Jill Eikenberry

Actor, Producer
A stately leading lady who projects intelligence, Jill Eikenberry became famous as the female law partner Ann Kelsey on the long-running NBC drama "L. A. Law" (1986-94), alongside her real-life husband Michael Tucker ... Read more »
Born: 01/20/1947 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (64)

Body of Proof 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Something Borrowed 2011 (Movie)

Bridget Thaler (Actor)

Young Adult 2011 (Movie)

Hedda Gary (Actor)

Law & Order 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Numb3rs 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Batman Beyond 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

L.A. Law: The E! True Hollywood Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Law: The Movie 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Manna From Heaven 2002 (Movie)

Dottie (Actor)

Mark Twain's Roughing It 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Judging Amy 1986 - 1994, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicken Soup For the Soul 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Strong Medicine 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

National Memorial Day Concert (1999) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Jill Eikenberry 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

My Very Best Friend 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Other Woman 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Campbell's Portrait of a Teacher II 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1986 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tracey Ullman Takes on New York 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Television Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The "L.A. Law" 100th Episode Special 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

My Boyfriend's Back 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

A Family Again 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

At Rona's 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Destined to Live: 100 Roads to Recovery 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Mickey's 60th Birthday Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Sins 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny, You Don't Look 200 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Manhattan Project 1986 (Movie)

Elizabeth Stevens (Actor)

Grace Quigley 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sessions 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Arthur 1981 (Movie)

Susan Johnson (Actor)

Hide in Plain Sight 1980 (Movie)

Alisa Hacklin (Actor)

Butch and Sundance: The Early Days 1979 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Rich Kids 1979 (Movie)

Juilliard Student (Actor)

An Unmarried Woman 1978 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

Between the Lines 1977 (Movie)

Lynn (Actor)

A Stoning in Fulham County (TV Show)

Actor

A Town Torn Apart (TV Show)

Actor

An Inconvenient Woman (TV Show)

Actor

Assault and Matrimony (TV Show)

Actor

Cast the First Stone (TV Show)

Actor

Chantilly Lace (TV Show)

Actor

Dare to Love (TV Show)

Actor

Gone in a Heartbeat (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Judith Light (TV Show)

Narrator

Kane & Abel (TV Show)

Actor

Living a Lie (TV Show)

Actor

On Hope (TV Show)

Actor

Orphan Train (TV Show)

Actor

Parallel Lives (TV Show)

Actor

Rugged Gold (TV Show)

Actor

Swan Song (TV Show)

Actor

The Deadliest Season (TV Show)

Actor

Uncommon Women and Others (TV Show)

Actor

Without Consent (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Emile Norman: By His Own Design (TV Show)

Producer

Biography

A stately leading lady who projects intelligence, Jill Eikenberry became famous as the female law partner Ann Kelsey on the long-running NBC drama "L. A. Law" (1986-94), alongside her real-life husband Michael Tucker. Born in Connecticut and raised in Wisconsin and Missouri, Eikenberry was studying anthropology when a friend encouraged her to audition at Yale. By 1970, Eikenberry was a member of the Arena Stage where she met Tucker (whom she married in 1973). Within a few years, the couple had relocated to Manhattan where Eikenberry made her Broadway debut in "All Over Town" (1974), directed by Dustin Hoffman. She garnered praise for her performance as Kate, who dreams of a career as lawyer for the Justice Department, in Wendy Wasserstein's "Uncommon Women and Others" (which she reprised in a 1978 PBS broadcast) and for her musical turn as suffragette Victoria Woodhull in "Onward, Victoria" (1980). Eikenberry earned an OBIE Award for her work in "Lemon Sky" and "Life Under Water" in 1986.

TV and films beckoned in the late 70s and Eikenberry debuted on the big screen as part of the ensemble of Joan Micklin Silver's look at alternative journalism, "Between the Lines" (1977). She has only a handful of other features to her credit, like her one scene in "An Unmarried Woman" (1978), as a friend who meets Jill Clayburgh at a Chinese restaurant and the more substantial role of the snooty fiancee of Dudley Moore's "Arthur" (1981). In "The Manhattan Project" (1986), Eikenberry was the mother of teenager (Christopher Collett) who manufactures a nuclear reactor. The small screen has offered more diversity and challenges, mostly in meaty dramas. A change of pace found Eikenberry joined Judith Light and Sandy Duncan in "My Boyfriend's Back" (NBC, 1989), a musical comedy-drama about the reunion of teen girl group, with Eikenberry as the lead singer and the one least interested in performing again. She co-produced and starred in "Living a Lie" (NBC, 1991), playing a woman who comes to realize her husband isn't what she thought he was. She also frequently teamed with her husband, generally portraying spouses, in such efforts as "A Family Again" (ABC, 1988) and "Gone Away in a Heartbeat" (CBS, 1996). Eikenberry served as a frequent host of TV specials, including "Destined to Live" (1988), a documentary about breast cancer which she co-produced.

Relationships

Michael Tucker

Husband
married in 1973 appeared together on "L.A. Law"

Max Tucker

Son
born c. 1982

Alison Tucker

Step-Daughter
appeared on "L.A. Law" as Eikenberry's stepdaughter born c. 1970

EDUCATION

School of Drama, Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut

Barnard College

New York , New York
left after two years

Milestones

2000

With husband, served as celebrity host of the web site GenerationA.com

1994

Had featured role in the Showtime movie "Parallel Lives"; also sang

1993

Appeared in the Showtime film "Chantilly Lace"

1991

Starred in and co-produced tthe TV-movie "Living a Lie"

1988

Hosted and produced "Destined to Live", a one-hour documentary on breast cancer

1986

Starred as Ann Kelsey on "L.A. Law"

1986

Underwent treatment for breast cancer

1981

Portrayed the fiancee of "Arthur"

1980

Had lead role of sufragette Victoria Woodhull in the short-lived Broadway musical "Onward, Victoria"

1978

Reprised her stage role in the PBS production of "Uncommon Women and Others"

1977

Feature film debut in the ensemble comedy-drama "Between the Lines"

1977

TV-movie acting debut "The Deadliest Season" (CBS)

1977

Appeared on stage in Wendy Wasserstein's "Uncommon Women and Others"

1974

Debuted on Broadway in "All Over Town", directed by Dustin Hoffman

1969

Met Michael Tucker while both were performing at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.

Played Ann Kelsey on the hit NBC legal drama "L.A. Law"

Raised in Madison, WI, and St Joseph and Kansas City, MO

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