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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former "ER" star Maura Tierney said on Sunday she was healthy after breast cancer surgery and is returning to star in a new TV crime series.
In a rare media appearance since undergoing surgery to remove a tumor a year ago, Tierney sported a new short hair-do after losing her long brown locks to chemotherapy.
"I am good. I am healthy," she told television journalists. "I wasn't thinking about doing another TV show, but I responded to the character. She is so serious and so dear."
Tierney, 45, was forced to drop out of the new NBC family drama series "Parenthood" last year because of her illness.
She will play prosecutor Kathryn Peale in "The Whole Truth" starting on ABC in September. Executive producer Tom Donaghy, who went to college with Tierney, said the part was written specifically with the actress in mind.
"Tom and I are real friends," Tierney added. "It is a priority now for me to be able to work with people I really like and trust. I feel it's too much time out of your life to not enjoy it."
Tierney is best known for her Emmy-nominated role as Dr. Abby Lockhart on 10 seasons of medical drama "ER", which ended its 15-year run in March 2009.
The actress acknowledged the support she had received from friends and fans over the past year. "It is a really wonderful feeling to know that people are caring about something that you have been doing for 20 years," she said.
Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte