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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 3 February 1950Dallas, Texas, USA
Birth NamePatsy Ann McClenny
Nickname Little Bird
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

"You can never be too rich or too thin." This elegant lady defined the television version of the rich, sophisticated businesswoman who knows what she wants, and will do whatever it takes to get it. She was born Patsy Ann McClenny on February 3, 1950 in Dallas, Texas. She began acting as a child, when her mother enrolled her in drama lessons after she was too shy to give a book report in class. From the age of 10, she performed in children's plays. Later, she would do dinner theater and stock productions in Dallas. She chose Morgan as a stage name. In 1973, Morgan decided to pursue a career in television; just 6 weeks after moving to New York, she landed the key role of Jennifer in the daytime soap opera Search for Tomorrow (1951); she stayed on until 1977.

Morgan moved to Los Angeles, where she originated the role of Jenna Wade on the wildly popular nighttime soap opera Dallas (1978) (Jenna was later portrayed by Priscilla Presley). Morgan made numerous guest appearances on television series. She played Constance (Weldon) Carlyle in Flamingo Road (1980), and she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress; that was her breakout series that propelled her to stardom.

Morgan continued to perform in live theater, her acclaimed portrayal of Skye in the off-Broadway comedy "Geniuses" helped make it one of the "Top Ten Plays" of the year according to Time Magazine and the New York Times. Other stage appearances have included productions of "Goodbye Charlie" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." On television, she played the naughty Racine in the soap opera Paper Dolls (1984) in 1984. Later, she starred in the soap opera Falcon Crest (1981) from 1985-86, having made a niche for herself playing ambitious beauties. Morgan received an Emmy nomination for a special episode of Murphy Brown (1988).

Morgan has shared some of her beauty secrets by authoring the book "Super Looks" which is a complete guide that includes makeup, exercise, and diet tips. Morgan is a member of the Entertainment Industry AIDS Task Force. She is an active speaker on environmental issues and helped found the Environmental Communications Office, which encourages entertainment industry professionals to become better educated and more active on environmental issues. Morgan is a collector of movie memorabilia (particularly anything about Marilyn Monroe) and antique clothing. She is a ballet fan and is also interested in anthropology and paleontology; Morgan is truly a brainy beauty.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: kdhaisch@aol.com

Spouse (1)

Jack Calmes (18 November 1967 - 28 February 1973) (divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

Platinum blonde hair
Sparkling blue eyes
Voluptuous figure
Deep sultry voice

Trivia (16)

Her first name is taken from the the title character of the David Warner comedy film Morgan! (1966).
Mother: Martha Jane Hartt McClenny, English teacher at Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas. Died May 4, 1999 (complications from stroke).
Attended and graduated from Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas in 1967.
First professional job was acting as Faye Dunaway's double during the location filming of Bonnie and Clyde (1967). A native Texan, Morgan was later considered for the Cybill Shepherd role in The Last Picture Show (1971), competing alongside Sissy Spacek.
Older sister of actress Cathryn Hartt.
She was voted "1981 Star of Tomorrow" by the National Association of Theatre Owners. [November 1980]
Served as Grand Marshal at the St. Louis Pridefest Parade on June 25, 2006.
Served as Grand Marshal at Bellflower's Liberty Day Parade on October 11, 2003 - which marked Bellflower, California's 46th Birthday celebration.
Named "One of the 10 Most Beautiful Women in the World" by Harpers Bazaar in 1982.
Is one of three actors to play Jenna Wade (Bobby Ewing's former girlfriend) on Dallas (1978).
She was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in March 2008 in Austin, Texas.
Is a moderate Democrat.
Was a celebrity spokesmodel for Old Navy stores from 1997 to 2004.
Co-wrote (with Deborah Patton) and published a beauty book titled "Morgan Fairchild's Super Looks" in 1984.
At age 14, she competed for the Miss Teenage Dallas crown, but did not win.
Was scheduled to host the May 10, 1986 episode of Saturday Night Live (1975) but decided to fly to Israel instead, to play the queen in Sleeping Beauty (1987).

Personal Quotes (2)

They're not paying me to play a chairwoman. They're paying me to show up looking glam and, damn it, I'm gonna show up looking glam!
Every year has its blonde, and I'm this year's.

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