Nancy Stafford

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Nancy Stafford
Nancy Stafford.jpg
Stafford in 1990.
Born Nancy Elizabeth Stafford
(1954-06-05) June 5, 1954 (age 60)
Wilton Manors, Florida, USA
Occupation Actress
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Larry Myers (1989–present)
Children 1
Website
www.nancystafford.com

Nancy Elizabeth Stafford (born June 5, 1954) is an American actress, speaker and author, known for her roles on television. She came to prominence in the 1980s as Ben Matlock's (played by Andy Griffith) law partner and friend, Michelle Thomas, on Matlock. She hosted a syndicated TV series called Main Floor (1995–2005), a show about fashion and beauty.

Early life[edit]

Stafford was born in Wilton Manors, Florida, a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where she was raised in a Southern Baptist home. Stafford graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism.[1] In a 2008 interview with Christians in Cinema, she said that she had been a born-again Christian, since she was eight years old. But, before she attended college, attending her family's local church was full of hypocrisy. By the time she was a teenager, she had also lived a prodigal life, before she returned to Jesus.[2] After graduating from Ft. Lauderdale High School in 1972, she was Miss Florida 1976, competing in the 1977 Miss America Pageant.[3] She began her career working as a public relations specialist. In addition, she worked as a top model in New York at the Ford Model Agency.

Career[edit]

In 1982, Stafford moved to Los Angeles, where she had her first guest-starring role playing the dual role of Adrienne/Felicia Hunt on the daytime soap opera The Doctors. She had guest starring roles in shows such asRiptide, Remington Steele, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Who's the Boss?, Hunter, Quantum Leap, and Magnum, P.I.. In 1983, Stafford has won her first regular role on the NBC medical drama series, St. Elsewhere, as Joan Halloran. She played the role for three seasons. She later starred as Patricia Blake in the short-lived ABC series Sidekicks from 1986 to 1987.

Stafford is best known for her role as Ben Matlock's assistant Michelle Thomas in the legal drama Matlock, opposite Andy Griffith, from 1987 to 1992, replacing Linda Purl, who left after the first year. Stafford had been a lifelong Griffith fan, since the early 1960s, as a six-year-old girl.[4] Stafford auditioned and won the role. Before she played Michelle, she guest starred on the same show in 1986, where she played a call girl. According to a 2010 interview with the actress on On Screen and Beyond, there was a remarkable on- and off-screen relationship between Stafford and Griffith. She left the show to spend more time with her family, and also moving on to other ventures.[5] After her departure from Matlock, she became a world-renowned public speaker, traveling all over from churches, colleges, universities, women's group to other businesses. During the 1990s, she was the host of Main Floor, which was a talk show that was seen in over forty countries. In 2008, she co-hosted the first season of Love, Marriage and Stinkin' Thinkin alongside Mark Gungor. Stafford also guest starred in many shows, such as ER, Frasier, Babylon 5, Baywatch and The Mentalist.

Stafford is the author of many Christian books such as: Beauty by the Book: Seeing Yourself as God Sees You; The Wonder of His Love: A Journey into the Heart of God, and her 2006 book, Mothers & Daughters Taking Your Adult Relationship to a Deeper Level.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Stafford married Larry Myers, a pastor. They have a daughter and grandson. Her older brother Tracy Stafford[6] was a two-term Mayor of Wilton Manors and a five-term member of the Florida House of Representatives.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Q Eyewitness
1987 U.S. Marshals: Waco & Rhinehart Joyce Television film
1993 Moment of Truth: A Child Too Many Sharon Davis Television film
1995 Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare Karen Ingram Television film
2002 Destiny Counselor
2004 The Proverb Lady in Park Short film
2007 Wager, TheThe Wager Annie Steele
2011 Christmas with a Capital C Kristen Reed
2012 Race to the Finish Julie
2012 Christmas Oranges Mrs. Hartley
2013 Foreclosed Terri Boyd Short film
2013 Superheroes Don't Need Capes Jenny
2013 Season of Miracles Nurse Barbara
2013 Assumed Killer Dr. Weston
2013 Christmas for a Dollar Mrs. Rathbone

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Doctors, TheThe Doctors Adrienne / Felicity Hunt 1 episode
1983 Lone Star Amanda Talbot Television pilot
1983-1986 St. Elsewhere Joan Halloran Series regular, 30 episodes
1984 Who's the Boss? Trish Baldwin Episode: "Sorority Sister"
1985 Riptide Lt. Peggy Burke Episode: "Prisoner of War"
1985 Hunter Nell Armstrong Episode: "The Avenging Angel"
1985 Magnum, P.I. Amy Griswald Episode: "The Treasure of Kalaniopu'u"
1985 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Colleen Donnelly Episode: "Flight to Freedom"
1985 Remington Steele Jennifer Davenport Episode: "Stronger Than Steele"
1986 You Are the Jury Diane Blake Episode: "The State of Arizona vs. Dr. Evan Blake"
1986 D.C. Cops Molly St. Clair Television pilot
1986-1987 Sidekicks Patricia Blake Series regular, 23 episodes
1986 Matlock Caryn Nelson / Caroline Nathan Episode: "The Seduction"
1987-1992 Matlock Michelle Thomas Series regular, 109 episodes
1990 Quantum Leap Peg Myers Episode: "Miss Deep South - June 7, 1958"
1993 Saved by the Bell: The College Years Judith Trudell Episode: "The Poker Game"
1996 Frasier Claire Barnes Episode: "Moon Dance"
1996 Babylon 5 Dr. Mary Kirkish Episode: "Messages from Earth"
1997 Baywatch Cassie Rose Episode: "Rendezvous"
2003 Judging Amy Judge Bell Episodes: "Motion Sickness", "The Wrong Man"
2008 Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist Rosemary Tennant Episode: "Seeing Red"

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Preceded by
Ann K. Schmalzried
Miss Florida
1976
Succeeded by
Cathy La Belle