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Countdown to Season 7: Spotlight on Claudia Joy

By kim_messina Mon., Feb. 25, 2013 ,10:00 am EST

Described as "sophisticated, strong and smart," for six seasons, Claudia Joy Holden (Kim Delaney) has been the heart of Fort Marshall. She's married to now Major General Michael Holden and has two daughters, Emmalin and Amanda. Amanda was tragically killed during a bombing at the Hump Bar in the Season 1 finale, just weeks after Claudia Joy was held hostage at the hospital by a mentally unstable soldier.

It was also revealed in Season 1 that because she got married to Michael, Claudia Joy never finished her law degree at Harvard. In Season 4, Claudia Joy returned to school, completed her degree and got a job at a Charleston law firm. She eventually quit the firm because her boss (and former law professor), Grant Chandler, disclosed that he had romantic feelings for her.

Claudia Joy has also had her fair share of health issues over the years. In Season 3, she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. In Season 5 she discovered that she had an ovarian cyst, but it turned out to be non-cancerous. In Season 6, a doctor told Claudia Joy that she was having kidney failure and needed a transplant. Denise came to her rescue, donated one of her kidneys and just as the surgery was deemed successful, Claudia Joy went into cardiac arrest on the operating table. Luckily, the doctors were able to revive her.

View Claudia Joy's best moments in photos:
-Season 6, Episode 15: Tough Love
-Season 6, Episode 14: Fatal Reaction
-Season 5, Episode 11: Drop Zone
-Season 5, Episode 3: Movement to Contact
-Season 4, Episode 14: Be All You Can Be

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