An accomplished performer who had her start in regional theater, actress Mary McCormack rose to prominence with an endearing, but also funny turn as the wife of Howard Stern in his autobiographical "Private Parts" (1997). Prior to this breakthrough role, McCormack cut her teeth in several forgettable films before landing her first regular television gig by playing a devoted associate attorney on the short-lived courtroom drama "Murder One" (ABC, 1995-97). Once people took notice of the spirited actress, McCormack began landing higher profile projects like "Deep Impact" (1998) and "True Crime" (1998), though often they were smaller supporting roles that underutilized her talents. To gain further attention, she looked to independent films, namely "Mystery, Alaska" (1999) and "Full Frontal" (2002), which allowed her to deliver nuanced performances in larger roles. But it was on television where McCormack truly made her mark, first with a memorable stint in the waning years of "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006), followed by "In Plain Sight" (USA, 2008-12), which marked her first time as a series star and promised greater things to come.