Cathy Lee Crosby
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|Cathy Lee Crosby|
Crosby in 1984
December 2, 1944 |
Los Angeles, California
Her first TV appearance was as Susan in the episode 'The Lay of the Land' in the first season of It Takes a Thief (1968). Her first movie role was as Kay Butler in the 20th Century Fox crime drama The Laughing Policeman (1973) starring Walter Matthau, Bruce Dern, and Louis Gossett, Jr.
In 1974, she starred as the title character in the television film Wonder Woman, a year before Lynda Carter would popularize the role in a weekly series. She starred in the movie Trackdown (1976) with James Mitchum, and Coach (1978) with The Terminator star Michael Biehn, in which she played the coach of a high school basketball team who falls for one of her players. She also starred in the horror movie The Dark (1979), opposite William Devane, and appeared in the 1982 TV miniseries World War III, with Rock Hudson and David Soul.
Crosby was a co-host of the TV series That's Incredible! from 1980 to 1984 on ABC, which remains in world-wide syndication. In 1986, she was a guest commentator for the nationally televised special of World Wrestling Federation (WWF)'s WrestleMania 2.
She was in a relationship with football star Joe Theismann throughout the early 1980s. They split up in 1991, after which she sued him for $4.5 million because he "abandoned his promise to financially support her." Theismann responded with a countersuit, ultimately leading to both settling out of court. According to her autobiography, Let the Magic Begin, when Theismann sued for half of her assets, Crosby declared bankruptcy to stop his litigation, although these allegations have not been confirmed by other sources and the lawsuit documents were kept confidential.
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- Cathy Lee's Resume
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