Wendie Malick at the 37th Annual Gracie Awards in 2012.
December 13, 1950
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Ohio Wesleyan University (B.A., 1972)|
|Spouse(s)||Mitch Glazer (1982–1989; divorced)
Richard Erickson (1995–present)
Wendie Malick (born December 13, 1950) is an American actress and former fashion model, best known for her roles in television comedies. She starred as Judith Tupper Stone in the HBO series Dream On (1990–96), and as Nina Van Horn in the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me! (1997–2003), for which she was nominated for two Primetime Emmys and a Golden Globe Award.
In 2010, Malick began starring as Victoria Chase in the TV Land comedy series Hot in Cleveland. She is also known for her recurring role as Ronee Lawrence on the final season of Frasier. Malick also played many character roles in films, has made over 50 guest appearances on television shows, primarily on comedies, starred in a number of made for television movies, and works as a voice actress.
Malick was born Wendy Malick in Buffalo, New York, the daughter of Gigi, a former model, and Ken Malick, who worked in sales. Her paternal grandfather was a Coptic Christian from Egypt; her other ancestry is French, German, and English. She graduated from Williamsville South High School.
In 1972, after graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, Malick began fashion modeling for the Wilhelmina modeling agency. She left to work for Republican Congressman Jack Kemp. She soon left Washington, D.C., to pursue a career in stage and screen. She began working as an actress in 1982 in the film A Little Sex. In same year, Malick auditioned for the role of Diane Chambers in the NBC sitcom Cheers, but lost part. She later was cast as regular in ABC medical drama series Trauma Center. The series was cancelled after single season. In late 1980s, Malick began her career in television comedies. She had guest-starring roles on Kate & Allie, and played a supporting role in the 1988 film Scrooged as Bill Murray's sister-in-law.
Dream On and Just Shoot Me!
In 1990, Malick was cast in the HBO comedy series Dream On as Judith Tupper Stone, Brian Benben's neurotic but endearing ex-wife. She remained on this show until 1996, winning four CableACE Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. During Dream On years, Malick also acted in other television series, appearing in dramas, like NYPD Blue as a battered socialite in 1993, and well L.A. Law and Tales from the Crypt, and sitcoms, including Mad About You, Seinfeld, and Cybill. She also appeared in several television films, including Dynasty: The Reunion (1991), Madonna: Innocence Lost (1994), and Apollo 11 (1996). Malick starred in the 1999 Lifetime Television movie Take My Advice: The Ann and Abby Story, in which she played the dual roles of identical twin sibling advice columnists Ann Landers (Esther Lederer) and "Dear Abby" Abigail Van Buren (Pauline Phillips). As lead actress, she starred in the 1997 independent drama film Jerome.
In 1996, Malick starred as the lead character in her own comedy series, Good Company on CBS. The show was cancelled after only six episodes. In 1997, she began starring as Nina Van Horn, a shallow, boozing former supermodel on the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me!. She continued in this role until the show ended in 2003. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1999 and 2002, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 1999. She also guest-starred on The X Files in 1998. She starred in Disney's animated film The Emperor's New Groove as Chicha in 2000. In 2000, Malick was honored by Women in Film as A Woman of Vision, along with Tipper Gore, Gwen Ifill and Roseanne Barr.
In 2003, Malick joined the cast of Cheers spin-off Frasier, portraying Ronee Lawrence, a Seattle lounge singer (and Frasier's (Kelsey Grammer) childhood babysitter) who develops a relationship with Frasier's father, Martin Crane (John Mahoney). Eventually, her character would marry Martin in the series finale of the critically acclaimed program. Malick and Mahoney also both appeared in 1995 film The American President. In 2002, she starred opposite Shirley Jones and Cloris Leachman in the comedy film Manna from Heaven. She provided the voice of Principal Folsom for the Disney animated series Fillmore! until its end in 2004. In 2005 she co-starred in the Nickelodeon animated series The X's as Miss X. Malick.
Later career and Hot in Cleveland
From 2005 to 2006, Malick starred opposite John Stamos in the ABC comedy series Jake in Progress. Malick was to be part of the cast of the series Modern Men, but due to a Jake in Progress renewal, her role on Modern Men was recast with Jane Seymour. Both Jake in Progress and Modern Men were cancelled in 2006. Also in 2005, Malick starred as Clara Dalrymple in the movie Racing Stripes. In 2005 and 2006, she provided the voice of Burdine Maxwell in the animated series Bratz. In late 2006 and early 2007, she starred in the another short-lived comedy series, Big Day on ABC. Starting in 2005, Malick did voice work on radio and television ads for Marshall's department stores. Malick guest-starred on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Law & Order in 2005. In film, she appeared in Waiting..., Adventureland, and Confessions of a Shopaholic as the instructor of the "Shopaholics Anonymous" group, Miss Korch.
