Lois Henrickson

played by Grace Zabriskie

Bill's mother, Lois Henrickson, is a descendant of the founding family of Juniper Creek...

Character Bio

Bill's mother, Lois Henrickson, is a descendant of the founding family of Juniper Creek, the polygamy sect where Bill was born and raised. She married Bill's father, Frank Harlow, over 40 years ago, becoming the second of his five wives, and the two have had three kids together: Bill, his younger brother Joey, and a daughter Maggie who died over 20 years ago. Following rules common to some sects, the children were all given their mother's last name.

As granddaughter of Alder Henrickson, the founder of Juniper Creek, and daughter of Orville Henrickson, past prophet of the sect, Lois grew up as compound elite. When Roman Grant assumed the role of prophet in a kind of coup, Lois felt dispossessed and marginalized and became spiteful. As much as she's developed an independent streak, she's still quick to enlist Bill to straighten out family troubles.


Grace Zabriskie was born and grew up in the French Quarter in New Orleans. Her father started and ran two cafes there: 'Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop' and then 'Lafitte's in Exile.' Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal and Truman Capote were among the many interesting people who frequented the café during the 40's and 50's and Grace doesn't really remember them, but does remember dolls they gave her when her father brought them home to meet his family.

She began doing theater in New Orleans, and continued to perform in New Brunswick, N.J. at Douglass College, Rutgers University. She took no theater courses, but had a double major in art and French. She then did lots of theater in Atlanta, where she lived for 13 years before moving to L.A. in 1979. She had also done films in Atlanta, notably 'Norma Rae,' which got her an L.A. agent.

Zabriskie moved to L.A. in 1979 and has worked steadily in film, television and theater ever since. She is also a visual artist and a writer. Her first book of poetry, entitled 'Poems,' will be released on January 31, 2010 by NYQ Books. Her credits include:

FILM: 'My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done;' 'Bob Funk;' 'License To Wed;' 'Inland Empire;' 'The Grudge;' 'Careless;' 'Chrystal;' 'Sham;' 'Sabine And The Two-Headed Baby;' 'Brothel;' 'No Good Deed;' 'Crawlers;' 'Gone In 60 Seconds;' 'Texas Funeral;' 'Armageddon;' 'Puppy Love;' 'Dante's View;' 'Nobody's Children;' 'Norma Rae;' 'An Officer and a Gentleman'

TV: 'Medium;' 'Charmed;' 'John Doe;' 'The Guardian;' 'Jesse;' 'King Of Queens;' 'Dharma & Greg;' 'Houdini: Believe;' 'The Descent;' 'Bastard Out Of Carolina;' 'A Promise To Carolyn;' 'High Incident;' 'Second Noah;' 'Fallen Angels: Tomorrow I Die;' 'N.Y.P.D. Blue;' 'Fallen Angels: The Black Bargain;' 'Under Suspicion;' 'Angel Falls;' 'Banner Times;' 'Seinfeld'

THEATER: 'Joan And The Zulus;' 'Cold Sweat;' 'Rose Cottages;' 'Porco Selvatico/Wild Boar;' 'L'amante Anglaise/English Mint' (LA Weekly 1983 Lawee Award)

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