Jessica Lundy

Actor, Comedian, Singer
Although she gained the spotlight as the brassy, cynical hairdresser Gloria in the NBC series "Hope & Gloria," Jessica Lundy, in real life, was more like the Hope character, optimistic and a bit shy--although without ... Read more »
Born: 03/20/1966 in San Diego, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (47)

Hello Ladies 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Major Crimes 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Two and a Half Men 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Castle 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Criminal Minds 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

90210 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Men of a Certain Age 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Numb3rs 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

'Til Death 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

3 Days Gone 2007 (Movie)

Detective Kelsey (Actor)

Medium 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pushing Daisies 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saving Grace 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Game 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Century City 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Missing 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Monk 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boomtown 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

What I Like About You 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Some of My Best Friends 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Bad Guy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Wasteland 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Dharma & Greg 1994 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Doogie Howser, M.D. 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

It's Like, You Know... 1994 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cupid 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Denial 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Just A Little Harmless Sex 1999 (Movie)

Terrianne (Actor)

Party of Five 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rocketman 1997 (Movie)

Julie Ford (Actor)

Hope & Gloria 1994 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Stupids 1996 (Movie)

Joan Stupid (Actor)

I Love Trouble 1994 (Movie)

1st Flight Attendant (Actor)

The Last Shot 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Half 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Baby Talk 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Seinfeld 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Single White Female 1992 (Movie)

Talkative Applicant (Actor)

The Carol Burnett Show 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Over My Dead Body 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Chess 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Madhouse 1990 (Movie)

Bernice (Actor)

Vampire's Kiss 1989 (Movie)

Sharon (Actor)

Bright Lights, Big City 1988 (Movie)

Theresa (Actor)

Caddyshack II 1988 (Movie)

Kate Hartounian (Actor)

Biography

Although she gained the spotlight as the brassy, cynical hairdresser Gloria in the NBC series "Hope & Gloria," Jessica Lundy, in real life, was more like the Hope character, optimistic and a bit shy--although without the perkiness. Entertaining classmates in elementary school and her grandmother at home from the time she was eight, Lundy knew she wanted a career as a performer when she entered New York University. She teamed with classmate Alec Mapa to form a cabaret duo, and both were cast in small roles in the film "Bright Light, Big City" as a result. Lundy experienced her first on-screen kiss: with actress Kelly Preston in a bathroom as star Michael J Fox watched. Lundy's bigger film break came in 1988, when she was cast as Jackie Mason's nouveau riche daughter, Kate Hartounian, in the low comedy "Caddyshack II". She was also able to kiss a man on screen for the first time; Jonathan Silverman was the guy who won her heart.

Heading for Los Angeles in 1990, Lundy snagged the role of an obituary writer who teams with a detective to solve crimes in CBS' "Over My Dead Body" (1990-91). The series, which also starred Edward Woodward, was short-lived, but Lundy bounced back to co-star in the ABC series "Baby Talk " (1991-92) and as a member of the ensemble cast in CBS' "The Carol Burnett Show" (1991) revival. Both shows failed, as did "The Second Half" (NBC, 1993). But the network liked Lundy, and gave her one of the title roles in "Hope & Gloria", a midseason 1995 entry. Cast opposite Cynthia Stevenson's Hope, the ever optimistic associate producer of a local Pittsburgh TV talk show, Lundy was Gloria, twice married and divorced to the same man, who saw life with a sense of realism. The chemistry between the two women worked as audiences liked to see the two female buddies alternating between arguing, supporting each other, and crying on each other's shoulders. Some critics compared the effort to "Kate & Allie", or even the rapport between Mary and Rhoda on the older "Mary Tyler Moore Show". As a result of her work in "Hope & Gloria", Lundy was cast as Tom Arnold's wife in the feature comedy "The Stupids" (1996).

Relationships

Jean Lundy

Mother

Joel Lundy

Father

Judy Lundy

Sister
born in 1972

Julie Lundy

Sister
born in August 1958

EDUCATION

Tisch Shcool for the Arts, New York University

New York , New York 1987

Circle in the Square Professional Theatre School

New York , New York

Milestones

1999

Appeared in the ensemble of "Just a Little Harmless Sex"

1997

Acted opposite Harland Williams in "Rocket Man"

1996

Played Tome Arnold's spouse in the feature comedy "The Stupids"

1994

Co-starred in the Off-Broadway revival of "Uncommon Women and Others"

1993

Appeared in the short-lived sitcom "The Second Half" (NBC)

1992

Cast by Barbet Shroeder in "Single White Female"

1991

Cast as ensemble member of the short-lived CBS variety show "The Carol Burnett Show"

1991

Appeared in ABC sitcom "Baby Talk"

1990

TV series debut opposite Edward Woodward in short-lived CBS' mystery "Over My Dead Body"

1988

Made feature film debut in "Bright Lights, Big City"

1988

First sizable feature film role as Jackie Mason's daughter in "Caddyshack II"

1986

Partnered with NYU classmate Alec Mapa in cabaret act; performed at such Manhattan nightclubs as The Duplex and Don't Tell Mama; won Bistro Award

Born in San Diego, California

Raised in Avon, Connecticut

Starred as Gloria in the NBC sitcom "Hope & Gloria"

Bonus Trivia

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Alec Mapa, Lundy's cabaret partner while both were attending NYU in 1986-87, went on to star in several major productions of "M. Butterfly"

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When told by co-star Edward Woodward that "Over My Dead Body" was cancelled by CBS, Lundy said she "cried so hard every bit of make-up was running down my face. Now I demand that people give me bad news only before I put my mascara on." --- PEOPLE 8/14/95

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"We get along frighteningly well," Lundy said of her "Hope & Gloria" co-star Cynthia Stevenson. "I'll know I've finally made it when the tabloids say Cynthia and I are feuding, and I scratched her eyes out." -- PEOPLE 8/14/95

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