In 2010, Malick was cast as Victoria Chase, a six-time-divorced, Emmy Award-winning soap opera star, in the TV Land comedy series Hot in Cleveland, alongside Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli and Betty White. The series made ratings success for TV Land, and won generally favorable reviews from critics. In 2011, Malick was a promising contender for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category, though she did not receive a nomination. In 2012, she and the Hot in Cleveland cast were nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
In April 2011, Malick became the celebrity spokesperson for Budget Rent a Car in a series of online and television ads. Malick starred in the 2013 Hallmark original movie After All These Years based on the book by best-selling author Susan Isaccs.
Malick has been married twice: from 1982 to 1989 to actor and screenwriter Mitch Glazer, and since 1995 to Richard Erickson. Through their charity, A Drop in the Bucket, she and Erickson support a medical center in the Congo and share an ongoing commitment to a women's shelter in Tijuana, Mexico. They live in the Santa Monica Mountains with three dogs, two horses and a cat. Malick is a pescetarian. She donates to Democratic political candidates, organizations and causes. Malick is on the board of directors of the Environmental Media Association, the board of advocates for Planned Parenthood and the advisory board of the Humane Society.
|1978||How to Pick Up Girls!||Stephie|
|1979||Mr. Mike's Mondo Video||Herself|
|1982||A Little Sex||Philomena|
|1985||Private Sessions||Tippi||TV movie|
|1990||Funny About Love||Nurse Nancy|
|1991||Bugsy||Woman on Train|
|1991||Dynasty: The Reunion||Carol Marshall||TV movie|
|1994||Madonna: Innocence Lost||Camille Barbone||TV movie|
|1995||Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart||Sarah Powell||TV movie|
|1995||The Return of Hunter||Pat Lafferty||TV movie|
|1995||The American President||Susan Sloan|
|1996||Apollo 11||Pat Collins|
|1997||Just Add Love||Charlotte|
|1997||Trojan War||Beverly Kimble|
|1997||Perfect Body||Janet Bradley||TV movie|
|1997||North Shore Fish||Shimma|
|1998||Divorce: A Contemporary Western||Terry|
|1999||Take My Advice: The Ann and Abby Story||Ann Landers / Abigail Van Buren||TV movie|
|2000||The Emperor's New Groove||Chicha||Voice|
|2001||On Edge||Mildred Tilman|
|2002||Manna from Heaven||Inez|
|2003||Strange Frequency 2||Maggie||Segment: "Soul Man"|
|2004||Raising Genius||Nancy Nestor|
|2005||Racing Stripes||Clara Dalrymple|
|2005||The Emperor's New Groove 2: Kronk's New Groove||Chicha||Voice|
|2006||Hello Sister, Goodbye Life||Barbara||TV movie|
|2006||Brother Bear 2||Aunt Siqiniq||Voice|
|2006||Bratz: Passion 4 Fashion - Diamondz||Burdine||Voice|
|2008||Waiting for Yvette||Yvette||Short film|
|2008||Will You Merry Me?||Suzie Fine||TV movie|
|2009||Confessions of a Shopaholic||Miss Korch|
|2009||The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard||Tammy Selleck|
|2009||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel||Dr. Rubin|
|2010||Adventures of a Teenage Dragon Slayer||Vice-Principal Metz|
|2011||What Happens Next||Elise|
|2013||After All These Years||Audrey||TV movie|
|1980||Saturday Night Live||Spectator||Episode: "Elliott Gould/Kid Creole & the Coconuts"|
|1982||One of the Boys||Joan||Episode: "One of the Boys"|
|1983||Trauma Center||Dr. Brigitte Blaine||Series regular, 13 episodes|
|1984||Paper Dolls||Taylor||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1984||Mike Hammer||Louise Jordan||Episode: "Too Young to Die"|
|1986||Scarecrow and Mrs. King||Jennie Stetson||Episode: "Unfinished Business"|
|1987||Highway to Heaven||Donna Burke||Episode: "Unfinished Business"|
|1988||Supercarrier||Dr. Susan Layden||Episode: "Deadly Enemies"|
|1988||The Highwayman||Episode: "The Hitchhiker"|
|1988||Hunter||Paula Banyon||Episode: "Boomerang" Season 4, Episode 19|
|1985–1989||Kate & Allie||Claire||5 episodes|
|1989||Anything But Love||Alice||Episodes: "Burning the Toad" and "This Is Not a Date"|
|1989||The Ed Begley Jr. Show||Carol Hobart||TV pilot|
|1989||Christine Cromwell||Trudy Baron||Episode: "Easy Come, Easy Go"|
|1989–1994||Baywatch||Gayle Buchannon||Recurring role, 7 episodes|
|1990–1991||The Fanelli Boys||Becky Goldblume||3 episodes|
|1991||MacGyver||Cindy Finnegan||Episode: "Obsessed"|
|1992||Civil Wars||Claudia Bentel||Episode: "Dirty Pool"|
|1992||The Human Factor||Dr. Finnola Keefe||Episode: "Between the Sheets"|
|1993||NYPD Blue||Susan Wagner||Episodes: "Brown Appetit" and "True Confessions"|
|1993||Family Album||Mrs. Gordon||Episode: "Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall All You Gotta Do Is Call"|
