Women Of 80's Sitcoms

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Shelley Long
Actress, Cheers
Shelley Lee Long was born at 7:15 am on Tuesday, August 23, 1949 in Indian Village, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, the only child of Ivadine (Williams), a schoolteacher, and Leland Long, a teacher who had previously worked in the rubber industry. Shelley attended school at Kekionga Junior High for grades 6-9 and at South Side High School for grades 10-12...
“ --Cheers-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Rhea Perlman
Actress, Cheers
“ --Cheers-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Bebe Neuwirth
Actress, Jumanji
Beatrice "Bebe" Neuwirth is the daughter of Sydney Anne, an artist, and Lee Paul Neuwirth, a mathematician. Born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, she started out as a dancer. Her New York career started out in "A Chorus Line". She won a Tony Award for her part in "Sweet Charity" and two Emmy Awards...
“ --Cheers-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Cheers-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Polly Holliday
The normally erudite, soft-spoken and well-mannered Alabama-born actress Polly Holliday had accumulated quite an extensive theater background by the time she hit it big on 70s TV as the brash, uninhibited, gum-cracking waitress Florence Jean Castleberry (Flo for short) on the popular sitcom Alice...
“ --Flo-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Lucy Lee Flippin
Actress, Flashdance
Lucy Lee Flippin was born on July 23, 1943. She appeared as the third obscene phone caller in the X-rated film, The Telephone Book. With over 60 film and television appearances under her belt, she is best remembered as Eliza Jane Wilder in Little House on the Prairie, Fran Castleberry in Flo, and as Grace La Della in Lady in White.
“ --Flo-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Flo-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Too Close For Comfort-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Deborah Van Valkenburgh
Deborah Van Valkenburgh is a Los Angeles-based Actress, Singer, Artist and Writer working in all manner of media including TV, Film and Theatre across the globe. Deborah graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. with a BFA in Painting & Drawing. However, performing has always been an integral facet of her creative repertoire...
“ --Too Close For Comfort-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Lydia Cornell
With 20-34 million viewers Tuesday nights on ABC prime time, and more in worldwide syndication, Best Actress nominee for AFI at Method Fest and People's Choice Award winner Lydia Cornell is best known as the star of the hit ABC series "Too Close for Comfort" as Emmy legend Ted Knight's daughter 'Sara'...
“ --Too Close For Comfort-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Nell Carter
Her trademark sass complimented by a distinctively adenoidal voice that could out-snarl Eartha Kitt and Fran Drescher put together, short (4'11"), round, and robust Nell Carter was one indomitable, in-your-face firecracker...and it made her a star. She was born Nell Ruth Hardy in 1948 in Birmingham...
“ --Gimme A Break-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Lara Jill Miller
After appearing on Broadway in "The Music Man" with Dick Van Dyke and starring as "Samantha" on the NBC series Gimme a Break! for 6 seasons, Lara Jill graduated from NYU, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She then earned her JD from Fordham Law and passed the NY, NJ and PA Bars. Upon her return to LA...
“ --Gimme A Break-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Gimme A Break-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Gimme A Break-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Marilu Henner
Actress, Taxi
“ --Taxi-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Carol Kane
Actress, Annie Hall
Carol Kane was born Carolyn Laurie Kane on June 18, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Elaine Joy (Fetterman), a jazz singer and pianist, and Michael Myron Kane, an architect. Her family is Jewish (from Russia, Poland, and Austria). Due to her parents' divorce, Carol spent most of her childhood in boarding schools...
“ --Taxi-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --The Facts Of Life-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --The Facts Of Life-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Nancy McKeon
Nancy McKeon was born in Westbury, New York to Don and Barbara McKeon, began modeling baby clothes for the Sears catalog at the age of two and she and her brother did over sixty-five commercials in seven years. When her brother, Philip McKeon, won a role on the TV series, Alice, the family moved to Los Angeles...
“ --The Facts Of Life-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Cloris Leachman
Actress, The Croods
The record-breaking actress set a record when at age 82, she appeared on Dancing with the Stars. Cloris Leachman was born on April 30, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa to Berkeley Claiborne "Buck" Leachman and the former Cloris Wallace. Her father's family owned a lumber company, Leachman Lumber Co. She is of Czech (from her maternal grandmother) and English descent...
