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Kerry Noonan

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Birth dateJanuary 25, 1960

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Kerry Noonan (born January 25, 1960) is a professor at Champlain College and a former actor. She is best known for appearing in the role of Paula in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. Her only starring role was in the episode A Message From Charity of the television series The New Twilight Zone. She also appeared in episodes of Taxi, The Facts of Life, Family Ties, St. Elsewhere, and Murder, She Wrote, and had recurring roles on China Beach and Knot's Landing. She was a founding member of the City Stage theater company in Los Angeles, and performed in various Equity theater productions in California and Arizona from 1982 - 1995.

Noonan received a bachelor's degree in Theater Arts from UCLA, sharing an acting award with Tim Robbins, and returned there after her acting career to pursue MA and Ph.D. degrees in Folklore and Mythology. Her scholarship focuses on women and religion, as well as new religious movements, and her doctoral dissertation (2002) was titled "Tongues of Fire: Catholic Charismatic Women Negotiating Gender and Power." She also taught at UCLA while a graduate student and served as a lecturer there from 2003 - 2008. From 2000 - 2008, she taught in the Anthropology Department and the Liberal Studies Department at California State University at Northridge.

Noonan has also played guitar and sung with an Irish folk band, The Descendants, later known as The McGuffins. She is married to Stephen Wehmeyer, formerly of the noted Irish band Gaelic Storm.

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