|1993||Love & War||Dr. Kelly||Episode: "I Got Plenty of Nothing"|
|1994||L.A. Law||Laura Schoen Russianoff||Episode: "Finish Line"|
|1994||The Commish||Nancy Lambert||Episode: "Nancy with the Laughing Face"|
|1994||Viper||Iris Nevelson||Episode: "Firehawk"|
|1994||Mad About You||Carol||Episode: "The Ride Home"|
|1994||Tales from the Crypt||Rita||Episode: "In the Groove"|
|1995||Dweebs||Alix||Episode: "The Bad P.R. Show"|
|1995||Seinfeld||Wendy||Episode: "The Kiss Hello"|
|1995||Cybill||Judy||Episode: "Cybill with an 'S'"|
|1996||Champs||Barb||Episode: "A Match Made at Seven"|
|1990–1996||Dream On||Judith Tupper Stone||Series regular, 119 episodes|
|1996||Good Company||Zoe Hellstrom||Series regular, 6 episodes|
|1996||Goode Behavior||Dr. Stephanie Krienberg||Episode: "Goode Feelings"|
|1996||Mr. Rhodes||Lenore Green||Episode: "Looking for Mrs. Goodbar"|
|1996||The Single Guy||Dr. Cornick||Episode: "New Year"|
|1997||Boston Common||Lauren Stone||Episode: "To Bare Is Human"|
|1997||Life's Work||Olivia McClure||Episode: "Dates"|
|1998||The X-Files||A.D. Maslin||Episode: "The Beginning"|
|1998||Batman Beyond||Dr. Price||Episode: "Joyride", voice|
|2001||Strange Frequency||Maggie Stanton||Episode: "Don't Stop Believing"|
|2002||Ozzy & Drix||Sticky Flagella||Episode: "Strep-Finger", voice|
|2002||Kim Possible||Elsa Cleeg||Episode: "Kimitation Nation", voice|
|2003||Oliver Beene||Mrs. Darcel||Episode: "A Day at the Beach"|
|1997–2003||Just Shoot Me!||Nina Van Horn||Series regular, 148 episodes|
|2002–2004||Fillmore||Principal Folsom||16 episodes, voice|
|2003||My Life with Men||Emily Zebrowski||TV pilot|
|2003–2004||Frasier||Ronee Lawrence||Recurring role, 10 episodes|
|2004||The Stones||Gail||Episode: "She Ain't Heavy, She's My Sister"|
|2004||Wild Card||Melanie St. John||Episode: "A Felony for Melanie"|
|2004||Reba||Sadie||Episode: "Van's Agent"|
|2004||Father of the Pride||Victoria the Tiger||5 episodes, voice|
|2005||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Donna Eiger||Episode: "King Baby"|
|2004||American Dragon: Jake Long||Aunt Patchouli||Episode: "Adventures in Troll-Sitting", voice|
|2005||Law & Order||Defense Attorney Dressler||Episode: "Dining Out"|
|2003-2005||The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius||Beautiful Gorgeous||3 episodes, voice|
|2005||Out of Practice||Lois Turner||Episode: "The Wedding"|
|2005–2006||Jake in Progress||Naomi Clark||Series regular, 21 episodes|
|2005–2006||The X's||Mrs. X||6 episodes, voice|
|2006–2007||Big Day||Jane||Series regular, 12 episodes|
|2006-2007||Emperor's New School||Chicha||4 episodes, voice|
|2008||The Hill||Senator Lowell||TV pilot|
|2008||'Til Death||Dr. Friedman||Episode: "Sob Story"|
|2009||The Ex List||Fiona Bloom||Episodes: "Daphne's Idealized Wedding" and "The Spark"|
|2009||Pushing Daisies||Coral Ramora||Episode: "Kerplunk"|
|2010||True Jackson, VP||Libby Gibbils||Episode: "Saving Snackleberry"|
|2010||The Life & Times of Tim||Publishing House Executive||Episode: "London Calling/Novelist", voice|
|2010–present||Hot in Cleveland||Victoria Chase||Series regular, 97 episodes|
|2011||All My Children||Victoria Chase||This was a crossover between Hot In Cleveland and All My Children, where Malick played Victoria Chase playing Gertie Stein.|
|2011||Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness||Fenghuang||Episode: "Owl Be Back","Crane on a Wire", voice|
|2014||BoJack Horseman||BoJack's mother||Voice|
Awards and nominations
|1992||CableACE Award||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Dream On||Won|
|1993||CableACE Award||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Dream On||Won|
|1994||CableACE Award||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Dream On||Won|
|1995||CableACE Award||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Dream On||Nominated|
|1996||CableACE Award||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Dream On||Won|
|1999||Golden Globe Award||Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Just Shoot Me!||Nominated|
|1999||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Just Shoot Me!||Nominated|
|2000||Women in Film Lucy Award||Lucy Award||Won|
|2001||Satellite Award||Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Just Shoot Me!||Nominated|
|2002||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Just Shoot Me!||Nominated|
|2007||Gracie Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Big Day||Won|
|2011||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Hot in Cleveland||Nominated|
|2013||Gracie Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Hot in Cleveland||Won|
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