This sunny California girl toiled through nearly ten years of modeling and TV commercials before getting her big break as the 'Tool Time Girl' on the sitcom "Home Improvement" in 1993. Dunning was a h...
Replaced Pamela Anderson as the 'Tool Time Girl' on ABC sitcom "Home Improvement"
This sunny California girl toiled through nearly ten years of modeling and TV commercials before getting her big break as the 'Tool Time Girl' on the sitcom "Home Improvement" in 1993. Dunning was a high school cheerleader and Homecoming Queen who segued into a successful modeling career after her graduation in 1984. Tall, slim, and dark-haired, with a sardonic smile, she went on to appear in commercials for Foot Locker, Ford and Taco Bell, before making her film debut in the straight-to-video "Dangerous Curves" (1988).
Her first TV appearance was a small role on HBO's "Dream On", after which Dunning popped up from time to time on such series as "Who's the Boss?", "Tales from the Crypt", "Burke's Law", "Knots Landing" and "Married...With Children". In 1993, Dunning was chosen to replace Pamela Anderson as the 'Tool Time Girl' on ABC's hit sitcom "Home Improvement". Her job was to look good in a T-shirt and tool belt while introducing show-within-a-show and playing wisecracking straight man to stars Tim Allen and Richard Karn.
Dunning was a hit, playing her role less as a bombshell than a girl-next-door who happens to wear cut-offs and tank tops. She posed for a best-selling calendar and has been much in demand for such TV "events" as "Circus of the Stars Goes to Disneyland" (CBS, 1994), "Disney's Spring Break Blast" (syndicated, 1995), "Superstar American Gladiators" (ABC, 1995) and "Off Camera with Dean Cain" (ABC, 1995). Dunning also returned to the big screen in the low-budget comedy "The Misery Brothers" (1995). She and beachwear entrepreneur/Olympic volleyball player Steve Timmons announced their engagement in 1996.
born in 1945
born in November 1963
born c. 1958; together from c. January 1996; married in May 1997
born on December 2, 1996
Pierce Junior College
Burroughs High School
Dunning was named Miss Burbank in 1984.
"They're giving me a more wholesome, girl-next-door, sexy-but-she-doesn't-know-she's sexy image. I'm not a jiggle girl. It's not like I'm wearing a g-string on the show. I get to wear a pair of khaki shorts and a cut-off t-shirt--the sort of outfit you'd wear if you really were doing construction."--Debbe Dunning quoted in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, 1993