Julia Duffy

Actor
Petite, pretty blonde leading actress and character comedienne of network television who, after a modest start in theater, soap operas and feature films ("Cutter's Way" 1981, "Wacko" 1983), played up her role of the ... Read more »
Born: 06/27/1951 in St Paul, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Actor (44)

Together Again for the First Time 2015 (Movie)

Audrey Wolders Frobisher (Actor)

Camp X-Ray 2014 (Movie)

Cole's Mother (Actor)

Key & Peele 2014 (Tv Show)

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7 Things to Do Before I'm 30 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Be My Baby 2005 (Movie)

Doris (Actor)

Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd 2003 (Movie)

Jessica's Mom (Actor)

Intolerable Cruelty 2003 (Movie)

Sarah Sorkin (Actor)

Men, Women & Dogs 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Reba 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Bob Newhart: The Last Sane Man 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Twice in a Lifetime 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

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TNN Sofa Cinema 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Love Boat: The Next Wave 1991 - 1994, 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1999 (Tv Show)

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Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

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George & Leo 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Grace Under Fire 1991 - 1994, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Social Studies 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Mommies 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Sex, Shock and Censorship in the 90's 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Mommies 1991 - 1994 (Tv Show)

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Baby Talk 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Designing Women 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

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The 24th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Newhart 1982 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Blue and the Gray 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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The Doctors 1962 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Wacko 1983 (Movie)

Mary Graves (Actor)

Wizards and Warriors 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Cutter's Way 1981 (Movie)

Young Girl (Actor)

Irene 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Love of Life 1951 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Battle Beyond the Stars 1979 (Movie)

Mol (Actor)

Children in the Crossfire (TV Show)

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Kidz in the Wood (TV Show)

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Maybe Baby (TV Show)

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Menu For Murder (TV Show)

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On Strike For Christmas (TV Show)

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The Cover Girl and the Cop (TV Show)

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Biography

Petite, pretty blonde leading actress and character comedienne of network television who, after a modest start in theater, soap operas and feature films ("Cutter's Way" 1981, "Wacko" 1983), played up her role of the snooty, self-centered, sickeningly cutesey yuppie Stephanie to considerable acclaim opposite Peter Scolari on the popular sitcom, "Newhart". After that show ended its run, Duffy replaced first choice Connie Sellecca as the lead of "Baby Talk", a comedy series inspired by the success of the feature film, "Look Who's Talking" (1989). Production, however, encountered problems and Duffy, unhappy with her role and the series, left to join the cast of the popular CBS sitcom, "Designing Women", where her flair for comic bitchiness, made harder and less coy this time around, was unsuccessfully tried for one season as a substitute for the milder brand the departing Delta Burke has previously displayed. The actress was well-cast as the annoyingly perfect neighbor Barb Ballantine in the sit-com "The Mommies" (NBC, 1993-1995), and she essayed a similar recurring role on "Grace Under Fire" (ABC, 1993-1998). She would make frequent TV guest appearances during the late 1990s and early 2000s, most notably in a recurring role as high school principal Mrs. Hodge on Reba McEntire's popular WB sit-com "Reba" beginning in 2001. The year 2003 saw Duffy, still shockingly youthful-looking, take on her first big screen roles in some time, appearing in the forgettable prequel "Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd" and, to better effect, as one of Catherine Zeta-Jones' ultra-rich divorcee gal pals in the Coen brothers' "Intolerable Cruelty."

Relationships

Joseph Hinds

Father

Mary Katherine Hinds

Mother

Jerry Lacy

Husband
married June 21, 1984 portrayed several characters on the 1960s cult horror soap "Dark Shadows", notably the conniving Reverend Trask

Kerri Lacy

Daughter
born c. 1986

Danny Lacy

Son
born c. 1989

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York 1972

Milestones

1997

Returned to series TV in the short-lived UPN sitcom "Social Studies"

1983

Portrayed Princess Ariel Baaldorf on the short-lived CBS fantasy adventure semi-spoof, "Wizards and Warriors"

1980

Played first notable feature film role in "Battle Beyond the Stars"

1978

Moved to Los Angeles

1978

Made Broadway debut in "Once in a Lifetime"

1973

Played Penny Davis on NBC's daytime serial "The Doctors"

1968

Made professional acting debut onstage in "The Girl in the Freudian Slip"

Began taking drama lessons at age 10

Played Stephanie Vanderkellen on the long-running CBS sitcom, "Newhart"

Portrayed Gerry Brayley for six months on the CBS daytime drama, "Love of Life"

Essayed leading role of Maggie Campbell for the first season of "Baby Talk"; replaced by Mary Page Keller for second season

Joined the cast of popular CBS sitcom, "Designing Women", as Allison Sugarbaker; left the show after one season

Bonus Trivia

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Duffy's other stage work includes roles in the Broadway production of "The Enchanted" (1973) and in regional theater productions of "Never Too Late" (1977), "Curse of the Starving Class" (1978), "The Three Sisters" (1979), "Barefoot in the Park" (1980), and "The Taming of the Shrew" (1981). Her other television work includes the miniseries, "The Blue and the Gray" (1982), and such movies as "Children in the Crossfire" (1984), "Maybe Baby" (1988), "The Cover Girl and the Cop" (1989) and "Murder at the PTA Luncheon" (1990).

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For her work on "Newhart", Duffy earned seven Emmy Award nominations, three Viewers for Quality Television Awards, four American Comedy Award nominations and one Golden Globe nomination.

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