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For Rena Sofer, playing Lois on General Hospital was a combination of personal experience and careful study. Her success in this endeavor was represented by her Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and the Outstanding Younger Leading Actress trophy she received during the nationally televised Soap Opera Awards gala. Despite an upbringing that had her moving from town to town, Rena has a firmly based devotion to family much like that of Lois. Born in Arcadia, California, Rena moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, following her parents' divorce, and later to North Bergen, New Jersey, where she finished high school. Her father is an Orthodox Jewish rabbi in New Jersey; her mother lives in Boston where she teaches psychology.
At age 15, Rena was discovered by a New York talent agent who, taken by Rena's dark brown hair and deep blue eyes, directed her towards acting classes. Numerous roles on stage, and in feature films and television, soon followed. Rena made her feature film debut in "The Only One," and was also seen in director Sidney Lumet's "A Stranger Among Us." She has appeared on television in "Saved By the Bell: Hawaiian Style," "Another World," and as "Rocky" McKenzie on the ABC daytime drama, "Loving." Ms. Sofer will soon be seen starring in the cable television movie, "A Reasonable Woman: The Kerry Ellison Story." Among many other roles, in 1998 she joined Fox's "Melrose Place" as Eve Cleary, a mysterious friend from Amanda's (Heather Locklear) past. Sofer also guest-starred in many television comedy series, including "Seinfeld," "Caroline in the City," "Ellen" and "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place," among others.
An active athlete, Rena enjoys skating, cycling and swimming. She is also a successful businesswoman, with partnerships in several profitable endeavors including the "Calling 4 the Cure" AIDS information/fundraising phone card. Rena and fellow "GH" actor Wallace Kurth (Ned Ashton) share a home in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles with their children and dog, Sally.
BIRTHPLACE: Arcadia, CA
BIRTHDATE: Dec. 2
HAIR: Dark brown