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Overview (3)

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Birth NameCybill Lynne Shepherd
Height 5' 9½" (1.77 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Cybill Lynne Shepherd was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to Patty, a homemaker, and William Shepherd, a small business owner. Named after her grandfather, Cy, and her father, Bill, Shepherd's career began at a young age in modeling, when she won the "Miss Teenage Memphis" contest in 1966 and the "Model of the Year" contest in 1968. She became a fashion icon and went on to grace the cover of every major magazine, as well as famously act as spokesperson for L'Oreal. This lead to her acting and on her screen debut in Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show (1971). Nominated for Most Promising Newcomer, Shepherd continued to build her film career with influential roles in The Heartbreak Kid (1972) and Taxi Driver (1976). After taking a break in her career to have her first child, Clementine Ford, she returned to Hollywood in 1983, to make her television series debut in an episode of Fantasy Island (1977). She went on to star with Bruce Willis in the highly recognized show, Moonlighting (1985), and won Shepherd two Golden Globe Awards. Her third Golden Globe followed for her series, Cybill (1995), with which she also took on a producer role.

Aside from the film industry, Shepherd has been an outspoken activist for issues such as gay rights and abortion rights. In 2009, she was honored by the Human Rights Campaign in Atlanta to accept one of two National Ally for Equality awards.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Family (4)

Spouse Bruce Oppenheim (1 March 1987 - 20 March 1990)  (divorced)  (2 children)
David M. Ford (19 November 1978 - 23 September 1982)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Children Clementine Ford
Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim
Oppenheim, Zachariah
Parents Shepherd, Patty
Shepherd, Bill
Relatives Shepherd, Cy (grandparent)

Trivia (48)

