Angela Goethals

Angela Bethany Goethals (/ˈɡθəlz/ GOH-thəlz; born May 20, 1977) is an American film, television and stage actress. Goethals made her acting debut in the Broadway production of Coastal Disturbances in 1987, and later played the sister of Macaulay Culkin's character in Home Alone (1990). Throughout the 1990s, Goethals went on to star in several independent films and television shows, including a leading role on the sitcom Phenom (1993), as well as a small role in Jerry Maguire (1996).

Angela Goethals
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Goethals in 2019
Angela Bethany Goethals

(1977-05-20) May 20, 1977 (age 44)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materVassar College
Years active1988–2010, 2017-present
Notable work
Home Alone, Jerry Maguire, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

In 1999, Goethals graduated from Vassar college with a B.A. in French before returning to acting. In 2005, she landed a recurring guest appearance on 24, and also gained recognition and critical acclaim for her starring role in the black comedy horror mockumentary Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006).

Early lifeEdit

Goethals was born and raised in New York City, New York, the daughter of Rosalind, a teacher and single mom who raised Angela and her sister Sara.[1] She is a great-great-granddaughter of George Washington Goethals, the chief engineer of the Panama Canal, and namesake of New York's Goethals Bridge.[2] Goethals was a cheerleader at Stuyvesant High School and was introduced to the acting world by actress Jeanie Hackett, a family friend, who took her to several auditions. At the age of nine she got her first professional acting job, as the understudy to Sarah Michelle Gellar in The Widow Claire, an off-Broadway play written by Horton Foote.[3] Two years later Goethals appeared as the daughter of Edwin Booth, portrayed by David Strathairn, in a workshop production of Booth: A House Divided, at The Players, New York City.


Goethals appeared in her first movie, drama Rocket Gibraltar, two years later. The cast included Burt Lancaster, Kevin Spacey and Macaulay Culkin. Her sister Sara also had a small part.[4] Later that year Goethals also appeared in Heartbreak Hotel, a film directed by Chris Columbus about the fictional kidnapping of Elvis Presley. Goethals's first starring role came in the 1993 TV series Phenom. She played Angela Doolan, a young tennis player struggling with the challenges of life including her single mother (Judith Light), obsessive tennis coach (William Devane) and bratty younger sister (Ashley Johnson). It ran for 22 episodes before being cancelled by network ABC in May 1994.

In 1990, Goethals played Linnie, the sister of main character Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin), in Home Alone. The blockbuster family comedy, directed by Chris Columbus, is about a young boy facing two inept burglars when he's left home alone. The movie made nearly $500m worldwide.[5] Goethals was one of only three main cast members not to return in the sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, two years later.

Goethals's next role in a blockbuster movie came in 1996's Jerry Maguire, a film that starred Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Renée Zellweger. Goethals played Kathy Sanders, Jerry's client who fakes tears when he calls her to inform her of his departure from the agency.

In 1999, Goethals graduated from the private liberal arts college, Vassar, with a bachelor's degree in French, in which she is fluent, and she rode in the IHSA Zone II Region 1 at the Advanced Walk-Trot-Canter level. In February 2002 she moved back to Los Angeles to pursue film and television.[2]

2002 saw Goethals star as Polly in Comedy Central's first original movie, Porn 'n Chicken.[6] The movie was based on the true story of the Porn 'n Chicken Club at Yale University. Its members gathered weekly to eat fried chicken and watch porn. The club made headlines in 2001 when members announced plans to make their own porn film, entitled "The StaXXX". Despite a trailer being released for their film, it was never finished and no further footage ever emerged.[7] Later in 2002, Goethals also starred in the 1980s based sitcom Do Over. The show featured Penn Badgley as 34-year-old Joel Larsen, catapulted back in time to 1981 and forced to relive his school life. Goethals played his sister, Cheryl.

Between 2003 and 2004, Goethals made guest appearances on the popular TV series Boston Public, Six Feet Under and Without a Trace, as well as playing a minor role in the Adam Sandler romantic comedy, Spanglish.

In 2005, Goethals made a recurring guest appearance on the TV show 24. She played Maya Driscoll, the mentally ill daughter of then Director of CTU Los Angeles, Erin Driscoll. Maya appeared in 6 episodes (including one uncredited) before committing suicide in a bathroom at CTU between 5pm and 6pm on Day 4. Since then, Goethals has gone on to make guest appearances on the TV series Grey's Anatomy, CSI and Crossing Jordan.

