Dorothy Hamill

An Olympic champion who transcended her sport, Dorothy Hamill won the junior U. S. Championships in 1969 and went on to win three senior U.S. Championships from 1974-76. Charming the world with her effervescent ... Read more »
Born: 07/25/1956 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (44)

Dancing With the Stars 2005, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

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Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

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Blades of Glory 2007 (Movie)

Federation Judge (Actor)

Skating With Celebrities 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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ABC 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Michelle Kwan: Princess on Ice 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Garth Brooks & the Magic of Christmas 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The Champions on Ice Summer Tour 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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FTD Champions on Ice 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Christmas Angel 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Champions on Ice Winter Tour 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Gershwin on Ice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Oksana Baiul: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Skate International Champions Finals 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Karen Carpenter: The E! True Hollywood Story 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Reflections of Ice 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Skate International Champions Finals 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Skate International of Canada 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Skate International of France 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Skate International of Germany 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Skate International of Japan and Russia 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Sonja Henie: Fire on Ice 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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U.S. Postal Service Skating Challenge 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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U.S. Pro Figure Skating Championships 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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An Evening of Championship Skating 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Fox's Rock 'n Roll Skating Championships II 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Skate International Champions Finals 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Gustave Lussi: The Man Who Changed Skating 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Greatest Practical Jokes of All Time 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Salute to Dorothy Hamill 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Sportsworld Tenth Anniversary Special 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Eleventh Annual Circus of the Stars 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Dorothy Hamill in Romeo & Juliet on Ice 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Andy Williams' Early New England Christmas 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Grandpa, Will You Run With Me? 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Perry Como's French-Canadian Christmas 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Dorothy Hamill's Corner of the Sky 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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The Dorothy Hamill Special 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The Dorothy Hamill Winter Carnival Special 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Biography

An Olympic champion who transcended her sport, Dorothy Hamill won the junior U. S. Championships in 1969 and went on to win three senior U.S. Championships from 1974-76. Charming the world with her effervescent personality, her giant glasses and wedge hairstyle, Hamill dazzled at the 1976 Winter Olympics, winning gold and becoming one of America's most admired and iconic sports heroes of all time. Credited with inventing her signature spin transition, the "Hamill camel," the skater went on to win the 1976 World Championships before turning pro and powering the Ice Capades through its prime years. Known fondly as "America's Sweetheart" and the hero of millions of young girls, Hamill was a major influence on the skaters who followed in her blade-strokes, and she toplined a series of skating-themed programs, including "The Nutcracker: A Fantasy on Ice" (HBO, 1983) and "Romeo and Juliet on Ice" (CBS, 1983), for which she won a Daytime Emmy. A breast cancer survivor who made a cameo in the hit comedy "Blades of Glory" (2007), Hamill scored national headlines when she decided to compete on "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ). A beloved legend who did much to promote her sport, Dorothy Hamill exhibited enviable grace, charisma and athleticism both on and off the ice.

Born July 26, 1956 in Chicago, IL, Dorothy Stuart Hamill grew up fascinated with ice skating and began lessons as a child. Showing a talent and determination well beyond her years, the young Hamill began practicing at 4:30 a.m. before school, and on one notable occasion began the 10-mile journey to the practice rink on foot when her mother overslept. As her coaches recognized her world-class talent, Hamill's focus increasingly turned to skating, and her family moved several times to accommodate her training needs. Their support proved well founded when the 12-year-old won the junior-level U.S. Championships, and she ascended to the senior level less than three years later. With her signature pixie/wedge haircut, which was modeled after that of Julie Andrews in "The Sound of Music" (1965) and oversized glasses, to better aid her with skating compulsory figures, the young Hamill became a national favorite and won the senior-level U.S. Championships in 1974, 1975 and 1976. She benefited greatly from the coaching of the legendary Carlo Fassi, whose larger-than-life personality could prove an enormous boost to a rising skater, although Hamill chafed at some of his more controlling methods and attempted to oust him after he abandoned her shortly before the 1976 Olympics.

After taking second place in 1974 and 1975 at the World Championships, Hamill won the event in 1976 but she achieved superstardom and sports immortality for her victory in that same year's Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. Although she would be the last figure skater to win a gold medal without a triple jump in his or her arsenal, Hamill dominated the event that year, placing second in the compulsory figures and winning both the short and the long programs. As the highest-profile American skater of that cycle, the 19-year-old Hamill faced enormous pressure, but credited her family for helping her remain grounded, and even took a "Sound of Music" tour before her final skate, which she claimed was just the thing to help her relax and make the most of the once-in-a-lifetime experience. Sports fans around the world agreed with Hamill's gold-medal status, with the skater becoming an American heroine and her "America's Sweetheart" personality and style endearing her to millions, jump-starting a fad for Hamill-style haircuts and eyeglasses as well as additional merchandise and countless appearances. Although she turned pro after winning the 1976 World Championships, Hamill left her mark on the sport forever with her sterling reputation as well as her signature move: the "Hamill camel," which was a camel/sit-spin transition.

Enjoying an esteemed legacy as one of the most respected and popular American athletes of all time, Hamill joined the Ice Capades as its main attraction and decades later, in 1993, ended up buying the franchise. She also booked a slew of hosting and starring screen appearances tailored around her considerable charm and athletic ability, including "The Snow Queen: A Skating Ballet" (PBS, 1982), "The Nutcracker: A Fantasy on Ice" (HBO, 1983), "Cinderella Frozen in Time" (ABC, 1994) and "Romeo and Juliet on Ice" (CBS, 1983), for which she won a Daytime Emmy. She played one of the judges in the Will Ferrell/Jon Heder goofy valentine to the sport, "Blades of Glory" (2007) and made headlines the following year when she announced she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. An advocate for cancer detection and awareness as well as a vegetarian lifestyle, Hamill wrote two autobiographies, 1983's On and Off the Ice and 2007's A Skating Life: My Story. In 2013, fans were delighted when it was announced the beloved icon would be competing on "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ) as Tristan MacManus's partner.

By Jonathan Riggs

Relationships

Alexandra

Daughter
Born 1988; father, Kenneth Forsythe

Kenneth Forsythe

Husband
Married March 5, 1987 Divorced 1995

John MacColl

Husband
Married 2010

Dean Paul Martin Actor

Husband
Married Jan. 8, 1982 Divorced June 1984

Rex Smith Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated No longer together

Milestones

2013

Competed on 16th season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC) with professional partner Tristan MacManus

2011

Appeared in sport documentary "Rise"

2007

Made cameo in "Blades of Glory," starring Will Ferrell and Jon Heder

2007

Wrote second autobiography A Skating Life: My Story

2000

Inducted into World Figure Skating Hall of Fame

1994

Starred in "Cinderella...Frozen in Time"

1993

Tied with Mary Lou Retton as most popular athlete in America, according to Associated Press study

1991

Inducted into United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame

1983

Played Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet on Ice" (CBS)

1983

Published memoir On & Off The Ice

1982

Appeared in "The Snow Queen: A Skating Ballet" (PBS)

1977

Headlined Ice Capades tour

1977

Turned professional figure skater

1976

Won women's figure skating gold medal at Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria; also won World Championships

1976

Starred in "The Dorothy Hamill Special" (ABC)

1974

Won U.S. Championships three consecutive years

1968

Won U.S. Championships novice ladies' title at 12 years old

1965

Began figure skating at age eight; took once-a-week group lessons

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