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Occupation
  
Actress

Spouse
  
Ken Harper (m. 1971–1976)

Role
  
Actress

Name
  
Tess Harper

Years active
  
1983–present


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Full Name
  
Tessie Jean Washam

Born
  
August 15, 1950 (age 73) (
1950-08-15
)

Books
  
Christy: To Have and to Hold; The Hunt

Parents
  
Ed Washam, Rosemary Washam

Movies
  
No Country for Old Men, Tender Mercies, The Man in the Moon, Amityville 3‑D, The Jackal

Similar People
  
Kelly Macdonald, Garret Dillahunt, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin

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Tessie Jean "Tess" Harper (née Washam; born August 15, 1950) is an American actress. She was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her first film role in 1983's Tender Mercies, and for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1986 film Crimes of the Heart. Her other film appearances include Flashpoint (1984), Ishtar (1987), Far North (1988), and No Country for Old Men (2007). She portrayed Jesse Pinkman's mother on Breaking Bad (2008–2013), appearing in the first three seasons.

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Early life

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Harper was born on August 15, 1950 in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, the daughter of Rosemary (née Langston) and Ed Washam. Most members of her family were quilt makers. On her own time, she liked to sit on the porch-swing and read. She graduated from high school in 1968. She attended Arkansas State University-Beebe, where she performed in several plays, as well as Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) in Springfield, Missouri, where she graduated with a degree in education.

Career

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Harper began acting in theater productions, theme parks (including Dogpatch, USA and Silver Dollar City), dinner theatre, and children's theatre. She had given up hopes of an acting career and was working for a financial institution in Texas. The institution wanted to produce a TV spot and asked her to be in the spot, which she accepted. In a twist of fate, a casting person with Tender Mercies had to spend the night in Dallas and saw Harper's spot on TV. She called Robert Duvall and arranged an audition. Director Bruce Beresford was impressed with Harper and cast her in the lead female role of Rosa Lee, the young widow and mother who marries country singer Mac Sledge. Beresford said that Harper brought a kind of rural quality to the role without coming across as simple or foolish. He said of Harper, "She walked into the room and even before she spoke, I thought, 'That's the girl to play the lead.'" Harper did not realize this, and recalled shortly after the film's release, "After I did the final screen test, I went to see Breaker Morant and started sobbing uncontrollably halfway through it. A friend had to take me home, and I kept crying, 'You don't understand! They're not gonna let me do this part!'"

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Tender Mercies was Harper's feature film debut. She later said that she was so excited about the role that she bit her script just to make sure it was real, and she was so nervous that during her first take she feared the filmmakers would "come to their senses and say, 'We're sorry, we made a terrible mistake.'" Duvall, who played the lead role of Mac Sledge, did his best to help Harper in her first film role. During one scene in which Mac Sledge and Rosa Lee were fighting, Duvall yelled at a make-up artist in front of Harper specifically to make her angry for the scene; Duvall apologized to the make-up artist after the scene was shot. After filming, Duvall said Harper did a very good job, and he felt her rural past in Arkansas helped her in the part. She earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for the role. Duvall won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

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Harper appeared in the TV mini-series Chiefs (1983) and Celebrity (1984), as well as many television movies including Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land (1983) and Reckless Disregard (1985). In 1983, she appeared in the full-length feature Silkwood. In 1986, Harper was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work as Chick Boyle in Crimes of the Heart, which was directed by her Tender Mercies director Bruce Beresford. She later played parts in Ishtar (1987), Far North (1988), The Man in the Moon (1991), The Jackal (1997) and Loggerheads (2005). She also took part in Michael Jackson's Black Or White (1991) musical minifilm.

Harper had a regular role on the CBS series Christy, from 1994-95. Her roles have frequently been that of a Southern lady, although she had worked to lose her Arkansas accent. She also had a recurring role on another CBS television series, Early Edition, from 1996 to 2000. She portrayed the mother of lead character Gary Hobsen. Harper shared a Screen Actors Guild Award (in the Best Ensemble Cast category) with her fellow cast members in the Oscar-winning film No Country for Old Men, in which she played the wife of Tommy Lee Jones.

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She had the recurring role of Mrs. Pinkman on Breaking Bad, appearing in the first three seasons.


