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Carolyn Hennesy
Born June 10, 1962 (1962-06-10) (age 47)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Donald Agnelli (2007-present)
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Carolyn Hennesy (born June 10, 1962) is an American actress and writer, currently starring on the soap opera General Hospital and on the sitcom Cougar Town.

Hennesy was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Oscar-winning art director Dale Hennesy, and a niece of actress Barbara Rush and cousin of Fox News reporter Claudia Cowan. She studied at the American Conservatory Theatre and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is a veteran of many stage productions as well as the comedy troupes the Groundlings and the ACME Comedy Theater.

She starred as Mrs Valentine on the teen drama Dawson's Creek in the 2000-2001 season, and she had supporting roles in the films Global Effect (2002), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde (2003), Click (2006), The Heat Chamber (2003) and Cougar Club (2007). She made three appearances on That '70s Show and has guest-starred on Reba as the mother of Reba's son-in-law, Van. She made a guest appearance on Drake & Josh as Mrs. Abernathy, the boss of the Ball & Vance Fish Corp. Additionally, she appeared as Judith Haven in an episode of What I Like About You and she voiced Blair Lansfield in the video game Star Ocean: Till the End of Time.

Since January 2007, she has been starring as mob attorney Diane Miller on the long-running ABC daytime drama General Hospital. Since 2009, she has also had a recurring role as the lascivious Barb on the ABC primetime comedy Cougar Town with Courteney Cox.

Hennesy has written a series of children's books based on the Greek mythological character Pandora. The first one, called Pandora Gets Jealous, was released January 2008. The sequel, Pandora Gets Vain, was released August 2008. The third book in the series, Pandora Gets Lazy, released March 2009. Book four, "Pandora Gets Heart," will be release in January of 2010.

Hennesy is married to actor Donald Agnelli.

Hennesy recently appeared in a GEICO television advertisement featuring the character known as "Cash".


  • Named Best Supporting Actress in TV Guide's "Best of 2007" Awards. She received an Ovation Award (L.A. version of the Tony) as Best Supporting Actress for the play "The Fan Maroo" and was named Outstanding Comedic Actress in 2000 for her body of work to date by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. She won the Canadian Spirit Award in 2009 for her work on General Hospital.

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