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Overview (3)

Born in Wilton Manors, Florida, USA
Birth NameNancy Elizabeth Stafford
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Nancy Stafford was born in Wilton Manors, Florida, a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where she was raised in a Southern Baptist family home.

She has starred in many TV shows, such as Riptide (1984), Remington Steele (1982), Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983), Who's the Boss? (1984), Hunter (1984) and Quantum Leap (1989). She also guest-starred on an episode of Magnum, P.I. (1980).

Her biggest claim to fame on television was with Andy Griffith on Matlock (1986).

She also guest-starred in many shows in the late 1990s such as ER (1994), Frasier (1993), Babylon 5 (1994), Baywatch (1989) and The Mentalist (2008).

Additionally, Stafford played "The Lady in the Park" in the 2004 Award-winning short film, The Proverb (2004), along with her friends, Jeff Andrus and Scott Waara.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Maddee

Spouse (1)

Larry Lee Myers (28 May 1989 - present) ( 1 child)

Trivia (23)

Miss Florida 1976
Best known by the public as Ben Matlock's law partner, Michelle Thomas, on TV's Matlock (1986), Nancy spends much of her time as an author of spiritual books and a public speaker.
1995-2005 Hosted a syndicated TV series called Main Floor (1995), which dealt with such topics as fashion and beauty.
Husband Larry Myers is a pastor. They have a daughter and grandson.
Graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism.
A skin cancer survivor at 24.
As a six-year-old girl, she was a huge fan of The Andy Griffith Show (1960). Nancy had said on an interview that when she was just a child, she bore a resemblance of Don Knotts in The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964) movie, wearing glasses. Several years after that show went off the air, she auditioned and won the role of a lawyer's assistant on Andy Griffith's Matlock (1986), for the series second season, when she replaced Linda Purl.
As a little girl, she followed only one soap opera The Doctors (1963), ironically, she grew up to later play a dual role on it.
Has endorsed "City Furniture" in Southern Florida for more than 20 years. She continued to make commercials for them, even while appearing on her various series.
Missed several episodes of Matlock (1986), beginning in 1988, because of her busy scheduling.
Her acting mentor is the late Andy Griffith.
Since the early '80s Nancy Stafford has been appearing consistently and frequently on South Florida television as the spokewoman for "Waterbed City, " now known as "City Furniture." It's a job she has held and maintained all during her TV series work, and she continues to make new commercials for them. Consistent work over 1.5 decades is notable. :>
Credits Andy Griffith as her favorite acting mentor/best friend.
Before beginning her acting career in New York, she was a top model with the Ford Model Agency and appeared in over 250 commercials.
Actor/singer and comedian [Andy Griffith] took her under his wing, when she was 32, their friendship lasted 26 years, until Griffith's death in 2012.
Good friends with former Western actor [Robert Fuller].
Though she had a good working relationship with Clarence Gilyard Jr. on Matlock (1986), she hasn't kept him in touch for years, which is why Gilyard has relocated from California to Nevada, to stay busy as both a college professor and a theater director.
As an actress, she was highly influenced by [Andy Griffith].
Her parents were also involved with [Andy Griffith], when they heard of her future acting mentor's album, "What it Was, Was Football!" It was the first time Nancy ever had an association with him.
She is a lifelong Democrat.
A Western enthusiast, Stafford grew up watching the following shows: The Rifleman (1958), Gunsmoke (1955), Bonanza (1959), Laramie (1959), Wagon Train (1957), The Virginian (1962), Rawhide (1959), The Big Valley (1965) and The High Chaparral (1967).
Graduated from Ft. Lauderdale High School in 1972.
Has highly praised Andy Griffith for her stardom in acting.

Personal Quotes (14)

I struggled as a young girl, feeling very rejected, very ridiculed because of my appearance. Then, irony of ironies, after blossoming but still never feeling good enough, I got into the most rejection-prone occupations: model and actress.
I wouldn't be the person I am today if it weren't for the painful things that I've gone through in life. God has used them to develop what could never have been formed in me in any other way.
[on the ranch she lives in]: We had a vision to create a place where believers could come to rest, rejuvenate and heal and where the artistic community could come to work on creative projects. It's a place of conception of dreams and vision. As time passed, the ache I had for children began to lift from me.
[on who has been the most influential person in her life]: My mother. She's the funniest human being I know as well as the most capable, strongest, most optimistic and incredibly talented. She's given me a lot to aspire to.
[on writing "Beauty by the Book"]: In college I began to blossom, I grew into my 5-foot-9-inch frame. When I did, boys began to notice, and their attention made me feel good about myself for the first time... My insecurities and low self-image were still there; they were just hidden behind the facade of 'pretty' and 'popular'.
[When she was faced of having her cancer surgery]: I was scared of the surgery, but what really scared me was that the very source of my income and affirmation, my face, had become my life, I felt ashamed. After the surgery I began to search for God.
I was a gangly, klutzy, studious girl, who was respected by the teachers and not at all popular with the other kids.
[As a character actress]: I love being the bad guy, I love dealing with those intense emotions.
[When she played Michelle Thomas]: They keep telling me, 'Your wardrobe is nice, Nancy, but where's the teddy?'
[on her mentor's, Andy Griffith's 85th Birthday]: Andy is indeed an amazing man! I love him!
[Of Andy Griffith] It was awesome working with Andy. He's absolutely the best. It was a party every day. He's a sheer delight and we got along famously. I adored him. He also loved my husband Larry who plays fiddle and mandolin, and so often Andy would elbow me and say, 'get Larry to come over and bring his instruments.'
[on her on- and off-screen chemistry with Andy Griffith]: I was terrified and charged at the same time, of course, he was an icon, and is an icon. It has just been [and I can't imagine] a greater joy I've had of working those 5 years with him. He's the most genuinely, hysterically, funny human being on the planet. He is sharp as a tact, he is totally ... I was so impressed because he is completely involved in every aspect of that show. He read every single script, he had notes to write, he rewrote scenes that made them better, he's a craftsman with dialogue [of course] coming from his stand-up days, too, you can imagine, and he just knows his stuff.
[on the death of Andy Griffith]: I'm heartsick... I am forever grateful for the 5 wonderful years I worked with Andy. They were a highlight of my life. I've never laughed so hard or learned so much! He has left an indelible mark on my life - and the lives of countless millions. He was a consummate professional, an American treasure, and a dear man.
[Who talked about working with her childhood hero Andy Griffith, who changed her life]: He was a consummate pro. He'd nail his lines on the first or second take, then do a little jig and make a joke.

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