Michael Learned Biography, Life, Interesting Facts


Michael Learned

Birthday :

April 9, 1939

Also Known For :

Television Actress, Theater Actress

Birth Place :

Washington DC, United States of America

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Michael Learned was one of the famous actresses who has made her way into the mainstream actresses that could always be ready to take care of you. She was no doubt one of the best in the movie industry and always acted with an Unknown. Although many never wonder that her more masculine nature and body will make her successful. Although, Michael Learned began her acting career on the stage and since then appeared in numerous roles. She was counted as one of the most as well as a best known female character on American Television. Despite the fact that she was successful professionally, but she finds it very hard to achieve a lot of things alone.


Michael Learned was born to into a family of a diplomat who had five children of which all are ladies. She was later born as the oldest child in Washington DC. The family moved to Austria when he was 11 years and had to take responsibilities due to struggle. She was always interested in pursuing you as a body. Thus, you went to Arts Education School in England.



Michael Learned married as a teenager and started her stage productions on the stage with her husband. She performed mostly with American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco. It was when she was performing in Private Lives that he was noticed by Lee Rich who recognized her potential and cast her in his television series The Waltons. The movie was premiered in 1972, and he performed so wonderfully probably because she had been married at the time she performed such role. With her look then, she fitted her soft feature actress role in which she was a soft-spoken as well as a patient and loving woman.

She remained till the series ended in 1979. He later played a religious role in a religious anthology, Insight which was about freedom as well as love. Michael Learned appeared in two episodes between 1973 and 1974. She later played a supporting role in Little Mo as the first woman to win all four Grand Slam tournaments of the year.

Michael Learned kept on waxing stronger and stronger with her career as well as success in the acting world. It was at this time; she premiered her Nurse Mary Benjamin in an American Medical drama. With her performance in 1986, people started bringing jobs for her. She later co-starred with Richard Gere and Denzel Washington after acting in a drama, Power. She later went on playing a role as a modeling agency in the sitcom with the first episode airing in 1989. It was later in 1993 that he played a supporting role in the Drago: Bruce Lee Story which was written by Bruce Lee. She kept on performing on both the big screen and the television screen. Apart from the two, she got many job proposals for movies as well as a guest invitation.

She, however, did play a role in the film A Father for Brittany in 1998. This movie was a movie about a childless couple who adopted a kid. Michael Learned later appeared as Judge Turner in one of the soap opera, All of My Children. Despite being very active on the television, he appeared in 11 episodes of the Young and the Restless.



His main works were her portrayal in the television series The Walton. Michael Learned was able to play the role of a homemaker who is ready to take care of his family. Her performance was critically appreciated and won a lot of awards and nominations.



Michael Learned won the PrimetimeEmmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series three times for The Waltons in 1973, 74 and 1976. He later won another Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in the Television series, Nurse.



Her first marriage was to Peter Donat who was a Canadian-American actor. Michael Learned married as early as 17 years in 1956. She became a mother of three children for Peter, but the marriage ended in 1972. Soon, she married Chadwick whom they divorced in 1977. She later married Willaim Parker whom she also divorced later. Her last and fourth marriage was with John Doherty lawyer whom he married in 1988. 

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