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Outside of Trek, she is a best known for her role as Sophia on the daytime soap opera Santa Barbara through nearly its entire run from 1984 through 1993. This role originally belonged to Star Trek: Voyager guest star Rosemary Forsyth, but McConnell replaced her during the show's first season. Her co-stars on this series have included fellow Trek alumni Judith Anderson, Ian Abercrombie, Jeff Corey, Henry Darrow, Anthony De Longis, Samantha Eggar, Jim Fitzpatrick, Ellen Geer, Bruce Gray, Gregory Itzin, Lenore Kasdorf, Janet MacLachlan, Mark Margolis, Leigh J. McCloskey, France Nuyen, William Schallert, Brian Tochi, and Ray Walston.
She gained early stardom with a stint as Eb Dawson's girlfriend, Darlene, during the final season of the hit television sitcom Green Acres. She would go on to become a regular on a number of soap operas, including two years on General Hospital and three years on As the World Turns, before signing up for Santa Barbara.
She also had roles in made-for-TV movies such as 1972's Gidget Gets Married (with James B. Sikking), 1995's Alien Nation: Body and Soul (with Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Leon Russom, Tiny Ron, and Glenn Morshower), and 1996's Every Woman's Dream (with Kim Cattrall and Felecia M. Bell), and feature film such as 1974's The Doll Squad, starring Michael Ansara, and 2005's The Weather Man.