“ --The Facts Of Life-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --The Facts Of Life-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Charlotte Rae
This Milwaukee native was born in 1926, where she was raised on a farm, with her two sisters (Beverly, Mimi), with Charlotte being the second of her three. Rae wanted to be a dramatic actress, but eventually wound up being a comedienne, all because of her stand-up comedy routines. After graduating from high school...
“ --The Facts Of Life--
--Diff'rent Strokes-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Mary Jo Catlett
An unmistakeably happy and hearty veteran character actress and comedienne who has found success in all three mediums (stage, film and television) with her trademark flowery voice, giddy demeanor and ever-cheery disposition, the endearing Mary Jo Catlett is now broaching five decades in the entertainment business...
“ --Diff'rent Strokes-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Dixie Carter
A talented actress in both stage and screen and television and also a singer of opera and dancer, Dixie Carter is best known for her portrayal as the soft spoken Southerner Julia Sugarbaker in Designing Women. She's been known for performing in a number of Broadway plays and with her marriage to actor Hal Holbrook...
“ --Diff'rent Strokes-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Susan Clark
Actress, Webster
Award-winning Canadian actress Susan Clark, born on March 8, 1940, took up acting at an early age (12) in her hometown of Sarnia, Ontario. Her family moved to Toronto around that period of time and she joined the Toronto Children's Players Theatre. Her first professional curtain call took place on the...
“ --Webster-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Julia Duffy
Actress, Newhart
“ --Newhart-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Sally Struthers
Cute as a button and with a petite, porcelain prettiness and vulnerability that endeared her to the American public, Sally Struthers nabbed a series role in the early 1970s and became a solid part of TV history as a member of a dysfunctional family quartet in the milestone sitcom, All in the Family. She was born Sally Ann Struthers on July 28...
“ --Gloria--
--9 To 5-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --9 To 5-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno has had a thriving acting career for the better part of six decades. One of the very few (and very first) performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, she was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on December 11, 1931, to seamstress Rosa María (Marcano) and farmer Francisco José "Paco" Alverío...
“ --9 To 5-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Jean Marsh
Actress, Willow
Born in London, Jean Marsh became interested in show business while taking dancing and mime classes as therapy for a childhood illness. After attending a charm school and working as a model, she started acting in repertory and took voice lessons. Her repertory work was supplemented by a number of film appearances as a dancer...
“ --9 To 5-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Tiffany Brissette
Actress, Small Wonder
Tiffany began her "career" at the very young age of 2 years old. Her mother entered her in many pageants and talent competitions during her young life. That led to television voice-over work and many commercial appearances which included "Care Bears", "Florida Orange Juice", "IBM", "Jell-O Puddin' Pops" appearing with Bill Cosby) and many others...
“ --Small Wonder-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Bonnie Franklin
Bonnie Franklin, of the freckled, fair-skinned, hazel-eyed, rosy-cheeked, carrot-haired variety, could light up a room with her buoyant, folksy personality, but she could be quite serious in a take-charge manner when it came to purposeful acting work. It took Norman Lear and a highly popular TV sitcom to finally make the 31-year-old performer a household star in the mid-1970s...
“ --One Day At A Time-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Valerie Bertinelli
Valerie Bertinelli was born in Wilmington, Delaware. Her father was a General Motors executive. In her early teens, her father was transferred to a GM assembly plant in the Detroit, Michigan area and her family resided in Clarkston, Michigan where she attended Clarkston Middle School. A short time later...
“ --One Day At A Time-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Mackenzie Phillips
Mackenzie Phillips was known for her role in the 1973 hit movie American Graffiti. Two years later, she got the role that changed her life in the 1975 sitcom One Day at a Time. The show was an instant success, and everything was going well until the third season was launched, when she was arrested for cocaine possession and lied about the incident on her uncredited appearance on Dinah and Her New Best Friends...
“ --One Day At A Time-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Nanette Fabray
A sparkling, entertaining, highly energetic presence ever since her early days (from age 4) as a singing and tap dancing child vaudevillian, Nanette Fabray (born Ruby Fabares in San Diego) was once billed as "Baby Nanette" and working with the top headliners of the era, notably Ben Turpin, in the Los Angeles area...
