Christina Pickles

Actor, Voice actor
This classically-trained blonde actress became a recognizable primetime face and earned four Emmy nominations as breast cancer survivor Nurse Helen Rosenthal on "St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1983-88), Christina Pickles found a ... Read more »
Born: 02/17/1935 in Yorkshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (63)

Angels Don't Sleep Here 2014 (Movie)

Angela Porter (Actor)

Growing Up Fisher 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pioneers of Television 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Live At the Foxes Den 2013 (Movie)

Mrs. Ducksworth (Actor)

Childrens Hospital 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Atlas Shrugged Part One 2011 (Movie)

Mother Rearden (Actor)

Friends with Benefits 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

How I Met Your Mother 2009, 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Retired at 35 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Flower Girl 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Guiding Light 1951 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Privileged 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Immigrants (L.A. Dolce Vita) 2008 (Movie)

Voice (Actor)

Medium 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Father of the Pride 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Division 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friends 1994, 1996 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Dragnet 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sol Goode 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

JAG 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Get Real 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Party of Five 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 1996, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Valerie Flake 1999 (Movie)

Meg Darnell (Actor)

The Wedding Singer 1998 (Movie)

Angie (Actor)

Diagnosis Murder 1994 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grace of My Heart 1996 (Movie)

Mrs Buxton (Actor)

In the Heat of the Night 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

No Easy Way 1996 (Movie)

Mrs. Livingston (Actor)

Romeo + Juliet 1996 (Movie)

Caroline Montague (Actor)

Sisters 1994 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cybill 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love & War 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Legends of the Fall 1994 (Movie)

Isabel (Actor)

Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Laurie Hill 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Veronica Clare 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The People Next Door 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Abortion: For Survival 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Narrator

Golden Land 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

St. Elsewhere 1982 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Masters of the Universe 1987 (Movie)

Sorceress (Actor)

James A. Michener's "Space" 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Seizure 1974 (Movie)

Nicole Blackstone (Actor)

A Twist of the Knife (TV Show)

Actor

Animal Practice (Tv Show)

Actor

Another World (TV Show)

Actor

Monday After the Miracle (TV Show)

Actor

Nightmare in the Daylight (TV Show)

Actor

The Family Holiday (TV Show)

Actor

The Patsy Awards (TV Show)

Actor

Weapons of Mass Distraction (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This classically-trained blonde actress became a recognizable primetime face and earned four Emmy nominations as breast cancer survivor Nurse Helen Rosenthal on "St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1983-88), Christina Pickles found a new venue in the 1990s in the recurring role of Judy Geller, the mother of Monica (Courteney Cox) and Ross (David Schwimmer) on the hit NBC sitcom "Friends".

Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, Pickles reportedly was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at age 15. After stage appearances in London and the USA, she settled in NYC and soon found work in daytime television, appearing on the soap operas, "The Guiding Light" (CBS) in 1970-71 and as the Countess de Poulignac on "Another World" (NBC) for two years (1977-79). In 1979, Pickles migrated to Southern California, where she almost immediately found work in the stage productions of "Cloud Nine" and "Darlinghissima" and as a guest performer on such series as "Lou Grant" and "The White Shadow". She was still a relatively little known performer when she landed her breakthrough role of Nurse Rosenthal. Once an established player, Pickles went on to appear in other small screen projects including the CBS miniseries "James Michener's Space" (1985), the syndicated TV-movie "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" (1984), and as a Jewish woman terrorized in "The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro" (NBC, 1989). She was particularly effective as the long-suffering wife of a Midwestern businessman caught up in the decadence of Tinseltown in the 1988 "Golden Land" installment of PBS' "Tales From the Hollywood Hills". In 1989, Pickles displayed her comedic flair as the disapproving sister-in-law on the short-lived CBS sitcom "The People Next Door" and later as the potential mother-in-law to Booger in "Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love" (Fox, 1994). In addition, she has lent her distinctive talents as narrator of the 1989 TBS documentary "Abortion: For Survival" and host of the special "Abortion: Denied" (TBS, 1990).

While Pickles' big screen appearances has been sporadic, she has often shone. The actress debuted opposite Jonathan Frid as a married couple caught up in a series of games that turn deadly in Oliver Stone's directorial debut, "Seizure" (1974). She camped it up as an evil sorceress in "Masters of the Universe" (1987), but lent a patrician air to her brief role as the estranged wife of Anthony Hopkins in "Legends of the Fall" (1994). After making a relative brief appearance in Allison Anders' "Grace of My Heart", she played Leonardo DiCaprio's mother, Mrs. Montague, in Baz Luhrmann's modern-day spin on "William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'" (both 1996). Pickles rounded out that year with a small but telling portrayal as the clueless mother of an AIDS-stricken man in "No Easy Way". Pickles went on to co-star with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in the comedy "The Wedding Singer" (1998).

Relationships

Rebecca

Daughter

Oliver

Son

Herb Edelman Actor

Companion
with him at the time of his 1996 death from emphysema

Wilfred Pickles

Uncle

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England
said to have first attended when she was 15

Milestones

1999

Had featured role as Debrah Farentino's mother on the Fox series "Get Real"

1997

Co-starred in the HBO movie "Weapons of Mass Distraction"

1996

Played Mrs. Montague in Baz Luhrmann's updated version of "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet"

1996

Appeared as Illeana Douglas' critical mother in Allison Anders' "Grace of My Heart"

1994

Played the recurring role of Judy Geller, mother of Monica (Courteney Cox Arquette) and Ross (David Schwimmer) on the NBC sitcom "Friends"; earned a 1994-1995 Emmy nomination for the role

1994

Played the estranged wife of Anthony Hopkins in "Legends of the Fall"

1989

Narrated TBS special "Abortion: For Survival"

1989

Returned to series TV in "The People Next Door" (CBS)

1985

Co-starred in the CBS miniseries "James A Michener's 'Space'"

1979

Moved to Los Angeles; performed in stage productions of "Cloud Nine" and "Darlinghissima: Letters to a Friend"

1974

Played wife to Jonathan Frid in feature film "Seizure"

1969

Played Linell Conway on soap opera "The Guiding Light" (CBS)

1961

Co-starred as Lady Jane in CBS production of "Vanity Fair"

Co-starred as Nurse Helen Rosenthal on "St. Elsewhere" (NBC); received four Emmy nominations

Played Countess Elena on "Another World" (NBC)

Born and raised in England

Moved to the USA

Bonus Trivia

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"I didn't know how good 'St. Elsewhere' was until I was in Martha's Vineyard, where they were running the show late at night. I happened to turn on the television and see an episode, and I knew then why people loved the show: because it was so well-written." --Christina Pickles

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