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From ‘Law & Order’ to ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Get To Know Actress Angie Harmon

Plus learn some shocking facts about her! 

Angie Harmon is a name that resonates deeply within the realms of television and film, her talent and charisma making her a household name. From her early beginnings to her current status as a celebrated actress, Harmon has captivated audiences with her performances, versatility, and undeniable presence on screen.

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Angie Harmon: Early life

Angela Michelle Harmon was born on August 10, 1972, in Highland Park, Texas. She was the daughter of Lawrence Paul Harmon, a hospital information network executive, and Daphne Demar, a former model and actress. Her parents divorced when she was a toddler. 

“I think being an only child, acting was easier for me because I had to play by myself so much,” Harmon, told Texas Monthly. I played both Barbie and Ken. I played all the members of a family.”

The actress in 1995
Angie Harmon at age 23 (1995) Steve Eichner / Contributor/Getty

Harmon’s journey into acting began at a young age, as she participated in school plays and local theater productions. Her natural talent and determination soon caught the attention of talent scouts, leading her to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

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Her rise to fame

The actress in 1999
Angie Harmon at age 27 (1999) Robin Platzer/Twin Images / Contributor/Getty

 In 1995, Angie Harmon made her debut in the entertainment industry with a role in the television series Baywatch Nights. She was on the show for three years in the role of Ryan McBride. Harmon’s potential was evident, and she soon began to land more significant opportunities.

One of her breakout roles came in the police procedural drama series Law & Order, where she portrayed Assistant District Attorney Abbie Carmichael. Her portrayal of Carmichael garnered critical acclaim and earned her widespread recognition, establishing her as a talented actress in the industry. Harmon’s success on Law & Order propelled her career forward, opening doors to a myriad of opportunities in both television and film.

However, she’s told Texas Monthly that it hasn’t always been easy.  “I’ve had to really fight to prove myself, to show others that I could act, to get a chance to audition for the best roles,” said Harmon. “But there’s a part of me that enjoys the pressure. You confront the pressure, wrestle it, and then make it work for you.”

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Angie Harmon: Movie and tv career

Angie Harmon and Charlie Sheen Good Advice (2001)
Angie Harmon at age 29 and Charlie Sheen Good Advice (2001)

Throughout her career, Angie Harmon has showcased her versatility by taking on diverse roles across various genres. In the early stages of her career, she appeared in several notable films, including Lawn Dogs (1997), where she starred alongside Sam Rockwell, and Good Advice (2001), opposite Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards.

As the years progressed, Harmon continued to build her impressive filmography with appearances in movies such as Agent Cody Banks (2003) and its sequel Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004), solidifying her status as a sought-after actress in Hollywood. She also ventured into the realm of voice acting, lending her voice to the animated film Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000).

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The actress in Rizzoli & Isles (2010)
Angie Harmon at age 38 in Rizzoli & Isles (2010)

In addition to her film roles, Harmon maintained a strong presence on television, starring in series such as Women’s Murder Club (2007–2008) and Rizzoli & Isles (2010–2016). Her portrayal of detective Jane Rizzoli in the latter earned her widespread acclaim and further cemented her status as a prominent figure in the television industry.

The actress’ personal life

Outside of her successful career, Harmon married former NFL player Jason Sehorn in 2001, and the couple had three daughters together: Finley Faith (born in 2003), Avery Grace (born in 2005), and Emery Hope (born in 2008). Harmon and Sehorn later divorced in 2014.

Harmon is open about the struggles of raising her three kids as a single mom. “When it’s just you, there’s a different sort of survival set of skills that take over, you pay more attention to things that you wouldn’t normally,” Harmon, told People. “You are more aware of things that you wouldn’t normally be.”

The actress with fiance Jason Sehorn in 2000 Angie Harmon
Angie Harmon at age 28 with ason Sehorn (2000) Evan Agostini / Contributor/Getty

She also talks about the many hats she wears. “I’m the protector and the provider and the nurturer. I’m all the things,” she says. “It’s just bizarre because I’m the one that changes the light bulbs in the 12-foot ceilings and I’m the one that carries the 60-lb bag of dog food from the grocery store to the car.”

She also explains that life often takes people in a completely different direction. “You just imagine that your life is going to be one way and then it turns out to be another. Now I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love the life that I’ve been blessed with, and I wouldn’t have my daughters if I didn’t have that marriage and all of that.”

When it comes to style, Harmon embraces her long hair. She told People, “I’m so thankful that I don’t have a short age-appropriate haircut, because I like my hair.” She also goes against trend by not embracing mom-jeans. Her daughters convinced her to try them, which she did, but quickly realized they weren’t for her. “My lifestyle is more appreciative of a boyfriend jean or a skinny jean,” Harmon says, “I’m a boyfriend jean all day long — with a collared shirt. That’s my signature.”

The actress with Jason Sehorn in 2011 Angie Harmon
Angie Harmon 39 at age with Jason Sehorn in 2011 John Shearer / Staff/Getty

When it comes to her health, Harmon is open about the changes she’s faced going through menopause and how her body doesn’t respond the way that it used to. “The workouts that you used to do, they don’t work anymore. And I love salt so much, and I swear to God, if I even smell it, I wake up the next morning and my eyes are almost swollen, closed. My face is four times its size,” Harmon told People.  “I mean, I have to think about all of these things now that I didn’t used to have to think about.” She says hot yoga helps keep her body in shape. She even jokingly says she’s will to try anything. Harmon quips, “At this point, it’s like they told me to drink my own urine and I’m like, alright, well is it iced? Is it room temp? How are we doing this here? Let me know.”

Did you know? Harmon has a pet squirrel named Thomas. She often posts about him on social media. She also gets plenty of advice on how to raise him. “It’s so funny because when something like this happens, all of a sudden, all your friends come out of the woodwork,” she told People. “They’re all squirrel experts. I’m like, ‘I thought you were a vodka expert.'”

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