Gave birth to twins, daughter Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim and son Zachariah Oppenheim, on October 6, 1987, with ex-husband, Bruce Oppenheim.
Daughter Clementine Ford (born June 29, 1979) with ex-husband David M. Ford.
Cybill was named after her grandfather, Cy, and her father, Bill.
1968: Won the Model of the Year honors.
1966: Was Miss Teenage Memphis winner.
11/25/00: Had to flee from her Memphis home after a log fire in her master bedroom got out of control. Firefighters managed to contain the damage to the bedroom.
1968: Attended and graduated from Memphis East (TN) High School.
Cybill Shepherd revealed in her autobiography "Cybill Disobedience" that her engagement to Robert Martin (in the book given the fake name "Howard Roark") ended on October 24, 1998 when he told her in their couples' therapy session.
Her lookalike daughter, Clementine Shepherd-Ford (Clementine Ford) is a budding actress who was named Miss Golden Globe, handed to celebrity offspring.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on January 21, 1988.
2002: Treated for a serious melanoma which will require monitoring for the remainder of her life.
Early 1970s: A fashion model, she was discovered for films when director Peter Bogdanovich spotted her on the cover of Glamour magazine while standing in a supermarket checkout line.
1985: During an appearance at the Emmy Awards, she wore orange Reebok Freestyle hi-top sneakers. This appearance gained her some fashion criticism for wearing orange Reeboks with a black formal strapless gown. Even on the Moonlighting (1985) set, Cybill would switch from pumps into comfortable Reebok sneakers. Sometimes the sneakers would get caught in scenes during filming.
Gave her former lover and artistic mentor Peter Bogdanovich a signed photograph that hangs in his New York City apartment in which she addresses him as "Sven," short for "Svengali." Svengali was a musician in George L. Du Maurier's Bohemian novel "Trilby" who, through hypnosis, teaches the eponymous heroine to sing and controls her singing for his own purposes.
5/13/74: Was the subject of a cover story, along with her lover Peter Bogdanovich, in People magazine. This was the 10th issue of the magazine, which was first published on March 4, 1974.
1973: Was the presenter of the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the ceremony held on April 2, 1974, along with co-presenter Ernest Borgnine. When Shepherd, reading through the list of nominees, reached John Houseman, she credited his performance to Paper Moon (1973) instead of the film in which he had actually appeared, The Paper Chase (1973). After her error, Shepherd said, "Oops!" and soldiered on. When she reached Randy Quaid, she credited his Oscar-nominated performance to The Last Picture Show (1971). Although Quaid had indeed appeared in The Last Picture Show (1971), the movie his nominated role had appeared in was The Last Detail (1973), directed by Hal Ashby. "Oops again", Miss Shepherd lamely apologized. Both "mispronouncements" were films directed by her then-lover, Peter Bogdanovich. The "mix-ups" were seen by the audience in the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion as a crass and calculated attempt to be "cute", according to Oscar historian Robert Osborne.
Was told she had a "great ass" by Marlon Brando as she walked away from him at a Hollywood party held for Stella Adler. Adler had been the acting teacher of both Brando and Shepherd's then-lover, Peter Bogdanovich. Shepherd had been sitting on a couch with Brando and Adler when Brando announced he couldn't stand her inane talk. After being insulted, she got up and left, only to be complimented by the great actor on her derrière. At the party, Adler also told her that her "Irish nose" prevented her from being a great beauty.
Wanted Harley Venton to play the role of David Addison Jr. on Moonlighting (1985).
A fervent civil rights supporter, including gay rights, she not only appeared in The L Word (2004) but was once on the cover of The Advocate (in 1993).
1993: For Christmas she gave copies of the books "The Change" by Betty Friedan and "Women Who Run With the Wolves" by Clarissa Pinkola Estes for gifts.
Ex-mother-in-law of Chad Todhunter.
Ex-husband, Bruce Oppenheim, married Jenilee Harrison in 1993.
Inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame on March 10, 2006. The other inductees were Matthew McConaughey, Kris Kristofferson, JoBeth Williams and Lyle Lovett.
Larry McMurtry's 1987 novel, "Texasville", is dedicated to her. "Texasville" is the sequel to "The Last Picture Show", the film version of which Shepherd made her acting debut as "Jacy". She would reprise the role in the sequel's 1999 film adaptation.
Has appeared with Eileen Brennan in four films: The Last Picture Show (1971), Daisy Miller (1974), At Long Last Love (1975) and Texasville (1990).
Announced her engagement to her boyfriend, Andrei Nikolajevic. [June 2012]
Release of her autobiography, "Cybill Disobedience: How I Survived Beauty Pageants, Elvis, Sex, Bruce Willis, Lies, Marriage, Motherhood, Hollywood and the Irrepresible Urge To Say What I Think" by Cybill with Aimee Lee Ball. [2000]
Mother-in-law of actor Cyrus Wilcox.
She was the middle-child, with an older sister Terry and a younger brother Bill. In her memoir, she wrote "I knew I was loved by our parents, perhaps loved better than Terry or Bill, because I tried so hard to be perfect.".
