The Bold and the Beautiful
“I guess you could say that there are similarities and differences between Megan and me. We are both trustworthy and reliable, but I am much more spontaneous than Megan.” Maeve Quinlan
Professional tennis player-turned-actress Maeve Quinlan is recognized by soap opera fans as receptionist Megan Conley on the long running daytime drama “The Bold and the Beautiful” (1995-2006). She also starred as the homophobic mother on the critically acclaimed hit series “South of Nowhere” (2005-2007) and Siobhan on the web series “3Way,” which she also co-executive produced. On the big screen, Quinlan debuted as a coffee shop waitress in “The Florentine” (1999). A few years later, she portrayed Rhonda in the Larry Clark controversial film 'Ken Park” (2002), which was screened at numerous film festivals. Other movies in which she has acted in include “Totally Blonde” (2001), “Net Games” (2003), “Heart of America” (2003), “Nobody’s Perfect” (2004), “Criminal” (2004), “The Drone Virus” (2004), “The Nickel Children” (2005) and “Nice Guys” (2005). She also appeared in “Not Easily Broken” (2008), which was based on a novel by T.D. Jakes.
Quinlan has dedicated time to a number of non-profit organizations. She enjoys hiking and tennis, a sport where she was once ranked among the top 95 women tennis players in the world.
Quinlan divorced actor Tom Sizemore in 1999. Currently single, she lives in Beverly Hills with her Golden Retriever named Seamus.
Childhood and Family:
Born Maeve Anne Quinlan on November 16, 1969, in Chicago, Illinois, Maeve Quinlan was named after the first queen of Ireland by her Irish immigrant parents. In Gaelic, Maeve means intoxicating and Quinlan means strength. She began playing tennis at age 4 and by age 16, had turned professional. Thanks to her natural sports ability, she was given a full tennis scholarship to Northwestern University, but later transferred to the University of Southern California where she again earned a full tennis scholarship. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in theatre and political science. It was while at USC that Maeve was encouraged by a drama professor to quit tennis and begin a professional career as an actress.
Quinlan married actor Tom Sizemore on September 1, 1996. In 1997, she telephoned the police and had her husband arrested for physical violence during an argument. Two years after the incident, on November 19, 1999, the couple divorced.
South of Nowhere
Before becoming an actress, Maeve Quinlan was a professional tennis player. Playing the sport by age 4, she played in her first professional tournament before she was 7. A former American Amateur Champ, she went on to compete in Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the French Open and the Australia Open and was once one of the best 95 women players in the world. However Quinlan, who had her first taste of acting in the 8th grade when she landed the title role in “Mrs. McThing,” did not consider acting as a profession until she ruptured a ligament while playing tennis. After the injury, the USC graduate returned to Chicago and landed Nike and Gatorade commercials. In Chicago, she was also involved with regional theater and did some modeling.
With the hope of getting more work, Quinlan packed her stuff and headed to Los Angeles. She made her television acting debut as Betsy Kensington in the daytime soap “General Hospital” in 1993. While performing at the Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood, she was discovered by a producer of “The Bold and the Beautiful” and auditioned for a role in the show. She won the part of Megan Conley and made her debut performance in an episode that aired on January 23, 1995. Originally hired for one episode, Quinlan was invited back to the soap as a regular in late 1996. She spent the next nine years acting on the series and after leaving the show in November 2005, she returned to the soap in April 2006 as a guest.
While building her television career, Quinlan also acted in several feature films. After a guest spot in “L.A. Heat” (1999), she made her feature acting debut in the Francis Ford Coppola produced “The Florentine,” (1999) which starred Jeremy Davies, Virginia Madsen, Luke Perry, Jill Hennessey, Chris Penn, Mary Stuart Masterson, Hal Holbrook and her then-husband Tom Sizemore. That same year, she took an unaccredited role in Ron Shelton's “Play It to the Bone,” which after a limited release in December 1999, received its premiere in January 2000.
Quinlan next appeared as a nurse in the action film “Instinct to Kill” (2001), costarred with Krista Allen and Michael Buble in the unsuccessful romantic comedy “Totally Blonde” (2001), and played Detective Sandra Simmonds and Becky Schultz in “Net Games” (2003) and Uwe Boll's “Heart of America” (2003), respectively. In the anticipated “Ken Park,” the 2002 festival screened drama co-directed by Edward Lachman and Larry Clark, she gained notice as Rhonda, a woman who embarks in an affair with the boyfriend of her teen daughter. About her performance, co-director Clark said, “Quinlan gives a brilliant performance. She illuminates the screen and brings a specific sadness and a distinctive soulfulness to Rhonda that stays with you long after the movie has ended.”
2004 saw Quinlan in the Hank Azaria directorial debut “Nobody’s Perfect,” which starred Maria Bello, Ellen Pompeo and Azaria, the Steven Soderbergh scripted, Gregory Jacobs directed “Criminal,” and “The Drone Virus,” where she starred as an oncologist named Colleen O'Brian. She also appeared in the TV film “A Boyfriend for Christmas” for director Kevin Connor. She next acted in “McBride: The Chameleon Murder,” which starred John Larroquette and Matt Lutz. Later that same year, appeared in the Donal Logue film “Tennis, Anyone...,” the Jason Mewes/Lacey Chaber vehicle “Nice Guys” and the drama “The Nickel Children,” in which her former husband played the role of Feedo and Quinlan portrayed an alcoholic mother of a runaway girl.
It was also in 2005 that Quinlan made her return to series TV as a regular in “South of Nowhere.” In the critically applauded series, the versatile actress portrayed Paula Carlin. “South of Nowhere” received GLAAD Media nominations for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006 and 2007 and a 2007 Teen Choice nomination in the category of Choice TV - Breakout Show. After its three season run, the show departed the airwaves in late 2007.
Quinlan was next cast as bisexual judge Cragen in the well liked web series “GirlTrash” (2007), which was written and directed by Angela Robinson. The same year, she also supported Janine Turner and Costas Mandylor in the TV thriller “Primal Doubt.” Quinlan then appeared in the big screen adaptation of T.D. Jakes' novel “Not Easily Broken” (2008), where she portrayed Julie Sawyer. Costars of the drama included Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson and Cannon Jay. She also served as an executive producer and actress in the lesbian themed Internet series “3Way.”