Michael Learned

Michael Learned

  • Highest Rated: 74% Loggerheads (2005)
  • Lowest Rated: 50% Power (1986)
  • Birthday: Apr 9, 1939
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • 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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

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
71% Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story Vivian Emery 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
50% 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 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

Year

No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
Louise Patterson
  • 2009
83% Scrubs
2001-2010
Mrs. Wilk Mrs. Wilks
  • 2009
  • 2006
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Candace Lamerly
  • 2003
No Score Yet Pensacola: Wings of Gold
1997-2000
Congresswoman Kathryn Benedict
  • 2000
No Score Yet Profiler
1996-2000
Helen Waters
  • 1998
No Score Yet Wiseguy
1987-1990
Rachel
  • 1990
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Maria Hudson
  • 1989
No Score Yet Who's the Boss?
1984-1992
Trish
  • 1989
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Kate
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Waltons
1972-1981
Olivia Walton Screenwriter
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Mike May
  • 1973

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