Where Is She Now: Mel Harris (Actress) - thirtysomething.
Name: Mel Harris
Born: July 12, 1956, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Claim To Fame: She is known for roles in several TV series,
including thirtysomething (1987-1991), Something So Right
(1996?1998) and Stargate SG-1.
Family Life: Her five marriages (in chronological order)
include: David Silbergeld (1978?79), Brian Kilcommons (1980?
82), photographer David Hume Kennerly (1983?88) (with whom
she had son Byron in 1984), actor Cotter Smith (1988?96)
(with whom she had daughter Madeline in April 1990) and
investment banker Michael Toomey (2001-2006).
Info: Harris is best known for playing Hope Murdoch
Steadman on the 1980s television series thirtysomething
(1987?1991). She has appeared with James Belushi in K-9
(1989) and with Jere Burns on the NBC sitcom Something So
Right from 1996 to 1998.
Harris has also appeared on television in a number of
programs including The West Wing, Murder, She Wrote:
South by Southwest, Dawson's Creek, Touched by an Angel
and House. She had a recurring role on Stargate SG-1 as
Oma Desala, played real-life victim Madge Oberholtzer in
the TV mini-series Cross of Fire (1989) and starred in
the Scott Turow legal thriller The Burden of Proof in
Trivia: Grew up in North Brunswick, New Jersey and
graduated from New Brunswick High School in 1974.
As Mel Kennerly, she won quite a bit of money on the TV
game show The (New) $25,000 Pyramid (1973) in September of
1985. She introduced herself as a professional dog trainer.
Trains for triathalons.
Mel is how her sister pronounced Mary-Ellen when she was
very young, and the nickname stuck.
Named as one of "America's 10 Most Beautiful Women" by
Harper's Bazaar in 1989.
Where Is She Now: Most recently, she appeared in 2013-2014
on Law & Order: special Victims Unit as Eileen Switzer.
Before that, she had an uncredited role in the 2009 comedy
Imagine That, which starred Eddie Murphy. She also
appeared in the 2009 horror film The Lodger.
In 2007, Harris played Sylvia Capshaw on the MyNetworkTV
limited-run serial Saints & Sinners.