“ --One Day At A Time-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Shelley Fabares
Vibrant, increasingly lovely teen fave Shelley Fabares withstood the test of time by transitioning successfully into adult parts unlike many of her 1960s "teen queen" peers who faded quickly into the memory books. She was born Michele Marie Fabares on January 19, 1944, in sunny Santa Monica, Californnia...
“ --One Day At A Time--
--Coach-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Clare Carey
Actress, Coach
“ --Coach-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Susan Saint James
Actress, Kate & Allie
Susan Saint James was a lovely and loony TV successor to Shirley MacLaine, her mildly kooky and clumsy free spirits came into vogue in the "free love" era of the late 60s. Saint James was born Susan Jane Miller in Los Angeles, California, to Constance (Geiger), a teacher, and Charles Daniel Miller, a businessman...
“ --Kate And Allie-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Jane Curtin
Actress, Kate & Allie
Jane Therese Curtin was born September 6th, 1947. Years later, a 27-year-old Jane Curtin auditioned for a comedy variety show. which turned out to be the the thing that would first expose her to fame, Saturday Night Live. Jane won the audition against Mimi Kennedy, a tough competitor. Also in the same year (1975), she married Patrick Lynch...
“ --Kate And Allie-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Allison Smith
Actress, Kate & Allie
Allison Smith's career started at the age of nine in the Broadway musical "Evita", which was quickly followed by her landing the title role of "Annie" on Broadway in the musical, "Annie", at the age of ten. She was the longest-running and youngest star of a Broadway musical at that time and played the role to rave reviews for nearly 3 years...
“ --Kate And Alley-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Ari Meyers
Actress, Kate & Allie
Ari Meyers was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sunday, 6 April 1969. She began an acting career at age 12, with her role as Al Pacino's stepdaughter in Al Pacino's Author! Author! and hasn't looked back, since. Ari dictated her first play, "The Super Magic Show", for her nursery school class to her mom...
“ --Kate And Allie-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad was born in Houston, Texas, to African-American parents, Vivian Elizabeth (Ayers), a poet and art director, and Andrew Arthur Allen, an orthodontist. As a child, Phylicia, her older brother Andrew (called Tex), and younger sister, dancer and actress Debbie Allen, lived in Mexico. She has another brother...
“ --The Cosby Show-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --The Cosby Show-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --The Cosby Show-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Sabrina Le Beauf
Sabrina LeBeauf was born in New Orleans, grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives on Maui, HI. She was a cast member in "Love, Loss and What I Wore" by Nora and Delia Ephron at the Westside Theatre in New York, the Delaware Theatre Center and the Scottsdale Centre for the Arts. She has done numerous roles at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington...
“ --The Cosby Show-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --The Cosby Show-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Lisa Bonet
Lisa Bonet was born in San Francisco, California, to Arlene Joyce (Litman), a teacher, and Allen Bonet, an opera singer. She has lived most of her life in New York and Los Angeles, where she attended Reseda High School and Celluloid Actor's Studio. Her father was African-American and her mother was Ashkenazi Jewish (from a family from Poland and Russia)...
“ --The Cosby Show--
--A Different World-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Jasmine Guy
Actress-dancer-director Jasmine Guy has enjoyed a diverse career in television, theatre and film. She began her professional career at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. Jasmine starred on Broadway in the original productions of Beehive and Leader of the Pack, and reprised hit productions of 'Grease'...
“ --A Different World-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Dawnn Lewis
Dawnn Lewis was born August 13, 1961. She is remembered mostly from her role as Jaleesa Vinson on A Different World. Dawnn composed the theme song with Bill Cosby and Stu Gardner that was used for the series. She left the show in 1992 to join the cast of Hangin' with Mr. Cooper as Robin Dumars. From 1995-1996...
“ --A Different World-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ -- A Different World-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Marisa Tomei
Actress, The Wrestler
Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York to mother Patricia "Addie" Tomei, an English teacher and father Gary Tomei, a lawyer. Marisa also has a brother, actor Adam Tomei. As a child, Marisa's mother frequently corrected her speech as to eliminate her heavy Brooklyn accent...
