Carolyn Hennesy (born June 10,1962) is an Emmy Award-nominated American actress and author. She currently plays Rosalyn Harris on the HBO series True Blood. Prior to joining the cast of True Blood, Hennesy starred on ABC's primetime series Cougar Town and received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for her work on ABC's General Hospital. Hennesy was born in Los Angeles, California on June 10 1962 , the daughter of Oscar-winning art director Dale Hennesy, and a niece of actress Barbara Rush and cousin of Fox News reporter Claudia Cowan. She studied at the American Conservatory Theatre and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is a veteran of many stage productions as well as the comedy troupes the Groundlings and the ACME Comedy Theater. She starred as Mrs.