Lori Loughlin

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Lori Loughlin
Lori Loughlin 2014.jpg
Loughlin at LAX, August 2014
Born Lori Anne Loughlin
(1964-07-28) July 28, 1964 (age 50)
Queens, New York City, or Hauppauge, New York, U.S. (sources differ)
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 1971–present
Children 2

Lori Anne Loughlin (born July 28, 1964)[1] is an American actress and model. She is best known for her role as Rebecca Donaldson Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House, appearing in the series from 1988 to 1995. From 2008 to 2011, she portrayed the role of Debbie Wilson on the The CW series 90210 (2008–11, 2012), a spin-off of Beverly Hills, 90210. She is also known for portraying the role of Ava Gregory on the The WB series Summerland (2004–05), which she also co-created and produced.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Loughlin was born in Queens, New York City,[3] or Hauppauge, New York, on Long Island (sources differ),[1][4] the daughter of Lorellee Loughlin and her since-deceased[5] father, Joseph Roy, a foreman for the New York Telephone Company.[6] She attended Hauppauge High School.[6] Loughlin is of Irish descent.[7]


After becoming interested in acting a young child,[2] Loughlin began her career at age 11 as a print model,[3] recalling:

My mom had a friend that was going into Manhattan to meet with an agency for modeling. She was taking her teenage daughters in and she asked my mom if I wanted to go along. My mom reluctantly let me go, but I don't think she ever thought anything would come of it. And I went in and they handed me a contract and said, "We'll take you."[2]

At 15, she was cast in the ABC soap opera The Edge of Night, playing the part of Jody Travis, an aspiring dancer,[3] appearing in the series from 1980 to 1983.[1] From 1983 to 1988, Loughlin appeared a number of feature films and television guest spots. On July 3, 1983, she starred in the pilot The Tom Swift/Linda Craig Mystery Hour as Linda Craig, an amateur detective. The pilot was based on the Tom Swift and Linda Craig series. The pilot aired to low ratings and the project was abandoned.[citation needed]

From 1988 to 1995, Loughlin was cast as Rebecca Donaldson, Danny Tanner's (Bob Saget) co-host and later Jesse Katsopolis' (John Stamos) wife in the ABC sitcom Full House. Initially set for a six-episode arc, she became a regular for the remainder of the series run.[1] Within months after Full House ended, Loughlin co-starred with Tony Danza in the ABC sitcom Hudson Street (1995–96). The series was canceled after one season.[8]

In 1997, she starred alongside Bruce Campbell in the film In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory. In 2000, Loughlin co-starred opposite Treat Williams in the Fred Olen Ray-directed thriller film Critical Mass. She also guest starred in Suddenly Susan, Spin City, Seinfeld, The Drew Carey Show, and as the superhero Black Canary in the Birds of Prey series in 2002.

From 2004 to 2005, Loughlin co-created, produced and starred in The WB drama series Summerland. She played Ava, the aunt who raises three children after their parents die in a car accident. The series was canceled after two seasons due to low ratings on July 11, 2005. In 2007, Loughlin co-starred in the ABC sitcom In Case of Emergency with David Arquette. She appeared in the film Moondance Alexander (2007), co-starring with her former Summerland cast mate Kay Panabaker. Loughlin also was in attendance at Comedy Central's The Roast of Bob Saget which was hosted by John Stamos and premiered on August 17, 2008. At her table were Full House co-stars Dave Coulier and Jodie Sweetin. In 2010, Loughlin starred in the television film Meet My Mom, which premiered on the Hallmark Channel on Mother's Day.[9]

She co-starred in seasons one through three of the Beverly Hills, 90210 spin-off 90210 as Debbie Wilson from 2008 to 2011. She reprised her role in the season five premiere episode in 2012.[10]

