Amy Marie Yasbeck
September 12, 1962
Blue Ash, Ohio, U.S.
(m. 1999; died 2003)
Amy Marie Yasbeck (born September 12, 1962) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Casey Chappel Davenport on the sitcom Wings from 1994 to 1997, and also having played the part of Madison in the television film Splash, Too in 1988 (taking over the role originated by Daryl Hannah in the film Splash). She has guest starred in various television shows and co-starred in films such as House II: The Second Story, Pretty Woman, Problem Child, Problem Child 2, The Mask, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
Yasbeck was born in the Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash, Ohio, the daughter of Dorothy Louise Mary (née Murphy; 1922–1984), a homemaker, and John Anthony Yasbeck (1921–1982), a butcher and grocery store owner. Her father was of Lebanese descent, while her mother was of Irish ancestry. As a child, Yasbeck was featured on the package art for the Betty Crocker Easy-Bake Oven. Years later, in 2000, she was presented with a new Easy-Bake Oven on the show I've Got a Secret, for which she was a regular panel member.
She spent her primary and secondary years at two different Catholic schools: Summit Country Day School and Ursuline Academy. After losing both of her parents, her father from a heart attack and her mother from emphysema, Yasbeck moved to New York City.
Early into her acting career, she appeared in Rockhopper, an unsold CBS television pilot from 1985. Yasbeck has had guest-starring roles in many television shows, including Dallas, Spies, Werewolf, J.J. Starbuck, Magnum, P.I., China Beach, and Murphy Brown. She played Olivia Reed for four months between 1986 and 1987 on the long-running daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives. She also played the starring role of the mermaid Madison in the Disney television movie Splash, Too in 1988 (the role of Madison was originated by Daryl Hannah in the 1984 movie Splash). Playing a mermaid in Splash, Too was a fulfillment of a childhood dream for Yasbeck, as she loved mermaids when she was 5 years old after watching a Disney movie that featured mermaids. Yasbeck has also had starring roles in the sitcoms Wings, Alright Already, and Life on a Stick and in movies such as House II: The Second Story, Pretty Woman, Problem Child, Problem Child 2, and The Mask. She has twice worked with Mel Brooks, in 1993's Robin Hood: Men in Tights and 1995's Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
In late 2007, plans surfaced of a potential That's So Raven spin-off featuring Yasbeck and Anneliese van der Pol, who portrayed her daughter, with occasional appearances by Raven-Symoné. The show was scrapped due to van der Pol signing onto a new Broadway play, and Yasbeck wanting to take a break from acting to focus on her family.
She was a contestant on the syndicated version of Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? in 2010.
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Yasbeck is the widow of actor John Ritter, with whom she had worked in several projects. She first met him at director Dennis Dugan's house during a read-through of their 1990 movie Problem Child. According to Yasbeck, Ritter forced her to eat a bagel and cream cheese because he thought she was too thin. He also thought she was too young to play his wife in the movie (Ritter was 14 years Yasbeck's senior).
Yasbeck and Ritter also starred together in Problem Child 2 (1991) and guest-starred together in an episode of The Cosby Show which aired in 1991. Ritter also guest-starred on Wings as Yasbeck's estranged husband in the season-seven episode "Love Overboard". The couple had a child named Stella Dorothy in September 1998, and married one year later on September 18, 1999 at the Murphy Theatre in Wilmington, Ohio. Their son is trans and changed his name from Stella to Noah Lee.
On September 11, 2003, their son Noah’s fifth birthday, Ritter fell into a coma when rehearsing for 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. He was taken to the hospital by paramedics. He drifted in and out of consciousness and told his feelings to doctors. Initially, Ritter was thought to be suffering a heart attack. At 10:48 that night, Ritter died. The cause of death was actually an aortic dissection stemming from a previously undiagnosed congenital heart defect.
Yasbeck gave her blessing to the continuation of the sitcom, as 8 Simple Rules, where it was ultimately decided that Katey Sagal's character would assume the lead role as a widow.
On the September 5, 1990, episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, she said that her "great-great-great uncle" Charles Webb Murphy was the owner of the Chicago Cubs during their championships of the early 1900s.
