Park Overall

Actor
Best remembered as LaVerne, the deadpan, unemotional nurse to Dr. Weston on the NBC sitcom "Empty Nest" (1988-95) Park Overall has made a virtue of her honey-dipped Southern drawl and astute comic timing. The daughter ... Read more »
Born: 03/14/1957 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Actor (40)

Slammed 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

In The Family 2011 (Movie)

Sally Hines (Actor)

Beer for My Horses 2008 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Reba 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Park Overall 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Empty Nest 1988 - 1995, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ladies Man 1988 - 1995, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurses 1988 - 1995, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Abilene 1999 (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

Fall in Love With a Stranger 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Hour 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Katie Joplin 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Sparkler 1999 (Movie)

Melba May (Actor)

The Critic 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Stars Fell on Henrietta 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

House of Cards 1993 (Movie)

Lillian Huber (Actor)

The Vanishing 1993 (Movie)

Lynn (Actor)

Undercover Blues 1993 (Movie)

Bonnie Newman (Actor)

The Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Kindergarten Cop 1990 (Movie)

Samantha's Mother (Actor)

Lost Angels 1989 (Movie)

Richard Doolan's Girlfriend (Actor)

Biloxi Blues 1988 (Movie)

Rowena (Actor)

Mississippi Burning 1988 (Movie)

Connie (Actor)

Talk Radio 1988 (Movie)

of Debbie/Agnes/Theresa (Voice)

Vibes 1988 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

Body Passion 1987 (Movie)

Marian (Actor)

The Line 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Fifteen and Pregnant (TV Show)

Actor

Inflammable (TV Show)

Actor

Precious Victims (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Old Boys (TV Show)

Actor

The Price of a Broken Heart (TV Show)

Actor

When Andrew Came Home (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Best remembered as LaVerne, the deadpan, unemotional nurse to Dr. Weston on the NBC sitcom "Empty Nest" (1988-95) Park Overall has made a virtue of her honey-dipped Southern drawl and astute comic timing. The daughter of a college professor, she spent part of her youth at British boarding schools, and then played around during much of her college life--at her mother's school--that it took her six years to earn a degree. Yet, when she was ready for a career, it all fell into place. Overall won a small part in the low-budget "Body Passion" (1983), then followed the cameraperson, Richard Schlaeger, back to New York where, after several hard years, she was cast to replace the original actress as Rowena, the sympathetic prostitute, in Neil Simon's Broadway comedy "Biloxi Blues". The next year, Overall was brought to Hollywood by NBC to star in the unsold pilot "The Line", then was tapped by Mike Nichols to reprise her stage role in the 1988 feature adaptation of "Biloxi Blues."

When they were casting "Empty Nest," NBC and Witt-Thomas-Harris Productions remembered Overall from the unsold pilot and signed her as the hyper-efficient nurse LaVerne. The sitcom role led to work in numerous TV-movies, notably as the lesbian lover of a serial killer in "Overkill: The Aileen Wournos Story" (CBS, 1992) and as Kirsten Dunst's mother in "Fifteen and Pregnant" (Lifetime, 1998). Overall also found the occasional big screen role in such films as "Kindergarten Cop" (1990) and "Undercover Blues" (1993).

Relationships

Jack Overall

Father

Frances Overall

Mother

Richard Schlaeger

Companion
spent many years together

EDUCATION

University of Tennessee

Knoxville , Tennessee
studied theater

Tusculum College

Greeneville , Tennessee 1981
spent six years in college

Milestones

1999

Headlined the independent film "Sparkler", offering a fine lead performance as a sweet-natured, somewhat naive woman whose life is changed by three teenaged boys

1998

Starred in the proposed midseason replacement sitcom "With Kate"; show pulled before it aired and later shown as a summer series in 1999 under the title "Katie Joplin"

1997

Played Kirsten Dunst's mother in the Lifetime TV-movie "Fifteen and Pregnant"

1992

Co-starred in "Overkill: The Aileen Wournos Story" (CBS)

1988

Had regular role of LaVerne on the NBC sitcom "Empty Nest"

1988

Reprised role of Rowena in Mike Nichols' feature "Biloxi Blues"

1987

Made unsold pilot, "The Line" (NBC)

1986

Made Broadway debut in Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues"; played a hooker named Rowena

1983

Feature acting debut, "Body Passion"

Provided the voice of Alice in the animated Fox series "The Critic"

Returned to series TV as co-star of the fall CBS sitcom "Ladies Man"

Bonus Trivia

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Overall was diagnosed as diabetic at age nine.

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"People used to hear my accent and assume I was stupid. But I'm proud of it." --Park Overall quoted in People, December 23, 1991

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"I was a wild child. I enjoyed men and pool very much." --Overall in People, December 23, 1991

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"Every country child has a dream. People think I can help them, but I can't even get the garbageman to stop coming at 7 a.m." --Park Overall

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