Alison LaPlaca

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Alison LaPlaca
Born (1959-12-16) December 16, 1959 (age 60)
Spouse(s)Philip Charles MacKenzie (1992–present)

Alison LaPlaca (born December 16, 1959) is an American actress best known for the role of acid-tongued yuppie Linda Phillips in the Fox sitcoms Duet and its spin-off Open House, both of which aired in the late 1980s.[citation needed]


Early life and career[edit]

LaPlaca is a graduate of Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.[1] She attended Illinois Wesleyan University, where she majored in drama.[citation needed] She performed in a circus show, Circus Fantastic, at Marriott's Great America, now Six Flags Great America.

Before moving to Los Angeles LaPlaca worked as a cocktail waitress at Chicago's Palmer House on Michigan Ave.

Shortly after moving to Hollywood, LaPlaca landed the part of Elyse in TV sitcom version of Barry Levinson's film Diner. That pilot did not get picked up, and soon thereafter La Placa got a part in the made-for-TV movie Listen to Your Heart (1983).[citation needed]

Later career[edit]

The following year LaPlaca earned a regular spot on Suzanne Pleshette Is Maggie Briggs (1984). She had a small part in Fletch (1985) and she subsequently played Linda Phillips on the series Duet (from 1987 to 1989) and Open House (from 1989 to 1990). LaPlaca also played opposite Kirstie Alley in the 1990 movie Madhouse, with co-star John Larroquette.[citation needed]

LaPlaca has guest-starred on series including ER, Cheers, Family Ties, Desperate Housewives, and Friends (as Rachel's boss, Joanna). She was a regular on Stat (1991), The Jackie Thomas Show (1992), Tom (1994), and the NBC sitcom The John Larroquette Show (from 1994 to 1996). LaPlaca has also guest-starred on animated series such as Johnny Bravo.

She has been married to TV actor/director Philip Charles MacKenzie (her costar on Open House) since 1992.[2]

She also played the character of Andrea in the TV series Boston Legal in two episodes in season 4 (“Glow in the Dark” and “Rescue Me”). She also appeared in Malcolm in the Middle as Barbara in the episode "Convention" and in a recurring role on ’Til Death as Beth, Joy's coworker.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Voyage of the Rock Aliens Diane
1985 Fletch Pan Am Clerk
1990 Madhouse Claudia
1995 An Affectionate Look at Fatherhood


  1. ^ Nenni, Pete. "Stevenson grads make a name for themselves in television roles", Daily Herald (Arlington Heights), May 13, 2003.
  2. ^ Castro, Peter (May 15, 1995). "A Place to Call Home". People. 43 (19). Archived from the original on June 2, 2009.

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