Moriarty Guest-Stars on NBC's Law & Order SVU 3/24/05
CATHY MORIARTY GUEST-STARS ON NBC'S 'LAW & ORDER: SVU' TUESDAY,
MARCH 29 AT 10 PM ET/PT
NEW YORK - March 24, 2005 -Golden Globe and Academy Award nominee Cathy
Moriarty ("Raging Bull") guest-stars as an unstable mother
Denise Eldridge, whose case personally challenges Detective Benson (Mariska
Hargitay) on NBC's "Law & Order: SVU," on Tuesday, March 29,
at 10 pm ET/PT. In this emotional episode, Benson, whose own mother was
both abusive and an alcoholic, struggles with a case that hits too close
"Olivia reveals for the first time an aspect of her past that has
profoundly influenced the way she relates to the world," said
Hargitay. "Her revelation will shed light on what motivates her, what
terrifies and hinders her in her relationships. Olivia, like all of us, is
a product of her past. What she reveals here is a crucial and painful clue
about why she has become the strong, independent and fiercely protective
woman that she is."
This case centers around Carrie Eldridge (guest star Danielle Panabaker)
a teenage girl who Detective Benson tries to protect form her hostile
mother (Moriarty). Mrs. Eldridge reports a case of statutory rape in an
effort to keep her daughter away from her 21-year old boyfriend. Eldridge
makes it difficult for SVU involvement, when she claims that she and her
boyfriend have never had sexual relations. After Eldridge undergoes
questioning, Mrs. Eldridge is found murdered in her apartment and
detectives Benson and Stabler (Chris Meloni) first suspect the boyfriend.
Diane Neal, Dann Florek, Richard Belzer, Ice-T and Tamara Tunie also star.
Moriarty made her screen debut opposite Robert De Niro in "Raging
Bull." Other film credits include "Analyze That,"
"Forget Paris," "Neighbors," "White of the
Eye," "Kindergarten Cop," "Soapdish," "Mambo
kings," "Matinee," "The Gun in Betty Lou's
Handbag," "Another Stakeout" and Steven Spielberg's
"Casper." Additional credits include "Hugo Pool,"
"Dream With The Fishes," "A Brother's Kiss,"
"Copland ," "Digging To China," "But I'm A
Cheerleader," "Crazy In Alabama," and "The Prince of
Central Park." Moriarty's television credits include "Bless This
House," "Tales From The Crypt," and NBC's "Law &
Moriarty is currently acting as chairwoman of UTOPIA Film Studios, a
film studio project underway with her husband that will be located in the
northeast. Moriarty's love for children and special causes brings her to
New York City's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital where she visits with
cancer stricken children on a regular basis. She continues to support the
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, PETA, and has recently been
named spokesperson for the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation in Suffolk
County, New York. Moriarty is also the founder and owner of the well-known
Mulberry Street Pizzeria, an Italian eatery with two locations in Beverly
Hills and another in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California.
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