|1993 - 1998
Set in the 1860s town of Colorado Springs,
Jane Seymour starred as Dr. Michaela "Mike"
Quinn, a single female physician from Boston who
set up practice in the
wilderness of Colorado.
Michaela was born on February 15, 1833,
in Boston, Massachusetts to Josef and Elizabeth
Quinn. Her four sisters included: Mary (whose
changed her name to Rebecca "Becky"), Marjorie,
Claudette, and Maureen.
Michaela's father Josef Quinn was also a
physician with whom she shared a practice until
he died. Her father had hoped for a boy, but
when he got another baby girl, he
compromised and called his daughter, Michaela
After her father died, Michaela, an 1860 graduate
of Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, packed her bags and left the comfort
of the big city for a life in the far west. She
set up her new practice in the
frontier town of Colorado, Springs in the year
Michaela was fiercely independent and would
not be put in her place or act the part of what
society deemed proper for a woman of those
times. When she saw a problem, she pulled up her
sleeves and solved it just as well any man
could. And if she didn't have the ability to fix a
problem, she had the wisdom to
seek the council of those who did.
Morally directed, Dr. Mike always sought to
do the right thing. Once, when threatened with
the loss of her mortgage, Dr. Mike stood her
ground and proclaimed "I'll practice in the
street if I have to. I'll pitch a tent, I'll
work from my wagon, but I will never, NEVER give
in to the likes of you!"
General George Custer called Dr. Mike a
traitor, she shouted back: "I've dedicated my
life to repairing the damage that men like you
bring on this world and frankly, Mr. Custer, I
don't want any more of your business."
Byron Sully and
Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn
During her career, Michaela
experienced many emergencies, including, an
influenza outbreak (1868), a typhoid epidemic
that hit the Cheyenne Indians and the immigrants
camp (1869), a mortal bite Ingrid from a puppy with
rabies that killed Ingrid (1870), a raging Tornado (1871)
and diphtheria that killed her two sisters (1872).
Dr. Quinn's friends and colleagues included:
- Joe Lando as Byron Sully, a handsome woodsman with a pet wolf who
married Michaela on May 20th, 1870. Byron had been married once
before but his wife Abigail and child (Hannah) died in childbirth.
For along time, he turned his back on love until Michaela revived
the embers of desire in his heart. On May18th, 1871, Sully
delivered their child Katherine "Katie" Elizabeth
when Michaela went in to labor under a tree. In 1872, Michaela
miscarried her next child while Sully was in hiding for helping
Native Americans escape from the Army. Katie was kidnapped and
then recovered from Mexico in 1877.
- Diane Ladd as Charlotte Cooper, Mike's friend who dies from a rattlesnake
bite. Consequently, Michaela Quinn adopts her children.
Ethan Cooper (Ben Murphy) wins legal custody of his two children, Brian and
Colleen. but luckily Michaela gets them back.
- Geoffrey Lower as Reverend Timothy Johnson, the local minister who proposed to
Dr. Quinn, but was rejected because she really loved Sully. He
christened Katie Sully.
- Chad Allen as Matthew Cooper, Michaela's adopted son. He became sheriff
of Colorado Springs and later studied to be a lawyer. His romantic
interest Ingrid (Jennifer Youngs) died from rabies after being
bitten by Brian's pet dog "Pup."
His other love, who worked at the Golden Nugget, ran off to be a
dress maker for a famous entertainer.
- Erika Flores as Colleen Cooper, Michaela's adopted daughter. She studied to
be physician and graduated from
Harvard Medical School in 1876. She married Dr. Andrew Cook.
- Shawn Toovey as Brian Cooper, Michaela's adopted son and youngest of the
children. When he grew up, he worked with editor Dorothy Jennings
as a local reporter for The Gazette and later in 1876, was
hired on the staff of the Boston Globe.
- Georgann Johnson as Mrs. Elizabeth Quinn, Michaela's wealthy mother who never
understood her daughter's decision to work in the wilderness. When
she died of heart disease in 1876, she left the profits from her
estate to establish a hospital for Colorado Springs, run by her
daughter, Dr. Michaela Quinn.
