Lori Loughlin

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Lori Loughlin
Lori Loughlin.jpg
Loughlin at the premiere party for 90210, 2008
Born Lori Anne Loughlin
(1964-07-28) July 28, 1964 (age 50)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s)
Children 2

Lori Anne Loughlin (born July 28, 1964) is an American actress. 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.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Loughlin was born in Queens, New York and moved with her family to Long Island. She lived in Oceanside, New York, where she attended Oaks Public Elementary School #3 and then moved to Hauppauge, where she attended Hauppauge High School.[2] She is of Irish descent.[3]

Career[edit]

She began her career at age twelve as a print model. During her early teen years she appeared in television commercials and was frequently seen in national print advertisements.[2] At the age of fifteen, Loughlin was cast in the ABC soap opera The Edge of Night, playing the part of Jody Travis, an aspiring dancer, appearing in the series from 1980 to 1983. 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 entire project was abandoned.

From 1988 to 1995, Loughlin was cast in her most notable role to date, as Rebecca Donaldson, Danny Tanner's (Bob Saget) co-host, Dj Tanner's horse teacher,and later Jesse Katsopolis' (John Stamos) wife in the ABC sitcom Full House. Recurring during season two, she became a regular in season three and for the remainder of the series run.[2] 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.[4]

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 and 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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Loughlin was married to film producer and investment banker Michael R. Burns from 1989 to 1996.[8] In 1997, Loughlin married fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, the creator of the Mossimo clothing line. They have two daughters together, Isabella Rack Giannulli (b. September 1998) and Olivia Jade Giannulli (b. 1999).[9][10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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
2013 Crawlspace Susan Gates

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Smith Family (unknown) Episode: "Family Man"
1979 Too Far to Go Young Judith Maple Movie; 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 Movie
1986 Brotherhood of Justice Christie Movie
1986,
1987
The Equalizer Jenny Morrow Episodes: "Prelude",
"First Light"
1986,
1988
CBS Schoolbreak Special Kelly
Sally
Episodes: "Babies Having Babies",
"No Means No"
1987 A Place to Call Home Jenny Gavin Movie
1988 Tales from the Hollywood Hills: The Old Reliable Kay Cork Movie
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 Special
1992 Doing Time on Maple Drive Allison Movie
1992 To Grandmother's House We Go Win-O-Lotto Lottery Hostess Movie; uncredited role
1993 Empty Cradle Jane Morgan Movie
1993 A Stranger in the Mirror Jill Castle Movie
1994 One of Her Own Toni Stroud Movie
1995 Abandoned and Deceived Gerri Jensen Movie
1995–96 Hudson Street Melanie Clifford 22 episodes
1997 In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory Jill Erickson Movie
1997 Tell Me No Secrets Jess Koster Movie
1997 Suddenly Susan Paula Episode: "With Friends Like These"
1997 The Price of Heaven Leslie Movie; alternative title: Blessed Assurance
1997 Seinfeld Patty Episode: "The Serenity Now"
1997 Medusa's Child Dr. Linda McCoy 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 series 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
2008–11,
2012
90210 Debbie Wilson Regular role (seasons 1–3), guest star (season 5)
2010 Meet My Mom Dana Marshall Movie
2013 A Mother's Rage Rebecca Mayer Movie
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 Movie
2014 When Calls the Heart[11] Abigail Stanton Series regular
2014 Enlisted As Herself Episode: "Alive Day"

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lori Loughlin's Designer Role". Washington Post. June 27, 2004. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  2. ^ a b c Overview for Lori Loughlin, TCM.com
  3. ^ "Beauty Tips, Make Up Reviews, Interviews with Beauty Gurus, Product Giveaways and Delicious Food". Beauty and the Feast Blog. 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  4. ^ Lowry, Brian (1997-11-10). "For ABC, Tuesday Is Becoming Loneliest Night". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  5. ^ "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!". The Futon Critic. March 11, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ Bierly, Mandi. "Lori Loughlin to return for '90210' premiere | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  7. ^ "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon". Episode 1063. July 19, 2013. NBC.
  8. ^ Lori Loughlin Biography (1964-), Film Reference
  9. ^ "Lori Loughlin - Kids & Family Life, Summerland, Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli". People.com. 2004-08-23. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  10. ^ "Lori Loughlin". AskMen.com. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  11. ^ Hallmark Channel Original Series 'When Calls the Heart' to Premiere January 11th

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