March 26, 1979 |
Lansing, Michigan, USA
Heidi Zeigler (born March 26, 1979) is a former child actress from the United States. Zeigler's most notable roles were in the television series Rags to Riches (1986–1988) and Just the Ten of Us (1988–1990).
Life and career
Beginning her career at age three, she appeared in approximately 20–30 national commercials (for products including Barbie, Kraft Cheese, Kool-Aid, Cheerios, McDonald's, and Clorox) before being cast at age four as a series regular in TV's Mr. Mom (starring Barry Van Dyke). Mr. Mom did not survive past its pilot episode. At five, Zeigler landed roles in two television movies, Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (starring Jeff Goldblum and Cloris Leachman) and California Girls (starring Robbie Benson, Ernie Hudson, Doris Roberts and Zsa Zsa Gabor).
Perhaps Zeigler's most publicly acclaimed work was her role in NBC's Rags to Riches. Set in the 1960s, Rags to Riches was a one-hour comedy-drama-musical which has recently (2011) been compared[by whom?] to TV's Glee, as both programs share similarities in genre. Zeigler played the role of "Mickey Foley" in Rags to Riches. Her character was the youngest of a group of six orphan girls who were adopted by a wealthy businessman (Joseph Bologna). Among her co-stars were Tisha Campbell-Martin, Kimiko Gelman, and Heather McAdam.
She won the 1987 Young Artist Award under the category of "Best Child Actress Under Age Ten", and was nominated for two Young Artist Awards (1988, 1990) for her work on Just the Ten of Us.
Shortly after the cancellation of "Rags to Riches" in 1988, Zeigler, then in high demand as an award-winning child actress, landed the role of "Sherry Lubbock" on ABC's Just the Ten of Us, which was a spin-off of ABC's Growing Pains. Zeigler appeared on two episodes of Growing Pains before commencing production on Just the Ten of Us. The show lasted for over three seasons before its cancellation in 1990.
Following production of the last episode of Just the Ten of Us in 1990, Zeigler made several guest appearances on various television shows before she was cast in her first feature film, There Goes the Neighborhood (Paramount Pictures, 1992). Playing the part of "Swan Babitt", she was a supporting actress as a member of the film's all-star cast (Jeff Daniels, Catherine O'Hara, Héctor Elizondo, Chazz Palminteri, Rhea Perlman, Dabney Coleman).
Just months after the production concluded, Zeigler was cast as a series regular on FOX Television's Drexell's Class (starring Dabney Coleman). Playing the role of "Nicole Finnigan", an elementary school student in "Mr. Drexell's" class, Zeigler's co-stars also included Jason Biggs, Matthew Lawrence, Brittany Murphy, and A. J. Langer.
Heidi Zeigler declared her desire to retire after Drexell's Class was cancelled in 1992, citing her desire to attend public school.
|1984||Mr. Mom||Kate||TV series pilot|
|1984||Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter||Elizabeth Kovacs #1||TV movie|
|1985||California Girls||Betty||TV movie|
|1986||Amazing Stories||Deena||TV series; 1 episode|
|1986||Rags to Riches||Mickey Foley||TV movie; series pilot|
|1987||Alf Loves a Mystery||Jo Hardy||TV movie|
|1987–1988||Rags to Riches||Mickey Foley||TV series; 23 episodes|
|1988||Growing Pains||Sherry Lubbock||TV series; 2 episodes|
|1988–1990||Just the Ten of Us||Sherry Lubbock||TV series; 47 episodes|
|1991–1992||Drexell's Class||Nicole Finnigan||TV series; 14 episodes|
|1992||There Goes the Neighborhood||Swan Babitt||Alternative title: Paydirt|
Awards and nominations
|1988||Young Artist Award||Won||Best Young Actress Under Ten Years of Age in Television or Motion Pictures||Rags to Riches|
|1989||Nominated||Best Young Actor/Actress Ensemble in a Television Comedy, Drama Series or Special||Just the Ten of Us (shared with Heather Langenkamp, Jamie Luner, Brooke Theiss, Matt Shakman and JoAnn Willette)|
|1990||Nominated||Best Young Actress Supporting Role in a Television Series||Just the Ten of Us|
- People Magazine, March 1993