Joanna Kerns

Actor, Producer, Screenwriter
This tall, blonde actress went from being the journalist mother on the ABC sitcom "Growing Pains" to becoming one of the queens of TV-movies in the 1990s. Joanna Kerns began her career as a dancer and gymnast and turned ... Read more »
Born: 02/12/1953 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (76)

Eagleheart 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Knocked Up 2007 (Movie)

Alison's Mom (Actor)

Hope & Gloria 1994 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Less Than Perfect 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mommies 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Tracey Gold 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

All Over the Guy 2001 (Movie)

Lydia (Actor)

Growing Pains: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

I Am My Mother's Daughter 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Joanna Kerns 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Girl, Interrupted 1999 (Movie)

Annette (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Victoria Principal 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Closer 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Aliens in the Family 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

Robin Cook's Mortal Fear 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Shameful Secrets 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mommies 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Captive 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

An American Summer 1991 (Movie)

Aunt Sunny (Actor)

Fantasies 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Starathon '91 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tube Test 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Faith 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Starathon '90 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

Sea World's Miracle Babies & Friends 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Street Justice 1989 (Movie)

Katharine Watson (Actor)

The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

The National Love and Sex Test 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Like Mother, Like Daughter 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Mistress 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Star-Spangled Celebration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Cross My Heart 1987 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

Lifetime Salutes Mom 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Regis Philbin Show 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rape of Richard Beck 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Four Seasons 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

V 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

A Wedding on Waltons Mountain 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Mother's Day on Waltons Mountain 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlie's Angels 1976 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Coma 1978 (Movie)

Diane (Actor)

A Bunny's Tale (TV Show)

Actor

At the Mercy of a Stranger (TV Show)

Actor

CHiPs (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Intentions... Again? (TV Show)

Actor

Emma's Wish (TV Show)

Actor

Growing Pains (TV Show)

Actor

Hunter (TV Show)

Actor

Marriage Is Alive and Well (TV Show)

Actor

Mother Knows Best (TV Show)

Actor

No One Could Protect Her (TV Show)

Actor

Not in My Family (TV Show)

Actor

See Jane Run (TV Show)

Actor

Sisters and Other Strangers (TV Show)

Actor

Stormin' Home (TV Show)

Actor

Terror in the Family (TV Show)

Actor

The Growing Pains Movie (TV Show)

Actor

The Man With Three Wives (TV Show)

Actor

The Nightman (TV Show)

Actor

The Preppie Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Those She Left Behind (TV Show)

Actor

Whose Daughter Is She? (TV Show)

Actor
Director (37)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Jane the Virgin 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Pretty Little Liars 2012 - 2014, 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Recovery Road 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Awkward. 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Chasing Life 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Nashville 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Switched at Birth 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

The Fosters 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

The Lying Game 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Army Wives 2010, 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Gigantic 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Samantha Who? 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Grey's Anatomy 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Private Practice 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Medium 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

ER 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Scrubs 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Ally McBeal 1994 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Boston Public 1994 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Clueless 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Dr. Vegas 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Joan of Arcadia 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Judging Amy 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Love Boat: The Next Wave 1994 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Phil of the Future 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Suddenly Susan 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

The Ghost Whisperer 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Titans 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

The Division 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Strong Medicine 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Dawson's Creek 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

That's Life 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Beggars and Choosers 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Felicity 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Any Day Now 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

This tall, blonde actress went from being the journalist mother on the ABC sitcom "Growing Pains" to becoming one of the queens of TV-movies in the 1990s. Joanna Kerns began her career as a dancer and gymnast and turned to acting after realizing that a chorine's career is short and if she wanted to be in show business, she had better learn how to act. As such, Kerns, then billed as Joanna de Varona danced in "Clown Around," a show which closed before reaching Broadway, and at Disneyland, before being cast in the touring company of John Guare's musicalization of Shakespeare's "Two Gentlemen of Verona." Kerns then moved to New York where she studied acting with Lee Strasberg and was cast in several small parts in the Broadway production of "Ulysses in Nighttown" (1974). She also was successful in TV commercials--at one point she had an extraordinary 18 national spots running simultaneously. But although Kerns would later direct an L.A. stage production of "What Every Woman Knows" (1989), her New York period of study was just a preamble to her career in TV, and to a lesser extent, in films

Relationships

Father

Mother

Sibling
has another Kerns is the third of four children

David de Varona

Brother

Marc Appleton

Companion
dating since February 1991, announced engagement in 1995

Richard Kerns

Husband
married c. 1977 divorced 1985

Ashley Kerns

Daughter
born 1978 father Richard Kerns

Donna Varona

Sister
won two gold medals in swimming at the 1964 summer Olympics

EDUCATION

studied acting with Lee Strasberg, Peggy Feury, Jeff Corey and David Craig

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Milestones

2001

Cast as the alcoholic WASP mother of a gay man (Richard Ruccolo) in "All Over the Guy"

1999

Played Winona Ryder's mother in "Girl, Interrupted"

1996

Starred in TV-movie, "No One Could Protect Her"

1990

Starred in miniseries, "The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake"

1989

Wrote episode of "Growing Pains" entitled "Gues Who's Coming to Dinner?"

1989

Directed "What Every Woman Knows" at the Coast Ensemble Theatre in L.A.

1987

Had featured role in short film "Love Struck"; film earned Oscar nomination as Best Short Subject (Live Action)

1985

Cast as journalist Maggie Seaver on the long-running ABC sitcom "Growing Pains"

1984

Debut as series regular playing stuntwoman Pat Devon on the CBS sitcom "The Four Seasons"

1978

Film debut, "Coma" (billed as Joanna Kerns)

1976

TV-movie debut, "The Million Dollar Rip-Off" (NBC)

1974

Broadway debut, "Ulysses in Nightown" (billed as Joanna de Varona)

1973

Toured US and Canada in company of "Two Gentlemen of Verona" (billed as Joanna de Varona)

1966

At age 13, moved to Fresno to pursue gymnastics

Began performing at Disneyland

Appeared as guest on numerous TV shows

Won role in "Clown Around", a Broadway-bound musical; show closed in San Francisco

Raised in Santa Clara, California

Moved to L.A.; began to be cast in TV commercials

Directed episodes of "Beggars and Choosers" (Showtime)

Turned to dancing when a knee injury fored her to abandon gymnastics

Tried out for 1968 Olympic gymnastics team; placed 14th out of a field of 28

Directed episodes of the UPN sitcom "Clueless"

Cast in touring company of "My Fair Lady"

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