A Biography of Paula Trickey
Born in Amarillo Texas, raised in Tulsa Oklahoma, and the youngest of 3 girls, Paula Trickey attended East Central High School in Tulsa. Paula found her love for acting at the tender age of 8. At a time of grief in her family home, Paula performed and wrote plays in hopes to entertain and cheer up her family. This fueling Trickey’s love for acting combined with her strong ambition and drive even at this early age led to many plays and theatrical productions from elementary school and throughout high school. While in high school Paula started doing local commercials and pageants, and in 1985 was crowned Miss Oklahoma in the All-American Teen Pageant ( a Miss USA production) only to lose in the finals to an unknown Halle Berry. Following high school Paula moved to Dallas where she studied acting and enjoyed much success with commercials and local film productions such as “Dallas”, and “Dallas the Early Years”. With a strong sense of confidence and an invaluable array of experience Paula moved to Los Angeles in 1986.
After arriving in Los Angeles, Trickey landed a 5 season run on Pacific Blue, portraying a by-the book sergeant, Cory McNamara. She had also been a series regular on NBC’s Tradewinds, and has recurred on such shows as The OC, Beverly Hills 90210, and Walker Texas Ranger.
She has done several movies of the week with the Hallmark network such as Gone but not Forgotten, McBride, and A Carol Christmas, and feature films such as The Base, A Kiss Goodnight, Mr. Saturday Night and Black Scorpion.
In addition, Paula enjoys golf, and attends several charitable tournaments. Some of her loves are the Athletes and Entertainers for Kids, LAPD memorial fund, The Fireman’s Memorial Fund, Dennis Quaid tournament for Doctors with out Borders and the Children’s Hospital of Austin, Pat Boone’s Head Trauma awareness, Pediactric Aids, Animal Rescue, as well as a host of other organizations. “Anything for the children” is her motto, after witnessing the slow passing of her own sister to an auto immune disease as children.
She is married to television producer for Howie Mandel, Rich Thurber, since 1996, and has one beautiful daughter, McKenna, and, of course, rescue dogs Cabo and Cassidy, as well as a number of other critters.