Most viewers would know Lisa Miller from the sitcom NewsRadio, Dr. Abby Lockhart from the medical drama ER, Audrey Reede from the film Liar Liar or Hellen Solloway from the TV drama The Affair. The bio you're about to read is of Maura Tierney (full name : Maura Lynn Tierney), an American actress whose successful portrayal of these characters had you sit gripped on your chairs, wanting for more.
Born on 3rd February 1965 in Hyde Park, Boston MA, Tierney has been active as an actress since 1987. She is 5.2 feet in height and 50 years of age. Raised into an Irish Catholic family with two other younger siblings, she attended Notre Dame Academy studying drama that led to her appearance at the Boston Globe Drama Festival. Upon her graduation from Notre Dame, she attended New York University majoring in dance and drama.
Tierney moved to Los Angeles, California and had her major break in Disney's film Student Exchange (1987). A low-budget indie film Dead Women in Lingerie had her starring, but was never released theatrically except for a DVD release in 2005. With over 30 films (out of which four were TV movies) and 15 TV series to her credit, Tierney can be seen as a versatile actress playing different roles ranging from a housewife to a certified doctor.
She has been nominated for her performances as an actress in the following instances : Blockbuster Entertainment Awards/Favorite Supporting Actress - Comedy/Romance for Forces of Nature (2000), Primetime Emmy Awards/Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and Screen Actors Guild Awards/Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for ER (2001), Prism Awards/Best Performance in a Drama Series and Satellite Awards/Best Actress – TV series Drama for ER (2003), Prism Awards/Best Performance in a Drama Series for ER (twice, 2007 and 2008), and this year's Golden Globe Awards/Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries of TV film for The Affair (2016), for which she has also been nominated Critics's Choice TV Awards/Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, the award announcement is still pending. So far, she has been nominated to eight awards so far, winning once and an award yet to be decided.
In 2009, Tierney left her role in Parenthood despite being cast due to conflicts in her cancer treatments following a surgery to remove a tumour from her breast. She prefers to call herself a champion and not survivor, having also signed on to the Chemotherapy : Myths or Facts Campaign soon after that to debunk popular myths on cancer and fighting this fatal disease. She later returned to work in a stage play after finishing her treatment in 2010.
After meeting on the sets of a TV series that never got released, Tierney married to actor-director Billy Morrissette on 1st February 1993. The couple shared 13 years of married life that ended in divorce and no children, due to differences that couldn't be sorted out.
Her twitter @tierney_mau has only 181 followers, but can be followed for updates. Having such minimal followers doesn't mean however that she isn't popular all around the world. Her net worth is estimated at $8 million.