Who is Christina Pickles, and what is she doing now?
Christina Pickles was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England, on 17 February 1935 – her zodiac sign is Aquarius, and she holds both British and American nationality – she became an American citizen in 1989. She is an actress who is perhaps still best known for her portrayal of Nurse Helen Rosenthal in the comedy drama series “St. Elsewhere” which starred Ed Begley Jr., Howi Mandel and David Morse, and which follows the lives of people working at the St. Eligius Hospital in Boston – the series was a huge success, as it won 25 awards while it was nominated for 83 others including five Golden Globes during its airing from 1982 to 1988.
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There are rumors circulating the internet about how Christina has retired from acting, however, she is still quite active, and has recently been cast to portray Hannah in the upcoming drama “Finding Hannah”.
Childhood and education
Christina was raised alongside her late brother James and her sister Vivian Pickles in Halifax, by their father Arthur Pickles who was The Mayor of Halifax, and their mother Gladys who was a housewife – Christina’s brother was a barrister and circuit judge, who also spent a part of his life working as a newspaper columnist, while Vivian is an actress.
Christina became interested in acting at a very early age, and was 15 when she enrolled at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) at which she practiced acting together with the future famous actors Peter O’ Toole and Albert Finney.
Christina matriculated in 1953, and then moved in with her friend Donald Moffat and his wife in New York City, while spending most of her free time auditioning for roles in both movies and TV series.
Roles in movies
Christina has been credited with appearing in over 90 movies and TV series, and we will mention some of her most notable performances in this article.
She gained recognition in 1974, when she played the supporting character Nicole Blackstone in Oliver Stone’s comedy horror movie “Seizure”, and four year later she played the lead character Eve in the comedy “Rush It” starring Judith Kahan and Tom Berenger, and which received mixed reviews. Christina went on to appear in the Christmas drama “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” in 1984, the science fiction fantasy action movie “Masters of the Universe” in 1987 and the drama “The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro” in 1989.
She was praised for her portrayal of Tippy in the comedy movie “Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love” which starred Curtis Armstrong and Julia Montgomery, and is about Dudley who is about to marry the love of his life while her father doesn’t really want her to marry a nerd.
In 1996, Christina played Caroline Montague in the romantic crime tragedy “Romeo + Juliet” based on Shakespeare’s tragedy, and a few of her following roles were in the romantic comedy “The Wedding Singer” which starred Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in 1998, the drama “Valerie Flake” in 1999, and the thriller “Angels Don’t Sleep Here” in 2002.
The year 2003 saw Christina portray Sol’s Mom in the romantic comedy “Sol Goode”, while she also appeared as Beatrice Stanhope in the Disney’s film “George of the Jungle 2”.
Three of her most recent notable performances in movies have been in the 2008 Hungarian-American adult animated movie “Immigrants” in which she voiced Harriet, the political science fiction drama “Atlas Shrugged: Part I” playing Mother Rearden in 2011, and the short drama “Wild & Precious” which saw her star as Bea in 2014.
Roles in TV series
Christina’s first notable performance in a TV series was in 1977 when she was invited to play one of the lead characters Countess Elena DePulignac in the romantic drama “Another World” which also starred Victoria Wyndham and Constance Ford and which won 43 awards and was nominated for 176 others including one Primetime Emmy during its airing from 1964 to 1999.
After her initial success, Christina was invited to guest star in single episodes of several series, such as the drama “The White Shadow” in 1981, another drama “Lou Grant” in 1982, and the sitcom “Roseanne” in 1988.
She was praised for her portrayal of Cissy MacIntyre in the sitcom “The People Next Door” in 1989 which starred Jeffrey Jones and Mary Gross, and is about a cartoonist who becomes famous and able to buy the things he has always dreamed of.
The following years saw Christina appear in several critically acclaimed series such as the police procedural crime drama “In the Heat of the Night” in 1991, the mystery legal drama “Matlock” in 1992, and the family drama “Sisters” in 1994. Many people still remember Christina for her portrayal of Judi Geller in the sitcom “Friends” – she appeared in 19 episodes between 1994 and 2003. In 1999, she was cast to play Elizabeth Parker, one of the lead characters in the comedy drama “Get Real”, which starred Jon Tenney and Debrah Farentino, and is about two parents going through a mid-life crisis while raising their teenage children.
Three of Christina’s most recent notable performances in TV series have been in the sitcom “Animal Practice” in 2013, another sitcom “Great News” and the comedy series “9JKL” both in 2017.
Between 1983 and 1988, Christina was nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in “St. Elsewhere”, and in 1995, she was nominated for another Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in “Friends”.
In 2018, Christina won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for “Break a Hip”.
Love life and husband
Christina met her first future husband Victor Lobl several years after she moved to New York City, and they dated for five years before marrying in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family in 1962.
Victor is a film director who is known for his works on the series “American Playhouse” in 1980, “V” in 1984, and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” in 1993. Christina gave birth to their children Oliver and Rebecca, but after 23 years of being together, the two quietly divorced in 1985.
Not long afterwards, she began dating Herbert Edelman who was an American actor and a comedian, and they remained together until Herb died in 1996. In 2005, Christina exchanged vows with the American author and documentary filmmaker Ian Masters, and they have since been leading a seemingly happy life together, and there are no rumors nor controversies surrounding their marriage.
As of September 2020, Christina is married to her second husband and has two children.
Hobbies and other interests
Christina enjoys spending her free time in her garden, eating grapes and drinking red wine.
She likes to read books, and although she liked deep and psychological books in the past, she today prefers to read some easier material such as romance and comedy – “The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden” by Jonas Jonasson and “I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman” by Nora Ephron.
She has travelled all around the world since the launch of her acting career, and two of her dream travel destinations are Melbourne in Australia and Venice in Italy.
Some of her personal favorite actors and actresses are Will Smith, Emma Watson and Julia Roberts, while a few of her favorite movies include “Seven Pounds”, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “The Runaway Bride”.
Christina’s age is 85. She has brown hair which she has dyed gray, and her eyes are blue; she is 5ft 6ins (1.67m) tall and weighs around 128lbs (58kgs).
As of September 2020, Christina’s net worth has been estimated at over $12 million.