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Barbara Bosson

Barbara Bosson, who earned an Emmy Award nomination for her performance on Murder One (1995), was raised in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, a small coal-mining town about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh. When she was a teenager, she and her family moved to Florida, where she attended Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport. After graduation, she was accepted into the Drama Department of Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh (now Carnegie Mellon). When Bosson learned the tuition would be too great a burden on her parents, she instead moved to New York. She supported herself in a variety of jobs -- secretary, television production assistant, Playboy Bunny, etc. -- while studying acting with Milton Katselas and Herbert Berghof, and musical comedy with Word Baker. Six years later, Bosson reevaluated her prospects while working as a secretary for ACT (the American Conservatory Theater). She spoke frequently with various drama department heads, including Earl Gister, head of Carnegie Tech's Drama Department. Deciding it wasn't too late to pursue her dream, she asked Gister for an audition. He agreed. Bosson can't remember her audition, but it convinced Gister to place her in the school and to assist her in finding scholarship money. So, at 26, she became Carnegie Tech's oldest freshman. While attending Carnegie Tech, Bosson met her future husband, Steven Bochco (whom she would not marry until years later), and fellow Hill Street Blues (1981) stars Bruce Weitz and Charles Haid. On a summer break from Carnegie Tech, she landed a job in San Francisco with the improvisational group, "The Committee". With Gister's blessing, she stayed with the group and performed with them for three years. Bosson is a five-time Emmy Award nominee for Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series for her portrayal of "Fay Furillo" in the Emmy Award-winning series, Hill Street Blues (1981). An innovative cook, Bosson raises her own herbs and vegetables. She enjoys skiing, doing crossword puzzles and dancing. Bosson also hates dieting, which she has done unsuccessfully for 25 years. Bosson and Steven Bochco have two children and reside in Los Angeles.


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Born:
Nov 1, 1939 In Charleroi, Pennsylvania, United States
Movie/TV Credits:
23
First Appeared:
In the series Mannix 1967-09-16
Latest Project:
Movie The Bunny Years 1999-12-07
Known For
Poster of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Poster of Hill Street Blues
Poster of Richie Brockelman, Private Eye
Poster of Mannix
Filmography
Movie The Bunny Years Herself 1999-12-07
Series Murder One Miriam Grasso 1995-09-20
Series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Roana 1993-01-03
Movie Jury Duty: The Comedy Brattner 1990-01-14
Series Cop Rock 1990-09-26
Movie Little Sweetheart Mrs Davies 1989-10-19
Movie Supermom's Daughter Donna Crandall 1987-02-18
Series Hooperman Unknown 1987-09-23
Series L.A. Law Unknown 1986-09-15
Movie The Abduction of Allison Tate Lisa Stubbs 1986-10-03
Movie Imps* Pam 1985-01-01
Movie Hostage Flight Roberta Spooner 1985-11-17
Movie Calendar Girl Murders Nancy 1984-04-08
Movie The Last Starfighter Jane Rogan 1984-07-13
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Series Crazy like a Fox Unknown 1984-12-30
Series Hill Street Blues Fay Furillo 1981-01-15
Series Richie Brockelman, Private Eye Sharon Diederson 1978-03-17
Series Emergency! Unknown 1972-01-22
Series Alias Smith and Jones Unknown 1971-01-05
Movie A Session with the Committee Self 1969-08-11
Movie The Love God? Minor Role (uncredited) 1969-08-01
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16