Kathleen Wilhoite (born June 29, 1964) is an American film, stage, and television actress, and singer-songwriter. She made her feature film debut in Private School (1983) before having a leading role in Murphy's Law (1986), followed by supporting parts in Witchboard (also 1986), Crossing Delancey (1988), Road House (1989), and Lorenzo's Oil (1992). She also had notable guest-starring roles on several series during this time, including Twin Peaks (1990).
Wilhoite in 2014
David Harte (m. 1997)
Beginning in 1994, Wilhoite appeared as Chloe Lewis in a recurring guest-starring role on the series ER, and voiced the role of the titular character on the Disney Channel animated series Pepper Ann (1997–2000). Other notable film roles during the 1990s include the science fiction thriller Fire in the Sky (1993), and the survival film The Edge (1997).
In 2003, she was cast in a recurring role as Liz Danes on Gilmore Girls, and has subsequently had guest-starring roles on Criminal Minds (2008), Grey's Anatomy (2009), and Jane the Virgin (2015). In 2019, Wilhoite guest-starred on an episode of the Netflix series The OA.
Kathleen Wilhoite was born June 29, 1964 in Santa Barbara, California. Wilhoite began acting in theatrical productions as a child with the Santa Barbara Youth Theatre. She attended the University of Southern California before studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles.
1983–1997: Early workEdit
Wilhoite made her film debut in Private School (1983), and the same year appeared in the television film Quarterback Princess. She subsequently had guest roles on the television series The Jeffersons and Cagney & Lacey (both 1985). In 1986, she had a lead role in the film Murphy's Law, directed by J. Lee Thompson, as well as a supporting part as a psychic in the supernatural horror film Witchboard.
Wilhoite starred in two theatrical productions for New York City's Second Stage Theater in 1987: Division Street and Moonchildren. For her performance in the latter, critic Frank Rich of The New York Times praised her "frisky comic style" and likened her to "Shirley MacLaine in that star's earliest show-biz incarnation." This was followed by supporting film roles in Angel Heart (1987), the comedy Crossing Delancey (1988), and a lead role in the British-set horror film Dream Demon (also 1988), opposite Jemma Redgrave. Next, Wilhoite appeared in the Patrick Swayze-starring Road House (1989), Curtis Hanson's neo-noir Bad Influence (1990), and the drama Lorenzo's Oil (1992). She also appeared on television, portraying a resident of the titular town in David Lynch's series Twin Peaks in 1990.
Between 1993 and 1994, Wilhoite appeared in the seventh and eight seasons of L.A. Law as Rosalie Hendrickson Stulwicz. Beginning in 1994, she was cast in a recurring guest role as Chloe Lewis on ER, a role she continued to play for the following eight years. In 1995, she won a Q Award for her performance on the series, in the category of Outstanding Specialty Player by the Viewers for Quality Television. In film, Wilhoite portrayed the wife of a man who experiences alien abduction in Fire in the Sky (1993), followed by supporting parts in the drama Color of Night (1994) and the survival thriller The Edge (1997), starring Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin.
1998–2010: Film and televisionEdit
Wilhoite provided the voice of the titular character of the Disney Channel' animated series Pepper Ann, a role she began in 1997 and portrayed until the series' conclusion in 2000. In 2000, she appeared in several feature films, including the dark comedies Nurse Betty and Drowning Mona, as well as the drama Pay It Forward.
In the early 2000s, Wilhoite guest-starred on several series, including 24 (2002) and Will & Grace (2003). Beginning in late 2003, Wilhoite guest-starred in a recurring role on the series Gilmore Girls, portraying Liz Danes, the mother of Jess Mariano (Milo Ventimiglia).
In May 2006, Wilhoite wrote and performed a one-woman show, Stop Yellin', directed by Kathy Najimy. The show consisted of autobiographical monologues and performances of songs from her albums.. She subsequently had a supporting part in the comedy King of California (2007), starring Michael Douglas and Evan Rachel Wood. Guest-starring television credits in the late 2000s included Criminal Minds (2008) and Grey's Anatomy (2009).
