I loved the show Judging Amy. What can you tell me about its star, Amy Brenneman?
—Monica Harris, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Harvard University graduate Brenneman, 47, created and produced that 1999-2005 TV series in which she says she channeled her mother, a superior court judge in Connecticut. "Creatively, I still miss it," says Brenneman. "I don't feel that it was finished, but I was ready for it to end because my son was born two weeks after the show wrapped." For the past four years she has played Dr. Violet Turner on Private Practice, which she says she loves because it's "a true ensemble." She and her husband, director Brad Silberling, have two children.