“I've been doing TV for fourteen years and I've always had a fascination with the political business side. It's ruled my life. Ratings or no ratings have decided where I live, who I work with, and how long I'll be doing that particular job,” Charlotte Ross.
Actress Charlotte Ross first came to the attention of television audiences playing Eve Donovan on the daytime drama “Days of Our Lives,” a role she played from 1987 to 1991. She received two Daytime Emmy nominations for her performance in the show. The diminutive blonde thespian more recently is popular for portraying Detective Connie McDowell on the gritty cop drama “NYPD Blue” from 2001 to 2004. She commented, “The thought of playing a New York detective scared the hell out of me. I didn't know if people would believe me in the role just because of my physicality, which made me want to do it even more.”
Ross has also played regular roles in several short-lived shows, such as “The Heights” (Fox, 1992), “The 5 Mrs. Buchanans” (CBS, 1994-1995), “Pauly” (Fox, 1997) and “Trinity” (NBC, 1998) and guest starred in “Married with Children,” “ER,” “Murder One,” “Frasier,” “Law & Order,” “Jake in Progress” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” She has also acted in television films and theatrical movies like “Touch and Go” (1986), “She Says She's Innocent” (1991), “Love and a .45” (1994), “Fall Into Darkness” (1996), “Looking for Lola” (1998), “Kidnapped in Paradise” (1999), “Live” (2007), “Montana Sky” (2007), “Christmas in Paradise” (2007) and “Ring of Death” (2008).
Ross has one son with her husband Michael Goldman. They currently reside in Los Angeles. Prior to her marriage, in 2001, she was engaged to Jeremy Plager, but they broke up in early 2002. Ross is an animal lover and has worked with PETA, the Jane Goodall Institute, and the SPCA. In 2002, she posed naked in an ad captioned “I'd Rather Show My Buns Than Wear Fur” to support PETA's anti fur campaign. She is a licensed Tae-Bo instructor and was named one of Stuff magazine's “102 Sexiest Women In The World” in 2002.
Childhood and Family:
Charlotte Ross was born on January 21, 1968, in Winnetka, Illinois. Her father, Peter, is a retired financial adviser. Her mother, Debbie, is a ski instructor. She has a younger brother named George who is a writer, triathlete and hedge fund analyst in New York City. She attended New Trier High School in Winnetka and studied performing arts at the Steppenwolf Theater and Second City in Chicago. She also studied opera for many years.
On October 18, 2003, Charlotte married Michael Goldman. She gave birth to her first child, son Maxwell Ross Goldman, on March 23, 2004.
Days of Our Lives
“My goal, ultimately, is just to work with actors that I really admire, that I can learn something from, and with writers and directors that are really experienced, that I can grow from,” Charlotte Ross.
Charlotte Ross made her first theater performance at age 8 in “My First Mouthpiece” and was discovered five years later in a school musical when she was in the eight grade. She soon signed with an agent and started landing commercial jobs. She trained at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, during which time she performed in several productions, including “A Chorus Line,” “The Lion in Winter” and “Pippin.” Her big screen debut arrived with a bit part in “Touch and Go” (1986), which was directed by Robert Mandel and starred Michael Keaton.
Ross enjoyed a big breakthrough when she received the role of calculating teenage prostitute Eve Baron Donovan on the NBC daytime soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” where she first collaborated with Charles Shaughnessy. She was on the show from 1987 to 1991 and was nominated for Daytime Emmys in the categories of Outstanding Juvenile Female in a Drama Series (1990) and Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (1991). After leaving “Days of Our Lives,” Ross was cast as Justine Essex, a young woman accused of murder, in the NBC TV film “She Says She's Innocent” (1991), opposite Katey Sagal. She returned to series television as a regular when she costarred in the Fox musical show “The Heights,” where she was able to demonstrate her singing talents. Produced by Aaron Spelling, the show suffered from poor ratings and was canceled after 12 episodes. Despite the quick cancellation, the show did spawn a Billboard Hot 100 No.1 hit with the theme song “How Do You Talk to An Angel.” The actress also guest starred in the Mark Harmon and Marlee Matlin Golden Globe nominated dramatic series “Reasonable Doubts” (1991), the NBC sitcom “Empty Nest” (1992), Fox's “Drexell's Class” (1992) and “Married with Children” (1992), and the medical series “Birdland” (1994).