Awards and nominationsEdit

She was nominated four times to a Young Artist Award at the Young Artist Awards: in 1989 for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Fantasy for Heartbreak Hotel (1988), in 1991 for Best Young Actress Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Home Alone (1990), in 1992 for Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture for V.I. Warshawski (1991) and in 1994 for Youth Actress Leading Role in a Television Series for Phenom (1993).



Year Title Role Director
1988 Rocket Gibraltar Dawn Black Daniel Petrie
1988 Heartbreak Hotel Pam Wolfe Chris Columbus
1990 Home Alone Linnie McCallister Chris Columbus
1991 Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole Bree Levy Amos Poe
1991 V.I. Warshawski Kat Grafalk Jeff Kanew
1996 Jerry Maguire Kathy Sanders Cameron Crowe
2001 Storytelling (segment: "Fiction") Elli Todd Solondz
2002 Changing Lanes Sarah Windsor Roger Michell
2004 Spanglish Gwen James L. Brooks
2006 Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Taylor Gentry Scott Glosserman
2018 P.T.A-Holes (short film) Mona Caroline Gordon Elliot
TBA B4TM Taylor Gentry Scott Glosserman
Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Equalizer Amber Sweeny
Show episode

Season 4, Episode 15 – "Starfire"

1993–94 Phenom Angela Doolan
Show episode

Season 1 (main role – 22 episodes)

2000 Madigan Men Sara
Show episode

Season 1, episode 7 – "Three Guys, a Girl and a Conversation Nook"

2002 The Education of Max Bickford Danielle Hodges
Show episode

Season 1, episode 21 – "One More Time"

2003 Boston Public Sheila Mercer
Show episode

Season 3, episode 13 – "Chapter Fifty-Seven"

2003 Miss Match Jessica
Show episode

Season 1, episode 11 – "Santa, Baby"

2003 The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire Katie Shaw
Show episode

Season 1 (main role – 7 episodes)

2002–03 Do Over Cheryl Larsen
Show episode

Season 1 (main role – 15 episodes)

2004 Six Feet Under Cindy
Show episode

Season 4, episode 1 – "Falling into Place"

2004 Without a Trace Kelly Corcoran
Show episode

Season 3, episode 1 – "In the Dark"

2005 24 Maya Driscoll
Show episode

  • Season 4 (recurring role – 5 episodes)
    • Episode 4 – "Day 4: 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m."
    • Episode 5 – "Day 4: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m."
    • Episode 7 – "Day 4: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m."
    • Episode 11 – "Day 4: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m."
    • Episode 12 – "Day 4: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m."
2005 Clubhouse Sister Hillary
Show episode

Season 1, episode 10 – "Old Timers Day"

2005 Grey's Anatomy Kelly Roesch
Show episode

Season 2, episode 3 – "Make Me Lose Control"

2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Suzie Gables
Show episode

Season 6, episode 9 – "Dog Eat Dog"

2006 Crossing Jordan Deborah
Show episode

Season 5, episode 18 – "Thin Ice"

2007 Boston Legal Officer Ellen Belott
Show episode

Season 3, episode 22 – "Guantanamo by the Bay"

2009 Life Patty York
Show episode

Season 2, episode 14 – "Mirror Ball"

2010 Law & Order Maura Scott
Show episode

Season 20, episode 23 – "Rubber Room"

2010 Royal Pains Ginnie
Show episode

Season 2, episode 10 – "Whole Lotto Love"

Television Film
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Traitor in My House Louise Van Lew
2002 Porn 'n Chicken Polly Comedy Central film
2003 Stealing Christmas Noelle Gibson USA Network film


  1. ^ Angela Goethals Biography (1977-)
  2. ^ a b Biography at IMDb, retrieved March 3, 2007.
  3. ^ Biography at, retrieved March 3, 2007.
  4. ^ Rocket Gibraltar at IMDb, retrieved March 3, 2007..
  5. ^ Home Alone at, retrieved March 3, 2007.
  6. ^ Porn 'n Chicken on the Comedy Central Milestones page (see 10.13.2002) Archived January 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, retrieved March 3, 2007.
  7. ^ Yale Daily News Archived March 15, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, retrieved March 3, 2007.

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