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MARG Hel­gen­berger’s ca­reer break came when she scored a job as a lo­cal news weather girl in her na­tive Ne­braska.

But view­ers came to know her as Margi McCarty be­cause her news pro­ducer felt her name was too long.

She has since built an im­pres­sive list of act­ing cred­its. She’s worked along­side Ju­lia Roberts in Erin Brock­ovich and Den­nis Quaid in Good Com­pany, but it was her role as a pros­ti­tute in 1988 war clas­sic China Beach that won her an Emmy Award. It led to a role in ER as Ge­orge Clooney’s love in­ter­est.

She now pin­points Hollywood hunk Viggo Mortensen as her ul­ti­mate on-screen hook up. ‘‘In a per­fect world it would be some­one like Viggo Mortensen,’’ she says. ‘‘He is a nice guy and he is a re­ally good ac­tor, plus he’s so hand­some, sexy and un­der­stated.’’

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