Gail Strickland

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Gail Strickland (born May 18, 1947 in Birmingham) is an actress, best-known for her roles in "Bound for Glory" with David Carradine, "The Drowning Pool" with Paul Newman, and "Norma Rae" with Sally Field.

Strickland is the daughter of Lynn Strickland Tire Co. founder Lynn Strickland and his wife, Theodosia. She grew up in Birmingham and studied drama at Florida State University, where she also competed in gymnastics. She landed a role in the Broadway production of Donald Driver's "Status Quo Vadis" that led to work in film and television.

She made her television debut in a 1969 episode of "Dark Shadows" and made guest appearances in several other series, including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "The Bob Newhart Show", "Hawaii Five-0", "M*A*S*H", "Murder, She Wrote", "Night Court", "Dr Quinn: Medicine Woman", "Highway to Heaven", "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine", "Seinfeld", "JAG" and "Walker, Texas Ranger".

Her role as nurse practitioner Marilyn McGrath in the 1988 television series HeartBeat was one of the earliest portrayals of a lesbian character on network television.

Strickland married Boston-based marketing consultant Neil Davis in 1988.


  • Toepfer, Susan & David Hutchings (April 25, 1988) "Is Prime Time Ready for Its First Lesbian? Gail Strickland Hopes So—and She's About to Find Out." People magazine. Vol. 29, No. 16

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