2011–present: Later rolesEdit
In 2013, Wilhoite had a supporting part in the romantic comedy Crazy Kind of Love, followed by a central role in the independent drama A Sort of Homecoming (2015). Also in 2015, she guest-starred on the comedy series Jane the Virgin, followed by a guest role on the fantasy series Kevin (Probably) Saves the World in 2018. Beginning in 2018, she provided the voice of Sue Peltzer in the Cartoon Network animated series Summer Camp Island, and in 2019 had a guest-starring role on the Netflix series The OA.
As a musician, Wilhoite released two albums, Pitch Like a Girl (1997, Daves' Record Company) and Shiva (2000, Ruby Ray Records). Her songs have been in such films as Murphy's Law (1986), which she also starred in; her songs have also appeared in Valerie Flake (1999), and East of A (2000), Touched by an Angel (2000), as well as on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ("Wish We Never Met" from Pitch Like a Girl appeared in the season three episode "Consequences".)
Wilhoite married musician David Harte in 1997, with whom she has two children.
|1986||Murphy's Law||Arabella McGee|
|1986||The Morning After||Red|
|1986||Witchboard||Sarah 'Zarabeth' Crawford|
|1987||Campus Man||Molly Gibson|
|1987||Under Cover||Corrinne Armour|
|1988||Dream Demon||Jenny Hoffman|
|1988||Crossing Delancey||Myla Bondy|
|1989||Road House||Carrie Ann|
|1989||Brenda Starr||Hank O'Hare|
|1992||Lorenzo's Oil||Deirdre Murphy|
|1993||Fire in the Sky||Katie Rogers|
|1994||Getting Even with Dad||Kitty|
|1994||Color of Night||Michelle|
|2000||East of A||Spark|
|2000||Nurse Betty||Sue Ann Rogers|
|2000||Pay It Forward||Bonnie|
|2003||Welcome to the Neighborhood||Jennifer|
|2004||Perfect Opposites||Terri Curtis|
|2007||King of California||Kelly|
|2008||Winged Creatures||Jenn||AKA, Fragments|
|2013||Crazy Kind of Love||Doris|
|2015||A Sort of Homecoming||Annie Landry|
|2016||The Dog Lover||Mrs. Gold|
|1983||Quarterback Princess||Carolyn||TV film|
|1984||AfterMASH||Sandy||"Yours Truly, Max Klinger", "It Had to Be You"|
|1984||Family Ties||Kathy||"Ready or Not"|
|1984||Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac||Kelly Duncan||TV film|
|1984||Single Bars, Single Women||Dee Dee||TV film|
|1985||Not My Kid||Penny||TV film|
|1985||The Jeffersons||Robin||"State of Mind"|
|1985||Cagney & Lacey||Adrien Wickart||"On the Street"|
|1986||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Paulie||"Have You Tried Talking to Patty?"|
|1986||Heart of the City||Mary / Tiger Lady||"Cold Steal and Neon"|
|1986||Throb||Tina Toxoid||"My Fair Punker Lady"|
|1987||Cathy||Cathy Andrews (voice)||TV film|
|1988||Cathy's Last Resort||Cathy Andrews (voice)||TV film|
|1989||Cathy's Valentine||Cathy Andrews (voice)||TV film|
|1990||Cop Rock||Patricia Spence||"Pilot", "A Three-Corpse Meal", "The Cocaine Mutiny"|
|1990||Twin Peaks||Gwen Morton||"Drive with a Dead Girl"|
|1992||Crossroads||Selena||"Miles Away from Home"|
|1992||Live! From Death Row||Lorraine||TV film|
|1992||Quantum Leap||Norma Jean Pilcher||"Moments to Live"|
|1993||When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn||Cheryl||TV film|
