Gail Strickland (born May 18, 1947) is an American character actress. She portrayed the character of Dorcas Trilling in the original Dark Shadows.

Strickland was born in Birmingham, Alabama, the daughter of Theodosia and Lynn Strickland, who owned a tire shop.[1] She had featured roles in 1970s films such as Bound for Glory, The Drowning Pool and Norma Rae. She also had a memorable appearance on the television series M*A*S*H as Captain Helen Whitfield, a nurse in an ongoing battle with alcoholism. Strickland played nurse practitioner Marilyn McGrath in the 1988 TV series HeartBeat. This was one of the earliest portrayals of a lesbian character on American network television. She guest starred in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Paradise" as the character AlixusShe appeared in 11 episodes of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman from 1993-94 as the character Olive Davis. In 1994-1995, she appeared as Ms. Landis of Doubleday in the Seinfeld Season 6 episodes "The Chaperone" and "The Switch". She played Esther MacInerney in the 1995 blockbuster movie The American President. Strickland was a cast member in the brief run of the 2002 CBS television series First Monday, playing a Supreme Court justice.

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