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Rena Sofer
Rena Sofer 2014
General Information
Gender: Female
Birthday: Decemeber 2, 1968
Age: 48
Birthplace: Arcadia, California, U.S.
Nationality: Jewish
Other Information
Eye Color: Striking Blue
Height: 5'6"
Occupation(s): Actress
Education: Frisch School
North Bergen High School
Montclair State College
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: Rosabel Rosalind Kurth (daughter)
Avalon Leone Bookstaver (daughter)
Susan (née Franzblau) (mother)
Martin Sofer (father)
Relationships: Wally Kurth (ex-husband)
Sanford Bookstaver (current husband)
Series Information
Character: Queen Eva
Only appearance: The Queen Is Dead

Rena Sherel Sofer is an American actress, primarily known for her appearances in daytime television, episodic guest appearances, and made-for-television movies. In 1995, Sofer received a Daytime Emmy Award for her portrayal of Lois Cerullo in the soap opera General Hospital.

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Early life

Sofer was born in Arcadia, California, the daughter of Susan (née Franzblau), a psychology professor, and Martin Sofer, a Conservative Jewish rabbi. Her family subsequently moved to Pittsburgh, where she was raised after her parents' divorce. Sofer attended the Frisch School, a Jewish high school in Paramus, New Jersey. She lived in North Bergen, New Jersey, where her father was rabbi of Temple Beth El, and graduated from North Bergen High School, before beginning classes at Montclair State College.

Career

Early daytime television

Sofer first played Lois Marie Cerullo on General Hospital. Her first appearance was in 1993 as a band manager.

Daytime television

Sofer's first high-profile role was as Rocky McKenzie on the daytime soap opera Loving (1988–91). She is perhaps best known for her role as Lois Cerullo on General Hospital (December 15, 1993 – September 24, 1996). She would later return as a guest star (February 7–17, 1997; September 30 – October 2, 1997). Her portrayal of the outrageous Lois won Sofer a Daytime Emmy Award in 1995 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

In May 2013, it was announced that Sofer would join the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, in a newly created role of Quinn Fuller; her first episode aired on July 12.

Primetime television

Sofer has appeared in several high-profile prime time television series in a guest star/supporting cast member roles: Seinfeld, Melrose Place, The Chronicle, Ed, Friends, Spin City, Blind Justice, Ghost Whisperer, 24, NCIS, and Two and a Half Men.

Sofer briefly joined the cast of the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me!, playing the character Vicky Costa. The network later cast Sofer in the short-lived US remake of the UK series Coupling.

In recent years, Rena Sofer has appeared in the NBC TV series Heroes as the recurring character Heidi Petrelli, wife of aspiring politician Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar). She appeared on Two and a Half Men in 2008, as a former girlfriend of the character Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen). Rena also has guest starred on Dirty Sexy Money playing an intrepid reporter and played a ghost on Ghost Whisperer. In early 2010, Sofer began a recurring role on NCIS as Attorney Margaret Allison Hart, a potential love interest for the character Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon). She had a brief guest role on Bones as a love interest for the character Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz).

In 2013, Sofer had a publicized appearance on Once Upon a Time, playing Snow White's mother.

Film

In film, she appeared as a love interest of Ben Stiller's character in the film Keeping the Faith, starring Jenna Elfman, Stiller and Edward Norton (who also directed). She also played a bride to-be with Melanie Griffith in Sidney Lumet's movie A Stranger Among Us and in Penelope Buitenhuis's movie The Secret of Hidden Lake.

She played the P.E. teacher Ms. Desjarden in the television film adaptation of Carrie in 2002.

She starred in the television movie Always and Forever which aired October 24, 2009 on the Hallmark Channel.

She also starred as Andrea Larson in the television movie Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style.

Personal life

Sofer and her General Hospital co-star Wally Kurth, who played her onscreen love interest, became involved as their characters' storyline progressed. In 1995, the actors were married and had a daughter, Rosabel Rosalind Kurth. In 1997, Sofer and Kurth divorced.

