Tracey Needham was once told that she was too tall to act. At the time, she was just a young girl in grade school. She could have easily become despondent and given up on her acting aspirations. But no, Needham refused to give up and forged ahead with her ambitions. She is now a Hollywood star with several TV shows under her belt. Want to know more about this incredibly talented lady? We have got all the juicy details right here.
Tracey Needham – Biography
Tracey Renee Needham was born on the 28th of March 1967. She hails from a family of six and has three brothers. With regard to her parents, Needham has not disclosed many details about them except the fact that her dad works in the home construction business. Tracey Needham spent her formative years in the cities of Dallas (Texas) and Denver (Colorado). She attended Cherry Creek High School as well as Plano Senior High where she obtained her diploma. Her childhood was marked by a considerable growth spurt. She reached her adult height of 5 feet 11 inches when she was just in the third grade.
As a result of this, she was taller than most of her peers especially the girls. Needham, therefore, found herself hanging out with boys and playing different sports. Asides sports, she was also an artistic soul and fell in love with acting at an early age. She therefore eagerly volunteered for school plays and musicals. Her high school drama teacher, however, informed her that she was too tall to be on the stage. As a result of this, she was confined to working as a stagehand. Needham did not allow this to dampen her enthusiasm. She rather took it as a valuable learning experience.
Movies and TV Shows
Tracey Needham commenced her professional career in 1988 when she was 21 years old. Her debut role came in the TV series – Jake and the Fatman. The crime drama followed an uptight district attorney (Fatman) and a fun-loving investigator (Jake) as they prosecute different criminals. Needham appeared in one episode of the show in 1988. Since her debut, the actress has gone on to acquire an impressive filmography. She has featured in other TV series such as Coach, Shannon’s Deal, Sensation, JAG, Total Security, VR.5, The Pretender, The Division, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds, Without a Trace, Veronica Mars and Life Goes On.
Life Goes On is an ABC series which centers on a fictional family known as The Thatcher’s. Needham plays the role of one of the Thatcher children named Paige Thatcher. The series ran from 1990 to 1993 and Needham featured in 40 episodes of the show. Tracey Needham’s career has been largely restricted to TV shows. She has however featured in a couple of short films as well as TV movies. Some of them are Bonnie & Clyde: The True Story, Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story, Lush Life, Last Stand at Saber River, Buried Alive II, Tupperware Party, Justice, 919 Fifth Avenue, The Ponder Heart, Angel in the Family, Murder 101 and The Last Minute.
Family – Husband and Daughter
Tracey Needham is married to Hollywood actor, Tommy Hinkley. Hinkley is a native of California and was born on the 31st of May 1960. He has scored minor roles in movies such as Ocean’s Thirteen, Save it for later, The Flyboys, Leatherhead, The Little Vampire, Anarchy TV, The Cable Guy, The Human Shield, Back to the Beach, The Terror Within, Men at Work, etc. Hinkley is now retired from acting and volunteers his time in acting workshops for aspiring actors. Needham and her husband tied the knot in January 1995. Together, they have a daughter who they named Katie.
Tracey Needham’s Celebrity Profile
Tracey Needham is one actress who likes to keep a low public profile. She rarely appears on the red carpets. Her appearance at industry events (such as award ceremonies) and charity activities is also few and far in-between. If there is one thing that Needham is renowned for, it is for playing strong female characters. Her preference for such roles stems from her long-held belief that men and women should be treated equally. The actress portrayed one such strong female character in the TV series – The Division. The series is a Lifetime police procedural drama which ran from 2001 to 2004. It follows the professional and personal lives of five female police officers. She played the role of one of the officers named Inspector Candace Delorenzo.