Joely Fisher

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Joely Fisher
Fisher, Joely (2007).jpg
in 2007
Born (1967-10-29) October 29, 1967 (age 46)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Beverly Hills High School
Alma mater University of Paris
Emerson College
Occupation Actress
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Christopher Duddy (m. 1996)
Children 3
Parents Eddie Fisher
Connie Stevens
Relatives Tricia Leigh Fisher (sister)
Carrie Fisher (half sister)
Todd Fisher (half brother)

Joely Fisher (born October 29, 1967) is an American actress best known for her work on television as Paige Clark on Ellen as well as Joy Stark in the Fox sitcom 'Til Death, and most recently as a guest judge on RuPaul's Drag U, and also on stage and in films.

Background[edit]

Fisher was born in Burbank, California,[1] the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Connie Stevens. Her younger sister is actress Tricia Leigh Fisher. She has a half sister, actress Carrie Fisher, and a half-brother, Todd Fisher, from her father's previous marriage to actress Debbie Reynolds. Her parents divorced when she was age two, and she was raised by her mother.

Fisher began performing on stage in her mother's Las Vegas act at age seven. She and Tricia toured the world with Stevens, attending many different schools and having tutors. They then attended Beverly Hills High School. Fisher went to the University of Paris for one semester. While on her way there, she stopped off in New York and dropped in unannounced on her father, reestablishing relations with him.[citation needed] She then attended Emerson College, but left before graduating to begin an acting career.

She was named Miss Golden Globe at the 1992 Golden Globe Awards.

Career[edit]

Her first movie role was Averil in the comedy Pretty Smart (1986), which starred her sister, Tricia. Joely then played Kris in TV's Schoolbreak Special drama Dedicated to the One I Love (1991) opposite Danielle Ferland. Next came the feature I'll Do Anything (1994) starring Nick Nolte, which helped her career as bigger roles followed.

She had a variety of guest roles on shows such as Growing Pains, Blossom, Caroline in the City, The Outer Limits, Grace Under Fire and Coach.

In 1994, she landed her most prominent role when she was cast as Paige Clark on the sitcom Ellen. She played the role until the series ended in 1998. That same year she earned a Golden Globe Award nomination.

She followed Ellen with the role of Dr. Brenda Bradford in the feature movie Inspector Gadget (1999) opposite Matthew Broderick.

Fisher's Broadway debut was as a replacement in the revival of Grease (1994). She was also a replacement in the revival of Cabaret (1998).

From 2003 until 2005, she starred in the Lifetime network's drama series Wild Card as insurance investigator Zoe Busiek. After that, she had a recurring role as Lynette's boss Nina on Desperate Housewives.

Fisher in May 2014

From 2006 until 2010, Fisher starred opposite actor Brad Garrett as Joy Stark in the Fox TV sitcom 'Til Death.

Personal life[edit]

Fisher married cinematographer Christopher Duddy on December 31, 1996. They have three daughters, Skylar Grace (born June 14, 2001), True Harlow (born February 2, 2006), and Olivia Luna (adopted September 2008). She is also stepmother to Duddy's two sons, Cameron and Collin.[2] The family lives in Los Angeles next to Fisher's sister Tricia, with whom she is very close.[3]

In late 2008, she became an Artist Ambassador for Save the Children. She traveled to Xai-Xai, Mozambique, to visit with children that are part of the child sponsorship programs.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1987 Pretty Smart Averil
1994 I'll Do Anything Female D Person
1994 Mask, TheThe Mask Maggie
1994 Mixed Nuts Susan
1997 Family Plan Lauren Osborne Uncredited
1999 Inspector Gadget Brenda Bradford / Robobrenda
2000 Nostradamus Lucy Hudson
2005 Slingshot Emma
2007 Cougar Club Lulu
2007 Murdering Mama's Boy Claire Short film
2009 You Kimberly
2014 Fatal Acquittal Cassidy Miller
2014 Killing Winston Jones Devon
Television
Year TV Show Role Notes
1988 Something Is Out There Leanne Healy Episode: "The Keeper"
1989 Starting from Scratch Sylvia Episode: "Kate Leaves Home"
1990 Mulberry Street Rosalie TV movie
1990 Growing Pains Sally Garner Episode: "Future Shock"
Episode: "The World According to Chrissy"
1991 Blossom Bambi Episode: "Tough Love"
1991 CBS Schoolbreak Special Kris Stone Episode: "Dedicated to the One I Love"
1993 Golden Palace, TheThe Golden Palace Paula Webb Episode: "Runaways"
1994 ABC Weekend Specials (voice) Episode: "The Magic Flute"
1994 Companion, TheThe Companion Stacy TV movie
1994–98 Ellen Paige Clark 96 episodes
1996 Caroline in the City Jill Episode: "Caroline and the Ex-Wife"
1996 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Amy Episode: "Out of Body"
1996 Superman: The Animated Series Lana Lang (voice) Episode: "My Girl"
1997 Superman: The Animated Series Lana Lang (voice) Episode: "The Late Mr. Kent"
1997 Seduction in a Small Town Sandy Barlow TV movie
1997 Coach Paige Clark Episode: "Viva Las Ratings"
1997 Grace Under Fire Paige Clark Episode: "Vegas"
1997 Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey Show Paige Clark Episode: "Drew Gets Married"
1997 Jitters Rita Domino TV movie
1998 In the Loop TV series
1998 Icebergs: The Secret Life of a Refrigerator TV movie
1998 Perfect Prey Elizabeth Crane TV movie
1998 Thirst Susan Miller TV movie
1998 Superman: The Animated Series Lana Lang (voice) Episode: "Obsession"
1999 Love, American Style Jeannie Segment: "Love and The Heimlich Maneuver"
1999 Coming Unglued Laura Hartwood TV movie
1999 Kidnapped in Paradise Beth Emerson TV movie
2000 Grosse Pointe Hope Lustig 5 episodes
2000 Normal, Ohio Pamela Theresa Gamble-Miller 7 episodes
2001 Danny Molly 9 episodes
2002–03 Baby Bob Lizzy Collins Spencer 14 episodes
2003–05 Wild Card Zoe Busiek 36 episodes
2005 Fertile Ground Dr. Jamie Novak TV movie
2005 Desperate Housewives Nina Fletcher 5 episodes
2006–10 'Til Death Joy Stark 81 episodes
2011 Wizards of Waverly Place Meg Robinson Episode: "Alex the Puppetmaster"
2012 Cupid, Inc. Eve Lovett TV movie
2012 RuPaul's Drag U Guest Professor Episode: "Time to Grow Up"
2014 Last Man Standing Wendi Episode: "Hard-Ass Teacher"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "California Birth Index, 1905-1995 (Joely Fisher) [database on-line]". United States: The Generations Network. Retrieved May 5, 2009. 
  2. ^ Jordan, Julia. - "'Til Death's Joely Fisher Adopts a Baby Girl". - People. - September 29, 2008. -. Retrieved September 30, 2008.
  3. ^ "In Step With: Joely Fisher". Parade Magazine. July 18, 2004. 
  4. ^ "Actress Joely Fisher Joins Save the Children to Promote Child Sponsorship Programs". - Save the Children. - September 8, 2008. -. Retrieved January 4, 2009.

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