Wendie Malick

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Wendie Malick
Wendie Malick 2012.jpg
Wendie Malick at the 37th Annual Gracie Awards in 2012.
Born Wendy Malick
(1950-12-13) December 13, 1950 (age 63)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Ohio Wesleyan University (B.A., 1972)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1978–present
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 (1990–1996), 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.

Early life[edit]

Malick was born Wendy Malick in Buffalo, New York, the daughter of Gigi, a former model, and Ken Malick, who worked in sales.[1][2] Her paternal grandfather was a Coptic Christian from Egypt; her other ancestry is French, German, and English.[3] She graduated from Williamsville South High School.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Malick at the 2009 Tribeca film Festival

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.[4] 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 unsuccessfully for the role of Diane Chambers in the NBC sitcom Cheers,[5] 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![edit]

In 1990, Malick was cast in the HBO comedy series Dream On as Judith Tupper Stone, Brian Benben's neurotic but endearing ex-wife.[4] She remained on this show until 1996, winning four CableACE Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.[4] 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).[6] 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.[7] 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,[8] and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 1999.[9] 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.

Malick at the Farm Sanctuary 25th Anniversary Gala in New York City on May 14, 2011

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.[10][11] 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.[12] 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[edit]

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.[13] 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.[14] The series made ratings success for TV Land, and won generally favorable reviews from critics.[15] In 2011, Malick was a promising contender for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category,[16] though she did not receive a nomination. In 2012, with cast, she was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.[4]

In April 2011, Malick became the celebrity spokesperson for Budget Rent a Car in a series of online and television ads.[17] Malick starred in the 2013 Hallmark original movie After All These Years based on the book by best-selling author Susan Isaccs.[18]

Personal life[edit]

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.[19] She donates to Democratic political candidates, organizations and causes.[20] 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.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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
1988 Scrooged Wendie Cross
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
1998 Jerome Jane
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 Cahoots Diane
2001 On Edge Mildred Tilman
2002 Manna from Heaven Inez
2003 Strange Frequency 2 Maggie Segment: "Soul Man"
2004 Raising Genius Nancy Nestor
2004 Stuck Virginia Short film
2005 Racing Stripes Clara Dalrymple
2005 Waiting... Monty's Mom
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 Eavesdrop Laura
2008 Waiting for Yvette Yvette Short film
2008 Will You Merry Me? Suzie Fine TV movie
2009 Adventureland Mrs. Brennan
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
2010 Knucklehead Sister Francesca
2011 About Fifty Kate
2011 What Happens Next Elise
2012 Jewtopia Marcy Marx
2013 After All These Years Audrey TV movie

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 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, 84 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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wendie Malick Film Reference biography
  2. ^ Wendie Malick - Biography Yahoo Movies
  3. ^ "Proquest - Courant.com". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. 2003-04-19. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
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  5. ^ "Bing.com celebrity bio". 
  6. ^ By ANITA GATESPublished: July 19, 1999 (1999-07-19). "TELEVISION REVIEW; Behind the Scenes With Ann and Abby - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  7. ^ "Good Company Episodes - Good Company Episode Guides - Watch Good Company Episodes from CBS". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  8. ^ "Wendie Malick | Academy of Television Arts & Sciences". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  9. ^ "Browse Results - Golden Globe Awards Official Website". Hfpa.org. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  10. ^ "‘Frasier’ ends with subtle twist - today > entertainment - today > entertainment > tv". TODAY.com. 2004-05-14. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  11. ^ "Frasier Review | TV Reviews and News". EW.com. 2003-11-21. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  12. ^ "Manna From Heaven". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  13. ^ "IMDB, Listing of "Other Work"". 
  14. ^ "TV Land taps sitcom vets for pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  15. ^ "Hot in Cleveland - Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  16. ^ "Emmys slugfest: Will 'Hot in Cleveland' heat up Comedy Series category? [Video]". Goldderby.com. 2011-04-25. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  17. ^ "Budget Launches New Advertising Campaign". April 18, 12011. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  18. ^ Hallmark Movie Channel Unveils Its Q4 2012 - Q3 2013 Original Movie Slate at Annual Upfront Presentation to Advertisers
  19. ^ "Wendie Malick's Diet Tips". AndersonCooper.com. 2011-12-07. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  20. ^ Political donations.

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