Charlotte Ross (born January 21, 1968) is an American actress, best known for her roles as Eve Donovan on the NBC Daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives from 1987 to 1991, and as Det. Connie McDowell on the ABC police drama series NYPD Bluefrom 2001 to 2004.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Ross was born and raised in Winnetka, Illinois. Her parents are Debbie Ross Kullby, who is retired and living in Colorado; and Peter Ross (d. 2009), aFINANCIAL advisor.[1] Charlotte has one younger brother, George, a hedge fund-analyst. "When we were little I used to beat him up," she recalls with a laugh, "but now we're close." Her first on-screen performance was in My First Mouthpiece; she was 8 years old. She moved on to performing in various hometown theater productions.

Career[edit | edit source]

After graduating from New Trier High School, Charlotte moved to Los Angeles, which her father opposed.[2] She tried out for the role of Kelly Bundy on Married... with Children, but was the producers' second choice behind Christina Applegateto whom she lost the role, before being cast as Eve Donovan on Days of Our Lives. Four years later, Ross co-starred with Katey Sagal ("Peg Bundy") in the movieViolation of Trust (aka She Says She's Innocent). The year after that, she guested onMarried... with Children as one of Bud Bundy's sexier classmates.

Ross's run on Days of Our Lives lasted from 1987 to 1991,EARNING her two Emmy nominations. Her other televisionCREDITS include the musical drama series The Heights (where she sang on the Billboard Number One hit "How Do You Talk to an Angel"),[3The 5 Mrs. BuchanansDrexell's ClassPaulyLaw & Order,TrinityBeggars and ChoosersFrasierSavage LandJake in ProgressFall Into Darkness and A Kiss So Deadly (which reunited her with Days co-star Charles Shaughnessy). She also co-starred in the 2007 Lifetime TV films Montana Sky andChristmas in Paradise.[4] She earned aGOLD record in 1992 for her work as a singer on the soundtrack album to the The Heights, famous for the song "How Do You Talk To An Angel".[2]

Ross is also known for her role as Connie McDowell in the ABC police drama series NYPD Blue from 2001 to 2004.[5] On February 25, 2003, Ross appeared in anNYPD Blue episode entitled "Nude Awakening", which featured shots of her buttocks as she prepared to step into the shower.[2][6] As a result, the FCC fined each of the 52 ABC stations with a $27,500 fine for broadcasting "indecent material" between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. However, on January 4, 2011, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously revoked the fine, stating that the FCC's enforcement of its indecency rules was "unconstitutionally vague and chilling." ABC, Inc., et al. v. Federal Communications Commission, No. 08-0841-ag(L) (2nd Cir.).

In 2006, Ross joined Billy Blanks to co-host a series of Tae-Bo infomercials. In 2011, Ross appeared as Candy in Summit's 3D film Drive Angry, alongside Nicolas Cage and Amber Heard.[7] In 2009, Ross began a recurring role on the Fox series Glee as Judy Fabray, the mother of Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron). She appeared in 4 episodes. In 2013, Ross began starring in the VH1 series Hit the Floor .[8] In 2014, Ross passed on an offer to return to Days of our Lives as Eve Donovan, and her role was recast with Kassie DePaiva because she was too busy with other acting projects.[9] Along with this news, Ross made a guest appearance on the ABC musical drama seriesNashville.[9] Later that year she was cast as Felicity Smoak's mother in The CW series, Arrow.[10]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

On October 18, 2003, Ross married Michael Goldman and gave birth to one child: son Maxwell Ross Goldman (whose name combines Charlotte's and her mother's maiden names). She and Michael Goldman separated in 2008 but "remain best of friends in raising our son." She resides in Los Angeles.[11]

Activism[edit | edit source]

In 2002, Ross supported PETA's anti-fur campaign by appearing naked in advertisements captioned "I'd Rather Show My Buns Than Wear Fur".[12]

In 2014, Ross signed on her support to the Animal Legal Defense Fund campaign "National Justice for Animals Week" by filming a video.[13]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Film[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Touch and Go Courtney's Girlfriend
1994 Foreign Student Elizabeth 'Sue Ann' Baldridge
Love and a .45 Mary Ann
Savage Land Mandy
1998 Looking for Lola Debbie
2007 Moola Nora
Live! Jennifer
2011 Drive Angry Candy
Street Kings: Motor City Beth Kingston
The Umpire Billie Satriano Short film
2014 Rita Mahtoubian Is Not A Terrorist Lana Short film

Television[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Notes
1987–1991 Days of Our Lives Eve Baron Donovan Series regular, role from July 16, 1987 to July 12, 1991

Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (1990-1991)

1991 She Says She's Innocent Justine Essex TV movie
Reasonable Doubts Meredith Little Episode: "Dicky's Got the Blues"
1992 Empty Nest Antoinette Episode: "Sayonara"
Drexell's Class Janet Episode: "The Resentments"
Married... with Children Darlene Episode: "Teacher Pets"
The Heights Hope Linden Series regular, 13 episodes
1994 Birdland Ronnie Episode: "Crazy for You"
1994–1995 The 5 Mrs. Buchanans Bree Buchanan Series regular, 17 episodes
1995–1996 Murder One Stephanie Lambert Episodes: "Chapter 8", "Chapter Seventeen"
1996 ER Angel Episode: "The Right Thing"
Minor Adjustments Amy Episode: "Baba-Doo-Wang"
A Kiss So Deadly Amanda Blake TV movie
Fall into Darkness Ann Price TV movie
1997 Pauly Dawn Delaney Series regular, 7 episodes
1998 A Will of their Own Susan Peterson TV miniseries
1998 Trinity Fiona McCallister Series regular, 10 episodes
NYPD Blue Laurie Richardson Episodes: "The One That Got Away" and "I Don't Wanna Dye"
1999 Kidnapped in Paradise Megan Emerson TV movie
1999–2001 Beggars and Choosers Lori Volpone Series regular, 42 episodes
2001 Frasier Monica Episode: "Sliding Frasiers"
2001–2004 NYPD Blue Det. Connie McDowell Series regular, 70 episodes
2006 Jake in Progress Annie 3 episodes
2007 Law & Order Judith Barlow Episode: "Talking Points"
Montana Sky Tess Mercy TV movie
Christmas in Paradise DANAMarino TV movie
2008 Ring of Death Mary Wyatt TV movie
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sabrina Owen Episode: "If I Had a Hammer..."
2009–2012 Glee Judy Fabray Episodes : "Ballad", "Journey to Regionals", "Prom Queen", and "Goodbye"
2013 Hit the Floor Olivia Vincent Series regular (Season 1)
2014 Nashville Ruth Bennett Episode: "Guilty Street"
Arrow Donna Smoak[14] Episodes: "The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak" and "Public Enemy"
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