Darlanne Fluegel

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Darlanne Fluegel
Born(1953-11-25)November 25, 1953
DiedDecember 15, 2017(2017-12-15) (aged 64)
Orlando, Florida, United States
Years active1978–2008
Michael Ira Small
(m. 1983; div. 2004)

Darlanne Fluegel (November 25, 1953 – December 15, 2017) was an American actress and model.[1] She had the female lead roles in a number of films throughout the 1980s.

Life and career[edit]

Fluegel was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.[2] She modeled from 1974 to 1981.[3] She worked for Eileen Ford's modeling agency, Ford Models, and took acting lessons from Stella Adler.[2]

She made her screen debut in a supporting role in the 1978 film Eyes of Laura Mars.[1] Her first major film role was as Nanelia in the cult sci-fi film Battle Beyond the Stars (1980). She was featured in Sergio Leone's film Once Upon a Time in America (1984) as Robert De Niro's girlfriend Eve, and in Tough Guys (1986) as Kirk Douglas' girlfriend. In 1985, she appeared in To Live and Die in L.A. as Ruth Lanier, the love interest of William Petersen's main character, Secret Service Agent Richard Chance. Not long afterward, in 1986, she portrayed Billy Crystal's ex-wife, Anna, in the buddy-cop action comedy Running Scared. As a lead actress, Fluegel starred in the independent film Freeway (1988).

Fluegel had the main role in the first season of the NBC drama series Crime Story from 1986 to 1987.[3] In 1989 she starred in Lock Up with Sylvester Stallone She later had a recurring role on Wiseguy, and from 1990 to 1991 was a regular cast member in the final season of Hunter.[1] Fluegel taught acting as a professor at the University of Central Florida (2002–07).

Personal life[edit]

From 1983 until 2004, Fluegel was married to Michael Ira Small. They had two children.[2]

Diagnosed at age 56 with early onset Alzheimer's disease,[4] Fluegel died at her home in Orlando, Florida[2] on December 15, 2017 at the age of 64.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1978 Eyes of Laura Mars Lulu
1980 Battle Beyond the Stars Nanelia
1981 The Animals' Warm Slumber
1983 The Last Fight Sally
1984 Once Upon a Time in America Eve
1985 To Live And Die In L.A. Ruth Lanier
1986 Running Scared Anna Costanzo
1986 Tough Guys Skye
1988 Bulletproof Capt. Devon Shepard
1988 Deadly Stranger Peggy Martin
1988 Freeway Sarah 'Sunny' Harper
1989 Lock Up Melissa
1990 Fatal Sky Phyllis 'Bird' McNamara
1992 Pet Sematary Two Renee Hallow
1993 Slaughter of the Innocents Susan Broderick
1994 Scanner Cop Dr. Joan Alden
1994 Breaking Point Dana Preston / Molly Carpenter
1994 Relative Fear Linda Pratman
1996 Darkman III: Die Darkman Die Dr. Bridget Thorne


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Concrete Beat Stephanie Television film
1985 MacGyver Barbara Spencer Episode: Pilot
1986 The Twilight Zone Mom Episode: "Gramma/Personal Demons/Cold Reading"
1986 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Zoe Episode: "Enough Rope for Two"
1986–1987 Crime Story Julie Torello Main role (season 1), 11 episodes
1990 Wiseguy Lacey Recurring role, 5 episodes
1990–1991 Hunter Off. Joanne Molenski Main role (season 7), 12 episodes
1994 Come Die with Me Pat Chambers Television film


  1. ^ a b c "Darlanne Fluegel - Biography - Movies & TV - NYTimes.com". Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "Darlanne Fluegel, 64". Classic Images (513): 39. March 2018.
  3. ^ a b "The Very Model of a Fine Actress, Darlanne Fluegel Shines Among the Hoods on TV's Crime Story". Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b Darlanne Fluegel, Actress in 'To Live and Die in L.A.' and 'Running Scared,' Dies at 64

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