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Claudia Joy Holden (nee Meade) is a fiction character on Lifetime television series Army Wives,Portayed by Kim Delany.

Personal LifeEdit

Claudia Joy has been married to Brigadier General Micheal Holden for the past twenty years. They met while studying at Harvad University. The family lives at Fort Marshall in South Carolina. They have two daughters, Amanda Joy and Emmalin Jane Holden. Amanda was killed in a bombing that took place at the Hump Bar in the finale of the first season. In Season 2, Claudia Joy and Emmalin remain at Fort Marshall while Michael accepts a NATO post in Brussels. In Season 3, her husband is promoted to Major General and returns to Fort Marshall.

Claudia Joy


Claudia Joy Meade (Birth Name)



Occupation Current:

Associate attorney


Micheal James Holden


Amanda Joy Holden (daughter, with Michael; deceased)

Emmalin Jane Holden (daughter, with Michael)


Sara Elizabeth Burton (goddaughter) Molly Victoria Sherwood (goddaughter)

It is revealed in Season 1 that Claudia Joy abandoned her pursuit of a law degree after marrying Michael. In Season 4 she returned to school to complete her degree and eventually ended up getting a job at a Charleston law firm run by her former law professor, Grant Chandler (Harry Hamlin ). In Season 5, it is revealed that Claudia Joy has an ovarian cyst but it turns out to be non-cancerous. Claudia Joy quits her job at Grant Chandler's law firm after he reveals that he harbors romantic feelings for her.

Claudia Joy and Michael are the god parents of Joan and Roland Burton's daughter, Sara Elizabeth, plus Denise and Frank Sherwood's daughter Molly.

A little bit more about Claudia JoyEdit

Sophisticated, strong and smart, Claudia Joy has been the heart of the military goings-on at Fort Marshall. A mother to recent high school graduate Emmalin and wife to Major General Michael Holden, Claudia Joy has returned to law school to finish earning her degree.

250px-Kim Delaney as Army Wives character Claudia Joy Holden

Overall, Claudia Joy is a natural leader with a passion for justice (which can get her into trouble). In difficult situations, she knows how to find solutions to dealing with life on an active military post. Whether taking on the tribulations of struggling enlisted men’s wives or the problems of her own family, she always maintains a sense of grace, style and integrity. Claudia Joy and Michael are the godparents of Joan and Roland Burton's daughter, Sarah Elizabeth.

Gallery-Claudia JoyEdit

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