[SPOILER ALERT] They never imagined losing the one that held them together... On last night's Season 7 premiere, we tragically said goodbye to Claudia Joy Holden, who passed away from heart failure while in Germany on a mission with the First Lady. In what may have been the saddest episode to date, we watched her husband Michael, daughter Emmalin, best friend Denise and rest of Fort Marshall mourn the loss of their wife, mother and friend.
Watch a video tribute to Claudia Joy:
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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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Filming for “Army Wives” Season 6 is underway and TVLine’s Michael Ausiello (follow him on Twitter here) has the sizzling scoop on exciting guest stars and what’s coming up for Kim Delaney’s character, Claudia Joy Holden!
“All My Children” fans will be happy to see Kim and fellow “AMC” alum Susan Lucci join forces again onscreen (Delaney's first acting role was as teen Jenny Gardner Nelson on the soap opera), but this time at Fort Marhsall. Ausiello reports that soap legend Susan Lucci will play the wife of a retired general in at least two episodes in Season 6. Her character will offer sage advice to CJ on dealing with a rival.
No, that doesn't mean that Lenore Baker is returning well, as far as we know ;) but Claudia Joy does have a new battle at her hands. "Lie to Me" actress Kelli Williams will join the cast of "Army Wives" for at least seven episodes as Jackie Clarke, the ambitious spouse of a general... and Mrs. Holden's newest enemy! Click here to read more from TVLine.
At the close of Season 5, Claudia Joy had just left her job under Grant Chandler and was helping to mend her family after Michael's scandal and Emmalin's return home from school. What do you think is next for Claudia Joy? What other guest stars do you want to see on Season 6 of "Army Wives"? As we get closer to Season 6, stay tuned to the "Army Wives" Blog for more from the set!
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Many of us spend our Sunday nights with Kim Delaney. The Emmy-winning actress and mom (to son Jack, a college student) currently plays the smart, sophisticated and oh-so strong Claudia Joy Holden on the hit Lifetime drama "Army Wives." So we were especially excited when the busy actress took some time out to answer a few questions from the Lifetime Moms about herself and her character. See what she had to say about topics ranging from parenting, diabetes and her eco-friendly habits to her guilty pleasures, personal style and whether or not she'd read her child's Facebook page.
And enjoy one of our favorite Claudia Joy video clips from this season, Claudia Joy vs. Lenore!:
Lenore Baker strikes again! The frienemies of "Army Wives" go head-to-head:
What is Lenore's problem?! Is it jealousy or insecurity? Can't she find another post to stir up trouble on? Sound off here on the blog with your thoughts, and if you missed last night's episode, you can enjoy "Army Wives" Season 4, Episode 2 online right away!
In Season 3 of "Army Wives," Claudia Joy Holden was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Tomorrow, November 14, is World Diabetes Day, a time for increased awareness.
Watch a clip of Claudia Joy's journey with this disease, and learn more about World Diabetes Day by visiting worlddiabetesday.org.
Share comments of your own journey here on the blog or in support of people like Kim Delaney's character below.
"Army Wives" star Brian McNamara explains why his character, General Michael Holden, has such a hard time dealing with Denise's forbidden relationship with Getti in this latest clip from "Army Wives Confidential":
Check out the latest clip from "Army Wives Confidential," where actress Sally Pressman (Roxy LeBlanc) reveals that her Blackberry sometimes serves as a cheat sheet script during rehearsals!
Kim & Brian (Claudia Joy & Michael Holden)
Outspoken and opinionated, Sagittarius is the sign of the truth teller. Delivering inspirational messages--like Claudia Joy's impassioned speeches about military wives--is this sign's specialty. In love, Sagittarius women won't settle for less than a fiery and all-consuming connection. They are naturally independent, but can make rash decisions which infuriate the people who care about them.
Scorpio is the famed "sex sign," and these men smolder with magnetic charm. Fiercely loyal, they'll defend the ones they love until the end. They can become obsessed with power and will work tirelessly to rise through the ranks in their career (hello, General Holden). Underneath it all, they are sensitive and easily hurt, which is why they only let a few trusted souls get close to their hearts.
Kim + Brian In Real Life: Sagittarius + Scorpio
There's intense chemistry between these two, both on and off-screen. Both signs crave adventure and lust for power. Sagittarius (Kim) is a sunny optimist while Scorpio (Brian) can be dark and brooding. Shoring up his moods could become an exhausting task. Since Scorpio guards his privacy with his life, her blunt nature could send shivers down his spine. A love/hate relationship could emerge; still, they'll have a hard time keeping their hands off each other.
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