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      Cynthia Ettinger

      Cynthia Ettinger

      Highest Rated: 100% Fail Safe (2000)

      Lowest Rated: 75% Frailty (2002)

      Birthday: Not Available

      Birthplace: Not Available

      Cynthia Ettinger is a character actress who has persevered through numerous bit roles in film and on television to achieve the occasional minor glory. Her inauspicious debut as "Dr. Jane's Patient" in the Randy Quaid-starring sci-fi film comedy, "Martians Go Home," was somewhat prophetic in its anonymity. In 1991, she had a bit part in the thriller "The Silence of the Lambs" and another on the sitcom "Seinfeld," her TV debut. Through the late '90s and into 2000, Ettinger's film roles included such characters as "Pretty Woman," "Ticket Agent," and "Crying Neighbor." In 1994, she played a tour guide on an episode of the comic book series "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," while in 2001, she was cast as Martha Kent in the pilot episode of another Superman incarnation, "Smallville"; the episode went unaired, and, alas, it was Annette O'Toole who filled the part that would go on to have a decade-long run. But that same year, Ettinger was cast in a relatively significant supporting part in the crime thriller "Frailty," playing the first victim of Bill Paxton's Dad Meiks (Paxton also directed the film). After several more brief TV spots, in 2003, Ettinger was cast as Rita Sue Dreifuss, one of the main ensemble characters on HBO's Dust Bowl-era mystery, "Carnivàle," which lasted 24 episodes over two seasons. In 2006, Ettinger continued the momentum, landing a ten-episode run on another HBO series: the gritty, irreverent historical drama "Deadwood," where she played Claudia.

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      Cynthia Ettinger TENACIOUS D IN THE PICK OF DESTINY, Meat Loaf, Troy Gentile (center, background), Cynthia Ettinger, 2006. ©New Line



      No Score Yet 100% Problem of Evil Josie (Character) - 2013
      75% 79% Frailty Cynthia Harbridge (Character) $13.1M 2002
      100% 79% Fail Safe Betty Black (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Desperate but Not Serious Ticket Agent (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Effects of Magic Charlotte (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 43% Down, Out & Dangerous Monica Harrington (Character) - 1995


      45% 43% Heartland Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet 95% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      92% 95% Deadwood Claudia (Guest Star) 2006
      84% 74% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      90% 96% House Mrs. Simms (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet 85% Carnivàle Rita Sue Dreifuss (Character) 2003 2005
      No Score Yet 85% ER Mrs. Powell (Guest Star) 1994 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet L.A. Dragnet Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      78% 85% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Evelyn Prichard (Guest Star) 2002-2003
      No Score Yet 88% Gilmore Girls Maureen (Guest Star) 2002-2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Court Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Providence Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      88% No Score Yet Michael Hayes Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      89% 92% Seinfeld Michele (Guest Star) 1991