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Martha Plimpton        

Actress, Singer, Reproductive Rights Advocate Known for "Raising Hope"

Martha Plimpton is an American actress, singer, and former model. Her feature film debut was in Rollover; she subsequently rose to prominence in the Richard Donner film The Goonies. She has also appeared in The Mosquito Coast, Running on Empty, Parenthood, Samantha, "Raising Hope" and Small Town Murder Songs.

She is recognized on Broadway for her roles in "The Coast of Utopia", "Shining City", "Top Girls", and "Pal Joey". Other theatre productions in which she has performed include "The Playboy of the Western World", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "The Glass Menagerie", "The Sisters Rosensweig", and "Uncle Vanya". She returned to Broadway in the fall of 2014 in a revival of "A Delicate Balance".

Plimpton most recently starred in "The Real O'Neals", an ABC sitcom.

She played Virginia Chance in the Fox sitcom "Raising Hope", which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She has also received three Tony Award nominations as well as a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2002, and again in 2012 as attorney Patti Nyholm in the CBS legal drama "The Good Wife", the latter of which she won.

Plimpton is an abortion rights campaigner who has lobbied Congress on behalf of Planned Parenthood and is on the board of directors of the women's rights organization "A Is For"; according to the organization's website, Plimpton has been politically active in abortion rights since her teenage years and speaks at campuses and rallies.

She has also advocated for LGBT rights causes. In a Twitter post, she stated that transgender rights and abortion rights are linked.

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'Real O'Neals' shows another side of family bonding

LOS ANGELES | Jesus makes a very special guest appearance on the new sitcom, “The Real O’Neals,” but he’s really there as a sounding board, not as a critic of the family’s behavior.

He’s there, according to Executive Producer David Windsor, to prompt conversations that teenage son Kenny wouldn’t have with members of his family. “We can get inside Kenny’s head in very fun and, sometimes, poignant ways.”

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