Laurie Walters

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Laurie Walters
Born Laurie Jean Walters
(1947-01-08) January 8, 1947 (age 68)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1972-2007
Spouse(s) John Slade (1999-present)

Laurie Jean Walters (born January 8, 1947, San Francisco, California) is an American former television actress, best known for playing Joanie Bradford on Eight Is Enough, which aired from 1977 until 1981 on ABC.


Walters was, by several years, the oldest of the eight actors playing the Bradford children, even though her character, Joanie Bradford, was the third-oldest child in the family. Walter is six months older than Betty Buckley, (born July 3, 1947), who played her character's stepmother. Walters' first screen role was as "Sheila Grove" in 1973's The Harrad Experiment.

Walters made guest appearances on a number of other television series through the 1980s, such as Cheers and Highway to Heaven, as well as on two Eight Is Enough reunion specials, but she has not acted on television since 1993.

According to the IMDb, Walters, as of 1999, lived in Los Angeles, where she worked as an environmentalist. More recently, she has acted in plays in the southern California area [1] and directed theater productions in Ojai, California under her married name, Laurie Walters Slade. Walters currently is in charge of film acquisitions for a subscription-based film service Ironweed Films, which distributes collections of critically acclaimed but hard to find independent documentaries and short films.[2]


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1972 People, TheThe People Karen Diemus TV movie
1973 Harrad Experiment, TheThe Harrad Experiment Sheila Grove
1973 Warlock Moon Jenny Macallister / Ghost Bride
1974 Harrad Summer Sheila Grove
1975 Returning Home Wilma Parish TV movie
1975 Medical Story Episode: "Test Case"
1975 Rookies, TheThe Rookies Callie Episode: "Ladies Day"
1975 Happy Days Susan Episode: "A Date with Fonzie" (season 3)
1977 Insight Katie Episode: "I Want to Die"
1977-1981 Eight Is Enough Joannie Bradford 112 episodes
1978 Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat Roberta Potter 1 episode
1980 Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat Laura Rogers 1 episode
1981 Fantasy Island Lisa Bergmann 1 episode
1982 Fantasy Island Harriet Wilson 1 episode
1983 Lottery! Episode: "Kansas City: Protected Winner"
1985 Cheers Jacqueline Bisset Episode: "Bar Bet"
1985 New Love, American Style 1 episode
1987 Duet Amanda Episode: "Prelude"
Episode: "Overture"
1987 Highway to Heaven Michelle Raines Episode: "Man's Best Friend: Part 1"
Episode: "Man's Best Friend: Part 2"
1987 Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion Joanie Bradford TV movie
1988 Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story, TheThe Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story Jane TV movie
1989 Eight Is Enough Wedding, AnAn Eight Is Enough Wedding Joanie Bradford TV movie
1990 Columbo Helen Ashcroft Episode: "Murder in Malibu"
1990 Dragnet Sara Tilson Episode: "Living Victim"
1993 Evening Shade Mrs. Norris Episode: "Private School"
1999 Common Sense of the Wisdom Tree, TheThe Common Sense of the Wisdom Tree The Wisdom Tree (voice)
2007 Memory of Water, TheThe Memory of Water Teresa Ensemble Theatre Company


  1. ^ Montecito Journal website
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