Directed by five Academy Award winners: Martin Scorsese, Emile Ardolino, Woody Allen, Arthur Hiller and Stanley Donen.
In 1995, she played a grandmother on her sitcom Cybill (1995). She didn't become a grandmother, in real-life, until 19 years later, when her daughter, Clementine Ford had her children with husband Cyrus Wilcox. Cybill was very happy to see her grandson, Elijah Shahriari Ford-Wilcox born on March 23, 2014 and later her granddaughter Welles Molavi Ford-Wilcox born on September 13, 2016.
Performed as a go go girl in the Q-Ties behind The Box Tops performance of "The Letter" during their television appearance on Memphis' WHPQ's Talent Party hosted by George Klein. [1967]
Cybill Shepherd's family line comes out of Buckingham County, Virginia. Her great great grandfather Bernard Gaines "B. G." Shepherd (1831-1890) was a corporal in the War between the States, serving in Co. E of the 21st Virginia Infantry. This unit fought at Gettysburg and Appomattox and dozens of other battles. Bernard's brother Benjamin Franklin served as a sergeant in Co. B of the 25th Battalion Virginia Infantry (Richmond, VA). Bernard's brother Peter served in Co. C of the 56th Virginia Infantry, also at Gettysburg and Appomattox. So Cybill has a rich Southern and Confederate history.
She has actively fought against racism and received a plaque from the National Civil Rights Museum in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee in 1992. The plaque was inscribed with the motto, "equal opportunity and human dignity," followed by "Thank you Cybill Shepherd for helping break the chain of oppression" Her mother told her: "I've never been as proud of you as I am today".
In the 1970s, filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich divorced his wife Polly Platt to be with Cybill. This incident loosely inspired the film Irreconcilable Differences (1984), where a director (Ryan O'Neal) divorced his wife (Shelley Long) to be with a starlet (Sharon Stone). While Platt said that the film "got more right than wrong", Cybill denied that she was anything like the character that Stone played in the film.
She has a younger half-sister from her father's second marriage named Catherine Shepherd Muse who lives in Senoia, Georgia.
In the documentary Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas (1991), actor Timothy Bottoms revealed that he had a crush on Cybill in 1970 when they filmed The Last Picture Show (1971), but that she didn't reciprocate his feelings. For her part, Cybill said Bottoms was "very attractive", but she had affairs with four other members that she met on the set: co-star Jeff Bridges; director Peter Bogdanovich; writer Larry McMurtry; and producer Frank Marshall.
Turned down the role of Mrs. Mott/Peyton Flanders in The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992) because of her feminist beliefs. The role went to Rebecca De Mornay.
Director John Glen talked to Cybill about the possibility of her playing the title role in the James Bond film Octopussy (1983), but the role eventually went to Maud Adams.
She wrote in her 2000 memoir "Cybill Disobedience": "This book is dedicated to my mother, Patty Cornelia Shobe Shepherd Micci and my father William Jennings Shepherd Jr. Thanks for falling in love". However, by that time, her parents had long been divorced from each other for more than 30 years and were also married to other people. Her father later died in 2001, and her mother died in 2012. In the interim, she also lost her big sister Terry in 2009. The three deaths in her family devastated Cybill, but her children and her work helped her overcome her grief.
Her parents couldn't attend her first wedding to David Ford, because it took place overseas in England where she was filming The Lady Vanishes (1979), and it was a hasty wedding, since she was already pregnant. Her mother attended her second wedding with her current husband, and Cybill treasured the humorous picture of her mother and stepfather holding a shotgun to the bridegroom Bruce Oppenheim, as it was also a "shotgun wedding", since Cybill was, once again, pregnant. Her father didn't attend since he couldn't stand to be in the same room with her mother, since their bitter divorce. However, a year later, he accepted Cybill's invitation when she asked him to walk her down the aisle as her character's father in the scene in the film Chances Are (1989).
She has appeared in two films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: The Last Picture Show (1971) and Taxi Driver (1976).
Born on exactly the same date as John Hughes (of "She's Having a Baby" and "The Breakfast Club" fame).
Alumna of Stella Adler Studio of Acting.
Mother of twins, Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim and Cyrus Zachariah Shepherd-Oppenheim, with ex-husband Bruce Oppenheim.
Her daughter Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim married Eliza Ladensohn, the founder of the women's clothing line Sloane & Tate, on October 26, 2019. Cybill attended the wedding with the rest of her family and gave a warm, funny toast.
Her acting mentor when she was very young was Ellen Burstyn.
Paul Schrader wrote the role of Betsy in Taxi Driver (1976) specifically for her in mind, based on her performance in The Last Picture Show (1971).