Ross revisited the big screen with a challenging cameo role as a heroin addict named Mary Ann in “Love and a .45” (1994), starring Gil Bellows and Renée Zellweger. The same year, she also acted in “Foreign Student” and the Canadian adventure “Savage Land,” with Corbin Bernsen, Vivian Schilling and Brion James. Still in 1994, she received a starring role in the CBS sitcom “The 5 Mrs. Buchanans.” In the show, which ran from September 24, 1994, to March 15, 1995, Ross portrayed Bree Larson Buchanan.
Following the cancellation of “The 5 Mrs. Buchanans,” Ross made guest appearances in ABC's “Murder One” (2 episodes, 1995 & 1996), NBC's medical hit series “ER” (1996) and the short lived sitcom “Minor Adjustments” (1996) before being cast in the regular role of Dawn Delaney on the short lived comedy series “Pauly” (Fox, 1997). She was then seen as Fiona McCallister in another ill-fated show, “Trinity” (NBC, 1998). Still on the small screen, she also portrayed Amanda Blake in the thriller movie “A Kiss So Deadly” (NBC, 1996), Ann Price in the NBC film “Fall Into Darkness” (1996), opposite Tatyana Ali, and Susan Peterson, a hippie political activist, in the period miniseries “A Will of Their Own” (NBC, 1998), with Lea Thompson, Thomas Gibson, Sonia Braga, Ellen Burstyn and Faye Dunaway.
Next up for Ross, she had a small role in the independent film “Looking for Lola” (1998), which premiered on Showtime, was cast as Joely Fisher's kidnapped sister, Megan, on the TV movie “Kidnapped in Paradise” (USA Network, 1999), played a driven vice president named Lori Volpone on the Showtime series “Beggars and Choosers” (2 episodes, 1999) and appeared as Monica in an episode of “Frasier” called “Sliding Frasier” (2001).
Ross was put back in the television limelight when she replaced Kim Delaney in the Steven Bochco popular police series “NYPD Blue.” Playing Detective Connie McDowell, she made her debut appearance in the episode “Oh Golly Goth,” which was broadcasted on March 6, 2001, and would stay on the show until March 2004. Prior to landing the starring role, Ross appeared as Laurie Richardson in two episodes of “NYPD Blue” back in 1998. She stated, “This is my sixth series and I'm burned out wondering if a show is going to change my life. Don't get me wrong, I love when people recognize my work but I've given up worrying about whether it'll be seen by two people or two million or 22 million.”
In 2006, Ross revisited the small screen with the three episode role of Annie in ABC's “Jake in Progress.” The following year, she played Judith Barlow in an episode of “Law & Order” called “Talking Points,” Tess in the Lifetime TV film “Montana Sky,” an adaptation of Nora Roberts' novel of the same name, and Dana Marino in “Christmas in Paradise” (also Lifetime Television). She also portrayed Nora in Don Most's comedy “Moola,” opposite William Mapother and Treat Williams, and Jennifer in “Live,” a drama written and directed by Bill Guttentag that starred Eva Mendes and David Krumholtz.
Ross was next cast as Mary Wyatt in the 2008 TV film “Ring of Death” and played Sabrina Owen in the 2009 episode “If I Had a Hammer” of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” She then played Judy Fabray, the mother of Quinn Fabray, in two episodes of the Fox series “Glee” (2009-2010).
Ross is set to have a role in the upcoming action thriller “Drive Angry 3D” (2011), directed and co-written by Patrick Lussier. The cast also includes Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner and David Morse.