Sofer married television director/producer Sanford Bookstaver in 2003. On August 5, 2005, Sofer gave birth to her second child (but her first child with Bookstaver), a daughter, in Los Angeles. Sofer and Bookstaver eventually divorced. In 2019, Sofer announced they had reconciled and in April announced their engagement.

Filmography

Year Title Type Role
1987 Another World TV Series Joyce Abernathy
1988 - 1991 Loving TV Series Amelia 'Rocky' McKenzie / Amelia 'Rocky' McKenzie Domecq / Rocky McKenzie
1992 A Stranger Among Us Shayna
1992 Freshman Dorm TV Series Veronica
1992 Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style TV Movie Andrea Larson
1993 Herman's Head TV Series Stephanie
1993 - 1997 General Hospital TV Series Lois Cerullo / Lois Ashton
1994 Twin Sitters Judy
1996 Hostile Advances: The Kerry Ellison Story TV Movie Kerry Ellison
1996 Caroline in the City TV Series Risa Glickman
1997 The Stepsister TV Movie Darcy Canfield Ray
1997 Seinfeld TV Series Mary Anne
1998 Ellen TV Series Jean
1998 Nightmare Street TV Movie Penny Randolph
1998 Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place TV Series Lauren Henderson
1998 Timecop TV Series Dr. Carrie Ann Trent
1998 Glory, Glory TV Movie Elizabeth
1998 - 1999 Melrose Place TV Series Eve Cleary
1999 Oh, Grow Up TV Series Suzanne Vandermeer
2000 Keeping the Faith Rachel Rose
2000 Opposite Sex TV Series Ms. Gibson
2000 Spin City TV Series Sam
2000 Traffic Helena's Friend
2001 The Weber Show TV Series Dawn Cheswick
2001 Ed TV Series Bonnie Hane
2001 March Hedy Pullman
2001 - 2002 The Chronicle TV Series Grace Hall
2002 Friends TV Series Katie
2002 Carrie TV Movie Miss Desjarden
2002 - 2003 Just Shoot Me! TV Series Vicki Costa
2003 CSI: Miami TV Series Alison
2003 Coupling TV Series Susan Freeman
2005 Blind Justice TV Series Christie Dunbar
2006 The Secret of Hidden Lake TV Movie Maggie Dolan
2006 Mr. Nice Guy TV Series
2006 - 2007 Heroes TV Series Heidi Petrelli
2007 24 TV Series Marilyn Bauer
2008 Ghost Whisperer TV Series Tammy Gardner / Sarah Evers
2008 - 2010 Two and a Half Men TV Series Chrissy
2009 Dirty Sexy Money TV Series News Reporter
2009 Rock Slyde Sara Lee
2009 Monk TV Series Kim Kelly
2009 Always and Forever TV Movie Grace Holland
2009 Criminal Minds TV Series Erika Silverman
2010 Bones TV Series Dr. Catherine Bryar
2010 NCIS TV Series Margaret Allison Hart
2010 The Devil's Teardrop TV Movie Joan
2010 Royal Pains TV Series AJ
2010 Medium TV Series Dr. Natalie Salem
2010 Sarah Sarah - Teenage
2011 Another Man's Wife TV Movie Hadley Warner
2011 - 2012 Covert Affairs TV Series Geena
2012 House TV Series Marlene Reese
2012 The Glades TV Series Alexis Cane
2012 Beauty and the Beast TV Series Sabrina Meyer
2013 Once Upon a Time TV Series Queen Eva
2013 - 2019 The Bold and the Beautiful TV Series short Quinn Fuller / Quinn Fuller Forrester / Quinn Fuller Sharpe
2014 Chicago P.D. TV Series Police Counselor
2016 Immunity Short Gita
2017 Jeopardy! TV Series short Quinn - Clue Giver

Trivia

  • Her father was a Conservative rabbi.
  • Attended high school with actor Gene Gabriel.
  • Her wedding to Sanford Bookstaver was featured in the February 2004 issue of InStyle Magazine.
  • Born on the same date as Lucy Liu.

Awards and nominations

List of acting awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result
1995 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Won
1995 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Younger Lead Actress General Hospital Won
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