Personal Quotes (28)

I think the measure of your success to a certain extent will be the amount of things written about you that aren't true.
[on her film debut in The Last Picture Show (1971) and her romance with its director. Peter Bogdanovich] When a film wraps, the actors often like to keep some of their props or wardrobe as mementos. I wanted the heart-shaped locket and brown and white saddle shoes that Jacy wore, but his wife Polly [Polly Platt] was in charge of costumes and wouldn't give them to me. I guess she figured I had enough of a souvenir: her husband.
I had the serendipity of modeling during a temporary interlude between Twiggy and Kate Moss, when it was actually okay for women to look as if we ate and enjoyed life.
I never wanted to be Jane. I always wanted to be Tarzan. I didn't want to vacuum the tree house. I wanted to swing from the vines.
[on Marilyn Monroe] She had curves in places most other women don't even have places.
I did the nasty with Elvis [Elvis Presley]. This man loved to eat. But there was one thing he wouldn't eat . . . 'til he met me.
My home is different from my mother's, because hers is filled with beautiful objects that I was always afraid of breaking. My home is the opposite. Bring on the kids, the dogs, the parties - there's nothing that's so important it can't be broken.
I was born and bred to be a great flirt.
Your policemen are such wonderful hunks.
I had to lie so much about sex, first when I was 15 because I wasn't supposed to be having it. And when I got older, I lied to everybody I was having sex with, so I could have sex with other people.
[Her reaction when Martin Scorsese wanted to cast a Cybill Shepherd type for Taxi Driver (1976)] My anxiety was palpable. What's a Cybill Shepherd type anyway? With my little pilot light of insecurity fanned by a few years' worth of scathing reviews, I thought: Maybe I'm not even good enough to play my own type. But I admired all of Scorsese's films.
[Her reaction when George Cukor rejected her for Travels with My Aunt (1972) saying she had no comedic talent] A celebrated director had gone out of his way to be brutally discouraging, and I whimpered, worried, agonized, and almost believed him. But even though I've given up lots of times in my life, I usually only allow myself a week or two of sulk. Like the little engine that could, I get back on track. Ultimately no public or private humiliation has ever stopped me.
[on her Daisy Miller (1974) leading man Barry Brown] No one realized that he was in the last stages of an addiction that would cause him to take his life just a few years later. He was glum and withdrawn, and his breakfast of champions consisted of beer, coffee, and Valium, a pattern that couldn't help but affect the shooting schedule.
The grain of truth in this controversy was that of course I was envious. Who doesn't want to win an Emmy?
[on nudity in films, 1986] Women are expected to expose themselves, men aren't. It's not fair. And in my experience, men have had their clothes off a lot quicker than I did. In films, it's usually the reverse.
If you stand up for yourself and you're a man, they admire you. If you stand up for yourself and you're a woman, they call you a bitch.
I think, I'm a better mother because I work. I wouldn't be very happy at home all day long. Working makes me treasure my time at home.
I think that "great love of your life" stuff is bullshit. That there's one person, Prince Charming, who's going to come in and sweep you off your feet, that you'll never love again, all that dramatic -- treacle.
Feminists are moving away from the area we really need to concentrate on, the impoverisation [impoverishment] of women and children.
Everybody's childhood is an emotional survival course.
I'm my own manager now, and I don't like the men I'm dating telling me how to act.
Nursing a baby is one of the few things in life you know is unequivocally the best thing.
Peter Bogdanovich was the first man who ever treated me as an equal intellectually. If you think of a person as a circle, I had a huge wedge of myself that was empty, which was confidence. And he helped fill that. And then he helped me get to the point where I could do things to fill myself up.
[on her worst job ever done] A movie called The Return (1980) that was about cows from outer space.
The funny thing about fame is that you're never really a famous person. It's like you get famous, and you're like a wick -- you have this wick that you stick in this bottle of red oil, and the wick turns red very quickly, and you're famous all of a sudden, and then after a while the wick dries out. And it's like you were never famous. It happens very quickly. I saw it happen.
[referring to her newborn twins, when they're 10 week old] Sometimes I feel closer to one than to the other. They seem to take turns. Ariel [Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim] was smaller, so she was a fussier baby. Then she gained some weight, and when she smiled at me the first time, I thought the sun had come out. And it was 4 in the morning... People don't realize how much work they are; we have babies crying in stereo. I'm glad they weren't triplets.
Professionalism is a fine combination of art and business. You've got to be strong in both areas.
Interviews are like therapy. The only thing is, you don't get the same kind of feedback. But it's cheaper.

Salary (6)

The Last Picture Show (1971) $5,000
Taxi Driver (1976) $35,000
The Yellow Rose (1983) $1,000 /episode
Moonlighting (1985) $35,000 (per episode)/first season
Chances Are (1989) $1 .5 million
Texasville (1990) $1 .5 million

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