A versatile stage actress who has been relegated mostly to sitcoms on TV, Anita Barone received her best shot in the medium as wife to Jeff Foxworthy on "The Jeff Foxworthy Show", which ran one season...
Played Karen Foxworthy on "The Jeff Foxworthy Show" (ABC)
Was regular cast member on the NBC variety series "Carol & Company"
Co-starred in USA Network movie "Wounded Heart"
Worked extensively in regional theater, playing Helen Keller in "Monday After the Miracle" and Agnes in "Agnes of God" among other roles
First leading role in features, "Just Friends"
Returned to series TV as Michael Chiklis' wife in the NBC family sitcom "Daddio"
Feature film debut in "The Rosary Murders"
A versatile stage actress who has been relegated mostly to sitcoms on TV, Anita Barone received her best shot in the medium as wife to Jeff Foxworthy on "The Jeff Foxworthy Show", which ran one season on ABC from 1995-96. Barone made her first stage appearance at age five in Detroit, where she was raised after her family moved from St Louis. By age 23, she had appeared in more than 50 plays, mostly in university production and regional theaters. Among her stage roles were Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet", Helen Keller in a production of "Monday After the Miracle" and the title role of Agnes, the young tormented nun, in "Agnes of God." She made her screen debut with a small role in "The Rosary Murders" (1987), had a bit in "Ricochet" (1991) and landed a lead in the indie romantic comedy "Just Friends" (1996). But Barone's first Hollywood employment of note was as a member of the stock company of "Carol & Company" (NBC, 1990-91), the ill-fated the attempt by Carol Burnett to revive the variety/sketch comedy program. Barone also appeared in the USA Network movie "Wounded Heart" in 1995. Eventually she returned to the weekly sitcom grind, co-starring with Michael Chiklis in "Daddio" (NBC, 2000- ).
"I come from a family of nine and my parents enrolled each of us in art, dance, music and sports to see what we took an interest in, then nurtured and supported our individual talents. I started out in ballet and tap. I also sang a lot. It just naturally progressed to the theatre." --Anita Barone