Carolyn Hennesy
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General Information
Gender: Female
Birthday: June 10, 1962
Age: 56
Birthplace: Encino, California, U.S.
Social Networks: Twitter
Other Information
Occupation(s): Actress
Marine Park and Zoo Advocate
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: Dale Hennesy (father)
Barbara Rush (aunt)
Claudia Cowan (cousin)
Christopher Hunter (cousin)
Scott Hennesy (brother)
Relationships: Donald Agnelli (ex-husband)
Nathan Carlson (ex-boyfriend)
Series Information
Character: Myrna
Only appearance: That Still Small Voice

Carolyn Lee Hennesy is an American soap opera actress, author, and zoo advocate. She is known for her role as Diane Miller on the daytime television series General Hospital, for which she earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination. Hennesy's 2011 novel The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli, featuring characters from General Hospital, reached #16 on the New York Times Best Seller list. She is also known for her work promoting AZA zoos and aquariums, and accredited marine parks like SeaWorld.

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Early life

Hennesy was born on June 10, 1962, in Encino, California. She is the daughter of production designer and art director Dale Hennesy, who won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction for the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage.



Hennesy starred as Mrs. Valentine on the teen drama Dawson's Creek in the 2000–2001 season, and she had supporting roles in the films Global Effect (2002), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde (2003), Click (2006), The Heat Chamber (2003) and Cougar Club (2007). She made three appearances on That '70s Show and has guest-starred on Reba as the mother of Reba's son-in-law, Van. She made a guest appearance on Drake & Josh as Mrs. Abernathy, the boss of the Ball & Vance Fish Corp. Additionally, she appeared as Judith Haven in an episode of What I Like About You and she voiced Blair Lansfield in the video game Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. Currently, she stars as Rosalyn Harris in the fifth season of HBO hit series True Blood. In 2016, she joined the cast of the Netflix production Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

Since 2006, Hennessy has played Diane Miller on the daytime soap opera General Hospital. She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for the role in 2010.

In October 2011, Hennesy appeared on Jessie as Mrs. Chesterfield, a role she would reprise through the series' entire four-year run, and in November 2011 as Myrna in the "That Still Small Voice" episode of Once Upon a Time. She also guest starred in Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures.

In 2016, Hennesy appeared in the soap opera web series The Bay as Karen Blackwell. She won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series for the role.


Hennesy has written a series of children's books based on the character Pandora. The first one, called Pandora Gets Jealous, was released January 2008. The sequel, Pandora Gets Vain, was released August 2008. The third book in the series, Pandora Gets Lazy, released March 2009. Book four, Pandora Gets Heart, was released in January 2010. The fifth book, Pandora Gets Angry, was released in February 2011. Book six, Pandora Gets Greedy, was released in June 2012. Book seven, Pandora Gets Frightened, was released in 2013.

Hennesy wrote the 2011 novel The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli featuring characters from General Hospital. The novel reached #16 on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Animal advocacy

Hennesy is a wildlife conservationist and animal welfare advocate. She is an outspoken critic of PETA, HSUS, and other animal rights organizations and activists. The actress became a staunch advocate of the zoo and aquarium industry after visiting several prominent zoological facilities and researching their science, education, and conservation programs. Hennesy is also a big supporter of the Lucy Pet Foundation and their free spay and neuter program for domestic animals. In 2015, she defended SeaWorld during the California Coastal Commission's hearings regarding the fate of the captive born and reared orca housed as SeaWorld parks.

Animal Magnetism

Hennesy is also the producer and host of Animal Magnetism, a radio program featuring wildlife and domestic animal professionals. The program focuses on welfare and conservation issues and examines both the human-animal bond and the global increase in human-wildlife conflict resulting from human over-population growth and climate change.

American Humane Association

In 2016, Hennesy was named an American Humane Association celebrity ambassador and spoke before a congressional committee on the organization's new humane conservation initiative.

Personal life

Hennesy is a niece of actress Barbara Rush and cousin of Fox News reporter Claudia Cowan. She lives in Los Angeles. In 2007, Hennesy married Donald Agnelli. They divorced in 2013. She is a trapeze artist, a skill she demonstrated during a 2015 episode of Jessie. She has two brothers; one of whom, Scott Hennesy, works at Disney as an imagineer.


Year Title Type Role
1991 Visitors from the Unknown TV Movie Janice Godfrey
1992 I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore Bowling Alley Waitress (as Carolyn Henessey)
1993 Lightning in a Bottle Marsha Timmons
1993 Dark Justice TV Series Jill (as Carolyn Hennessy)
1995 Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare TV Movie USDA Representative
1995 Grace Under Fire TV Series Gloria
1995 - 1996 Night Stand TV Series Amanda / Layla
1996 Arli$$ TV Series Tania Bianchi
1997 Lost on Earth TV Series Katie
1997 Wings TV Series Flight Attendant
1997 Party of Five TV Series Alice
1997 The Naked Truth TV Series Flight Attendant
1997 - 1998 Jenny TV Series Chase Gardner
1998 Encore! Encore! TV Series Barbara
1999 Hee/r Short Minnie Pearl
1999 It's Like, You Know... TV Series Cathy
1999 Thanks TV Series Henrietta Randolph
1999 Street Fighter Alpha Video Rose (English version, voice)


  • Is a trapeze artist
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