Beth Broderick

Beth Broderick

Birth name: Beth Alison Broderick
Born: February 24, 1959
Age: 62
Birthplace: Falmouth, Kentucky, U.S.
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Beth Alison Broderick (born February 24, 1959[1]) is an American actress. She is notable for her portrayal of the character Zelda Spellman in the ABC/WB television sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996-2003).[2] She also had recurring roles as Diane Janssen in the ABC mystery drama series Lost (2005-2008) and as Rose Twitchell in the CBS science fiction drama series Under the Dome (2013).[3]

Broderick was born in Falmouth, Kentucky, the daughter of Nina Lou (née Bowden) and Thomas Joseph Broderick.[1] She grew up in Huntington Beach, California. Even as a child, she was interested in theatre. She graduated from high school at sixteen, and then from the American Academy of Arts in Pasadena, California, at the age of eighteen. Afterwards, she moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. She has two sisters.



Billed as Beth Alison Broderick, and later as Norris O'Neal, she made her debut in two adult films, In Love (1983) and Bordello: House of the Rising Sun (1985). Both roles portrayed her as a lesbian and were financially unsuccessful. Again as Norris O'Neal, she appeared in the mainstream comedy Sex Appeal (1986). In 1986 she had small roles in If Looks Could Kill, Student Affairs, Young Nurses in Love, and Slammer Girls, a spoof of the women in prison film genre.

Her first significant role was in Stealing Home (1988), in which she played the sexy neighbor who seduces a young, innocent Jonathan Silverman. In 1990, she had a small part in The Bonfire of the Vanities. Her movie credits include Man of the Year (1995), Maternal Instincts (1996), Breast Men (1997), Psycho Beach Party (2000) and The Inner Circle (2003). She also played a small role in the movie Fools Rush In (1997), with Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek, as a business woman. In the film Timber Falls, she played a crazy religious woman, who together with her husband and brother, torture couples who break the rules of chastity while camping.

Her television credits include Married... with Children, The 5 Mrs. Buchanans, Hearts Afire, Supernatural and Glory Days. She guest starred on Northern Exposure in the 1992 episode "It Happened In Juneau", playing a lusty doctor hunting for a one-night stand with Dr. Joel Fleischman, played by Rob Morrow. In 1997 she appeared in the racy Showtime series Women: Stories of Passion ("The Bitter and the Sweet" 2:17). She had a minor, recurring role in the hit ABC series Lost as Kate Austen's mother, Diane. She played a minor role in CSI: Miami during a tsunami where she played a neighbor of CSI Ryan Wolfe's uncle.[2] More recently, she had guest starring roles on Leverage and Castle.

She has appeared in several theater productions like Carnal Knowledge, Triplets in Uniform and Zastrozzi, the Master of Discipline (which she also co-produced). In New York she has starred in The Mousetrap, The Lion in Winter and many more. She was recently in the Chicago Northlight Theatre production of the one-woman show titled Bad Dates.

Broderick has written A Cup of Joe, Wonderland and Literatti with Dennis Bailey.

She directed three episodes of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: "Guilty!" (2002), "Cloud Ten" (2002), and "Making the Grade" (2001).

Personal life

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Broderick married Brian Porizek on January 26, 1998, and the couple divorced on July 11, 2000. Broderick married Scott Paetty on April 29, 2005. She had a year-long romance with director Brian De Palma during production of The Bonfire of the Vanities.[4]

She is the founding director of Momentum, one of the first organizations in New York established to assist people with AIDS. Broderick was also a founding member of the Celebrity Action Council of the City Light Women's Rehabilitation Program at the Los Angeles Mission, which provides hands-on service to homeless women, helps them to overcome substance abuse and learn job skills to help them reclaim their lives and families. She appears in a promotional video for Camp Wellstone saying she attended the camp because she wants to run for office.

Her favorite authors are Reynolds Price, Tim McLaurin, Jim Harrison, and Truman Capote. She optioned McLaurin's novel The Last Great Snake Show. Her writing partner is Dennis Bailey.

Her interests are gourmet cooking, flower arranging, reading, and writing.

Broderick currently resides in Austin, Texas, and appears in local theater productions.



