergo 14 hours of counseling.|
|Watros overcame a serious disease as a teenager; she was diagnosed with Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, an autoimmune disease of the blood. It required several years of chemotherapy and a splenectomy. In an interview in the Season 3 DVD of "Titus," she stated that she had lost her hair and gained over 100 pounds as a result of this disease.|
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