Cathy Lee Crosby
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|Cathy Lee Crosby|
Crosby in 1984
December 2, 1944 |
Los Angeles, California
Born in Los Angeles, California, Crosby is the daughter of announcer Lou Crosby and actress Linda Hayes (not the jazz and RB singer from NJ). Crosby was, at one time, a professional tennis player who claimed to be ranked as high as #7 in singles in international tennis competition and #4 in doubles.
Cathy Lee graduated cum laude from University of Southern California in pre-med. Additionally, her many accomplishments include: a singer/dancer who entertained the troops in Lebanon with Bob Hope; an actress who has appeared in over 60 feature films, TV films and miniseries; the star of three Off-Broadway plays; an award-winning playwright for the first theatrical adaptation of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They; an inspirational teacher of at-risk youth behind prison walls; a member of the Board of Directors of the Congressional Awards confirmed by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States; a Special Ambassador to Children for the United Nations and author of the book published by Simon & Schuster entitled, Let the Magic Begin. Her book received rave reviews from such notables as Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Reba McEntire, Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist), Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul), Dan Millman (Way of the Peaceful Warrior) and Larry King.
In 1974, she starred as Wonder Woman in a made-for-TV movie of the comic book (a year before Lynda Carter would popularize the role in a weekly series). Although the telefilm was a ratings success, producers decided to retool the product to more closely resemble the comic book version, resulting in Carter playing the role. Crosby's incarnation of Wonder Woman makes a one-panel cameo in the comic book Infinite Crisis #6 as part of an alternate Earth.
Crosby was a co-host of the TV series That's Incredible! from 1980 to 1984 on ABC, which remains in world-wide syndication. When the show first aired, she was sent a memo, what she's come to refer to as "the nipple memo", by the executives at ABC, informing her that it would be "acceptable" if she went braless during her appearances on the show. She declined, tossing off her own memo saying, "I would prefer to choose my own underwear."
Her sister is model/actress Cindi Crosby, who played Sandra on the "Peter and the Wolf" episode, season 5, of The Brady Bunch.
She was in a relationship with football star Joe Theismann throughout the early 1980s. They split up in 1991. According to her autobiography, Let the Magic Begin, when Theismann sued for half of her assets, Crosby declared bankruptcy to stop his litigation. She married a scientist who worked at Pasadena JPL on October 31, 1977.
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- Lewis, Dan (17 Mar 1974). "She Played Wonder Woman". Lakeland Ledger. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
- Cathy Lee's Resume
- "Hope's on the road again to U.S. troops in Lebanon". The Montreal Gazette. 21 Dec 1983. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
- "Crosby, ex-friend file cross lawsuits". The Press-Courier. 2 Feb 1991. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
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