- Elinor Donahue as Rebecca Quinn, Michaela's sister who
died of diphtheria in 1872
- Alley Mills as Marjorie Quinn. Michaela's sister, who
died of diphtheria in 1872.
- Orson Bean as Loren Bray, owner of the town's
mercantile. His wife Maude died of heart failure. His daughter,
Abigail married Sully against his wishes. When she died in
childbirth, he held a grudge against Sully for years until
the day Sully saved his life by providing blood for a transfusion.
Loren later became infatuated with Michaela's sister Marjorie.
- Barbara Babcock as Dorothy Jennings, the editor of
The Gazette, the town newspaper. She is the sister of Maude
Bray. Dorothy wrote a tell-all-book about the town and another
book abut the local Cheyenne people. She was once married to an
abusive alcoholic husband (who died),. Her love interests
were Jake Slicker, Loren Bray and Cloud Dancing.
- Larry Sellers as Cloud Dancing, a Cheyenne medicine man
and Sully's blood brother. He was the best man at Sully's
wedding. He even taught Dr. Quinn the healing ways of his people.
- Frank Collison as Horace Bing, the town's telegraph
operator,. He married Myra, a prostitute that worked at the Gold
Nugget Saloon/Hotel. They had a child named Samantha, but later
- Helene Udy as Myra, a prostitute at the Gold Nugget
Saloon//Hotel who later marries/divorces Horace Bing.
- William Shockley as Hank Lawson (born Hans Lawsenstrom),
the co-owner of the Gold Nugget Saloon/Hotel (and brothel).
He fathered an autistic boy named Zack with Clarice, one of his
prostitutes. She later died in Denver.
- Jim Knobeloch as Jake Slicker, the town barber (and
doctor before Michaela arrived). He became the co-owner of the
Gold Nugget Saloon/Hotel when he inherited a fortune in gold from
his prospector father.
- Alice Meneses as Teresa Morales, the town's school
teacher who later married Jake Slicker.
- Henry G. Sanders as Robert E., a former slave turned
blacksmith who was the friend of Michaela and her family.
- Jonelle Allen as Grace, an African American woman who
owned Grace's cafe. She and her husband Robert E. were godparents
to Michaela and Sully's daughter, Katie. Unable to have children,
Gracie and Robert E. adopted young orphan named Anthony who
later died of sickle cell anemia in 1872..
- Brandon Douglas as Dr. Andrew Cook, who took over
Michael's practice in Colorado Springs after she had her baby. He
was supposed to deliver the child ("Katie") but the baby was
delivered by Sully when Michaela went in to labor in the
wilderness. Andrew later accepted a position as spa physician at
the hotel owned by Preston A. Lodge III.
- James Leyland Adams as Preston A. Lodge III, a handsome
entrepreneur from Boston who opened a bank in Colorado Spring and
later a hotel. The people in town soon learned to dislike the way
he did business.
- John Schneider as Daniel Simon, Sully's best friend
since childhood. Sully helped Daniel build a mining concern that
was very successful. When Sully and Michaela were having financial
problems Daniel offered money which Sully would only take as a
loan. While visiting Colorado Springs, Daniel became temporarily
infatuated with Sully's wife and later when Sully was missing he
returned to town to search for his friend.
Friends of Colorado Springs
Famous people to cross paths with Dr. Quinn included: Outlaw
Belle Starr, singer Gilda St. Clair, author Walt Whitman, and
General George Custer (who died on June 25, 1876 at
Little Big Horn).
||Why can't you accept me for what I am?
||And what are you? You're an unmarried woman,
trying to raise three children, in a shack, in the middle of
nowhere... and offering your medical services to a bunch of
back-woodsman, who pay you in potatoes and in chickens.
||Man and woman are not meant to be alone. Like
Mother Earth and Father Sky, everyone needs a partner or they
become unbalanced. It's nature.
||Dr. Mike's an awfully strong force of nature.
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