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Filmography

Actress
-
American Outlaws (post-production) as
Loretta Hillhouse
-
Dangerous: The Short Films (Video) as
Mother ('Black or White' video)
2023
Good Side of Bad as
Mary Ellen
2023
Rosebud Lane as
Sugar
2022
Our Almost Completely True Story as
Tess
2020
The Evening Hour as
Dorothy Freeman
2019
How to Get Away with Murder (TV Series) as
Sheila Miller
- I Want to Be Free (2019) - Sheila Miller
- Where Are Your Parents? (2019) - Sheila Miller
- We Know Everything (2019) - Sheila Miller
2019
The Long Shadow as
Mama Doris
2019
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie as
Mrs. Pinkman
2018
Aussie Girl (TV Series) as
Dorthea
- Monkey Love (2018) - Dorthea
2018
Burden as
Hazel Griffin
2015
The Perfect Guy as
Mrs. McCarthy
2015
Boys on Film 13: Trick & Treat as
Linda (segment "Surprise")
2015
Surprise (Short) as
Linda
2015
Hello, My Name Is Frank as
Aunt Flossie
2015
Criminal Minds (TV Series) as
Dinah Troy
- Rock Creek Park (2015) - Dinah Troy
2014
Nikki & Nora: The N&N Files (TV Series) as
Mary Delaney
- Episode #1.7 (2014) - Mary Delaney
- Episode #1.5 (2014) - Mary Delaney
2014
True Detective (TV Series) as
Mrs. Kelly
- Seeing Things (2014) - Mrs. Kelly
2014
Frank as
Frank's Mom
2013
Sunlight Jr. as
Kathleen
2013
Straight A's as
Mother
2012
The Christmas Heart (TV Movie) as
Elizabeth
2012
Revenge (TV Series) as
Carole Miller
- Grief (2012) - Carole Miller
- Absolution (2012) - Carole Miller
2011
A Christmas Wish (TV Movie) as
Trudy Willis
2011
Private Practice (TV Series) as
Augusta King
- Something Old, Something New (2011) - Augusta King
2010
In Plain Sight (TV Series) as
A.U.S.A. Rolly
- Coma Chameleon (2010) - A.U.S.A. Rolly
2008
Breaking Bad (TV Series) as
Mrs. Pinkman
- Caballo sin Nombre (2010) - Mrs. Pinkman
- Down (2009) - Mrs. Pinkman
- Grilled (2009) - Mrs. Pinkman
- Cancer Man (2008) - Mrs. Pinkman
2010
Grey's Anatomy (TV Series) as
Pam Nelson
- Perfect Little Accident (2010) - Pam Nelson
2010
Proposition 8 Trial Re-Enactment (TV Series documentary) as
Sandy Stier
2009
Crash (TV Series) as
Wendy Olinville
- Los Angeles (2009) - Wendy Olinville
- Alone Again Or- (2009) - Wendy Olinville
- Calm Like a Bomb (2009) - Wendy Olinville
- Lovers in Captivity (2009) - Wendy Olinville
- Johnny Hit and Run Pauline (2009) - Wendy Olinville
- No Matter What You Do (2009) - Wendy Olinville
- Can't Explain (2009) - Wendy Olinville
- The World's a Mess/It's in My Kiss (2009) - Wendy Olinville
- Always See Your Face (2009) - Wendy Olinville
- You Set the Scene (2009) - Wendy Olinville
2009
Cold Case (TV Series) as
Sharon Lertola '09
- November 22 (2009) - Sharon Lertola '09
2009
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series) as
Mrs. Hallander
- Stranger (2009) - Mrs. Hallander
2009
Fatal Secrets as
Naomi
2008
Ghost Whisperer (TV Series) as
Ellen Wilkins
- Stranglehold (2008) - Ellen Wilkins
2007
Judy's Got a Gun (TV Movie) as
Susan Lemen
2007
Brothers & Sisters (TV Series) as
Beth Ridge
- History Repeating (2007) - Beth Ridge
2007
Saving Sarah Cain as
Miriam Esh
2007
Kiss the Bride as
Barbara Davis
2007
No Country for Old Men as
Loretta Bell
2007
Without a Trace (TV Series) as
Mrs. Spade
- At Rest (2007) - Mrs. Spade
2006
Broken as
Clare
2006
Broken Bridges as
Dixie Rose Delton
2006
Jam as
Ruby
2006
Karla as
Molly Czehowicz
2005
Jesus, Mary and Joey as
Liz O'Callahan
2005
Judging Amy (TV Series) as
Barbara Nissman
- Sorry I Missed You (2005) - Barbara Nissman
2005
Loggerheads as
Elizabeth
2004
