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Michael Learned

American actress

Michael Learned is ...


Born 9 April 1939 in Washington, D.C.
Age 83 years

Sex or gender female
Country of citizenship United States of America
Father Bruce Learned
Spouse Peter Donat
Occupation stage actor, film actor and television actor
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Genre Western
Educated at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts

About Michael Learned

Michael Learned: The Actress Who Conquered Television

Michael Learned was born on April 9, 1939, in Washington, D.C. She grew up in a military family and attended a number of schools before settling in Connecticut. Her parents encouraged her to pursue acting, and she eventually attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied drama.

Learned's big break came in 1971 when she was cast as Olivia Walton in the hit television series "The Waltons." The show, which ran for nine seasons, was a critical and commercial success, and Learned's portrayal of the matriarch of the Walton family earned her four Emmy Awards.

After "The Waltons" ended in 1981, Learned continued to work in television, appearing in a number of made-for-TV movies and guest-starring on shows like "Nurse" and "Scrubs." She also returned to the stage, appearing in productions of "The Best Man" and "Driving Miss Daisy."

In recent years, Learned has continued to act, appearing in the films "The Genesis Code" and "After Life," as well as the television series "General Hospital" and "NCIS." She has also been involved in a number of charitable organizations, including the Alzheimer's Association and the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

Despite her success, Learned has faced her share of personal challenges. She has been married four times and has struggled with alcoholism. However, she has been open about her struggles and has used her experiences to help others.

Through it all, Learned has remained one of the most respected and beloved actresses in television history. Her performances on "The Waltons" and beyond have inspired generations of actors and viewers alike, and her legacy continues to shine bright.


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