Loughlin made a brief appearance as Rebecca Donaldson, alongside John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis, on a July 2013 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, following a reunion performance by Jesse and The Rippers.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Loughlin was married to investment banker Michael R. Burns from 1989 to 1996.[4] On Thanksgiving 1997, Loughlin eloped with fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, the creator of the Mossimo clothing line, whom she had met in 1995.[3] They have two daughters together, Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade.[1] Olivia has a YouTube channel of beauty tips, Olivia Jade.[12] Loughlin also is a stepmother to Gianni, Giannulli's son from a previous relationship.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Amityville 3-D Susan Baxter
1985 The New Kids Abby McWilliams Alternative title: Striking Back
1985 Secret Admirer Toni Williams Alternative title: The Letter
1986 Rad Christian
1987 Back to the Beach Sandi Alternative title: Malibu Beach Girls
1988 The Night Before Tara Mitchell
1993 Empty Cradle Jane Morgan
1997 Casper: A Spirited Beginning Sheila Fistergraff Direct-to-video
1999 Suckers Donna DeLuca
2000 Critical Mass Janine
2001 Magyk Sally
2007 Farce of the Penguins Melvin-Smacking Penguin Voice role; direct-to-video
2007 Moondance Alexander Gelsey Alexander
2009 Old Dogs Amanda
2009 Meet My Mom Dana
2013 Crawlspace Susan Gates
Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Smith Family (unknown) Episode: "Family Man"
1979 Too Far to Go Young Judith Maple TV film; uncredited role
1980–83 The Edge of Night Jody Travis #1 3 episodes
1982 Matt Houston Sue Episode: "Shark Bait"
1983 The Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour Linda Craig Unsold TV pilot
1985 North Beach and Rawhide Candy Cassidy TV film
1986 Brotherhood of Justice Christie TV film
The Equalizer Jenny Morrow Episodes: "Prelude",
"First Light"
CBS Schoolbreak Special Kelly
Episodes: "Babies Having Babies",
"No Means No"
1987 A Place to Call Home Jenny Gavin TV film
1988 Tales from the Hollywood Hills: The Old Reliable Kay Cork TV film
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Tammy Episode: "Old Money"
1988–95 Full House Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis Recurring role: season 2, regular role: seasons 3–8
1992 Inside America's Totally Unsolved Lifestyles "Another Look" Anchor TV special
1992 Doing Time on Maple Drive Allison TV fim
1992 To Grandmother's House We Go Win-O-Lotto Lottery Hostess TV film; uncredited role
1993 Empty Cradle Jane Morgan TV film
1993 A Stranger in the Mirror Jill Castle TV film
1994 One of Her Own Toni Stroud TV film
1995 Abandoned and Deceived Gerri Jensen TV film
1995–96 Hudson Street Melanie Clifford Regular role, 22 episodes
1997 In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory Jill Erickson TV film
1997 Tell Me No Secrets Jess Koster TV film
1997 Suddenly Susan Paula Episode: "With Friends Like These"
1997 The Price of Heaven Leslie TV film; alternative title: Blessed Assurance
1997 Seinfeld Patty Episode: "The Serenity Now"
1997 Medusa's Child Dr. Linda McCoy TV miniseries
2001 Cursed Natalie Keith Episode: "...And Then They Tried to Make Some Rules"
2001 Spin City Michelle Episodes: "Yet Another Stakeout", "Yeah Baby!", "An Officer and a Gentleman"
2002 Eastwick Sukie Ridgemont Unsold TV pilot
2002 Birds of Prey Carolyn Lance/Black Canary Episode: "Sins of the Mother"
2002 The Drew Carey Show Robin Episodes: "Chemistry Schmemistry", "The Dawn Patrol"
2004 Justice League Unlimited Dr. Tracy Simmons (voice) Episode: "The Greatest Story Never Told"
2004–05 Summerland Ava Gregory Lead role; 26 episodes
2005 Missing Dr. Joy Gribben Episode: "Anything for the Baby" (Parts 1 and 2)
2006 Jake in Progress Lindsay Episode: "The Two Jakes"
2006 Ghost Whisperer Christine Greene Episode: "Demon Child"
2007 In Case of Emergency Dr. Joanna Lupone Regular role; 13 episodes
90210 Debbie Wilson Regular role (seasons 1–3), guest star (season 5)
2010 Meet My Mom Dana Marshall TV film
2013 A Mother's Rage Rebecca Mayer TV film
2013 Psych Dr. Joan Diamond Episode: "Nip and Suck It"
2013 Major Crimes Mrs. Slayter Episode: "The Deep End"
2013 When Calls the Heart Abigail Stanton TV film
2014 When Calls the Heart Abigail Stanton Regular role
2014 Enlisted Herself Episode: "Alive Day"
2014 Garage Sale Mystery: Glitters TV film

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Daytime Emmy Award
    • 1989: Nominated, "Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special" – CBS Schoolbreak Special
  • PRISM Awards
    • 2006: Won, "Best Performance in a Drama Series Storyline" – Summerland
  • TV Land Award
    • 2004: Nominated, "Best Quintessential Non-Traditional Family" – Full House
  • Teen Choice Award
    • 2009: Nominated, "Choice TV Parental Unit" – 90210
  • Young Artist Award
    • 1983: Nominated, "Best Young Actress in the Daytime Series" – The Edge of Night
    • 1987: Won, "Michael Landon Award" – CBS Schoolbreak Special


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  7. ^ "Beauty Tips, Make Up Reviews, Interviews with Beauty Gurus, Product Giveaways and Delicious Food". Beauty and the Feast Blog. September 15, 2010. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 
  8. ^ Lowry, Brian (November 10, 1997). "For ABC, Tuesday Is Becoming Loneliest Night". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 24, 2008. 
  9. ^ "The 'Countdown To Mother's Day' is on as Hallmark Channel in Hd Invites Viewers to 'Meet My Mom' and Asks Them to Do the Same!" (Press release). The Hallmark Channel via TheFutonCritic.com. March 11, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  10. ^ Bierly, Mandi (July 18, 2012). "Lori Loughlin to return for '90210' premiere | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon". Episode 1063. July 19, 2013. NBC.
  12. ^ Olivia Jade on YouTube.
  13. ^ "Mossimo Giannulli - Fashion Designer". fashionmodeldirectory.com. Retrieved September 6, 2014. 

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