Wrongful death lawsuit
After her husband died, Yasbeck filed a $67 million wrongful death lawsuit against Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and several doctors who treated him, alleging they misdiagnosed his condition and that contributed to his death. Several of the defendants settled out of court for a total of $14 million, including Providence St. Joseph, which settled for $9.4 million. On March 14, 2008, a jury split 9–3 in favor of the doctors, clearing the physicians of any wrongdoing.
|1987||House II: The Second Story||Jana|
|1990||Pretty Woman||Elizabeth Stuckey|
|1990||Problem Child||Florence "Flo" Healy|
|1991||Problem Child 2||Annie Young|
|1992||The Nutt House||Diane Nutt|
|1993||Robin Hood: Men in Tights||Maid Marian|
|1994||The Mask||Peggy Brandt|
|1995||Home for the Holidays||Ginny Johnson Drewer|
|1995||Dracula: Dead and Loving It||Mina Seward|
|1998||The Odd Couple II||Stewardess|
|1985||Rockhopper||Sonia Petrova||Unsold CBS TV-Pilot|
|1986–1987||Days of Our Lives||Olivia Reed|
|1987||Dallas||Mary Elizabeth||2 episodes|
|1987||Spies||Margo||Episode: "Right or Wrong"|
|1987||Werewolf||Deidra||Episode: "Nothing Evil in These Woods"|
|1987||J.J. Starbuck||Doreen||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1987–1988||Magnum, P.I.||Diana||4 episodes|
|1988||China Beach||Airplane Stewardess||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1988||Splash, Too||Madison Bauer||ABC TV-Movie|
|1989||Trenchcoat in Paradise||Nan Thompson||CBS TV-Movie|
|1989||Murphy Brown||Young Lady in Bar||Episode: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?"|
|1989||Little White Lies||Vicki||NBC TV-Movie|
|1990||Midnight Caller||Mary Lou Harper||Episode: "The Hostage Game"|
|1990||Poochinski||Frannie Reynolds||Unsold NBC TV-Pilot|
|1990, 1993||Matlock||Model Lauren Chadwick / Cheryl Atkinson||2 episodes|
|1991||Murder, She Wrote||Connie Canzinaro||Episode: "Family Doctor"|
|1991||The Cosby Show||Alicia Evans||Episode: "Total Control"|
|1992||Get a Life||Evelyn||Episode: "Girlfriend 2000"|
|1992||Designing Women||Tiffany||Episode: "A Little Night Music"|
|1992||Quantum Leap||Frankie Washarskie||Episode: "Stand Up"|
|1993||Street Justice||Nancy||Episode: "The Wall"|
|1994||Diagnosis: Murder||Karen Davis||Episode: "The Restless Remains"|
|1994||Dave's World||Julie||Episode: "The Funeral"|
|1994–1997||Wings||Casey Chappel Davenport|
|1995||Platypus Man||Wendy||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1996||Sweet Dreams||Laura Renault||NBC TV-Movie|
|1998||Dead Husbands||Betty Lancing||TV-Movie|
|1999||It's Like, You Know...||Karen||Episode: "The Sweet Smell of Success"|
|2002||House Blend||Sally Harper||TV-Pilot|
|2003||Just Shoot Me!||Skyler||Episode: "For the Last Time, I Do"|
|2005||Life on a Stick||Michelle Lackerson|
|2006||That's So Raven||Joni Daniels||Episode: "The Ice Girl Cometh"|
|2007||Shorty McShorts' Shorts||Danielle (voice)||Episode: "Flip-Flopped"|
|2010||Hot in Cleveland||Hailey Nash||Episode: "The Sex That Got Away"|
|2013||Bones||Diana Malkin||Episode: "The Archaeologist in the Cocoon"|
|2013||Modern Family||Lorraine||Episode: "Larry's Wife"|
|2015||Workaholics||Annette||Episode: "Gramps Demamp is Dead"|
|2016||Pretty Little Liars||Claudia||Episode: "Do Not Disturb"|
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