Wendy Schaal

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Wendy Schaal
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Schaal at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego
Born (1954-07-02) July 2, 1954 (age 60)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Voice actress
Years active 1976–present
Schaal at the 2009 Comic Con in San Diego

Wendy Schaal (born July 2, 1954) is an American actress and voice actress who is best known as the voice of Francine Smith in the adult animated series American Dad!

Early life[edit]

Schaal was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Lois (née Treacy) and the late actor Richard Schaal.[1] She is the former stepdaughter of actress Valerie Harper.[2]

Career[edit]

On March 30, 2012 the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) completed a merger of equals forming a new union SAG-AFTRA. As a result of this merger, a group of approximately 70 actors, including Schaal, immediately filed a lawsuit against SAG president Ken Howard and several vice presidents. They sought to have the merger overturned and the two unions separated because of their claims that the elections held by both the SAG and AFTRA memberships was improper.[3]

The plaintiffs filed a settlement agreement to dismiss the case "with prejudice" on May 17, 2012.[4] The lawsuit was officially dismissed five days later.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Schaal was married to Stephen M. Schwartz from 1977 to 1987. She has two sons, Adam and Victor.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1976 Bound for Glory Mary Jo Guthrie
1978 Record City Lorraine
1984 Where the Boys Are Sandra Roxbury
1985 Creature Beth Sladen
1987 Munchies Marge Mavalle
1987 Innerspace Wendy
1987 Batteries Not Included Pamela
1989 'Burbs, TheThe 'Burbs Bonnie Rumsfield
1990 Going Under Jan Michaels
1994 My Girl 2 Emily Pommeroy
1998 Small Soldiers Marion Fimple
2001 Holiday in the Sun Jill
2006 Loving Annabelle Sen. Tillman

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1976 Rhoda Jan Episodes: "Together Again for the First Time", "Guess Who I Saw Today"
1977 Fish Peggy Dunnagan Episode: "Fish's Job"
1979 Family Sarah Episode: "Malicious Mischief"
1979 Little House on the Prairie Christie Norton Episode: "Annabelle"
1980-1981 It's a Living Vicki Allen Regular role
1981-1982 Fantasy Island Julie Regular role
1982 Strike Force Mandy Episode: "Chinatown"
1982 Happy Days Lorraine Episode: "Since I Don't Have You"
1982 Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat Elaine Hamilton 1 episode
1983 Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat Milicent Finley 1 episode
1983 AfterMASH Bonnie Hornback Recurring role (5 episodes)
1984 Fatal Vision Colette MacDonald TV miniseries
1984 Cover Up Rebecca Episode: "Midnight Highway"
1985 Knight Rider Jamie Downs Episode: "The Nineteenth Hole"
1985 Finder of Lost Loves Emma Tate Episode: "Connections"
1985 A-Team, TheThe A-Team Karen Episode: "Lease with an Option to Die"
1986 MacGyver Karen Blake Episode: "Deathlock"
1986 Airwolf Marilyn Kelsy Episode: "Hawke's Run"
1986 Amazing Stories Sheena Episode: "Boo!"
1987 Gung Ho Kelly Episode: "Love Me Tender"
1987 When the Time Comes Laura TV film
1987 Duet Electra Episode: "Satin Doll"
1987 My Two Dads Christine Episode: "Sex, Judge, and Rock & Roll"
1988 Mutts Janice Gillman TV film
1988 Full House Vivian Episode: "Sisterly Love"
1988 Night Court Diane Episode: "Harry and the Tramp"
1989 Nearly Departed Liz Dooley Main role
1989 Dear John Lisa Episode: "Sisters"
1990-1991 Good Grief Debbie Lapidus Main role
1992 Northern Exposure Tammy Tambo Episode: "My Mother, My Sister"
1993 Red Shoe Diaries 'Lilac' Boss Episode: "Hotline"
1994 Runaway Daughters Mrs. Mildred Cahn TV film
1995 Murder, She Wrote Zuleika Brown Episodes: "Nan's Ghost: Parts 1 & 2"
1995 Out There Paige Davis TV film
1995 Hope and Gloria Nurse Nancy Episode: "Money You Should Mention"
1995 John Larroquette Show, TheThe John Larroquette Show Brenda Episode: "An Odd Cup of Tea"
1997 Friends Jeannine Episode: "The One with All the Jealousy"
1997 Star Trek: Voyager Charlene Episode: "Real Life"
1997 Fired Up Susan Episode: "Are We Not Friends?"
1998 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Mom Episode: "The Woods"
2000 X-Files, TheThe X-Files Martha Crittendon Episode: "Chimera"
2001 Boston Public Mrs. Callie Webb Episode: "Chapter 15"
2001 Huntress, TheThe Huntress Helena Barsamian Episode: "Undercover"
2001 Six Feet Under Vicki Dimas Episodes: "Life's Too Short", "The New Person", "The Trip"
2002 Providence Nancy Neiman Episode: "Limbo"
2002 Boomtown Darlene Beechem Episode: "The Freak"
2005-2015 American Dad! Francine Smith / Various (voice) Main role
2013 Family Guy Francine Smith (voice) Episode: "Bigfat"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wendy Schaal Biography (1954-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ Gardella, Kay (April 11, 1986). "Harper Believes Family Comedy Mainstay of TV". Toledo Blade. Retrieved March 9, 2015. Though she has no children of her own, Harper reared her stepdaughter, Wendy Schaal, who is now an actress 
  3. ^ Handel, Jonathan (February 27, 2012). "SAG/AFTRA Anti Merger Lawsuit Drops Demands". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  4. ^ Handel, Jonathan (May 17, 2012). "Dismissal Filed in SAG-AFTRA Merger Lawsuit". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  5. ^ Handel, Jonathan (May 22, 2012). "Dismissal Formalized in SAG-AFTRA Merger Lawsuit (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  6. ^ "Celebrities: Wendy Schaal". TV Guide.com. Retrieved March 9, 2015. 

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