Year Title Role Notes
1983 In Love Ella As Beth Alison Broderick
1985 Bordello: House of the Rising Sun Caz Wilcox As Norris O'Neil
1986 If Looks Could Kill Newswoman
1986 Sex Appeal Fran As Norris O'Neil
1987 Student Affairs Alexis
1987 Slammer Girls Abigail
1988 Stealing Home Lesley
1989 Young Nurses in Love Putnam
1990 The Bonfire of the Vanities Caroline Heftshank
1991 Thousand Pieces of Gold Berthe
1992 The Silencer Barbie Rodgers (uncredited)
1995 French Exit Andie Ross
1995 Man of the Year Kelly Bound
1996 Maternal Instincts Dr. Eva Warden
1997 Women Without Implants Short film
1997 Fools Rush In Tracey Verna (uncredited)
1997 Breast Men Terri
2000 Psycho Beach Party Mrs. Ruth Forrest
2003 Inside the Inner Circle Herself Short film
2005 Tom's Nu Heaven
2005 The Inner Circle Jean
2006 State's Evidence Scott's Mom
2007 Timber Falls Ida
2011 Bad Actress Alyssa Rampart-Pillage
2011 Fly Away Jeanne
2011 Retail Therapy Celebrity Customer Short film
2014 Two Step Dot
2015 Echoes of War Doris McCluskey
2018 Crash Blossom Nancy O'Connor


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Tales from the Darkside Voice on Radio Episode: "The Enormous Radio"
1988 Matlock Jane Barnes Episode: "The Hucksters"
1988-1989 1st & Ten: The Championship Episodes: "Injustice for All" & "Duty Calls"
1989 Hooperman Europa Episode: "Intolerance"
1989 The Nutt House Gwen Goode Episode: "A Frick Called Wanda"
1989 Mancuso, F.B.I. Dallas Episode: "Suspicious Minds"
1990 Murphy Brown Rita Episode: "Bad Girls"
1990 Glory Days Sheila Jackson 6 episodes
1990 Married... with Children Miss Penza Episode: "And Baby Makes Money"
1991 Get a Life Jackie Episode: "Chris and Larry Switch Lives"
1991 Doctor Doctor Roxanne Abrams Episode: "Two Angry Men"
1991 Rewrite for Murder TV movie
1991 Drexell's Class Maria Episode: "Bully for Otis"
1992 Are You Lonesome Tonight Laura TV movie
1992 Northern Exposure Linda Angelo Episode: "It Happened in Juneau"
1992 In the Deep Woods Myra Cantrell TV movie
1992-1993 Hearts Afire Dee Dee Starr 25 episodes
1993 Hearts Afire Lee Ann Folsom 7 episodes
1993 Shadowhunter Bobby Cain TV movie
1994 Justice in a Small Town Melissa Brewer TV movie
1994-1995 The 5 Mrs. Buchanans Delilah Buchanan 17 episodes
1996-2003 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Zelda Spellman Main role; 141 episodes
1997 Women: Stories of Passion Ellie Episode: "The Bitter and the Sweet"
1997 Teen Angel Zelda Spellman Episode: "One Dog Night"
1997 Men in Black: The Series Aileen (voice) Episode: 'The Inanimate Syndrome"
1998 A Champion's Fight Patricia Ellis TV movie
2002 The Nightmare Room Real Madame Zora (uncredited) Episode: "My Name Is Evil"
2003 The Lyon's Den Lana Olmstead Episode: "Separation Anxiety"
2004 Homeland Security Elise McKee TV movie
2004 CSI: Miami Mona Episode: "Crime Wave"
2006 Supernatural Alice Miller Episode: "Nightmare"
2006 The Closer Morgan Bloom Episode: "Head Over Heels"
2007 Bionic Woman Alexis Episode: "The List"
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Belinda / Linda Episode: "Cockroaches"
2005-2008 Lost Diane Janssen 5 episodes
2008 ER Edith Landry Episode: "Tandem Repeats"
2009 Two Dollar Beer Mom TV movie
2009 Cold Case Libby Traynor Episode: "Jackals"
2009 Leverage Monica Hunter Episode: "The Three Days of the Hunter Job"
2010 Castle Barbara Mann Episode: "The Late Shaft"
2010 Revenge of the Bridesmaids Olivia McNabb TV movie
2010 Lone Star Carol Episodes: "Pilot" & "One in Every Family"
2013 Under the Dome Rose Twitchell 5 episodes
2014 Melissa & Joey Dr. Ellen Radier Episodes: "Accidents Will Happen" & "Witch Came First"
2014 A Perfect Christmas List Michelle TV movie
2016 Late Bloomer Eileen Taft TV movie
2017 Bosch Judge Sharon Houghton 3 episodes
2017 A Very Merry Toy Store Pam Forrester TV movie
2017 Romance at Reindeer Lodge Penny TV movie
2018 Sharp Objects Annie Episodes: "Vanish" & "Dirt" & "Ripe"

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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