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Michael Learned



The eldest of six sisters, Michael Learned spent her first decade on her family's farm in Connecticut. When she was 11, Learned moved to Austria, where her father worked for the U.S. State Department. While attending boarding school in England, she discovered the theater, and decided to make it her life's work. At 16, she married actor Peter Donat, a union that lasted until 1972. Dividing her time between stage acting and raising her sons, she appeared in Canadian and American Shakespeare Festival, and for several years was associated with San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre. While appearing in a production of Noel Coward's Private Lives, Learned was selected by John Rich to play Olivia Walton on his upcoming TV series The Waltons (she replaced Patricia Neal, who starred as Olivia in the 1971 pilot film The Homecoming). She remained with The Waltons until 1980, winning three Emmies in the process. In 1981, she was starred as Mary Benjamin in her own series, Nurse (1981-82), which earned her a fourth Emmy. Hoping to distance herself from the Olivia Walton image, she went to play Dr. Marie Teller in the 1988 weekly Hothouse and model agency head Trish Carlin in Living Dolls (1989). She also appeared in such theatrical features as Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993) and such made-for-TV specials as All My Sons (1986). Eventually, however, Michael Learned returned to the Waltons fold in a 1995 TV-movie reunion.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Lethal Eviction
  • Elsa
2005
74% Loggerheads
  • Sheridan Bellamy
2005
No Score Yet A Father for Brittany
  • Edna Humphries
1998
56% Life During Wartime
  • Beth Hudler
1997
83% Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
  • Vivian Emery
1993
No Score Yet Decade of the Waltons
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story
  • Judy Smart
1991
No Score Yet A un Paso de la Muerte
  • Irene
1991
No Score Yet Gunsmoke: The Last Apache
  • Mike Yardner
1990
No Score Yet Roots: The Gift
  • Amelia
1988
No Score Yet Mercy or Murder?
  • Skipper
1987
No Score Yet American Playhouse
  • Kate
1986
55% Power
  • Gov. Andrea Stannard
1986
No Score Yet A Deadly Business
  • Ann Behrens
1986
No Score Yet Touched by Love
  • Dr. Bell
1980
No Score Yet A Christmas Without Snow
  • Zoe Jensen
1980
No Score Yet Nurse
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet The Baltimore Bullet
  • Paulie
1980
No Score Yet The Waltons: A Christmas Carol
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Waltons - The Children's Carol
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Hurricane
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet The Waltons
  • Olivia Walton
1973
No Score Yet The Waltons The Children's Carol
  • Actor
1972

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Scrubs
2001-2010
  • Mrs. Wilk Mrs. Wilks
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Louise Patterson
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Candace Lamerly

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