Shepherd in 1985
|Born||Cybill Lynne Shepard
February 18, 1950
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
|Children||3, including Clementine Ford|
Cybill Lynne Shepherd (born February 18, 1950) is an American actress, singer and former model. Shepherd's better known roles include Jacy in The Last Picture Show (1971), Kelly in The Heartbreak Kid (1972), Betsy in Taxi Driver (1976), Maddie Hayes in Moonlighting (1985–1989), Cybill Sheridan in Cybill (1995–1998), Phyllis Kroll in The L Word (2007–2009), and Madeleine Spencer in Psych (2008–2013).
Shepherd was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of Patty (née Shobe), a homemaker, and William Jennings Shepherd, who managed a home appliance business. Named after her grandfather Cy and her father Bill, Shepherd won the 1966 "Miss Teenage Memphis" contest at age 16, and the 1968 "Model of the Year" contest at age 18, making her a fashion star of the 1960s, resulting in fashion modeling work through high school and after.
According to Shepherd's autobiography, it was a 1970 Glamour magazine cover that caught the eye of film director Peter Bogdanovich. His then-wife, Polly Platt, claimed that it was she who, upon seeing the cover in a check-out line in a Ralphs grocery store in southern California, said "That's Jacy", referring to the role Bogdanovich was casting—and ultimately offered to Shepherd—in The Last Picture Show (1971). She became intimately involved with him, as well as co-star Jeff Bridges, screenwriter Larry McMurtry, and then location manager Frank Marshall.
First experience of fame
Her first film was The Last Picture Show (1971 film), also starring Jeff Bridges and Timothy Bottoms. The film became a critical and box office hit, earning several Academy Awards and nominations. Shepherd was nominated for a Golden Globe. Shepherd was cast opposite Charles Grodin in The Heartbreak Kid (1972). She played Kelly, the beautiful, sunkissed young woman whom Grodin's character falls for while on his honeymoon in Miami. Directed by Elaine May, it was another critical and box office hit. Also in 1972, Shepherd posed as a Kodak Girl for the camera manufacturer's then ubiquitous cardboard displays.
In 1974, Shepherd again teamed with Peter Bogdanovich for the title role in Daisy Miller, based on the Henry James novella. The film—a period piece set in Europe—proved to be a box office failure. That same year, she launched a singing career, releasing her debut studio album Cybill Does It...To Cole Porter for MCA Records The following year, she made her next film, At Long Last Love (1975), a musical which was once again directed by Bogdanovich, but like Daisy Miller, it also flopped.
Shepherd returned with good reviews for her work in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976). According to Shepherd, Scorsese had requested a "Cybill Shepherd type" for the role. She portrayed an ethereal beauty with whom Robert De Niro's character, Travis Bickle, becomes enthralled.
A series of less successful roles followed, including The Lady Vanishes, the remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 film of the same name. Already sitting in on an acting class taught by Stella Adler, Shepherd was offered work at a dinner theater in Norfolk, VA, and turned to friend Orson Welles for advice. He encouraged her to get experience on stage in front of an audience, anywhere but New York or Los Angeles away from the harsh big-city critics and so she moved back to her home town of Memphis to work in regional theatre.
Return to Hollywood
In 1982, Shepherd returned to New York and soon after took to the stage alongside James MacArthur in a theatre tour of Lunch Hour by Jean Kerr. The following year, Shepherd went back to Los Angeles and soon won the role of Colleen Champion in the night-time drama, The Yellow Rose (1983), opposite Sam Elliott. Although critically acclaimed, the series lasted only one season. A year later Shepherd was cast as Maddie Hayes in ABC's Moonlighting (1985–1989), which became the role that defined her career. The producers knew that her role depended on having chemistry with her co-star, and she was involved in the selection of Bruce Willis. A lighthearted combination of mystery and comedy, the series won Shepherd two Golden Globe awards.