“ --A Different World-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Charles In Charge-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Josie Davis
Actress, Backstabbed
This Hollywood, California native has been acting all of her life. Josie Davis began her career at the age of 3, starring in numerous television commercials. She was cast as a series regular on the hit television show Charles in Charge (Davis played the adorable, intelligent poet "Sarah Powell" opposite heartthrob Scott Baio). The show was rated number-one in syndication...
“ --Charles In Charge-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Charles In Charge-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Julie Cobb
Julie was born into a theatrical family. Her mother was the renowned Yiddish stage and film actress Helen Beverley and her father was the award winning actor Lee J. Cobb. Her grandparents on her mother's side were also performers and theater owners. Involved in theater at Beverly Hills High School with classmates Richard Dreyfuss and Albert Brooks among others...
“ --Charles In Charge-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Bea Arthur
Actress-comedienne Bea Arthur was born on May 13, 1922 in New York City to a Jewish family. She grew up in Maryland, where her parents ran a dress shop. At 12 years old, she was the tallest girl in her school at 5'9". She earned the title "wittiest" girl in her school, and Bea's dream was to be in show business...
“ --The Golden Girls-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Betty White
Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess (Cachikis), a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent. Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic sitcom Mary Tyler Moore and the ditzy Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls...
“ --The Golden Girls-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Rue McClanahan
A veteran television actress and Broadway star of the 50s, Rue McClanahan was born Eddi-Rue McClanahan in Healdton, Oklahoma, to Dreda Rheua-Nell (Medaris), a beautician, and William Edwin McClanahan, a building contractor. She was noticed by television executive Norman Lear. Lear cast her in a number of television shows...
“ --The Golden Girls-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Estelle Getty
She was truly one mother of a mom...on stage, on film and on TV. A favorite firecracker on 80s and 90s television, tiny character player Estelle Getty became best known for her carping, meddlesome moms -- complete with bemused, cynical looks, irreverent digs and dead-pan Henny Youngman-like one-liners...
“ --The Golden Girls-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Family Ties-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Justine Bateman
Actress, Family Ties
Bateman was born in Rye, New York. Her younger brother is actor/director Jason Bateman. Bateman played the role of superficial Mallory Keaton on the television sitcom Family Ties from 1982 to 1989, for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. Bateman hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live during its 13th season in 1988...
“ --Family Ties-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Tina Yothers
Actress, Family Ties
Green-eyed Tina Yothers began doing commercials when she was just three years old. The daughter of TV film producer Robert Yothers, she was born on May 5, 1973 in Whittier, California. Her three brothers (Jeff, Randy Poindexter Yothers and Cory 'Bumper' Yothers) had all acted in commercials. She also has a foster sister whose name is also Tina...
“ --Family Ties-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Isabel Sanford
Isabel Sanford was a Broadway actress for over thirty years before moving to Hollywood. She made numerous guest appearances on TV, including a stint as a supporting cast member on The Carol Burnett Show. Until her passing, Isabel continued to act frequently, most recently in a series of commercials for Old Navy stores with The Jeffersons co-star...
“ --The Jeffersons-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --The Jeffersons-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --The Jeffersons-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Marla Gibbs
Armed with an acid dry wit and a full arsenal of sarcasm and sass, African-American character comedienne Marla Gibbs showed up on 70s TV with a bang in middle age (44). Landing the feisty maid role on the popular ground-breaking CBS comedy, The Jeffersons, eventually led to her very own sitcom, 227...
“ --227--
--The Jeffersons-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Regina King
Actress, Ray
Regina King was born in Los Angeles, California, to Gloria, a special education teacher, and Thomas King, an electrician. She began her career in the television show 227, followed by a role in Boyz n the Hood. She began to be recognized by a mainstream audience after her role as Cuba Gooding Jr.'s character's wife in Jerry Maguire...
“ --227-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Jackée Harry
Jackée Harry was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and reared from the age of nine in Harlem, New York, by her mother, Flossie. At the tender age of fourteen, Jackée landed the lead role of the King in her school's production of The King and I. Upon graduation from New York City's High School of Music and Art with a distinction in Opera...
