Duffy as Penny Davis, 1975.
|Born||Julia Margaret Hinds
June 27, 1951
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Jerry Lacy (1984-present); 2 children|
Julia Duffy (born Julia Margaret Hinds; June 27, 1951) is an American actress, best known for playing Stephanie Vanderkellen on the sitcom Newhart (1983-90). For this role, she received seven Emmy Award nominations (no wins) and a 1988 Golden Globe Award nomination. It also won her three Viewers for Quality Television Awards. Her other TV roles include Season 1 of the sitcom Baby Talk (1991), Season 6 of the sitcom Designing Women (1991-92) and a recurring role in the drama series Shameless (2011-13).
Duffy was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her early career included parts in soap operas such as One Life to Live, The Doctors and Love of Life. Duffy also appeared in movies such as Night Warning (1981) and Cutter's Way (1981). She made an appearance on the television sitcom Cheers during the show's first season in 1982; she had been considered for the role of Diane Chambers.
Duffy joined the cast of the television series Newhart in its second season (she made an appearance in the 14th episode of the 1st season), playing the part of Dick Loudon's (played by Bob Newhart) self-infatuated preppy maid Stephanie Vanderkellen. It is probably her most popular role and one she played for seven seasons. She earned Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the role every year from 1984 through 1990. She also received a Golden Globe nomination and won three Viewers For Quality Television Awards for her work. Julia was actually pregnant during several episodes of Newhart. To hide it, she wore baggy clothes and stood behind furniture.
After the end of Newhart, Duffy briefly starred in the sitcom Baby Talk alongside George Clooney. (She worked again with Clooney some years later in the Coen Brothers' comedy Intolerable Cruelty). She then joined Designing Women, essentially replacing Delta Burke who was let go after quarrels with producers. Duffy played the newly created role of Allison Sugarbaker. Duffy's season was the show's highest-rated, but producers chose not to have her return for what would be its final year.
From 1993-95, Duffy played Barb Ballantine on the short-lived comedy series The Mommies. Duffy played Lindsay Mercer, one of the failed buyers of Winfred-Lauder and the ex-wife of "Lord Mercer" on The Drew Carey Show. She has a recurring role on the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh as Linda Hayfer, a high school English teacher who despises Drake. She appeared on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as the rich mother of Jason, a boy who goes on a date with Maddie Fitzpatrick (Ashley Tisdale).
She made a brief appearance in the Nickelodeon sitcom True Jackson, VP as the owner of a stage that LuLu wanted to rent, she also had an obsession with Elvis Presley saying that his spirit lived on in that building, but it was really rats.
On September 19, 2014 Julia appeared on Ken Reid (comedian)'s TV Guidance Counselor Podcast.
Duffy graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York in 1972. She has been married since 1984 to actor Jerry Lacy, co-star of Dark Shadows and Love of Life, and has 2 children, Kerry Kathleen and Daniel. They live in Los Angeles.
|1972||Love of Life||Geri Braylee|
|1973-1978||The Doctors||Penny Davis|
|1977||One Life to Live||Karen Wolek||Episode: "#1.7659"|
|1979||The Love Boat||Sandy||2 episodes|
|1980||Battle Beyond the Stars||Mol|
|1981||Lou Grant||Charlene||Episode: "Rape"|
|1982||Cheers||Rebecca Prout||Season 1, Episode 6, 1982|
|1982||Voyagers!||Nellie Bly||Episode: "Jack's Back"|
|1983-1990||Newhart||Stephanie Vanderkellen||163 episodes
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series (1986–88)
Nominated—American Comedy Award for Funniest Leading Female in a Comedy Series
Nominated—American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Female in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1984–90)
|1982||Blue and the Gray, TheThe Blue and the Gray||Mary Hale||3 episodes|
|1983||Simon & Simon||Jody Carmichael||Episode: "Room 3502"|
|1983||Wizards and Warriors||Princess Ariel||8 episodes|
|1984||The Love Boat||Paula||Episode: "The Last Heist"|
|1985||Hotel||Arlene Greenspan||Episode: "Hearts and Minds"|
|1991||Baby Talk||Maggie Campbell||12 episodes|
|1991-1992||Designing Women||Allison Sugarbaker||23 episodes|
|1993-1995||Mommies, TheThe Mommies||Barb Ballantine||28 episodes|
|1996||Pinky and the Brain||Delilah||Episode: "A Little Off the Top"|
|1997||Social Studies||Frances Harman||6 episodes|
|1999||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Lucy Kraft||Episode: "Mrs. Kraft"|
|1999||Diagnosis: Murder||Lorraine Kay||Episode: "The Roast"|
|2001-2002||Reba||Mrs. Hodge||4 episodes|
|2002||The Drew Carey Show||Lindsay Mercer||Episode: "Rich Woman, Poor Man"|
|2003||Intolerable Cruelty||Sarah Sorkin|
|2004-2006||Drake & Josh||Mrs. Hayfer||4 episodes|
|2005||CSI: NY||Millie Hanford||Episode: "Recycling"|
|2005||Suite Life of Zack & Cody, TheThe Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Martha Harrington||Episode: "Maddie Checks In"|
|2006||7th Heaven||Mrs. Porter||Episode: "Got MLK?"|
|2008||Wizards of Waverly Place||Mrs. Angela||Episode: "Credit Check"|
|2008||Together Again for the First Time||Audrey Wolders Frobisher||Television film|
|2008||7 Things to Do Before I'm 30||Vanessa Madisen||Television film|
|2010||Melissa & Joey||Myrna Sherwood||Episode: "A Fright in the Attic "|
|2010||La Grêve de Noël||Robert Iscove||Television film "|
|2011-2013||Shameless||Candace Lishman||4 episodes|
|2012||The League||Kevin and Taco's mom||Episode: "The Breastalyzer"|
|2014||Looking||Patrick's mother, Dana Murray||Episode 7: "Looking for Plus-One"|
|2014||Anger Management||Phyllis||Episode: "Charlie Gets Date Rated"|
|2014||Camp X-Ray||Betty Cole||Limited Release|
|2014||Suburgatory||Emmaline||Episode: "The Ballad of Piggy Duckworth"|
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