|Born||Deborah Iona Raffin
March 13, 1953
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||November 21, 2012
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Michael Viner (1974-2005; divorced; 1 child)|
Deborah Iona Raffin (March 13, 1953 – November 21, 2012) was an American film and television actress, who later became an audiobook publisher.
Raffin appeared in several 1970s Hollywood films. She co-starred with Joseph Bottoms in the Gregory Peck produced film The Dove (1974). Her 1976 television movie Nightmare in Badham County became a theatrical hit in mainland China, making Raffin a star there, and leading to her later becoming the first Western actress ever to make a movie promotion tour in that country. She was nominated for both a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama and a Razzie Award for Worst Actress for her performance in Touched by Love in 1981. That same year, she starred in the TV series adaptation of the hit 1978 film Foul Play, in which she and Barry Bostwick took over the roles played by Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase, respectively.
In 1988, she starred in James Clavell's Noble House with Pierce Brosnan. In 1991, she appeared as Julie Vale, a telepath, in the cult film Scanners II: The New Order. She later appeared as Julie Camden Hastings on the television show 7th Heaven, and as Dr. Hightower in the ABC Family teenager series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
Raffin was born in Los Angeles, California, to Trudy Marshall, a Brooklyn-born former movie actress, and Phillip Jordan Raffin, a restaurateur and business executive. Her father was Jewish and her mother was from a Christian background; Raffin identified with Judaism.
- 40 Carats (1973) as Trina Stanley
- The Dove (1974) as Patti Ratteree
- Once Is Not Enough (1975) as January Wayne
- God Told Me To (1976) as Casey Forster
- Nightmare in Badham County (1976, TV movie)
- The Sentinel (1977) as Jennifer
- Touched by Love (1980) as Lena Canada
- Dance of the Dwarfs (1983) as Dr. Evelyn Howard
- Claudia (1985) as Claudia
- Lace II (1985) (miniseries) as Judy Hale
- Death Wish 3 (1985) as Kathryn Davis
- Grizzly II: The Concert (1987) as Samantha Owens
- Noble House (TV miniseries, 1988) as Casey (lead female)
- Night of the Fox (1990) as Sarah Drayton
- Morning Glory (film) (1993) as Elly Dinsmore (also co-writer of screenplay)
- Sue Reilly, "As for Marriage, Deborah Raffin & Michael Viner Say Once Is Quite Enough" People, October 1, 1979.
- "People: Nov. 8, 1982", TIME, November 8, 1982.
- Mark of the Gorilla
- "Michael Viner and Deborah Raffin; Selling Books to a Generation That Won't Sit Still", New York Times
- Elaine Woo, "Michael Viner dies at 65; tabloid book publisher", Los Angeles Times, August 13, 2009.
- Elaine Woo, "Deborah Raffin dies at 59; actress was also a force in audio books", Los Angeles Times, November 21, 2012.
||This article uses bare URLs for citations, which may be threatened by link rot. (April 2014)|
- Deborah Raffin at the Internet Movie Database
- Deborah Raffin at Library of Congress Authorities, with 5 catalog records