Veronica Hamel

Veronica Hamel

Born: November 20, 1943
Age: 80
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
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Veronica Hamel (born November 20, 1943, in Philadelphia) is an American actress and model.



After Hamel graduated from Temple University, she worked as a secretary for a company that manufactured ironing board covers. She began a fashion modeling career after being discovered by Eileen Ford. In her first film role, she played a model in 1971's Klute, followed by roles in the disaster films Beyond the Poseidon Adventure and When Time Ran Out.

She was the model in the last cigarette commercial televised in the U.S. (for Virginia Slims, aired at 11:59 p.m. on New Year's Day 1971 on The Tonight Show). Hamel had been a model in print ads not just for Slims, but also for Pall Mall Gold cigarettes.

Hamel started appearing in TV series in 1975. She was considered for the role of Kelly Garrett on Charlie's Angels, but reportedly declined the role. Producer Aaron Spelling cast Jaclyn Smith instead.

Hamel is probably best remembered for playing Joyce Davenport, the hard-driving public defender and love interest of police captain Frank Furillo, on the long-running TV series Hill Street Blues from 1981 to 1987. She was a five-time Emmy nominee for that role.

Alan Alda's 1988 film A New Life cast Hamel in a leading role as his doctor and love interest. She was cast as Elizabeth, the wife of Charles Grodin's character in the movie Taking Care of Business in 1990. She was named on Us magazine's "Best Dressed" list for 1983. Hamel portrayed Lily Munster in the 1995 Halloween telefilm Here Come the Munsters in which Yvonne De Carlo had a cameo.

In 2002, she also appeared on Hill Street Blues creator Steven Bochco's legal drama Philly. In recent years, Hamel had a recurring role in the NBC television series Third Watch and appeared as Margo Shephard, Jack's mother, in the ABC series Lost.


Year Title Role
1971 Klute Model (uncredited)
1975 Kojak (TV series) Elenora
1976 Joe Forrester (TV series) (Episode "Fashion Mart")
Apple Pie Artist
The Bob Newhart Show (TV series) Rosemary
Switch (TV series) Nabilla
Cannonball! Linda Maxwell
The Rockford Files (TV series) Marcy Brownell / Sandy Lederer (2 episodes)
1977 Family (TV series) Vicki Webber
Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue (TV mini-series) Laura Koshko
The Gathering (TV movie) Helen Thornton
1978 Starsky and Hutch (TV series) Vanessa
Ski Lift to Death (TV movie) Andrea Mason
The Eddie Capra Mysteries (TV series) Janet Wilde (episode "The Intimate Friends of Janet Wilde")
1979 Dallas Leanne Rees
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure Suzanne Constantine
The Gathering, Part II (TV movie) Helen
1980 When Time Ran Out... Nikki
1981 Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls (TV movie) Jennifer North
1985 Kane & Abel (TV Mini-series) Kate Kane
1981-1987 Hill Street Blues (TV series) Joyce Davenport (144 episodes)
1988 A New Life Kay Hutton
1989 Twist of Fate (TV Mini-series) Deborah
1990 Taking Care of Business Elizabeth Barnes
1991 Stop at Nothing (TV movie) Annette 'Nettie' Forbes
1993 The Disappearance of Nora (TV movie) Nora Freemont
1994 A Child's Cry for Help (TV movie) Dr. Paula Spencer
1995 Here Come the Munsters (TV movie) Lily Munster
1996 Talk to Me Sadie
1997 Home Invasion (TV movie) Georgia Patchett
1998 The Last Leprechaun Laura Duvann
2002 Determination of Death Virginia 'Ginny' Halloran
Philly (TV series) Judge Marjorie Brennan (5 episodes)
2002/2003 Third Watch (TV series) Beth Taylor (3 episodes)
2007 Bone Eater (TV movie) Commissioner Hayes
2010 Lost Margo Shephard (3 episodes)

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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