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October 29, 1967 |
Burbank, California, U.S.
|Education||Beverly Hills High School|
|Alma mater||University of Paris
|Spouse(s)||Christopher Duddy (m. 1996)|
|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.
Fisher was born in Burbank, California, 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. She then attended Emerson College, but left before graduating to begin an acting career.
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.
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.
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 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. The family lives in Los Angeles next to Fisher's sister Tricia, with whom she is very close.
|1994||I'll Do Anything||Female D Person|
|1997||Family Plan||Lauren Osborne||Uncredited|
|1999||Inspector Gadget||Brenda Bradford / Robobrenda|
|2007||Murdering Mama's Boy||Claire||Short film|
|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||The Golden Palace||Paula Webb||Episode: "Runaways"|
|1994||ABC Weekend Specials||(voice)||Episode: "The Magic Flute"|
|1994||The Companion||Stacy||TV movie|
|1994-1998||Ellen||Paige Clark||96 episodes|
|1996||Caroline in the City||Jill||Episode: "Caroline and the Ex-Wife"|
|1996||The Outer Limits||Amy||Episode: "Out of Body"|
|1996||Superman||Lana Lang (voice)||Episode: "My Girl"|
|1997||Superman||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||The 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||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|
|2002-2003||Baby Bob||Lizzy Collins Spencer||14 episodes|
|2003-2005||Wild Card||Zoe Busiek||36 episodes|
|2005||Fertile Ground||Dr. Jamie Novak||TV movie|
|2005||Desperate Housewives||Nina Fletcher||5 episodes|
|2006-2010||'Til Death||Joy Stark||81 episodes|
|2011||Wizards of Waverly Place||Meg Robinson||Episode: "Alex the Puppetmaster"|
|2012||Cupid||Eve Lovett||TV movie|
|2012||RuPaul's Drag U||Guest Professor||Episode: "Time to Grow Up"|
- "California Birth Index, 1905-1995 (Joely Fisher) [database on-line]". United States: The Generations Network. Retrieved May 5, 2009.
- Jordan, Julia. - "'Til Death's Joely Fisher Adopts a Baby Girl". - People. - September 29, 2008. -. Retrieved September 30, 2008.
- "In Step With: Joely Fisher". Parade Magazine. July 18, 2004.
- "Actress Joely Fisher Joins Save the Children to Promote Child Sponsorship Programs". - Save the Children. - September 8, 2008. -. Retrieved January 4, 2009.