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Ford at the Emmy Awards, September 1994
September 14, 1964
Alexandria, Louisiana, U.S.
Ford was born as Alexis Ford in Alexandria, Louisiana, the younger daughter of Pat, a schoolteacher, and Charles Ford, an insurance agent. Ford lived in nearby Pineville and began acting while attending Pineville High School. She moved to Manhattan at the age of 17 and began to model and find commercial work.
In 1983, Ford gained her first television role on ABC's One Life to Live; her first major role was on the NBC soap opera Another World, where she played Julia Shearer (a role previously played by Kyra Sedgwick) for several years.
Ford was let go by the producers and soon moved to Hollywood, where she gained a regular role on the short-lived sitcom, The Popcorn Kid, a five-episode appearance on thirtysomething and later her role on Murphy Brown. After a ten-year run, the series ended, and Ford immediately pursued other TV endeavors. In 1998, she executive produced her own short-lived sitcom Maggie Winters. Ford also appeared on The Norm Show with Norm Macdonald, Laurie Metcalf and Artie Lange from 1999 to 2001. She also began to focus on additional TV movies at this time.
Ford was married to Robert Nottingham from 1989 until 1996 and has been married to personal trainer/screenwriter Campion Murphy since 1998. Ford's sister, Devon O'Day, hosts country radio programs, owns a media company, and is an author. Ford and Murphy co-produced an original short film, entitled Citation of Merit, which appeared in numerous film festivals across the U.S.
Ford starred with Kelly Ripa in Hope & Faith as Hope Shanowski, a homemaker who lives a peaceful life until her sister, an actress and Hollywood star, moves to live with her and complicates her life in a variety of wild and surreal situations, where she managed a catering business; the sitcom lasted three seasons. The show was pulled from the ABC lineup in May 2006 after a decline in ratings following a switch from Fridays to Tuesdays.
In 2004, she published her own cookbook, Cooking with Faith, and credited her mother and two grandmothers for having taught her how to cook. Ford played the mother of a family whose husband had died in Disney's film The Pacifier, which was released in early 2005. In 2007, she appeared in the sitcom, Carpoolers.
At the moment, she currently hosts and stars in Mind Body Balance, a web series on MSN. In June 2009, she spoke about her series and the future of digital programming at the Digital Content NewFront.
|1987||You Talkin' to Me?||Dana Archer|
|1993||For Goodness Sake||Short film|
|1998||Sometimes They Come Back... for More||Dr. Jennifer Wells||Video|
|2003||Beethoven's 5th||Julie Dempsey||Video|
|2005||Pacifier, TheThe Pacifier||Julie Plummer|
|2011||Sorority Wars||Kitty Prescott|
|2011||Escapee||Det. Alison Jensen|
|1983||One Life to Live||Muffy Critchlow||TV series|
|1983||Another World||Julia Shearer||1 episode|
|1984||Another World||Julia Shearer||1 episode|
|1985||Hardcastle and McCormick||Tina Cutler||Episode: "The Career Breaker"|
|1986||Webster||Terry Berman||Episode: "Almost Home"|
|1986||Scarecrow and Mrs. King||Tina Cutler||Episode: "All the World's a Stage"|
|1986||Cagney & Lacey||Karen Price||Episode: "Rites of Passage"|
|1987||The Popcorn Kid||Lynn Holly Brickhouse||6 episodes|
|1987||If It's Tuesday, It Still
Must Be Belgium
|Kalin Brewster||TV movie|
|1988-1998||Murphy Brown||Corky Sherwood||121 episodes
Nominated—American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1990, 1996)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1991-1992)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1989-1992, 1994)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
|1990||Murder, She Wrote||Sunny Albertson||Episode: "Good-Bye Charlie"|
|1993||Poisoned by Love:
The Kern County Murders
|Joyce Catlin||TV movie|
|1993||Hidden Room, TheThe Hidden Room||Iris / Ruth||Episode: "The Third Option"|
|1996||Weekend in the Country, AA Weekend in the Country||Susan Kaye||TV movie|
|1996||Her Desperate Choice||Jody Murdock||TV movie|
|1996||Night Visitors||Kelly Wells||TV movie|
|1998-1999||Maggie Winters||Maggie Winters||16 episodes|
|1999-2001||Norm Show, TheThe Norm Show||Shelly Kilmartin||32 episodes|
|2000||Family Guy||Various||2 episodes|
|2002||Mom's on Strike||Pam Harris||TV movie|
|2003-2006||Hope & Faith||Hope Shanowski||74 episodes|
|2007-2008||Carpoolers||Leila Brooker||13 episodes|
|2008||Criminal Minds||Vanessa Hill||Episode: "Normal"|
|2008||Kiss at Midnight, AA Kiss at Midnight||Susan Flowers||TV movie|
|2009||Fish Tank, TheThe Fish Tank||Ann||TV movie|
|2009||My Name Is Earl||Rachel McGann||Episode: "Got the Babysitter Pregnant"|
|2009||Sorority Wars||Summer||TV movie|
|2011||Field of Vision||Jody McFarland||TV movie|
|2011||Trading Christmas||Emily||TV movie|
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Emmy Awards 1989 (Murphy Brown)
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Emmy Awards 1990 (Murphy Brown)
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Emmy Awards 1991 (Murphy Brown)
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV - Golden Globe Awards 1991 (Murphy Brown)
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Emmy Awards 1992 (Murphy Brown)
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV - Golden Globe Awards 1992 (Murphy Brown)
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Emmy Awards 1994 (Murphy Brown)
- Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series - American Comedy Awards 1996 (Murphy Brown)
- Favorite Star of a New Series - TV Guide Awards 1999 (Maggie Winters)
- Broadcaster(s) of the Year - TV Land Awards 2008 (Murphy Brown)
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