Jill Susan Eikenberry, was born in New Haven, Connecticut, is an American film, stage, and television actress. She is known for her role as lawyer Ann Kelsey on the NBC drama L.A. Law '1986–94', for which she is a five-time Emmy Award and four-time Golden Globe Award nominee, winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series in '1989'. She received an Obie Award in '1986' for the Off-Broadway plays Lemon Sky and Life Under Water, and was nominated for a 2011 Drama Desk Award for the Off-Broadway musical The Kid. Her film appearances include Hide in Plain Sight '1980', Arthur '1981' and The Manhattan Project ,'1986'.
Jill Eikenberry, was raised in Madison, Wisconsin and St. Joseph and Kansas City, Missouri. She began studies in anthropology at Barnard College but in her second year she auditioned for and was accepted into the Yale School of Drama.
Her first role in film was a minor role in the television movie, "They've Killed President Lincoln", 1971'.