Cynthia Geary

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Cynthia Geary
Cynthia Geary.jpg
Geary at the 1992 Emmy Awards
Born (1965-07-26) July 26, 1965 (age 54)
Years active1982 - 2012
Robert Coron
(m. 1994)

Cynthia Geary (born March 21, 1965, Jackson, Mississippi) is an American actress best known for her role as Shelly Tambo in the television series Northern Exposure. In her Emmy-nominated role, she played a former Miss Northwest Passage beauty queen living with a decades-older lover, Holling Vincoeur (played by John Cullum). Together they ran Cicely, Alaska's tavern and restaurant, The Brick.

Encouraged at an early age by her mother (a voice and music teacher), Geary studied ballet, voice, and piano, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance from the University of Mississippi, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.


Her acting career began with a series of national commercials, including spots for Coca-Cola and General Motors, she soon had numerous guest starring roles on a variety of television programs, made-for-television movies and independent films, including a small part in Smoke Signals, a film based on the short stories of Native American author Sherman Alexie. Geary played the mother of the Olsen twins in their 1992 made-for-TV movie To Grandmother's House We Go, appeared in the 1997 movie When Time Expires, and is the female lead in 8 Seconds, she received Primetime Emmy nominations--two years in a row (1992, 1993)--for Best Supporting Actress, based on her role in Northern Exposure (1990-1995), an ensemble comedy set in rural Alaska. She voiced the character of Katia Anderson in the second game of the Professor Layton video game series, Professor Layton and the Diabolical/Pandora's Box.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

She has two children by her marriage to Robert Coron, a commercial real estate broker.



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Young Doctors in Love Girl with broken nose Uncredited[citation needed]
1988 Dangerous Curves Pageant Girl
1990 Rich Girl Sorority Girl #1
1994 8 Seconds Kellie Frost
1997 When Time Expires June Kelly
1998 Smoke Signals Cathy the Gymnast
1998 The Killing Grounds Janice Harper
1998 Break Up Emergency Operator
2002 The Business of Fancydancing Teresa
2002 Mulletville Jiffy
2006 Expiration Date Funeral Home Representative
2009 Crimes of the Past Agent Cotton
2012 Switchmas Libby Wilson


Year Title Role Notes
1990–1995 Northern Exposure Shelly Marie Tambo 110 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1992–93)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
1990 The New Adam-12 Marine Bride Episode: "Immunity"
1991 Us Crystal Television movie
1992 To Grandmother's House We Go Rhonda Thompson Television movie
1995 The Awakening Sara Television movie
1998 You're the One Lindsay Metcalf 3 episodes
1998 The Outer Limits Teryl Bouton Episode: "Mary 25"
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave The Twins Episode: "It Takes Two to Tango"
1998 Fantasy Island Pamela Louis Episode: "Dying to Dance"
1999 Dead Man's Gun Dr. Megan Jane Price Episode: "The Oath"
2012 Bigfoot Sueanne Television movie

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