“ --227-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --227-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Staci Keanan
Actress, Step by Step
Staci Keanan was born Anastasia Sagorsky on June 6, 1975 in Devon, Pennsylvania. She began her career at age four with fashion-show assignments and magazine work. At age eight, she moved to New York City with her mother and sister and balanced a modeling career with a budding theater career, in addition to keeping a high scholastic record...
“ --My Two Dads-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Florence Stanley
Actress, My Two Dads
The late Florence Stanley was born Florence Schwartz, July 1, 1924, Chicago, Illinois, to Hanna (née Weil) and Jack Schwartz. She already had a prolific career on theater, film and television broadcasts before she skyrocketed to fame as Abe Vigoda's wife on Barney Miller, and later, as Bernice Fish in it's short-lived spinoff Fish...
“ --My Two Dads-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --My Two Dads-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Valerie Harper
Actress, Rhoda
Making people laugh is only one facet of Valerie Harper's career, which extends from the stage to television and feature films. A native of Suffern, New York -- "I was born to suffer" -- Harper began her career as a dancer with the corps de ballet at Radio City Hall during its spectacular heyday. She gradually moved into acting...
“ --Valerie-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Sandy Duncan
This wholesome "Chatty Cathy" delight had all the earmarkings of becoming a dithery TV star in the early 70s and a couple of sitcom vehicles were handed to her with silver platter-like enthusiasm. Neither, however, made the best use of her elfin charm and both series died a quick death. Nonetheless...
“ --Valeries Family--
--The Hogans-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Edie McClurg
Actress, Frozen
Edie McClurg began her performing career at age five with the oxymoronic Kansas City Rhythm Kids. She retired when the dance teacher was arrested on a morals charge for "dating" the tall and lissome, yet underage, star dancer in the troupe. That girl's big number culminated with a back-bend where Edie drank a soda upside down (of course)...
“ --Valerie--
--Valeries Family--
--The Hogans-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Suzanne Somers
Actress, Step by Step
Suzanne Somers is the third of four children born to Frank and Marion Mahoney. Her father worked loading beer onto boxcars, and her mother was a homemaker. She grew up living in constant fear of being hurt or even killed at the hands of her verbally and physically abusive alcoholic father. She was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was young...
“ --She's The Sheriff-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Judith Light
Judith Light was born February 9, 1949 in Trenton, New Jersey to Pearl Sue and Sidney Light. Judith later graduated from St. Mary's Hall-Doane Academy in Burlington, New Jersey, and later enrolled at Carnegie-Mellon University, where she earned a degree in drama. With several television appearances, perhaps Judith is best remembered as Angela Bower in the 1980's sitcom Who's the Boss?.
“ --Who's The Boss-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Alyssa Milano
Actress, Charmed
Alyssa Milano comes from an Italian-American family; her mother Lin Milano is a fashion designer and father Thomas Milano is a film music editor. Alyssa was born in a working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn and grew up in a modest house on Staten Island. One day her babysitter, who was an aspiring dancer...
“ --Who's The Boss-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Katherine Helmond
Katherine Marie Helmond was born on July 5, 1929, in Galveston, Texas. She was raised by her mother, Thelma Malone, and her grandmother; they were Irish Catholics. Young Katherine attended Catholic school, and appeared in numerous school plays and pageants. She took a job at a local theater while still in high school...
“ --Who's The Boss-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Markie Post
Actress, Night Court
Markie Post grew up in Walnut Creek, California and started her career on films and TV shows, such as Card Sharks and "The New Card Sharks" (1986) and went on to even produce such projects as Double Dare and has made appearances on such television projects as 1st to Die, E! True Hollywood Story and Electra Woman and Dyna Girl...
“ --Night Court-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Night Court-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Anne Schedeen
Actress, ALF
“ --Alf-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Andrea Elson
Actress, ALF
Andrea Elson first realized her love for acting at age eleven when she played the lead in a sixth grade production of "Alice in Wonderland". Born on March 6, 1969 in New York City, this green-eyed actress grew up traveling because of her father's job in advertising. Before she was ten years old, she had lived in New York...
“ --Alf-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Alf-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Growing Pains-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Tracey Gold
Actress, Growing Pains
Tracey Gold has virtually grown up on television. She made an auspicious television debut in the award-winning mini-series Roots. She also enjoyed seven years on the immensely popular ABC comedy series Growing Pains after which she returned to drama in more than 20 movies for television. Born in New York City and raised in Southern California...
