Margaret colin

Margaret Colin
Name Margaret Colin
Birthplace Brooklyn, New York
Date of Birth May 26, 1958 (Age 59)
Role on Gossip Girl Eleanor Waldorf
Margaret Colin (born May 26,1958)  is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Margo Hughes on As the World Turns and as Eleanor Waldorf on Gossip Girl.


Margaret Colin was born in Brooklyn, New York City, and was raised in Baldwin, New York, on Long Island. She is of Irish descent and was raised in a Roman Catholic family; her father was a New York City police officer. She graduated from Baldwin Senior High School in 1976.


After graduating from Hofstra University, Colin began her acting career in the soap opera The Edge of Night, playing an heiress and former terrorist. In seven months on that show, her character survived seven murder attempts and ended up marrying her stepbrother. She followed that role with a longer stint on As the World Turns, originating the role of Margo Montgomery, a character that endured nearly 30 years.

She has appeared on a number of primetime television shows, starting with Foley SquareLeg Work, and several early episodes of Chicago Hope. She played Lisa Wiseman on the 1999 series Now and Again, with Eric Close and Dennis Haysbert. In 2003, she appeared in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit titled "Tortured", playing a mother/bakery owner who was later arrested for abetting a murder.

From 2007 to 2012, Colin played the recurring role of Eleanor Waldorf, mother of Blair Waldorf, on the teen drama television series Gossip Girl. In the pilot episode, Eleanor was played by One Life to Live actress Florencia Lozano.

Colin has also been in a number of films, the most well-known of which are probably Something Wild (1986), Three Men and a Baby (1987), The Butcher's Wife(1991), Independence Day (1996), Unfaithful (2002), and First Daughter (2004). She also appeared in the play Jackie: An American Life, in which she played Jacqueline Kennedy.

During her 2003 performance of the English play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg on Broadway, Colin smoked her way through the second half of the show and dedicated the performance to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in defiance of the state's smoking ban. After the play finished its run, she gave up smoking.

Personal Life

Colin met actor Justin Deas when he played her love interest, Tom Hughes, on As the World Turns. They were married in January 1988. The couple have two sons, Sam and Joe, and Colin is stepmother of her husband's daughter from his first marriage. The family moved to Upper Montclair, New Jersey in the late 1990s.

She is a pro-life activist and was formerly the honorary co-chair of Feminists for Life, an organization opposed to abortion. Colin is now the honorary board member of the group, Feminists for Nonviolent Choices, which is not affiliated with Feminists for Life. 



Movie Role Year Notes
Pretty in Pink English teacher 1986
Something Wild Irene 1986
The Return of Sherlock Holmes Jane Watson 1987 Television film
Warm Hearts, Cold Feet Amy Webster 1987 Television film
Like Father Like Son Ginnie Armbruster 1987
Three Men and a Baby Rebecca 1987
True Believer Kitty Greer 1989
Traveling Man Joanna Reath 1989 Televison film
Martians Go Home Sara Brody 1990
Goodnight Sweet Wife: A Murder in Boston Michelle Caruso 1990 Television film
The Butcher's Wife Robyn Graves 1991
Amos & Andrew Judy Gillman 1993
Terminal Velocity Joline "Jo" 1994 Uncredited
In the Shadow of Evil Dr. Molly Nostrand 1995 Television film
Independence Day Constance Spano 1996
Milk & Money Lorraine 1996
The Devil's Own Sheila O'Meara 1997
Time to Say Goodbye? Kristen Hamstra 1997
The Adventures of Sebastian Cole Joan Cole 1998
Hit & Run Joanna Kendall 1999 Television film
Swing Vote Linda Kirkland 1999 Television film
Private Lies Ellen 2001 Television film
The Familiar Stranger Elizabeth "Peachy" Welsh 2001 Television film
The Wedding Dress Madeline Carver 2001 Television film
Blue Car Diane 2002
Unfaithful Sally 2002
First Daughter Melanie MacKenzie 2004
A Broken Sole Nan 2006
Happenstance Beth 2007 Short film
Deception Ms. Pomerantz 2008
iMurders Carol Uberoth 2008
The Missing Person Lana Cobb 2009
Camilla Dickinson Mona Rowan 2012
Backwards Mrs. Brooks 2012
Kelly & Cal Janice 2014
You Must Be Joking Linda Schwartz 2014
Stealing Chanel Constance Borden 2015
Equity Attorney Can 2016


Show Role Year(s) Notes
The Edge of Night Paige Madison 1979 21 episodes
As the World Turns Margo Hughes 1980-83 Role held: July 1980 - October 1983
Foley Square Asst. D.A. Alex Harrigan 1985-86 Main cast; 14 episodes
Leg Work Claire McCarron 1987 Main cast; 10 episodes
Magnum, P.I. Connie Northrop 1988 Episode: "Legend of the Last Art"
Sibs Audie Ruscio 1991-92 Main cast; 22 episodes
Related by Birth Audie Ruscio 1994 Television special
Chicago Hope Dr. Karen Antonovich 1994 5 episodes
The Wright Verdicts Sandy Hamor 1995 Main cast; 6 episodes
Now and Again Linda Wiseman 1999-2000 Main cast; 14 episodes
Madigan Men Vonda Madigan 2000 Episode: "Pilot"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mrs. Krug 2003 Episode: "Tortured"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr. Eloise Barnes 2004 Episode: "Shrink-Wrapped"
Gossip Girl Eleanor Waldorf 2007-2012 Recurring; 33 episodes
Royal Pains Lucy Everett 2009 Episode: "Strategic Planning"
Law & Order Mary Markson 2010 Episode: "Four Cops Shot"
Medium Kelly Shuler 2010 Episode: "It's a Wonderful Death"
Blue Bloods Melanie Maines 2012 Episode: "Women with Guns"
Nurse Jackie Trish 2012 2 episodes
The Good Wife Rochelle 2013 Episode: "The Seven Day Rule"
Elementary Natalie Gale 2013 Episode: "Blood is Thicker"
Gotham Taylor Reece 2014 Episode: "Viper"
Madam Secretary Judith Fanning 2016 Season 2 Episode: "Catch and Release"
Veep Jane McCabe 2017 Season 6
Shades of Blue Linda Wozniak 2017 Season 2
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