Jillian Noel Hennessy
is a Canadian
actress, best known for her television roles on Law & Order (1993-1996)
and Crossing Jordan (2001-present). Her identical twin sister,
Jacqueline, is a magazine writer and TV show host in
and her sister played twins in Dead Ringers (1988).
Jill Hennessy is most famous for playing ADA Claire Kincaid on Law & Order
and the lead role in Crossing Jordan as ME Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh.
Jill Hennessy is multi-lingual, being able to speak Italian, French, Spanish, and
German. This is partly because of her mixed heritage, which included
Irish, Italian, Swedish, French, and Ukrainian.
Her husband, Paolo, opened a tavern in Northvale, New Jersey in 1999,
and named it "Hennessy", after his wife. The tavern serves comfort food.
Hennessy also enjoys riding motorcycles with her husband. She gave birth
to a son, Marco, on 17 September 2003. They also had a second marriage
ceremony in January, 2001, which took place at New York City Hall with
Rudolph Giuliani officiating.
Jill Hennessy was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and graduated from Grand River
Collegiate high school in Kitchener, Ontario. Hennessy's father, John,
was a meat salesman, which required considerable travel and resulted in
frequent moves. Her mother, Maxine, left the family. She also has a
younger brother, John Hennessy, Jr.
- She has a song named for her: "The Ballad of Jill Hennessy" by
- She used to busk (play the guitar and sing for money) in the
New York City subway.
- She sometimes makes appearances at music events as a guest
guitarist where she usually performs barefoot.
- Hennessy is a fan of the Indigo Girls and a poster of the act
hangs in the kitchen of Jordan's on-screen apartment.
- She was short-listed for the role of Dana Scully, on The