Played by Amy Brenneman: Licalsi was a uniformed cop who had barely been at the 15th Precinct for a week before she was approached by Mafia kingpin Angelo Marino, who ordered her to murder John Kelly - or else he would turn in Licalsi's policeman father, who had been on Marino's payroll for years. Janice reluctantly agreed, but as she got close to John, she fell in love with him, and instead of killing him, she killed Marino and his chauffeur. The guilt of her crime ate away at her until she finally confessed to it months later. Kelly hired her a slick mob lawyer, and Janice got off with only a 2-year sentence for manslaughter. Since she was eligible for parole in six months, we can assume that she's already out, but she hasn't shown up at the One-Five since.
Born on June 22, 1964, Amy was raised in Glastonbury, CT by her mother, a Connecticut Superior Court Judge, and her father, an environmental lawyer. She began acting at age 11 and majored in comparative religion at Harvard -- including one semester abroad studying sacred dance in Nepal. While at Harvard, she performed works by Shakespeare and O'Neill with the American Repertory Theatre and the Harvard-Radcliffe Summer Theatre and helped found the Cornerstone Theater Company, a touring group that tries to promote theater in small towns. After five years on the road, she moved to Brooklyn to become a teacher.
She hadn't given up her dreams of acting, though, and in 1992 landed a role on the CBS dramedy "Middle Ages." It didn't last long, but her performance as a wild singer in a small rock band attracted notice.
In 1993, she became half of primetime's steamiest couple as Officer Licalsi. Originally, Janice was supposed to get away with the murder of Angelo Marino, but as the season went along, "NYPD" consultant (and later producer) Bill Clark, a real-life NYPD veteran, grew increasingly troubled by the idea of having a murderer as a regular police character on the show. Clark eventually convinced producer David Milch that he was right, and Milch had Janice confess -- writing her out of the show shortly before her romantic partner David Caruso also bolted.
Amy worked steadily in films for several years, but never with the level of notoriety or quality of work she had on "Blue." Eventually, she decided that the only way to get the kind of role she wanted would be to create it herself. Borrowing from her mother's life story, Amy and her producing partner Connie Tavel helped create "Judging Amy," a drama about a single mom who returns to her Connecticut roots to become a judge. CBS scheduled the series in Amy's old "NYPD Blue" timeslot, where it has become a healthy success.
She is married to director Brad Silberling ("City of Angels"), whom she met on the "NYPD Blue" set. They have a daughter, Charlotte.