|1993||Broken Promises: Taking Emily Back||Lily Ward||TV film|
|1993–94||L.A. Law||Rosalie Hendrickson Stulwicz||Recurring role (seasons 7–8)|
|1994–2002||ER||Chloe Lewis||Recurring role (seasons 1–8)|
|1996||Mad About You||Iris||"Do Me a Favor", "The Glue People"|
|1996||Terror in the Family||Judith||TV film|
|1997||Crisis Center||Sarah Morrow||"Where Truth Lies"|
|1997||Perversions of Science||Paula||"Snap Ending"|
|1997||Breast Men||Timmi-Jean Lindsey||TV film|
|1997–2000||Pepper Ann||Pepper Ann Pearson (voice)||Main role/Theme Song|
|1998||Ally McBeal||Janie Bittner||"Body Language"|
|1999||L.A. Doctors||Claire Elliott||"Been There, Done That"|
|2000||Family Law||Janel March||"Metamorphosis"|
|2000||Touched by an Angel||Kathy Benson||"An Angel on My Tree"|
|2001||Family Guy||Sam (voice)||"To Love and Die in Dixie"|
|2001||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Jane Rudd||"Care"|
|2002||24||Lauren Proctor||"8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m."|
|2002||My Sister's Keeper||Mona||TV film|
|2002||Philly||Lori Miller||"Tall Tales"|
|2002||Third Watch||Chloe Lewis||"Unleashed"|
|2002||For the People||Maxine Darwell||"Dog Day"|
|2002||3 South||Cindy (voice)||"The Freshman", "College Material", "Stomach Pump"|
|2003||Boomtown||Sally McBride||"Sinaloa Cowboys"|
|2003||Judging Amy||Nancy Gilbert||"The Best Interests of the Child"|
|2003||Will & Grace||Sally||"Fagmalion Part 3: Bye Bye Beardy"|
|2003||The Division||Christine Phillips||"Wish You Were Here"|
|2003||Audrey's Rain||Marguerite Walker||TV film|
|2004||Family Sins||Nadine Devereaux||TV film|
|2004||Century City||Laura||"A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Lose"|
|2004||The 4400||Grace Morrissey||"The New and Improved Carl Morrissey"|
|2004–2007||Gilmore Girls||Liz Danes||Recurring role (seasons 4–7)|
|2005||Charmed||Nadine||"The Seven Year Witch"|
|2006||Boston Legal||Sophia Wilson||"The Nutcrackers"|
|2007||Ghost Whisperer||Valerie Parker||"Children of Ghosts"|
|2008||The Cleaner||Irene Kemp||"Rag Dolls"|
|2008||Criminal Minds||Kathy Evanson||"Minimal Loss"|
|2009||Without a Trace||Sherri Brinkman||"Wanted"|
|2009||The New Adventures of Old Christine||Mrs. Dee Sellick||"Hair"|
|2009||In Plain Sight||Ingrid Berrenson||"A Frond in Need"|
|2009||Grey's Anatomy||Leslie Goldman||"Invasion"|
|2009||Ice Dreams||Debra Laston||TV film|
|2010||The Mentalist||Margo Ketchum||"Red Sky in the Morning"|
|2011||The Defenders||Natalie||"Nevada v. Wayne"|
|2011||The Glades||Mrs. Wyatt||"Iron Pipeline"|
|2015||Jane the Virgin||Wendy||"Chapter Sixteen"|
|2017||Wisdom of the Crowd||Karen Sanford||"Trojan Horse"|
|2018||Kevin (Probably) Saves the World||Phoebe Powell||"Caught White-Handed"|
|2018||The Resident||Claudia Webb||"Run, Doctor, Run"|
|2018-present||Summer Camp Island||Sue Peltzer (voice)||Main cast|
|2019||The OA||Amy Broderick||"Mirror Mirror"|
|1987||Division Street||Second Stage Theater|||
|1987||Moonchildren||Shelly||Second Stage Theater|||
|1998||Pitch Like a Girl||
||Kathleen Wilhoite - vocals, acoustic guitar, piano|
Tony Gilkyson - guitars
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