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Overview (3)

Born in Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
Birth NameJulia Margaret Hinds
Height 5' (1.52 m)

Mini Bio (1)

October 2018 her book Bad Auditions is released online and in stores. In it she tells stories of her own 'bad' auditions, in an irreverent manner, in order to help prepare young actors for the real world of auditioning. It features a foreword by director Michael Lehmann and a cover blurb by Danny Strong.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Julia Duffy

Spouse (1)

Jerry Lacy (21 June 1984 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (12)

She has two children, Kerry Lacy (Kerry Kathleen Lacy) and Danny Lacy, with husband Jerry Lacy.
One of 4 sisters of Irish Catholic extraction.
The original "Maggie Campbell" on Baby Talk (1991), a sitcom takeoff on Look Who's Talking (1989), starring Kirstie Alley. Julia Duffy was the original choice for the role of "Diane Chambers" on Cheers (1982). After losing the part to Shelley Long, Duffy was soon cast in a first season episode as a friend of Diane's named "Rebecca Prout", not to be confused with Kirstie Alley's character who replaced "Diane Chambers" as the nemesis/love interest of "Sam Malone", a character also later played by Kirstie Alley.
Reprised her on screen relationship on Newhart (1982) with Peter Scolari for Jason Alexander's TV show Listen Up (2004).
Married her Love of Life (1951) co-star Jerry Lacy in 1984. The matchmaker who brought them together was Laurette Spang.
Daughter of Joseph, who died when she was a child, and Mary Katherine Hinds[later Bohlmann] a real estate executive, her mother's maiden name is Duffy.
Coming into the show in its second season, she was nominated seven times in the Emmy "supporting actress" category for her work on Newhart (1982), but never won.
Best known by the public for her role as Stephanie Vanderkellen on Newhart (1982).
Considered Bob Newhart a mentor.
Credits Bob Newhart as her favorite comic inspiration.
Good friends with Peter Scolari.
She missed 3 episodes of Newhart (1982), because she was pregnant with her kid.

Personal Quotes (10)

One of the main pleasures of doing stage is when you can work on material such as this ["The Little Foxes"], which has stood the test of time. It already works in front of an audience, that's a given-if done well-and that's something you don't know when working on a film or television script. And the collaboration that happens during the rehearsal period and then a long run is just priceless.
[about "The Little Foxes"] I am finding there are more, better roles in theater for a woman my age than there are on TV and in movies, and this is one of them. I had been a fan from reading the play and seeing the movie. When I heard a couple of months ago they were doing it here, I reread the script and was even more impressed than before with the brilliance of the writing. I could see myself in the part, which doesn't always happen. But I knew it would take some effort to prove I was right for it, because I don't look like other wonderful women who have played her.
[About her character in "The Little Foxes"] Playing a victim doesn't interest me, so I can't think of Birdie like that, even though it would be an easy way to gain sympathy from the audience. Instead, I think of her as a woman who keeps hoping people will behave in a more gracious manner. She brings up the spirit of the way life was before she married into this family.
Again because I'm kind of a history nut I find myself fascinated by women like Abigail Adamsm who made their lives mean something to the larger world despite having no path to any way of being heard as a separate person. And I think of Katharine Hepburn, and well, Lillian Hellman, who simply did what they felt was their destiny, with a clear idea of what their worth was, and made it possible for millions who came after to follow their destinies.
[on getting the role of Birdie in "The Little Foxes" by the time she was old enough] I lobbied hard to be seen for the role, and eventually they let me.
[on why Bob Newhart's comedy career has endured for so long] I'm trying to figure that out, so that I can steal that. I think it's just because his comedy is timeless and he has a flawless ear for what's funny. If he thinks it's funny, it's funny, and he looks for the funny and finds it. He reads the paper every day and then does a routine of what was in the paper.
[on her on- and off-screen chemistry with Bob Newhart] I think the main thing he would tell people is that he's a bit whack here and wilder in person than you might think. He has sort of a bad boy sense of humor.
[on Bob Newhart] I know he used to always stop--in the first year of the show [Newhart (1982)] I was always on the phone, because my character had left home, she was on the phone with her parents, and I would do these phone calls, so they were very funny. And he would always stop and watch, [when I was] doing the phone calls. Bob Newhart is watching me do a comedy phone call--it was unnerving and one day, I looked over him and I said, "Stop watching me!" and he said, "It's a lot harder than it looks, isn't it?". I said, 'Yeah, it is".
[Who enjoyed working with Bob Newhart]: It was an incredible formative time for me (comedically) to work with Bob, all those years and it wasn't just during rehearsal... he's funny all the time. And I think I learned, 'If you're going to do comedy, you'd better be having fun,' and that sort of lightness that he kept all the time, through rehearsal, really showed on-screen, showed between us, because we were having so much fun, but the joke was king, we were always trying to make the joke, as good as we could, and that feeling has just permeated me.
[About her almost 8 year tenure working with Bob Newhart: Being around his timing was fantastic. He didn't give advice much at all but when he had an idea or said something then I really listened; because he really didn't do that all the time. We made each other laugh very hard.

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