Carolyn Hennesy Bio

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Carolyn Hennesy (born June 10, 1962) is an Emmy-nominated American actress, author, wildlife conservationist and animal welfarist. She has become known for her advocacy work on behalf of zoos and aquariums committed to wildlife preservation, as much as her roles on daytime and primetime television programs.

Hennesy played Rosalyn Harris on the HBO series True Blood. Prior to joining the cast of True Blood, Hennesy starred on ABC’s primetime series Cougar Town and received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for her work on ABC’s General Hospital. She appeared on the Disney Channel show Jessie as the scheming Mrs. Chesterfied.

Early life

Hennesy was born on June 10, 1962 in Los Angeles, California,[1] the daughter of Oscar-winning art director Dale Hennesy.[2] She studied at the American Conservatory Theatre and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.[3] Hennesy is a veteran of many stage productions as well as the comedy troupes the Groundlings and the ACME Comedy Theater.[3]



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. Currently, she stars as Rosalyn Harris in the fifth season of HBO hit series True Blood.


Hennesy has written a series of children’s books based on the 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, was released in January 2010. The fifth book, Pandora Gets Angry, was released in February 2011. Book six, Pandora Gets Greedy, was released in June 2012. Book seven, ”“Pandora Gets Frightened”,was released in 2013.

Hennesy wrote The Secret Life Of Damien Spinelli featuring the characters of General Hospital

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

In October 2011, Hennesy appeared on Jessie as Mrs. Chesterfield, and in November 2011 as Myrna in the “That Still Small Voice” episode of Once Upon a Time. She also guest starred in “Bucket and Skinner

Wildlife Conservation & Zoo Advocacy

Hennesy is a wildlife conservationist and zoo animal welfarist. She is an outspoken critic of PETA and anti-zoo proponents. The actress became a staunch advocate of the zoo and aquarium industry after visiting several prominant zoological facilities and researching their science and education programs. In 2015, she defended SeaWorld during the California Coastal Commission’s hearings regarding the fate of the captive born and reared orca housed as SeaWorld parks.


Hennesy is a charter member of the board of ZooNation, a non-profit advocacy group supporting the interests of the captive wildlife industry. She was appointed by Executive Director Dr. Jordan Schaul as the chair of the organization’s celebrity coalition, which teaches public figures about zoo based-conservation initiatives and encourages them to serve as goodwill ambassadors for zoos and zoo-based conservation programs. She recruits celebrities and entertainment executives to endorse the work of zoological facilites around the world committed to safeguarding imperiled species. She has traveled extensively as an ecotourist and is particulalry interested in zoo elephant conservation programs.[4]

Animal Magnetism

She is also the producer and host of Animal Magnetism, a radio program featuring husbandry and welfare and conservation professioanls caring for domestic and wild animals. The program focuses on welfare and conservation issues and examines both the human-animal bond and the global increase in human-wildlife conflict resulting from human over-population growth and climate change.[5]

American Humane Association

In 2016, Hennesy was named an American Humane Association celebrity ambassador and spoke before a congressional committee on the organization’s new humane conservation initiative.[6]

Personal life

Hennesy is a niece of actress Barbara Rush and cousin of Fox News reporter Claudia Cowan.[7] She lives in Los Angeles. In 2007, Hennesy married Donald Agnelli.[1][8] They divorced in 2013.[1][8] She is a trapeze artist.[1]


Year Film Role Notes
1992 I Don’t Buy Kisses Anymore Bowling Alley Waitress Credited as Carolyn Henessey
1993 Lightning in a Bottle Marsha Timmons
2001 Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation Rose (voice: English version)
The Elite Elaine
2002 Engaging Peter Vivian
Surprise Whitney Short film
Global Effect Meredith Tripp
2003 Wave Babes Maureen Straight-to-video
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Rich Woman
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Congresswoman with Haircut
2004 The Second Degree Crissy
2005 Appleseed Athena Aerios Voice, Feature film, credited as Lee West
The Heat Chamber Lila
Off the Hook The Enchilada Short film
2006 Outta Sync Phaedra Lee
Bambi II Bambi’s Mother (voice) Straight-to-video
Click Kathy O’Doyle
The Emerald Sun Major Danes Short film
2007 Feeding Carolyn Short film
Sublime Cheryl Straight-to-video
Cougar Club Judge Margaret Emerson
Believers Lina Vance Straight-to-video
Til Death Does His Part God Short film
2008 Shattered! Adrienne
I Yes Ms. Cummings Short film
Necessary Evil Carole Fielding
Boob Jobs & Jesus Jody Short film
2009 Half Truth Soap Actress Short film
It’s Not Me, It’s You Therapist Short film
Scream of the Bikini Ronda (voice)
2010 Annie in the Aisle of Irma Marsha Short film
2011 I Love You Like Crazy Dr. Sing Short film
Year Series Role Notes
1993 Dark Justice Jill Episode: “Pygmalion”
1995 Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare USDA Representative Made-for-TV-Movie
Grace Under Fire Gloria Episode:”Jimmy Goes Away
1995 Night Stand with Dick Dietrick Layla Episode: ” The Fame Show”
1996 Night Stand with Dick Dietrick Amanda Episode: “Sexaholics”
1997 Wings Flight Attendant Episode: “Just Call Me Angel”
Party of Five Alice Episode: “Leap of Faith”
The Naked Truth Flight Attendant Episode: “We Almost Had Paris”
1997–1998 Jenny Chase Gardner Recurring
1998 Encore! Encore! Barbara Episode: “The Diary”
1999 That ’70s Show Sharon Singer Episodes:

  • “Hyde Moves In”
  • “The Good Son”
It’s Like, You Know… Cathy Episode: “Pilot
Thanks Henrietta Randolph Episode: “Tobacco”
The Big O Vera Ronstadt Contract role: Season 2 only
2000 Moesha Dr. Miller Episode: “He Doth Protest Too Much”
2000–2001 Dawson’s Creek Mrs. Valentine Recurring
2001 Strip Mall Caroline Cantwell Episode: “Barry Boinks Caroline”
Reba Mrs. Montgomery Episode: “Tea and Antipathy”
2002 Any Day Now Phyllis Episode: “Boys Will Be Boys”
The Young and the Restless Penelope Quinlan Episode: “Episode #1.7351”
Judging Amy Louise Rodericks Episode: “Come Back Soon”
Bram and Alice Patricia Episode: “Goody Two Shoes”
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Kago’s Mother (voice: English version) Episode: “Testation”
2003 Android Kidaider Chigusa Sakamoto (voice: English version)
Half & Half Mrs. Scranton Episode: “The Big Sexy Shame Episode”
Recipe for Disaster Mrs. Devries Made-for-TV-Movie
What I Like About You Dr. Judith ‘Judy’ Haven Episode: “When Holly Met Tina”
Significant Others Realtor Episode: “The Right House, the Wrong Gender & a Turn”
That ’70s Show Patty Ryals Episode: “Winter”
2005 Barbershop Mrs. Kane Episode: “Debates and Dead People”
2006 Girlfriends Melora Stewart Episode: “The Music in Me”
Commander in Chief TV Interviewer Episode: “Wind Beneath My Wing”
Drake & Josh Mrs. Abernathy Episode: “I Love Sushi”
2007–present General Hospital Diane Miller 352 episodes+
2007 General Hospital: Night Shift Diane Miller Episode: “Falling Star”
2008 Little Miss CEO Ms. Rivers Made-for-TV-Movie
Mother Goose Parade Herself 61st Annual in San Diego County’s City of El Cajon
2009 Penny Dreadfuls Carolyn Episode: “Feeding”
2009–2012 Cougar Town Barb Recurring
2009 Penny Dreadfuls Dorothy Episode: “All Tomorrow’s Parties”
2010 Everyone Counts Sheila Episodes:

  • “Snapshot of America”
  • “Demographics”
Better People Ivy Made-for-TV-Movie
2011 Everyone Counts Sheila Episodes:

  • “Ghostriding the Whip”
  • “The Next Assignment”
Shameless Mrs. Neidereiter Episode: “But at Last Came a Knock”
Once Upon a Time Myrna Episode: “That Still Small Voice
2011–2015 Jessie Mrs. Rhoda Chesterfield Recurring
2012 Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures R.J. Caldwell Episode: “Epic Cuffs”
True Blood Rosalyn Contract role: Season 5
2013 The Middle Connie McDonald Episode: “Winners and Losers”
2014 Devious Maids Mrs. Parker Episode: “You Can’t Take It With You”
Revenge Mrs Ellis Recurring
Video games
Year Game Role Notes
2000 Jump Start 1st Grade Ms. Nobel Credited as Carolyn Hennessy
Casper: Friends Around the World Casper the Friendly Ghost
2001 Star Trek: Away Team Aloram Vas (voice) Credited as Carolyn Hennessy
2002 Star Trek: Bridge Commander Captain Eina Zeiss/Captain Elizabeth Haley/Captain Torenn (voice) Credited as Carolyn Hennesey
.hack//Infection Gardenia (voice: English version)
.hack//Mutation Gardenia (voice: English version)
.hack//Outbreak Gardenia (voice: English version)
2003 .hack//Quarantine Gardenia (voice: English version)
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time Blair Lansfeld/Julee Garrand (voice: English version) Uncredited
2005 Tales of Legendia Additional Voices (voice: English version) Uncredited
2007 Golden Axe: Beast Rider (voice)
Ghost Rider Lilith (voice)
2010 Metro 2033


Year Award Result Category Series ref
2000 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Won Outstanding Comedic Actress Career [3]
2004 Ovation Award Won Featured Actress in a Play “The Fan Maroo”
2007 TV Guide‘s “Best of 2007” Awards Won Best Supporting Actress General Hospital [9]
2009 Canadian Spirit Award Won General Hospital
2010 Daytime Emmy Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress General Hospital [10]




  1. “Daytime Emmys Nominees 2010” (PDF). National Ledger. May 13, 2010. Archived from the original on May 16, 2010. Retrieved February 3, 2016.

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