In 1973, Gretchen Egolf was born to Paula and Gary Egolf. Gary is actually her stepfather and she adopted her surprisingly-fitting surname from him.
As a child, Gretchen lived and went to school in Lancaster, England. At Hempfield High, Gretchen loved her drama lessons and participated in the school productions there.
After leaving high school, Gretchen attended and eventually graduated from The Juilliard School, New York City. She then went on to do a variety of theatre work- impressing critics with her versatility.
Opening her opportunities in television and film, Gretchen gained a blink-or-you'll-miss-it role in the feature- 'Quiz Show' and was cast as recurring character- Vanessa Whitaker, in the hit series- 'Roswell'.
In 1999, Gretchen's big break came when she was made a regular on the popular syndicate- 'Martial Law'. Her character- Amy Dylan (pronounced Dil-lan) was the chief of the Major Crimes Unit, and the part allowed Gretchen to show all her talents as an actress. Gretchen even picked up martial-art skills since her character was an aspiring martial-artist.
It was also in 1999 that Gretchen Egolf married her long-time boyfriend: Welsh actor- Mason Phillips. At a humble ceremony, on Saturday, July 24, 2PM, the two exchanged vows at the house of the bride's parents, in Lancaster.
The couple currently reside in Santa Monica, Calif.
Since her work on 'Martial Law', Gretchen was cast as the lead in NBC'S recent syndicate- 'Leap of Faith'. However, she was replaced mid-season with an actress, who had better credentials. Apparently, NBC executives were so adamant about bringing in Sarah Paulson to replace Gretchen that they refused to pick the show up unless their demands were met. Regardless of that set-back, Gretchen has gone on to play a major part in the feature film-'Nicholas' and has also returned to do theatre work- playing Georgia Fischer, in 'Mores Lies About Jerzy'.
She Said It!
Straight from the horse's mouth... Gretchen Quotes!
"It's really nothing"
Gretchen on her minor role in 'The Talented Mr. Ripley... bursting modesty or brutal honesty?