She starred in Chances Are (1989) with Robert Downey Jr. and Ryan O'Neal, receiving excellent reviews. She then reprised her role as Jacy in Texasville (1990), the sequel to The Last Picture Show (1971), as the original cast (including director Peter Bogdanovich) reunited 20 years after filming the original. She also appeared in Woody Allen's Alice (1990), and Eugene Levy's Once Upon a Crime (1992), as well as several television films. In 1997 she won her third Golden Globe award for CBS' Cybill (1995–1998), a television sitcom, in which the title character, Cybill Sheridan, an actress struggling with hammy parts in B movies and bad soaps, was loosely modeled on herself (including portrayals of her two ex-husbands).
In 2000 Shepherd's bestselling autobiography was published, titled Cybill Disobedience: How I Survived Beauty Pageants, Elvis, Sex, Bruce Willis, Lies, Marriage, Motherhood, Hollywood, and the Irrepressible Urge to Say What I Think, written in collaboration with Aimee Lee Ball. That same year, Shepherd hosted a short-lived syndicated talk show version of the book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, but left the show in early 2001 and was replaced by Cristina Ferrare, Bo Griffin, Samantha Phillips, Drew Pinsky, and Rondell Sheridan. In 2003 she guest-starred on 8 Simple Rules as Cate Hennessy's (portrayed by Katey Sagal) sister. She has played Martha Stewart in two television films: Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart (2003) and Martha: Behind Bars (2005).
From 2007 until it ended, Shepherd appeared on the Showtime drama, The L Word as the character Phyllis Kroll for the show's final three seasons. In 2008 she joined the cast of the USA Network television series Psych as Shawn Spencer's mother, Madeleine Spencer. On November 7, 2008, Shepherd guest-starred in a February episode of the CBS drama Criminal Minds. In the fall of 2010 Shepherd appeared in an episode of ABC's new show, No Ordinary Family. and in November of the same year she guest-starred in an episode of CBS' $h*! My Dad Says.
In July 2012 Shepherd made her Broadway debut in the revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre alongside James Earl Jones, John Stamos, John Larroquette, Kristin Davis and Elizabeth Ashley to positive reviews.
Shepherd appeared in Do You Believe? (2015), a Christian-themed movie produced by Pure Flix Entertainment, the same studio that produced God's Not Dead. She played a mother grieving the death of her daughther.
Throughout her career, Shepherd has been an outspoken activist for issues such as gay rights and abortion rights. In 2009, Shepherd was honored by the Human Rights Campaign in Atlanta to accept one of two National Ally for Equality awards. She has been an advocate for same-sex marriage and parental rights.
In her autobiography she revealed that in 1978 she called her mother, crying, unhappy with the way her life and career were going, to which her mother replied "Cybill, come home." She went home to Memphis where she met, and began dating local auto parts dealer and nightclub entertainer, David M. Ford. She became pregnant and they married that year, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1982. Their daughter, Clementine Ford, was born in 1979.
In 1987 she became pregnant by chiropractor Bruce Oppenheim, and married him, giving birth to twins, Cyrus Zachariah and Molly Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim during the fourth season of Moonlighting. They divorced in 1990. Oppenheim went on to marry actress Jenilee Harrison. It was Harrison who noticed a patch on Shepherd's back which was diagnosed as melanoma and subsequently removed.
In June 2012 she became engaged to boyfriend Andrei Nikolajevic.
In October 2014, as part of the publicity for Do You Believe?, the upcoming Christian-themed film in which she will be starring, she revealed that she had returned to her Christian faith. "I was born a Christian, sang in the choir. Then I lost touch with my saviour Jesus Christ. I stopped talking to Him and praying. Then I just started talking to Jesus and I started to feel really good and I got the offer to do this film."
Shepherd made the following claims in her autobiography:
- She dated Elvis Presley in the early 1970s and cared for him, but could not handle his dependence on drugs, and ultimately chose her boyfriend, film director, Peter Bogdanovich, over Presley.
- She agreed to a date with actor Jack Nicholson, to make Bogdanovich jealous. She later canceled the date and Nicholson would not speak to her again, except to say "hi" at a party many years later.
- She did not like working with Charles Grodin on The Heartbreak Kid (1972), and that it took her several years to like him enough to have a one-night stand with him.
- Robert De Niro asked her out during the filming of Taxi Driver (1976). She turned him down, and he did not speak to her, except in character, for the rest of the filming. She later said that she regretted turning him down.
- She had a sexual encounter with co-star Don Johnson during the making of the television miniseries, The Long, Hot Summer (1985).