Angel in the Family (TV Movie) as
Mrs. Nelly Tomkins
2004
Jack & Bobby (TV Series) as
Karen Carmichael / Former Vice President Karen Carmichael
- An Innocent Man (2004) - Karen Carmichael
- Pilot (2004) - Former Vice President Karen Carmichael
2004
Lonely Place (Short)
2004
One Tree Hill (TV Series) as
May Scott
- Crash Course in Polite Conversations (2004) - May Scott
2003
Studio City (Short) as
Linda Little
2003
The Division (TV Series) as
Polly Danko
- Oh Mother, Who Art Thou? (2003) - Polly Danko
2002
No Prom for Cindy (Short) as
Cindy's Mom
2002
Beyond the Prairie, Part 2: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder (TV Movie) as
Older Laura Ingalls Wilder (voice)
2001
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series) as
Julia Barrett
- Bully for You (2001) - Julia Barrett
2001
Morning as
Margaret
2001
The Rising Place as
Rebecca Hodge
2000
Touched by an Angel (TV Series) as
Betsy Baxter
- The Empty Chair (2000) - Betsy Baxter
2000
The in Crowd as
Dr. Amanda Giles
1998
Early Edition (TV Series) as
Lois Hobson
- Luck o' the Irish (2000) - Lois Hobson
- Time (2000) - Lois Hobson
- Snow Angels (2000) - Lois Hobson (voice, uncredited)
- Duck Day Afternoon (1999) - Lois Hobson
- Home Groan (1999) - Lois Hobson
- Nest Egg (1998) - Lois Hobson
- Don't Walk Away, Renee (1998) - Lois Hobson
- The Fourth Carpathian (1998) - Lois Hobson
1999
Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder (TV Movie) as
Narrator / Older Laura Ingalls Wilder
1997
Cracker: Mind Over Murder (TV Series) as
Lea Ann Garner
- An American Dream (1997) - Lea Ann Garner
1997
The Jackal as
The First Lady
1997
Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series) as
Katie Malloy
- Sons of Thunder (1997) - Katie Malloy
1997
Gun (TV Series) as
Virginia
- Ricochet (1997) - Virginia
1997
A Child's Wish (TV Movie) as
Joanna Chandler
1997
Grace Under Fire (TV Series) as
Joan
- Matthew's Old Lady (1997) - Joan
1997
The Killing Secret (TV Movie) as
Tina Decapprio
1996
Dirty Laundry as
Beth Greene
1996
A Stranger to Love (TV Movie) as
Linda Grant
1996
The Road to Galveston (TV Movie) as
Julia Archer
1994
Christy (TV Series) as
Fairlight Spencer
- The Road Home (1995) - Fairlight Spencer
- Second Sight (1995) - Fairlight Spencer
- Babe in the Woods (1995) - Fairlight Spencer
- The Hostage (1995) - Fairlight Spencer
- Green Apples (1995) - Fairlight Spencer
- The Lie (1995) - Fairlight Spencer
- Echoes (1995) - Fairlight Spencer
- A Man's Reach (1995) - Fairlight Spencer
- The Hunt (1995) - Fairlight Spencer
- To Have and to Hold (1995) - Fairlight Spencer
- The Sweetest Gift (1994) - Fairlight Spencer
- Eye of the Storm (1994) - Fairlight Spencer
- Amazing Grace (1994) - Fairlight Spencer
- Judgement Day (1994) - Fairlight Spencer
- A Closer Walk (1994) - Fairlight Spencer
- Both Your Houses (1994) - Fairlight Spencer
- Lost and Found (1994) - Fairlight Spencer
- Pilot: Part 2 (1994) - Fairlight Spencer
- Pilot: Part 1 (1994) - Fairlight Spencer
1995
Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory (Video) as
Mother (segment "Black or White")
1995
Legend (TV Series) as
Heron Twin #2
- The Gospel According to Legend (1995) - Heron Twin #2 (as Tesa Harper)
1995
Death in Small Doses (TV Movie) as
Asst. D.A. Jerri Sims
1994
Christy (TV Movie) as
Fairlight Spencer
1993
The Hidden Room (TV Series) as
Dede
- After the Crash (1993) - Dede
1992
Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story (TV Movie) as
Verna Heath
1992
My New Gun as
Kimmy Hayes
1992
The Turning as
