Michelle Hurst Biography
Michelle Hurst is an American actress. She is famously known for her role as Miss Claudette Pelage in web television series Orange Is the New Black. She appeared in the first season of the series. The series began airing in 2013.
She left the show after a single season. This was because of a terrible car accident she suffered in December 2013. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Michelle graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1974. Soon after her graduation, she began her career in theatre.
In the 1990s, she began appearing in television and film. She is also known for her multiple roles in various Law & Order television shows. She has also co-starred in a number of films. Among them include; Airheads, Smoke, Stepmom and Sherrybaby.
In January 2015 Hurst appeared in the third series of the British television drama series Last Tango in Halifax.
Michelle Hurst Age
Michelle Hurst was born in Brooklyn, New York City, United States of America. She was born on 1st June, 1953. Her current age is 66 years old as of 2019.Michelle Hurst Photo
Michelle Hurst Net Worth
Michelle Hurst earns a handsome amount of money from her successful acting career. Her unique style of acting has endeared her to her fans. She has appeared and starred in a number of movies and television shows. She has made a huge fortune from her career. Michelle Hurst has a net worth of approximately $1.2 million. Details about her salary, houses and cars are not yet known. We will update you soon.
Michelle Hurst Husband
Michelle Hurst is a married woman. The name of her husband has not yet been disclosed. Her husband has been a very supportive towards her. He spent all of the fifteen nights by her side during the time she was in a comma. Michelle and her husband were married in their late twenties.
They have formed a strong bond ever since. They were married in their home town in Brooklyn, New York in a small wedding ceremony. The ceremony was attended by close friends and family. Michelle has described her husband in many occassions as her rock. She has also numerously said that he has always been there for her in times of need, sorrow and happiness.
The couple has two children and three grandchildren.
Michelle Hurst Movies And Tv Shows
Michelle Hurst Movies
- 2017 Permission as Dr. Bennett
- 2014 Hard Sell as Nurse Parker
- 2012 Frances Ha as Theater Manager
- 2011 I Don’t Know How She Does It as Nurse
- 2010 All Good Things as Newscaster
- 2008 Choke Shapely as Nurse
- 2006 Sherrybaby as Dorothy Washington
- 1996 I Shot Andy Warhol as Nedicks Manager
- 1995 Smoke as Aunt Em
- 1995 Blue in the Face as Statistician
- 1989 Born on the Fourth of July as Reporter
Michelle Hurst Television shows
- 2015 Last Tango in Halifax
- 2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
- 2014 Broad City
- 2013 Orange Is the New Black
- 2004 Rescue Me
- 2004 Third Watch
- 2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
- 2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent
- 2000 Sex and the City
- 1995 New York Undercover
- 1995 New York News
Michelle Hurst Car Accident
On Christmas of 2013, Michelle was seriously injured in a car accident. She was placed in a 16-day medically induced coma so doctors could perform surgeries close to her spine. She woke up in January 2014. At the time of the accident, she played prison inmate Miss Claudette on the Netflix prison series Orange Is The New Black.
She was treated in the intensive care unit at UNC Chapel Hill Hospital in North Carolina. She is currently in great health after the operation.
Michelle Hurst Instagram | Michelle Hurst Facebook
Michelle Hurst is very active on social media. And especially in Instagram and Facebook.
Michelle Hurst Interview
Q: How did you get involved in Orange is the New Black?
Michelle Hurst: I am a working actor, I like to think, so last fall it was just another audition as far as I was concerned. My agents called me and told me I was going in for this character and show. At the time I had no knowledge of the show and didn’t know if the character was going to be a series regular.
[The audition] happened on a Saturday afternoon. The surprise for me was that my agent called me that Monday [with an offer]—in the wonderful world of this business, it doesn’t usually happen that quickly. I said yes, and the next Monday we were starting work. It was that fast.
Q: Anything in particular about Miss Claudette that you liked?
Michelle Hurst: You know, what actually drew me in was not so much the character, but the idea of doing something in a prison. It’s one of my little phobias. It’s like “Oh my God, no.” That being said, as an actor you are also told to go towards the things that you fear, so that was in the back of my head. If I am going to do this, it’s going to be a new adventure for me. On the first day, I didn’t know that much about Miss Claudette. The turn around on this was so quick, there was no real time. But Jenji Kohan (the show’s executive producer) was there and she gave me some background on who this character is and how she has come to be. She has been through a lot, she doesn’t even believe in hope. She is just surviving in there. She has learned how to survive. She doesn’t have “friends” in this environment, but she just keeps going. Once I knew that, I knew it would be interesting for me.
Q: It’s interesting to see viewers’ reactions to the characters’ change over the season.
Michelle Hurst: Two things. I love the writing and the directing and most of all the acting. I think what ends up happening is that you, the audience, get to see the characters humanity. You get to see that they are just, on some level, regular people who got into a wrong place either via someone else or their own mismanagement. I think there is a lot of that. You can’t stereotype them anymore; you can’t put them in a box and forget about them anymore. You have come to know them in prison and outside of prison.
Q: The way it’s written you get to know them first before knowing why they are there.
Michelle Hurst: Exactly. They are people; they are people you could have ridden on the subway with. Then you find out what they did and you either say, “Whoa” or “That’s stupid.” It’s wonderfully sad.
Q: Why do you think so many people are affected by the show?
Michelle Hurst: Basically, I think it’s because of the humanity. A young lady, who probably just got out of college, saw me and we started talking about it and she asked me: “Do you know what it did? It made me and my friends think a lot about who we are.” I was taken back. That’s the first time I have ever heard that as a response. I think that’s the humanity of the show. People never think it could be them. These women may be inside, but they are still very, very human. They are in need of love, they are in need of hope, and they are in need of dreams. You don’t necessarily see it all the time, but it’s there.
Q: Are you surprised by the response?
Michelle Hurst: Think about it, it has only been out for a couple of weeks. I have been in this business for a while now and I have had people recognized me before. I have gotten used to that. This is so blatant; there has not been a day where I have gone out in the world where people haven’t recognized me and the response has been positive.