“ --Growing Pains-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Ashley Johnson
Actress, The Avengers
Ashley was born in Camarillo, California on August 9, 1983, to Cliff and Nancy Johnson. When she was 9 days old, her family packed up and moved to Michigan where her father was transferred (Ship captain of an exploration ship). They finally ended up moving to "The Town That Time Forgot" called Franklin. She lived there through most of her life, but now lives in Los Angeles, California...
“ --Growing Pains-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Head Of The Class-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Robin Givens
Robin Simone Givens was born in New York City on 27th of November, 1964, to Ruth (Newby) and Reuben Givens. Robin's father left his family when Robin was a young girl and she seldom saw him after that. Robin's mother raised her and her younger sister in Westchester, CT. Her mother (once linked to Yankee...
“ --Head Of The Class-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Rain Pryor
Rain Pryor is a dynamic speaker, spokesperson, award winning actress, singer, writer, comedian, and, producer. Now, that's quite a few hats to wear, but, they all fit and every one of them reflects her eclectic mix of Judaism and her African American roots. One of Rain's mentors told her, "if you wait for the world to come to you...
“ --Head Of The Class-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Head Of The Class-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Dixie Carter
A talented actress in both stage and screen and television and also a singer of opera and dancer, Dixie Carter is best known for her portrayal as the soft spoken Southerner Julia Sugarbaker in Designing Women. She's been known for performing in a number of Broadway plays and with her marriage to actor Hal Holbrook...
“ --Designing Women-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Delta Burke
Delta Burke is best known for her portrayal as Suzanne Sugarbaker in CBS' Designing Women, which ran for five seasons and for which she received two Emmy nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. When a teenager she represented Florida in the Miss America Pageant, and won a talent scholarship...
“ --Designing Women-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Jean Smart
Blonde, buxom and noticeably tall Seattle native Jean Smart was born on September 13, 1951. Not your average-looking ingénue, she earned her stardom taking another route. Attending the University of Washington after high school, she received her BA degree in fine arts. Her first professional season...
“ --Designing Women-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Annie Potts
Actress, Toy Story
Interested in stage and film at an early age, Annie Potts attended Stephens College in Missouri, enrolling in the theater studies course, followed by graduate work in California. At the age of 20, she married her college sweetheart, Steven Hartley. Only a short time later, she and her husband were in a serious automobile accident in New Mexico...
“ --Designing Women-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Alice Ghostley
Actress, The Graduate
Whether portraying a glum, withering wallflower, a drab and dowdy housewife, a klutzy maid or a cynical gossip, eccentric character comedienne Alice Ghostley had the ability to draw laughs from the skimpiest of material with a simple fret or whine. Making a name for herself on the Tony-winning Broadway stage...
“ --Designing Women-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Candice Bergen
Actress, Murphy Brown
One cool, eternally classy lady, Candice Bergen was elegantly poised for trendy "ice princess" stardom when she first arrived on the 60s screen, but she gradually reshaped that débutante image in the 70s both on- and off-camera. A staunch, outspoken feminist with a decisive edge, she went on to take a sizable portion of these contradicting qualities to film and...
“ --Murphie Brown-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Faith Ford
Actress, Murphy Brown
Born in Alexandria, Louisiana, Faith was raised in nearby Pineville. In high school, Faith acted in school plays and, in her senior year, was a finalist in Teen Magazine's annual model search. At 17, she was in New York where she worked in commercials and did some modeling. Soon Faith had recurring roles in soap operas such as "Muffy" in One Life to Live...
“ --Murphie Brown-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin was born September 1, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, to Lillie Mae (Ford) and Guy Tomlin, who moved to Michigan from Paducah, Kentucky, during the Great Depression. Her mother was a nurse's aide and her father was a factory worker. She graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1957, and later enrolled at Wayne State University...
“ --Murphie Brown-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Roseanne Barr
Producer, Roseanne
Roseanne Barr, one of America's funniest comedians, has another side that not many people have seen. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. During her teenage years, she worked as a dishwasher at a local restaurant. She married Bill Pentland and they had three children together. They remained married for 16 years...
“ --Roseanne-- ” - dmclaughlinabq