After appearing in several plays (such as Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
and The Bald Soprano), Maura Tierney moved to Los Angeles, California and in
1987 got her first break in a role in Walt Disney's made-for-TV film Student
Exchange. Tierney's first starring role in a film was in a low-budget,
independently-produced film called Dead Women in Lingerie, shot in 24 days.
Although the cast included well-known actors such as Jerry Orbach as her boss,
and June Lockhart and Lyle Waggoner as her parents, the film, a thriller with
opening and closing credits paying tribute to the plights of Illegal immigrants
post-1986, never received a theatrical release. Much later (in 2005), the film
was released on DVD by MTI Home Video; the company's press release and packaging
makes it clear that the release is an attempt to capitalize on her more recent
Maura Tierney continued winning small roles in film and television, though it was not until her leading role in NewsRadio that she received regular national exposure and roles in major feature films such as Liar Liar, Primary Colors, and Forces of Nature.
It was after NewsRadio ended that she got her role on ER; within a year, her work on that show earned an Emmy Award nomination, recognition she credits to a "juicy" story arc featuring her and Sally Field.
Maura Tierney starred in Scotland, Pa., playing a Lady Macbeth-like role written specifically for her by writer/director Billy Morrissette (who is also her husband). She also collaborated with NewsRadio writer Joe Furey for a special "Working with Joe Furey" featurette for Furey's film Love and Support.
Maura Tierney won the second season tournament of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown against Lauren Graham, her former NewsRadio colleague. The show, first telecast in 2004, was hosted by Dave Foley, who was her co-lead and romantic interest in NewsRadio.
Maura Tierney is planning a return to the stage in May 2006, in an appearance opposite Eric McCormack in the off-Broadway U.S. premiere of Some Girl(s).
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