Actress Melinda McGraw has firmly established herself in the acting industry since she made her acting debut four decades ago. In a career that started at a very tender age in Boston’s children theater, the actress has gone to appear in films like “Mad Men” “The West Wing” and Albino Alligator” and many more. See information about her career journey as well as her marriage to recording artist Steve Pierson.
Melinda McGraw: Age and early life
McGraw was born on October 25, 1963, in Nicosia, Cyprus, to American parents. Her father served as a diplomat for the Agency of International Development before becoming an executive with a major hotel in Boston. Not much is known about her mother. Melinda has two elder sisters.
She attended the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge and landed her first acting opportunity with the Boston Children’s Theater at a very tender age. Melinda had a short spell at Bennington College before enrolling at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Melinda performed in many theater productions in London before returning to the US to chase her career in Hollywood.
Melinda McGraw is 56 years old.
Melinda McGraw: Career
Melinda McGraw made her acting debut in 1988 in the police drama television movie “Rockliffe” as WPC Heather Ackroyd. She also appeared as Dixie in the film “American Playhouse” in the same year. A couple of appearances followed but they were mostly minor roles but Melinda has her eyes set for the bigger roles and it soon landed her way.
Between 1992-1994, she played Detective Cydavia “Cyd” Madison on “The Commish”. She also appeared as Melissa Scully in four episodes of “The X-Files”. Melinda appeared in an episode of NBC sitcom “The Pursuit of Happiness”. The actress has also starred in four episodes of “Desperate Housewives” as Annabel Foster.
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In 2006, she became more noticeable as she played Jane Braun, campaign advisor to Presidential candidate Arnold Vinick, in several episodes of “The West Wing” on NBC. She portrayed U.S. Attorney Valerie Por in “Close to Home”.
In 2008, Melinda played Commissioner Gordon’s wife in the hit film “The Dark Knight” Also, she had a recurring role as seductive adulteress Bobbie Barrett in the 2008 season of AMC’s ‘Mad Men”. For her role in season 2 of the series, she earned a Screen Actors’ Guild Award as part of the Best Ensemble Cast, as well as an OFTA Television Award for Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series. She received a Best Supporting Actress Award from the Milan Film Festival for “Meeting Spencer ” opposite Jeffery Tambor and Jesse Plemons
Melinda made guest appearances in the 9th season of “NCIS” in the episodes “Devil’s Triangle”, “Devil’s Trifecta” and “Devil’s Triad” as Diane Sterling, an ex-wife of both Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Tobias Fornel. She has also appeared in the ABC series “Scandal”.
The actress is certified in stage combat by the British Society of Fight Directors. Most of her acting credits came in one or two episodes of television series she has starred in. Melinda is still active in the acting industry and surely there she has more to give before dropping her acting gloves.
Melinda McGraw dated actor Nicholas Lea whom she met on the set of “The Commish” in 1992. Nicholas Lea is known for his roles in the “X-Files” and “Kyle XY”. Their relationship ended lasted for a long time before they parted ways.
In 2000, Melinda married recording artist Steve Pierson after they both dated for a while. They have a daughter together named Lucy Grace. In 2009, Melinda wrote an essay about the premature birth of her daughter for the book “Note to Self: 30 Women on Hardship, Humiliation, Heartbreak, and Overcoming It All”.
Melinda McGraw: Net worth, other facts
Several online sources put the net worth of Melinda McGraw at around 45 million dollars. The sum might seem outrageous judging from her movie credits but it is not unbelievable as the actress has been active every year since she made her debut. She might as well as increase this figure to 50 million before retiring from the industry, just to piss many off.
She is 5 feet 7 inches tall or 1.7meters in height. She weighs around 55kg or 121Ibs.
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