- The jazz musician, Stan Getz, "came on" to her during a recording session for her album, but she declined and he did not speak to her.
- Shepherd and her Moonlighting costar Bruce Willis were tempted to become lovers off-screen, but both knew it could hurt the series and they agreed not to.
- 1986 - Outstanding Lead Actress - Drama Series - Moonlighting
- 1995 - Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series - Cybill
- 1996 - Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series - Cybill
- 1997 - Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series - Cybill
In her autobiography, Shepherd addressed rumors that she was jealous of her co-stars Bruce Willis and Christine Baranski for winning Emmy awards while she has not: "The grain of truth in this controversy was that of course I was envious. Who doesn't want to win an Emmy?"
Golden Globe Awards
- 1985 - Best Actress in a TV series, Comedy/Musical - Moonlighting
- 1986 - Best Actress in a TV series, Comedy/Musical - Moonlighting
- 1995 - Best Actress in a TV series, Comedy/Musical - Cybill
- 1971 - Most Promising Newcomer (Female) - The Last Picture Show
- 1987 - Best Actress in a TV series, Comedy/Musical - Moonlighting
- 1996 - Best Actress in a TV series, Comedy/Musical - Cybill
|1971||The Last Picture Show||Jacy Farrow||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress|
|1972||The Heartbreak Kid||Kelly Corcoran|
|1974||Daisy Miller||Annie P. 'Daisy' Miller|
|1975||At Long Last Love||Brooke Carter|
|1976||Special Delivery||Mary Jane|
|1977||Aliens from Spaceship Earth||Herself||Documentary|
|1978||Silver Bears||Debbie Luckman|
|1978||A Guide for the Married Woman||Julie Walker||Television movie|
|1979||The Lady Vanishes||Amanda Kelly|
|1984||Secrets of a Married Man||Elaine||Television movie|
|1985||Seduced||Vicki Orloff||Television movie|
|1985||The Long Hot Summer||Eula Varner||Television movie|
|1989||Chances Are||Corinne Jeffries|
|1991||Which Way Home||Karen Parsons||Television movie|
|1991||Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich||Herself||Documentary|
|1991||Married to It||Claire Laurent|
|1992||Once Upon a Crime...||Marilyn Schwary|
|1992||Memphis||Reeny Perdew||Television movie|
|1992||Stormy Weathers||Samantha Weathers||Television movie|
|1993||Telling Secrets||Faith Kelsey||Television movie|
|1993||There Was a Little Boy||Julie Warner||Television movie|
|1994||Baby Brokers||Debbie Freeman||Television movie|
|1994||While Justice Sleeps||Jody Stokes||Television movie|
|1995||The Last Word||Kiki Taylor|
|1997||Journey of the Heart||Janice Johnston||Television movie|
|2002||Due East||Nell Dugan||Television movie|
|2003||Easy Riders, Raging Bulls||Herself|
|2003||Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart||Martha Stewart||Television movie|
|2004||Signs and Voices||Herself|
|2005||Detective||Karen Ainsile||Television movie|
|2005||Martha: Behind Bars||Martha Stewart||Television movie|
|2006||Open Window||Arlene Fieldson|
|2009||High Noon||Essie McNamara||Television movie|
|2009||Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith||Alice Washington||Television movie|
|2009||Another Harvest Moon||Vickie|
|2009||Listen to Your Heart||Victoria|
|2010||The Client List||Cassie||Television movie|
|2014||Kelly & Cal||Bev|
|2015||Do You Believe?||Teri|
|2015||She's Funny That Way||Nettie Patterson|
- Cybill Does It...To Cole Porter 
- At Long Last Love: Film Soundtrack (1975)
- Mad About the Boy (Tombstone, 1976)
- Cybill Getz Better (Inner City, 1976)
- Vanilla (1979)
- Moonlighting: TV Soundtrack (1987) – Cybill sings "Blue Moon" & "I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get Out"
- Somewhere Down the Road (1990)
- Talk Memphis to Me (Drive Archive, 1997)
- Songs from The Cybill Show (1999)
- Live at the Cinegrill (2001)
- At Home With Cybill (2004)
- Jazz Baby Volumes 1–3 (2005)
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