Actress Jill Hennessy

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on May 16, 2004

What can you tell me about Jill Hennessy in Crossing Jordan?

—Elle H., Connecticut

Once again you can see Jill Hennessy, who plays controversial Boston medical examiner Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh, because NBC’s Crossing Jordan returned to the air in March. The show took a hiatus when Hennessy had a child last year. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Hennessy began her acting career in Toronto, where she appeared in the feature film Dead Ringers. She studied comedic improvisation with the famed Second City before landing a role in the Broadway-bound production of The Buddy Holly Story. Once in New York City, Hennessy landed starring roles in The Paper, Autumn in New York, Exit Wounds, and others. From 1993 to 1996, she portrayed assistant district attorney Claire Kincaid on the Emmy-winning NBC series Law & Order, and later returned to star as first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the miniseries Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot. In 2000, the International Press Academy presented Hennessy with a Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. Hennessy and her husband, Paolo Mastropietro, and their 7-month-old son divide their time between their homes in Los Angeles and Manhattan.