Cathy Podewell (born January 26, 1964 in Evanston, Illinois) is an American actress. She is best remembered for her roles as "Cally Harper Ewing" on Dallas from 1988 to 1991, in which she played the second wife to J.R. Ewing (played by series star Larry Hagman) and "Judy" in NIGHT OF THE DEMONS (1988).
Her first acting job was in the 1988 horror film Night of the Demons. She also had guest appearances on such TV shows as Murder, She Wrote, Beverly Hills, 90210, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Growing Pains. It was during her tenure on Growing Pains that Larry Hagman saw her, was impressed, and recommended her for a part on Dallas.
In high school, she was a member of the marching band and a cheerleader. She attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in both drama and dance and was featured in such plays as No, No, Nanette and Jules Feiffer's Hold Me. She devotes part of each summer as a volunteer counselor at the Muscular Dystrophy Association camp in Northern California. She enjoys swimming, reading and painting in watercolor. She has three children: Dakota, Sophie, and Chloe.