Cynthia Gibb

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Cynthia Gibb
Cynthia Lowrie Gibb[1]

(1963-12-14) December 14, 1963 (age 59)
  • Actress
  • model
Years active1980–present
Known forFame
Short Circuit 2
Holiday Affair
SpouseScott Kramer (divorced)

Cynthia Gibb (born December 14, 1963)[2] is an American actress and former model who has starred in film and on television. She began her career as a cast member on the musical television drama Fame, based on the movie of the same name. She also appeared in the films Youngblood (1986), Salvador (1986), Malone (1987), Short Circuit 2 (1988) and Death Warrant (1990). She received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance as Gypsy Rose Lee in the film Gypsy (1993).

Life and career[edit]

Gibb grew up in Westport, Connecticut, and graduated from Staples High School. At the age of 14, she began assignments with the Ford Modeling Agency in New York City.[3] She was on the cover of Vogue and Young Miss magazines. She was cast for her first film role, a small part as a Young Fan in Woody Allen's 1980 film Stardust Memories.

Gibb appeared in Youngblood starring Rob Lowe. She also played the role of Susan Martin Wyatt Carter on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow, appearing from 1981 to 1983. Gibb was a regular for three of the six seasons of the television series Fame, which aired from 1982 to 1987. She appeared in the Diagnosis: Murder movies in 1992 as Dr. Amanda Bentley. In Salvador (1986), directed by Oliver Stone and starring James Woods, she portrayed an American lay missionary in El Salvador who was brutally raped and murdered. In the TV adaptation of Gypsy, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film; she played the adult Gypsy Rose Lee opposite Bette Midler as Madame Rose.[4][3] Gibb later starred in the NBC sitcom Madman of the People[5] (1994–95), and UPN series Deadly Games (1995–97).[6] She has also played in many TV movies, including the role of Karen Carpenter in The Karen Carpenter Story (1989). She played Mary Maloney opposite John Schneider in Mary Christmas.[3]


Year Title Role
1980 Stardust Memories Young Girl Fan
1986 Youngblood Jessie Chadwick
Salvador Cathy Moore
Modern Girls Cece
1987 Malone Jo Barlow
1988 Jack's Back Chris Moscari
Short Circuit 2 Sandy Banatoni
1990 Death Warrant Amanda Beckett
1997 Volcano: Fire on the Mountain Kelly Adams
2002 Full Frontal Pregnant Woman
2008 Beautiful Loser Bonnie (adult)
Fall of Hyperion Jenni Hansen
2010 A Nanny for Christmas Samantha Ryland
The Funeral Planner Cynthia Gibb
2013 Before I Sleep Caroline
2016 Caged No More Lottie
Hunter's Cove Sandy
Year Title Role Notes
1981–1983 Search for Tomorrow Suzi Wyatt TV series
1983–1987 Fame Holly Laird 25 episodes
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Drama Series (1984)
1989 The Karen Carpenter Story Karen Carpenter TV movie
When We Were Young Ellen Reese TV movie
1990 Midnight Caller Willi Episode: "Three for the Money"
Tales from the Crypt Lorelei Phelps Episode: "Korman's Kalamity"
1992 Diagnosis: Murder Dr. Amanda Bentley TV movie
Drive Like Lightning Ginger McDaniel TV movie
The House on Sycamore Street Dr. Amanda Bentley TV movie
1993 A Twist of the Knife Dr. Amanda Bentley TV movie
The Woman Who Loved Elvis Emily TV movie
Gypsy Louise / Gypsy Rose Lee TV movie
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1994 Sin & Redemption Billie Simms TV movie
Fatal Vows: The Alexandra O'Hara Story Alexandra O'Hara TV movie
1994–1995 Madman of the People Meg Buckner 16 episodes
1995–1997 Deadly Games Lauren Ashborne / The Girl 13 episodes
1996 Holiday Affair Jodie Ennis TV movie
1997 Volcano: Fire on the Mountain Kelly Adams TV movie
Love-Struck Emily Vale TV movie
High Stakes Annie TV movie
Superman: The Animated Series Trish Mills (voice) Episode: "Prototype"
1998 Earthquake in New York Laura Rykker TV movie
2000 This Is How the World Ends Nicole Van Dyke TV movie
2001 The Wandering Soul Murders Jill Dempsey TV movie
A Colder Kind of Death Jill Dempsey TV movie
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Narrator (voice) TV movie
Judging Amy Irene Kroft Episode: "The Unforgiven"
2002 The Division Donna Packard Episode: "Hide and Seek"
Mary Christmas Mary Maloney TV movie
2003 Mary Higgins Clark: A Crime of Passion Frederica Dumay TV movie
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Karen Campbell Episode: "Poison"
2005 Missing Dr. Susan Reynolds Episode: "Patient X"
2006 7th Heaven Betsey Episode: "You Don't Know What You've Got 'Til He's Gone"
2007 Demons from Her Past Marilyn Baxter TV movie
A Family Lost Valerie Williamson TV movie
Christie's Revenge Miranda Colton TV movie
An Accidental Christmas Vicky TV movie
2008 Without a Trace Tracie Duncan Episode: "True/False"
2009 Criminal Minds Kathy Gray Episode: "Bloodline"
2010 Accused at 17 Jacqui Miller TV movie
2011 Cinnamon Professor Madeline Walters TV movie (aka "My Dog's Christmas Miracle")
2013 The Cheating Pact Brenda Marshall TV movie
2015 Christmas Land Elaine Nickerson TV movie
2016 Broadcasting Christmas Patrice Montgomery TV movie
2017 Stalker's Prey Sandy Wilcox TV movie (aka "Hunter's Cove)
Sharing Christmas Helen TV movie
2020 Ivy & Mistletoe Mary Anderson TV movie
Christmas on the Menu Shannon Byrde TV movie

Awards and nominations[edit]

Association Year Category Title Result
Golden Globe Awards 1994 Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Gypsy Nominated
Young Artist Awards 1984 Best Young Actress in a Drama Series Fame Nominated


  1. ^ "TV Guide". retrieved June 23, 2022.
  2. ^ "Today's top celebrity birthday list for December 14, 2018". Retrieved September 1, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "Cynthia Gibb Biography". Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  4. ^ "Cynthia Gibb".
  5. ^ Upperco, Jackson (June 6, 2018). "MSTV Flops: A Look at MADMAN OF THE PEOPLE".
  6. ^ "Cynthia Gibb | Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos". AllMovie.

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