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My First Lesson In Motherhood | With Connie Britton23:01
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(David Chelsea for the New York Times)
(David Chelsea for the New York Times)

When Elizabeth Fitzsimons first met her daughter Natalie, it wasn't face-to-face in a delivery room — it was through a picture taken in a Chinese orphanage.

The small infant seemed like an average baby but her short life was checkered with mysteries both big and small. Connie Britton brings us this week's story.  She is known for her roles as Tami Taylor in NBC's "Friday Night Lights," and Faye Resnick in "The People vs. OJ Simpson."  She currently stars as Rayna James in ABC's "Nashville."

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From left to right, Alexander Manolatos, Elizabeth Fitzsimons, Nicholas Manolatos, Tony Manolatos, and Natalie Fitzsimons (front) (Courtesy of Elizabeth Fitzsimons)
From left to right, Alexander Manolatos, Elizabeth Fitzsimons, Nicholas Manolatos, Tony Manolatos, and Natalie Fitzsimons (front) (Courtesy of Elizabeth Fitzsimons)
Left: The first photo of Natalie received by her adoptive parents. Right: Natalie, Matt and Elizabeth Fitzsimons, after receiving a blessing from monks at a temple in Guangzhou. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Fitzsimons)
Left: The first photo of Natalie received by her adoptive parents. Right: Natalie, Matt and Elizabeth Fitzsimons, after receiving a blessing from monks at a temple in Guangzhou. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Fitzsimons)
Natalie, Elizabeth and infant twin brothers Nicholas and Alexander. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Fitzsimons)
Natalie, Elizabeth and infant twin brothers Nicholas and Alexander. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Fitzsimons)
Natalie Fitzsimons (Courtesy of Elizabeth Fitzsimons)
Natalie Fitzsimons (Courtesy of Elizabeth Fitzsimons)

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Britton starred in ABC’s award-winning comedy “Spin City” opposite Michael J. Fox for five seasons. Her other television credits include a recurring role in the highly-acclaimed drama “The West Wing,” as well as, FOX’s popular “24.”

Britton received accolades for her starring role in Edward Burns’ acclaimed independent film, “The Brothers McMullen.” This popular low-budget film went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Some of her other feature credits include Michael Bay’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” Edward Burns’ “No Looking Back,” “Looking for Kitty” and ‘The Lather Effect”, and the critically acclaimed, independent feature “The Last Winter” opposite Ron Perlman which received a Gotham Award nomination for Best Ensemble Cast.

In April 2014 Britton was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme. In this role, she will raise awareness of UNDP’s work in poverty eradication and women’s empowerment, advocating to the American and global public.  She tweets @ConnieBritton

Elizabeth Fitzsimons is vice president of marketing & events at the San Diego Chamber of Commerce. Before joining the Chamber, Elizabeth was senior director of marketing & communications at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, where she oversaw a rebranding initiative; media relations; web, video and social media; creative content development; and strategic communications planning.

(Courtesy of Elizabeth Fitzsimons)
(Courtesy of Elizabeth Fitzsimons)

Elizabeth also worked at the County of San Diego in media and public relations, and was an award-winning journalist at The San Diego Union-Tribune, where she covered public safety, agriculture, the communities of San Diego’s backcountry, and general assignment news of the day.

Elizabeth is a 2013 graduate of Lead San Diego’s Impact program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University in Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth volunteers at Phoebe Hearst Elementary School in its Art Corps program, and at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Banker’s Hill. She lives in San Diego with her husband and three children. She tweets @ewfitzsimons

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