January 26, 1963
New York City, New York U.S.
Claudia Lonow (born January 26, 1963) is an American actress, comedian, television writer and producer.
Early life and education
Lonow was born Claudia Rapaport in New York City to mother JoAnne Astrow and father David Rapaport, a radio executive who was the general manager of the All-Disco format at New York radio station WKTU Disco 92. She has two younger half-brothers: Eric Rapaport, a doctor, and Michael Rapaport, a film and television actor. Their stepfather was comic Mark Lonow, who owned The Improv with Budd Friedman. She took his surname. Lonow is Jewish and grew up in a Jewish family.
Lonow is known for her role as Diana Fairgate on the CBS series Knots Landing, in which she appeared from 1979 to 1984 and again in 1993. She reprised her role in the 1997 reunion miniseries Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac. She guest starred on Fantasy Island, The Love Boat and Hotel.
Writer and producer
Lonow's behind-the-scenes career took off with her creation, co-production and writing of Rude Awakening, a television series which aired on Showtime from 1998–2001 and starred actresses Sherilyn Fenn and Rain Pryor. Lonow also created, wrote and produced the comedy series Good Girls Don't.
Lonow has a daughter.
- 1996: Don't Quit Your Day Job (Video Game) – Writer
- 1997: The New Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series) – Writer (1 episode)
- 1998-2001: Rude Awakening (TV Series) – Executive producer (47 episodes); Co-executive producer (8 episodes), Creator (55 episodes); Writer (13 episodes)
- 2003: Regular Joe (TV Series) – Creative consultant (1 episode)
- 2003-2006: Less than Perfect (TV Series) – Consulting producer (49 episodes); Writer (2 episodes); Consultant (12 episodes)
- 2004: Good Girls Don't... (TV Series) – Executive producer, Creator (8 episodes)
- 2006: Flirt (TV Movie) – Executive producer
- 2006-2007: The War at Home (TV Series) – Co-executive producer (32 episodes); Writer (3 episodes); Teleplay by (1 episode)
- 2008: Cashmere Mafia (TV Series) – Consulting producer (6 episodes); Writer (1 episode)
- 2009: Surviving Suburbia (TV Series) – Writer (3 episodes)
- 2009-2010: Accidentally on Purpose (TV Series) – Executive producer (16 episodes); Creator (8 episodes); Writer (4 episodes)
- 2010: Iris Expanding (TV Movie) – Executive producer
- 2011: Friends with Benefits (TV Series) – Co-executive producer (11 episodes); Writer (1 episode)
- 2012: Work It (TV Series) – Co-executive producer (1 episode); Writer (2 episodes)
- 2012: Counter Culture (TV Movie) – Executive producer
- 2013: How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) (For the Rest of Your Life) (TV Series) – Executive producer (5 episodes); Creator (13 episodes); Writer (3 episodes)
- 2013-2014: Sean Saves the World (TV Series) – Writer (2 episodes)
- 2015: Bummed (Short) – Co-writer, Director
- 2016: Comedy Central Sit N Spin (TV Series) – Writer (1 episode)
- 2016: Crowded (TV Series) – Consulting producer (12 episodes); Writer (1 episode)
- 1979: The Mary Tyler Moore Hour (TV Series) – Mary Ellen in Mary's Goddaughter, Episode #1.6 (1979)
- 1979-1993: Knots Landing (TV Series) – Diana Fairgate / Diana (81 episodes)
- 1982: Drop-Out Father (TV Movie) – Peggy McCall
- 1982: Fantasy Island (TV Series) – Taylor in Legends/The Perfect Gentleman (1982)
- 1982: Wacko – Pam Graves
- 1983: The Love Boat (TV Series) – Suzie Scott in The Zinging Valentine/The Very Temporary Secretary/Final Score (1983)
- 1987: Hotel (TV Series) – Hayley Cole in Fast Forward (1987)
- 1987-1989: Duet (TV Series) – Ms. Taylor in I Never Played for My Father: Part 2; Carol in Too Many Cooks (1989)
- 1990: Thanksgiving Day (TV Movie) – Toni
- 1990: Eating – Party Guest
- 1994: Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series) – Hairdresser in What I Did on My Summer Vacation and Other Stories (1994)
- 1996: Don't Quit Your Day Job (Video Game) – Shirly Felcker
- 1997: 7th Heaven (TV Series) – Waitress in America's Most Wanted (1997)
- 1997: Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac (TV Mini-Series) – Diana Fairgate
- 2001: Rude Awakening (TV Series) – Linda in Altar Ego (2001)
Works and publications
- Lonow, Claudia (8 December 2010). "Christmas With My Ex". The Huffington Post.
- Lonow, Claudia (15 December 2010). "Christmas Past With My Ex, French Edition". The Huffington Post.
- Lonow, Claudia (27 December 2010). "Christmas in New York With My Ex: It's On". The Huffington Post.
- Lonow, Claudia (10 January 2011). How To Not Succeed In Show Business By Really Trying (Ebook). Amazon.
- Lonow, Claudia (25 January 2011). "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Could I Be One Too?". The Huffington Post.
- Lonow, Claudia (1 April 2013). "How to Write a Show About Living With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life, Possibly)". The Huffington Post.
- Lonow, Claudia (14 July 2014). "West Side Story". Fresh Yarn.
- Rose, Lacey (17 July 2012). "'How to Live with Your Parents' Creator Claudia Lonow Will Never Leave Home (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Maron, Marc (14 March 2016). "Episode 689 - Michael Rapaport". WTF with Marc Maron.
- Lonow, Nasty Claudia (30 November 2012). "My mom is burning her "Christmas Smells" candles, like, night and day. (We're Jewish)". Twitter.
- The Deadline Team (27 July 2012). "Producer Claudia Lonow On ABC's 'How To Live With Your Parents': TCA". Deadline.com.
- Getlen, Larry (31 March 2013). "'Parents' trap". New York Post.