Monica Horan is an American actress, best known for playing Amy Louise MacDougall Barone in ‘CBS’ network's sitcom television series ‘Everybody Loves Raymond.’ While she was part of the series’ recurring cast from first to the seventh season, she became part of the main cast for the eighth and ninth season. From 2016 to 2019, she played Kieran Cannistra in six episodes of the long-running television soap opera ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ for which she was nominated for the ‘Daytime Emmy Award’ for ‘Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series.’ She married American television writer and producer Philip Rosenthal on April 22, 1990. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California along with her husband and two children.
Childhood & Early Life
Monica Horan was born Monica Louise Horan on January 29, 1963, in Darby, Pennsylvania, USA, to Selma and Robert J. Horan. In 1980, she graduated from ‘Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School for Girls’ and then went to ‘Hofstra University’ in Hempstead, New York.
While studying in college, she played Christina Crawford in a parody film. She graduated from ‘Hofstra University’ in 1984 with a degree in theater performance. She started working for ‘Telecharge’ as a telephone sales agent in the mid-1980s. Simultaneously, she also started acting in off-off Broadway theatre.
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Monica Horan made her television debut in 1990 when she played a minor role in one of the episodes of ‘NBC’ network's legal drama series ‘L.A. Law.’ The following year, she was seen in ‘Fox’ network's sketch comedy television series ‘In Living Color.’
In 1993, she played the role of a nurse in an episode titled ‘The Pioneer Bowl’ in ‘ABC’ network's TV series ‘Coach.’ In 1994, she played Maureen in an episode titled ‘Jailbirds’ in the same television series. In 1996, she was cast to play April in an episode titled ‘Come Back, Kid’ in the popular television series ‘In the House.’
Horan received her breakthrough role in 1997 when she was cast to play Amy Louise MacDougall Barone in the famous television series ‘Everybody Loves Raymond.’ The series was created by her husband Philip Rosenthal who also served as one of its executive producers. Horan played Amy from 1997 to 2005, appearing in 66 episodes of the series.
She took a break from acting after appearing in ‘Everybody Loves Raymond.’ She made a comeback in 2011 when she appeared as Sarah in one of the episodes of the famous sitcom series ‘Hot in Cleveland.’ In the same year, she was also seen in an episode titled ‘Lost in Translation’ in ‘ABC’ network's legal drama series ‘The Whole Truth.’
In 2013, she played Sharon in a couple of episodes of ‘HBO’ network's comedy-drama television series ‘Enlightened.’ The series, which was created by Mike White and Laura Dern, was nominated at the 2012 ‘Golden Globe Award’ for ‘Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy.’
In 2015, she was seen in a television series titled ‘The Adventures of Mr. Clown.’ The following year, she played Ruby in John Lee-directed American adventure comedy film ‘Pee-wee's Big Holiday.’ The film was released on ‘Netflix’ on March 18, 2016, and received positive reviews from critics.
From 2016 to 2019, she played Kieran Cannistra in six episodes of ‘The Bold and the Beautiful.’ The long-running television series, which is aired on ‘CBS,’ was created by Lee Phillip Bell and William J. Bell. For her performance in the series, Horan was nominated for the ‘Daytime Emmy Award’ for ‘Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series.’ Meanwhile in 2017, she played Anna Ferguson in an episode titled ‘The Confirmation’ in ‘ABC’ network's sitcom series ‘The Middle.’
Monica Horan has also appeared in many TV documentary series. In 2005, she was seen in a TV special documentary titled ‘Everybody Loves Raymond: The Last Laugh.’ In the same year, she appeared in a TV series documentary titled ‘TV Land Confidential.’ In 2015, she appeared in another documentary series titled ‘I'll Have What Phil's Having.’
Horan has also appeared in popular television talk shows. In 2005, she was seen in ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show.’ In the same year, she also appeared in ‘Live! with Kelly.’ In 2014, she appeared as a guest in the famous talk show ‘Entertainment Tonight.’
Family & Personal Life
Monica Horan’s father Robert J. Horan worked as a courthouse officer, while her mother Selma Spencer worked as a clerk. She met Philip Rosenthal while studying at the ‘Hofstra University’ where she started dating him.
Since Philip Rosenthal was born in a Jewish family, Monica Horan converted to Judaism before marrying him. Horan and Rosenthal got married on April 22, 1990, in the United States. They are blessed with two children, namely Lily Rosenthal and Ben Rosenthal.
Monica Horan plays an important role in maintaining ‘Rosenthal Family Foundation’ which is a nonprofit organization. Horan and her husband support education and arts through their foundation. They also fund ‘Hofstra University’ where they both studied. They also fund organizations, such as ‘UCLA Foundation,’ ‘The Students First Foundation,’ ‘Oakwood School,’ ‘Homeboy Industries,’ and ‘City Year.’
‘Rosenthal Family Foundation’ also supports various organizations pertaining to arts. Some of the organizations that benefit from ‘Rosenthal Family Foundation’ include ‘Young Storytellers Foundation,’ ‘Upper Darby Arts Education Foundation,’ ‘Zimmer Children's Museum,’ ‘LA Philharmonic,’ ‘Inner City Arts,’ and ‘Versa Style Dance Forum.’
Monica Horan and her family members fund Los Angeles-based synagogues, such as ‘Chabad of Greater Los Feliz’ and ‘Temple Israel of Hollywood.’ They also support ‘Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles’ and ‘David Lynch Foundation.’ Philip Rosenthal and Monica Horan have donated $1 million to the ‘Obama Foundation’ which is a nonprofit organization based in Chicago. Monica Horan who supports the ‘Democratic Party,’ currently resides in Burbank, Los Angeles County, Southern California, USA.