Martha Harnish
1992
In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion (TV Movie) as
Vickie Singer
1991
Pretty Hattie's Baby as
Maya
1991
Michael Jackson: Black or White (Music Video) as
Mother (uncredited)
1991
The Man in the Moon as
Abigail Trant
1991
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys as
Cheryl
1990
Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got the Will? as
Sara Lee
1990
Thirtysomething (TV Series) as
Nancy's Sister Deborah
- Post-Op (1990) - Nancy's Sister Deborah
1989
Incident at Dark River (TV Movie) as
Betty McFall
1989
Her Alibi as
Sally Blackwood
1989
Unconquered (TV Movie) as
Mary Flowers
1988
Criminal Law as
Det. Stillwell
1988
Far North as
Rita
1988
Little Girl Lost (TV Movie) as
Clara Brady
1987
Ishtar as
Willa
1987
Daddy (TV Movie) as
Ann Burnette
1987
L.A. Law (TV Series) as
Patricia M. Pittman
- Sparky Brackman R.I.P. ????-1987 (1987) - Patricia M. Pittman
1987
Murder, She Wrote (TV Series) as
Irene Rutledge
- Simon Says, Color Me Dead (1987) - Irene Rutledge
1986
Crimes of the Heart as
Chick Boyle
1986
The Twilight Zone (TV Series) as
Sarah (segment "Quarantine")
- Welcome to Winfield/Quarantine (1986) - Sarah (segment "Quarantine")
1985
Promises to Keep (TV Movie) as
Gwen Palmer
1985
George Burns Comedy Week (TV Series)
- The Smiths (1985)
1985
A Summer to Remember (TV Movie) as
Jeannie Wyler
1985
Reckless Disregard (TV Movie) as
Meredith Craig
1984
Flashpoint as
Ellen
1984
Celebrity (TV Mini Series) as
Susan French
- Part 3 (1984) - Susan French
- Part 2 (1984) - Susan French
- Part 1 (1984) - Susan French
1983
Silkwood as
Linda Dawson
1983
Amityville 3-D as
Nancy Baxter
1983
Chiefs (TV Mini Series) as
Carrie Lee
- Part 3 (1983) - Carrie Lee
- Part 2 (1983) - Carrie Lee
- Part 1 (1983) - Carrie Lee
1983
Tender Mercies as
Rosa Lee
1983
Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land (TV Movie) as
Janet Briggs
1983
Kentucky Woman (TV Movie) as
Lorna Whateley
Thanks
2016
Lazy Eye (very special thanks)
2008
The Making of 'No Country for Old Men' (Video documentary short) (special thanks)
Self
2020
American Masters (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page (2020) - Self
2019
The Road to El Camino: Behind the Scenes of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (TV Short documentary) as
Self - Mrs. Pinkman
2013
Absolutely Jason Stuart (TV Series) as
Self
2009
Mythic Journeys (Documentary) as
Storyteller
2008
No Country for Old Men: Diary of a Country Sheriff (Video short) as
Self
2008
14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Winner
2003
Biography (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Robert Duvall (2003) - Self
2002
Miracles & Mercies (Video documentary short) as
Self
1994
The Suzanne Somers Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.54 (1994) - Self
1987
The 59th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Nominee
1987
Nightlife (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.86 (1987) - Self
1987
The Late Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.58 (1987) - Self
1984
The 56th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special documentary) as
Self - Audience Member
Archive Footage
2014
Peter Andre's 90 Party Hits of the 90s (TV Special) as
Self
2012
Revenge: The First Chapter (TV Movie) as
Carole Miller
2009
Top of the Pops 2 (TV Series) as
Self - Mother - Black or White Video
- Michael Jackson Tribute Special (2009) - Self - Mother - Black or White Video

References

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