Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney


2/3/1965, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Birth Name

Maura Lynn Tierney


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Maura Lynn Tierney, the oldest of three children, was born to a prosperous politician father, Joseph Tierney, and a real estate agent mother, Pat Tierney. She grew up in the exclusive Hyde Park district of Boston and attended Notre Dame Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school in Hingham,…more


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    • 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)

    • Maura Tierney: So here's my "World View": There seems to be a Starbucks just about everywhere! (from Maura's essay "Rudy Giuliani: A Facist? You Be The Judge," Flaunt magazine, Spring 2001)

    • Maura Tierney: I diagnosed my husband's recent appendix attack. At first, he didn't believe me. He was having pain in his lower abdomen and felt nauseous. He also had a fever which I said was suspicious. I even did a stomach press check and I knew. Still, I got out my medical textbook they gave me on ER and said, "Let's go to the real doc." He said, "It's just the flu." Of course, they admitted him and took out his appendix. Now he's like, "Get over yourself. You're still not a real doctor."

    • Maura Tierney: I have so many insecurities they fight for prominence. (Emmy, 2001)

    • Maura Tierney: But my husband, I guess, happened to view me as the perfect manipulative, scheming, murderous bitch. (The View)

    • Maura Tierney: I don't think there's anything particularly innocent about me. (Newsweek)

    • Maura Tierney: I am not one of those crazy dog people. Except I think I might be, but I say I'm not. (The Rosie O'Donnell Show)

    • Maura Tierney: (about her husband (at the time) Billy's appendicitis) But in all fairness to him, I wanted him to be better in a few days after having this horrible surgery. I was like, 'What are you still doing on the couch?' I don't have much patience with sick people. (Women's Health, November/December 2005)

    • Maura Tierney: I had a subconscious wish, I think, to be fired from Growing Pains. And I was, then, fired from Growing Pains. (The View; May 11, 2002)

  • "I wanna be her when I grow up"

    I must have been around 10 years old when, watching Newsradio religiously, first thought "I wanna be Lisa Miller". The confidence, the strenght and the power that Maura Tierney put in that character just made sense. And I wanted to be the this cutthroat reporter, just see where I wanted to go, and start walking.

    Lisa Miller was completely awesome.

    And the same can be said about Maura Tierney. A great actress, that can do a more dramatic and conflicted rol like she did in ER, and she still can crack you up at least 20 times per episode, like she did in Newsradio.

    After all, if you can inspire a young girl to make a carrer choice by playing a part, I´ll have to say you are pretty good at what you do.moreless
  • SHE IS AMAZING! She is so is so intruiging. I love watching her on ER every week and if she is not on ER it is not as interesting. She is good in any role she plays even if it is for a few minutes, she is just fun to watch. She should win so many awards.moreless

    Maura Tierney is an amazing actress who is a joy to watch every week. She has so much depth.Their is a reason why the writers give her the majority of the great material ER, because she always deliver. she is so underrated. All I am going to say is this show is not going to be the same without her and ER is still my favorite shows on TV. I mean come on how many shows can go through so many cast changes and still work. The writing is so good. I will admit that it has gotten a little repetative over the years but come on it has been on 15 years and one more thing the writers better not break up Luka and Abby because they are such a joy to watch. The actors have so much chemistry.moreless