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Born in Leawood, Kansas, USA
Birth NameBarbra Jo Horan
Nickname Babs

Mini Bio (1)

Amanda Horan Kennedy was born on March 5, 1957 in Leawood, Kansas, USA as Barbra Jo Horan. She is an actress, known for My Favorite Year (1982), The Malibu Bikini Shop (1986) and B.J. and the Bear (1978).

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Is president and founder of "Sassybax," a company producing comfortable bras that don't have "visible bra lines."
Her background in the fashion world started indirectly when at 14 she was asked to be a photography model for Hallmark Cards. Fashion modeling came next at 16, for local department stores where she was chosen to model for Calvin Klein in a local show. He suggested she come to New York and model but her parents said no. They insisted she go to college and then enter then enter the work force in a "real job."

While attending Southern Methodist University as a Fine Arts and Journalism major, her love of clothes and a desire for their acquisition, prompted her to model after classes in Dallas.

When that led to Miss Dallas and Miss Texas crowns, she left for Los Angeles after Miss USA and her sophomore year at SMU, much to the dismay of her parents.

She was quickly a working actress starring in shows like Cheers, Remington Steele, Hart to Hart and Chips. She acted in 6 movies including My Favorite Year with the late great Peter O'Toole.

But after acting for 11 years even with her tenable success, she needed a change. Hollywood takes a toll on a woman's self esteem even when they're successful and it had certainly had taken its toll on mine. Shortly after her 31st birthday, she re-entered college and finished her degree with a BA in Psychology. She earned my Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and became a psychologist. Amanda states, "That sounds stranger than it is. In acting, you observe people and emulate them when you play a character. In psychology, you study people and work with them to improve their lives".

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