Maura Tierney

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Quotes (16)

  • Maura: I cry a lot when I try to quit smoking. It's horrible. At work nobody knows how to deal with me. They'll be like "Action!", I start weeping... it's hard. (The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson; May 14, 2008)

  • Maura Tierney: (on getting the role of Pat McBeth in "Scotland, Pa.", directed by her husband) My line is that I not only had to sleep with the director, I had to sleep with him for 10 years. That's the longest casting-couch session ever. (SFGate, February 10, 2002)

  • Maura Tierney: I mean, I'm always wary about saying there's no great roles for women. I guess it's true and it's not true. It is the marketplace. Which is a little bit sad, in terms of what studios decide people will think is funny. I think the decisions about what entertains people are made before they know what entertains people. Now it seems really, really about the bottom line. But there is also new media! And it's easier than ever to make a movie now... If I'm frustrated, I should write a movie or shoot a movie. And 25 years ago you couldn't. (Los Angeles Times; March 2, 2008)

  • Maura Tierney: I prefer living in New York over Los Angeles, or for that matter, any other city I've visited.

  • Maura Tierney: Winner! It says winner. I'm a winner. Good to know... it's in print. ("Tournament 2 Championship Game", Celebrity Poker Showdown, Bravo)

  • Maura Tierney: (on the expectation that actresses must look good) It's part of the culture, it's part of the game, because the business is about selling. It's about perception, and if you can sell the perception, you can do well just based on how you're perceived. Talent sometimes isn't in that equation. Unfortunately, young actors learn this all too quickly.

  • Maura Tierney: Five years on the set of NewsRadio with Andy Dick was like ten years trapped in a bamboo cage eating my own poop. (The Andy Dick Show)

  • Maura Tierney: (about how her and Billy Morrissette got together) It was during an earthquake. All the lights went out and we got tossed together and that's when we finally got passionate. It took a force of nature to get our romance going. (Late Night with Conan O’Brien)

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Trivia (31)

  • In July 2009, Maura underwent surgery to remove a tumor from her breast after she suddenly fell ill on Friday, July 10, 2009.

  • In 2008, Maura was listed fifth in Forbes' list of "Prime-Time TV's 20 Top-Earning Women," with earnings for fiscal year 2007-2008 totaling $7.5 million.

  • Maura ranked No.57 in's Hot 100 List of 2007. She was at No.77 in 2008.

  • As of 2008, Maura divides her time between New York and Los Angeles.

  • Maura started acting as a teenager when she joined the Boston Globe Drama Festival in high school.

  • According to a 2002 interview in the Boston Phoenix, the medical term Maura had the most difficulty saying on ER was "Ceftriaxone," a broad-spectrum cephalosporin antibiotic.

  • Maura lists Frasier and The Sopranos to be among her favorite TV shows.

  • In 2002, Maura was dubbed as "It Spongebath Hotpants" in Entertainment Weekly's annual IT list.

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