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State Rep. Dwight Dudley's wife to play judge on CBS show 'Reckless'



ST. PETERSBURG ­­— Mary Rachel Dudley, the wife of state Rep. Dwight Dudley, will play a judge in the CBS television series Reckless on Sunday.

For those unaware of Reckless, the website IMDB describes the plot this way: “In sultry Charleston, where summer is long and secrets simmer behind every door, sex and crime walk hand in hand as two adversaries, a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a southern City Attorney, struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal that threatens to implode the city.”

Mary Rachel Dudley’s agent advised her against any spoiler leaks. She said she plays in at least two scenes. 

She has been acting for more than 25 years. Her father, John Michael Quinn was in The Alamo with John Wayne and also had a role in Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. 

When he’s not making laws, Dwight Dudley said he often lends his wife a hand with her scripts.

“Oh God yes,” Dwight Dudley said. “I read with her sometimes and she’ll ask me, ‘Honey, can you hold the camera?’”

Mary Rachel Dudley had a few minor roles in the 1990s and has done TV commercials. In 2010 she got a role in Dear John, starring Channing Tatum.

“We audition and we face rejection and face rejection, but it’s such a great life lessons to keep forging ahead,” she said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:24pm]


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