Rena Sofer

Rena Sofer

American actress
Date of Birth: 12.12.1968
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Rena Sofer
  2. Early Career
  3. Scandal and Success
  4. Television and Film Career
  5. Personal Life

Biography of Rena Sofer

Rena Sherel Sofer, an American actress, was born on December 12, 1968, in Arcadia, California, USA. She attended Frisch School, a Jewish educational institution that teaches Judaism, in Paramus, New Jersey. Rena is the daughter of Susan, a psychology professor, and Martin Sofer, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi. She moved with her family to Pittsburgh, where her parents divorced. Rena is considered a descendant of Rabbi Baal Shem Tov, a Jewish mystical rabbi and the founder of Hasidic Judaism.

Rena Sofer

Early Career

Rena gained her first notable role as Amelia 'Rocky' McKenzie in the daytime soap opera "Loving," staying on the show from 1988 to 1991. However, she became most well-known for her role as quirky Lois Cerullo in the series "General Hospital" from 1994 to 1996. Her portrayal of Lois earned her a Daytime Emmy Award in 1995 for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series."

Rena Sofer

Scandal and Success

Rena caused a scandal in the early 2000s when it was announced that influential forces at NBC pressured the producers of the sitcom "Just Shoot Me!" to add a new character to the script, hoping to turn Rena into a standout star for the network. Subsequently, NBC gave Rena the role of Susan Freeman in the American remake of the British series "Coupling."

Rena Sofer

Television and Film Career

Rena played the role of Heidi Petrelli, the wife of Nathan Petrelli, a congressional candidate from New York, in the series "Heroes." She also appeared in the sitcom "Two and a Half Men" as the character Chrissy, an attorney. On the big screen, Rena is known for her role as Rachel in the comedy film "Keeping the Faith" (2000) alongside Ben Stiller, Edward Norton, and Jenna Elfman. She also starred in the romantic drama "Stranger Among Us" (1992) with Melanie Griffith and had the leading role in the TV movie "Dead Season" (2006). In the remake of the classic thriller "Carrie," based on Stephen King's novel, Rena portrays Miss Desjardin, a teacher. On October 24, 2009, the comedy film "Always and Forever" was released on the Hallmark Channel, in which Rena played the lead role.

Personal Life

Rena had a romantic relationship both on and off the set with her "General Hospital" co-star Wally Kurth. They got married in 1995 but divorced in 1997. They have a daughter named Rosabel Rosalinda Kurth together. In 2003, Rena married television director and producer Sanford Bookstaver. On August 5, they welcomed their first child, Avalon Leon.