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Overview (4)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (leukemia)
Birth NameDeborah Iona Raffin
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Deborah Raffin was one of two female co-stars in the hugely popular TV mini-series Noble House (1988) adapted from the 1981 bestseller of the same name by James Clavell. Ms. Raffin played the part of Casey Tcholok, vice-president of corporate raider Par-Con Industries. Her character is clever, beautiful & all-business. She's utterly disrespected as a woman in an all-male business world but quickly proves she can hold her own. She eventually falls for The Taipan of Struan's, the company known as 'The Noble House' (for which the novel & mini-series were named), Ian Struan Dunross, played by Pierce Brosnan. After the untimely death of her boss and possible love interest American billionaire Linc Bartlett - played by Ben Masters - she becomes Taipan of Par-con & agrees to return to Hong Kong in 30 days to pursue a hinted-at marriage to Dunross.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Maralee Koval

Spouse (1)

Michael Viner (4 August 1974 - 2005) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (12)

Daughter of actress Trudy Marshall and restaurateur Philip Raffin.
Second choice for the part of Sandy in Grease (1978) after Susan Dey. Dey passed and producer Allan Carr had Raffin in mind before a fateful dinner at Helen Reddy's house where she invited a fellow Australian singer, Olivia Newton-John.
Was originally supposed to play Molly Bell in The Jazz Singer (1980). The part went to Lucie Arnaz instead.
Studied acting with both drama coach Milton Katselas and with Kate Fleming at the National Theater in England.
Starred in the made-for-TV movie Nightmare in Badham County (1976), which was a huge hit as a theatrical feature in China. Raffin became the unofficial ambassador from Hollywood to China. She arranged meetings between Hollywood luminaries and Chinese leaders and filmmakers to secure distribution of Chinese films in America and American films in China.
With her husband, music producer Michael Viner, she founded Dove Books-on-Tape in 1985, a successful audio book business. They sold the company in 1997.
Was spotted by a talent scout while on an elevator.
Her father, Phillip Raffin, was a meat broker and restaurateur.
Co-founder, with then-husband Michael Viner, of Dove audio-books. Sold the company in 1997.
Sister of William Raffin.
Had one child with husband Michael Viner, a daughter named Taylor Rose Viner.
Her paternal grandparents, Dora (Arine) and William Raffin, were Russian Jewish immigrants.

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