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Annabeth Gish is an American actress known for starring roles in Shag, Mystic Pizza and Double Jeopardy. She is best known for her roles as Special Agent Monica Reyes on The X-Files, Elizabeth Bartlet Westin on The West Wing and as Eileen Caffee on the Showtime drama Brotherhood. She plays the role of Dr. Anne Sullivan on Pretty Little Liars.


Her first starring role was in the 1986 teen film Desert Bloom. During this time she was active in the Lutheran denomination and became fluent in Spanish. Gish went toNorthern University High School in Cedar Falls, Iowa where she graduated in 1989. She attended Duke University where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and focused her energies on the drama program, film studies and women's studies. She received a BA in English in July 1993. Numerous television and film appearances followed.

In 1987, she starred in the film Hiding Out with Jon Cryer. She played the sister of Julia Roberts' character in 1988's Mystic Pizza. In 1989, Gish got her first major TV film role in When He's Not a Stranger as a rape victim Lyn McKenna. Gish portrayed Anne Hampton, the doomed second wife of Rhett Butler in 1994 in the TV mini series Scarlett.

Annabeth Gish also had a major part in the 1989 comedy, "Shag: The Movie". The film also starred Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates, Page Hannah, Jeff Yagher and Scott Coffey. The film features Carolina shag dancing and was produced in cooperation with the North Carolina Film Commission. The soundtrack album was on Sire/Warner Bros. Records.

In 1994's Wyatt Earp starring Kevin Costner, she played Urilla Sutherland, Wyatt's childhood sweetheart and eventual wife. The next year, she appeared in Oliver Stone's Nixon as Julie Nixon. In 1996, Gish played the girlfriend Tracey in Beautiful Girls. In 1997, Gish received her first starring role in a movie, portraying Susan Sparks opposite Shaquille O'Neal in the movie adaptation of DC Comics superhero Steel. In 1997, she starred in the TV movie True Women as Euphemia Ashby alongside Angelina Jolie and Dana Delany. In 1998, Gish starred in SLC Punk!, released September 24, 1998, as a head shop owner named Trish.

In 2001, Gish joined the cast of The X-Files as Special Agent Monica Reyes after series star David Duchovny announced his intention to leave the show. During the eighth and ninth seasons, Gish and fellow newcomer Robert Patrick became the show's principal characters and it was presumed that the two could carry on the show even after Gillian Anderson left. While it is generally agreed their performances were good, ratings continued to drop with the departure of Duchovny and his dynamic with Gillian Anderson; the ninth season of The X-Files became the show's last.

In 2003, Gish guest-starred on The West Wing playing Elizabeth Bartlet Westin, eldest daughter of President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen). She appeared several times over the following seasons, rounding out the fictional Bartlet family also consisting of First Lady Abigail Bartlet (Stockard Channing) and daughters Ellie (Nina Siemaszko) and Zoey (Elisabeth Moss).

In 2006, Gish played the role of Julia in the independent movie The Celestine Prophecy and costarred in Candles on Bay Street alongside Eion Bailey and Alicia Silverstone. In the same year, Gish began a continuing major role in the eleven-episode Showtime drama Brotherhood. There she plays fictional Rhode Island State Representative Tommy Caffee's wife Eileen, who strives to maintain a model political family while struggling with adultery and drug abuse. Gish has said her portrayal of Eileen Caffee is the best role she has had in twenty-two years as an actress. Brotherhood was picked up for a second season of 10 episodes and then a third season of 8 episodes.

Gish played Jo Noonan in the A&E TV miniseries Stephen King's Bag of Bones in 2011. Also in 2011, she will play the role of Anne Sullivan, a mysterious therapist in Pretty Little Liars.

In 2012, Gish made a guest appearance in 12th season of the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 2012, it was announced that Gish will co-star on the ABC drama series Americana as Ashley Greene's mother.


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Hero in the Family Jessie
Desert Bloom Rose Chismore
1987 Hiding Out Ryan Campbell
1988 Mystic Pizza Kat Arujo Nominated - Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
1989 Shag Pudge
When He's Not a Stranger Lyn McKenna Nominated - Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
1990 Coupe de Ville Tammy
1991 The Last to Go Lydia
1992 Lady Against the Odds Sylvia Raffray
1993 Silent Cries Hazel Hampton
1994 Wyatt Earp Urilla Sutherland
1995 The Last Supper Paulie
Nixon Julie Nixon Eisenhower Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1996 Beautiful Girls Tracy Stover
Don't Look Back Michelle
What Love Sees Jean Treadway Holly
1997 True Women Euphemia Ashby
Mayday - Flug in den Tod Maria Philips
Steel Susan Sparks
1998 SLC Punk! Trish
To Live Again Karen Holmes
1999 Double Jeopardy Angie
God's New Plan Claire Hutton
Different Hope Goodell
Sealed with a Kiss Robbie
2001 The Way She Moves Amie
Pursuit of Happiness Marissa Slamdunk Film Festival for Best Actress
Morning Lily
Race to Space Dr. Donni McGuinness
2002 Buying the Cow Nicole
A Death in the Family Mary Follet
2004 Knots Greta Siegel
Life on Liberty Street Denise Di Fiori
2005 Detective Cynthia Ernst
2006 Gillery's Little Secret Gillery
The Celestine Prophecy Julia
Mojave Phone Booth Beth
Desperation Mary Jackson
Candles on Bay Street Lydia
2008 Of Murder and Memory Sally Linden
2010 At Risk Det. Delma Sykes
The Letter Beth
2011 The Chaperone Lynne
Commerce Beth
Texas Killing Fields Gwen Heigh
Home Run Showdown Michelle
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Scarlett Anne Hampton TV miniseries
1995 Courthouse Lenore Laderman 11 episodes
1996 Chicago Hope Amy Peletier Episode: Three Men and a Lady
2001-2002 The X-Files Monica Reyes 23 episodes

Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television

2004 CSI: Miami Wendy Decker Episode: Not Landing
2003-2006 The West Wing Elizabeth Bartlet Westin 6 episodes
2008 The Cleaner Barbara Hoffler Episode: Meet the Joneses
2006-2008 Brotherhood Eileen Caffee 29 episodes

Nominated - Prism Award for Best Performance in a Drama Series

2010 Criminal Minds Rebecca Hodges Episode: Parasite
FlashForward Lita 3 episodes
2011 Lie to Me Ilene Episode: Saved
Against the Wall Chief Julie Carmen Episode: A Good Cop
Pretty Little Liars Anne Sullivan 5 episodes
Bag of Bones Jo Noonan TV miniseries
2011-2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laura Gabriel

3 episodes

2012 Once Upon A Time Anita
2012 Americana Rachel Clarke Pilot not picked up
2016 Scandal Lillian Forrester Episode: The Candidate