Maura Tierney Biography
Her mother was a real estate agent while her father was the famous Boston politician, Joseph Tierney. Maura graduated from the Notre Dame Academy in Massachusetts, where she learned drama and led to her appearing in several productions at the Boston Globe Drama Festival. After high school, Maura Tierney went to the New York University and also trained at the Circle in the Square Theater School.
After appearing in several plays in Massachusetts, Maura Tierney then moved to Los Angeles in 1987. In Los Angeles, she first appeared in the Disney movie made for television Student Exchange. Then her first starring role was in the independent movie Dead Women in Lingerie, which was shot in just 24 days. The movie, a tribute to the illegal immigrants, however was not released in the big screen, only in DVD in 2005.
Maura Tierney then continued to appear in several films television series and films but she did not rise to stardom until she appeared in the sitcom News Radio. She played the lead in News Radio for four years, from 1995 to 1999. While in News Radio, she also appeared in several films including the disaster movie Forces of Nature and the thriller Primal Fear.
After News Radio, Maura Tierney was then offered to play the role of Nurse Abigail Abby Lockhart, in the hit medical drama series ER. She first appeared as a guest star in 1999 but the following year, she became a regular cast of the show. For her performance as Nurse Abby, Maura was nominated at the Emmy Awards. In 2003 2004 season, her character graduated from med school and has become a doctor, making her the female lead star of the show. By this time, Maura Tierney is one of Hollywoods hottest television stars.
In 2002, she was seen in the movie Insomnia and also appeared in Scotland, Pa. In 2004, Maura Tierney won the Celebrity Poker Showdown, which was hosted by her News Radio co-star Dave Foley. In 2006, she appeared in the off-Broadway production of Some Girls, opposite Eric McCormack.
In 1993, Maura Tierney married actor/director Billy Morrisette but divorced him, citing irreconcilable differences, thirteen years later.