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Kate McNeil
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Kate McNeil appears as Olivia Covington, Sam's great-grandmother in the "QL" episode "The Leap Between the States" in Season 5.

Personal Information
Gender: Female
Hair color: Blonde
Birth name: Kathryn "Katie" McNeil
Born: (1959-08-17) August 17, 1959 (age 62)
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years active: 1980-present
Spouse(s): Roy Friedland (1986 - present, 2 children)
Character information
Appeared on: Quantum Leap
Episodes appeared in: "The Leap Between The States" in Season 5
Character played: Olivia Barrett Covington

Kate McNeil (born August 17, 1959) appears as Olivia Barrett Covington, a twice-widowed Southern war bride, Northern sympathizer and Sam's in the episode of Quantum Leap titled "The Leap Between The States".


Kate began her acting career on the soap opera As the World Turns in 1980 until she left and departed the show in 1984. In 1983, she then appeared in the low-budget comedy Beach House, billed as Kathy McNeil. The following year, she starred in the slasher film The House on Sorority Row where she was billed as Kathryn McNeil. In 1985, it saw Kate McNeil appearing in the TV miniseries Kane & Abel and in 1986 she was featured in the CBS-TV minieries, North and South Book II, which also dealt with the slavery issue and was set during the US Civil War. She co-starred in director George A. Romero's horror film Monkey Shines in 1987. In the 1990s, Kate McNeil appeared as Janet Gilchrist in the final three episodes of CBS-TV's The Waltons TV movies.

In the early 1990s, Kate McNeil was a cast member of two television shows, WIOU and Bodies of Evidence. Kate McNeil has also made numerous television guest appearances. She has appeared on Amazing Stories, Simon & Simon, Designing Women, Midnight Caller, Quantum Leap, Murder, She Wrote, Babylon 5, Diagnosis Murder and many others.

Kate attended Harriton High School in Rosemont, Pennsylvania. She earned a Master in Special Education at Cal State Northridge.

Family life/personal[]

Kate has been married to Roy Friedland since 1986. They have two children together.

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