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July 11, 1966
Burbank, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, model, spokesperson|
|Spouse(s)||Steve Timmons (1997–present)|
Early life and education
A native of Burbank, California, Dunning graduated from John Burroughs High School, the same school her parents graduated from exactly twenty years earlier. She was a cheerleader and her school's Homecoming Queen, also winning the title of "Miss Burbank 1984".
Debbie Dunning was signed by the Judith Fontaine Modeling & Talent Agency in Los Angeles. Her modeling career began with numerous Miller Beer advertisements, and her first television commercial was for Foot Locker. She has also appeared in ads for Ford Motors. She received national exposure as Louise, the "Run for the Border Girl" in a series of Taco Bell commercials.
Dunning is best known for playing the beautiful tool assistant Heidi Keppert, the "Tool Time girl", on the ABC sitcom Home Improvement. She had previously guest-starred in an episode of the show in an earlier season, and the show's producers selected her to return as a full-time member of the cast. She has also appeared on various TV shows and movies, including 1988's Dangerous Curves. She was the reigning champion of the American Gladiators Celebrity Challenge two years running. Dunning also appeared in her own calendar in 1996 and several television commercials.
- Dangerous Curves (1988) (Credited as Debra Dunning) – Pageant Girl
- Married... with Children (1990), (1991) – Rochelle
- Home Improvement (1993 – 1999) – Heidi Keppert
- Tales from the Crypt – episode "The Pit" (1994)
- Off Camera with Dean Cain (1995) – Herself
- The Misery Brothers (1995) – Ima Barrister, the Public Defender
- Spring Break Blast (1995) – Unknown
- Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997) – Pvt. Delores Costello
- The Jamie Foxx Show (1999) – Herself
- The Spiral Staircase (2000) – Danielle
- Now You Know (2002) – Sun Goddess
- Tim Allen Presents: A User's Guide to 'Home Improvement' (2003) – Herself/Heidi/Kiki
- Four Fingers of the Dragon (2003) – Herself
- The E! True Hollywood Story – Home Improvement (2005) – Herself
- Wicked Wicked Games (2006) – Hope Lorca
- The Last Guy on Earth (2006)
- "Debbe Dunning", by Brie Hearn, All Movie Guide, hosted by MSN.com. Retrieved April 9, 2010.
- "Debbe Dunning: Heidi on Home Improvement", WCHS-TV. Retrieved April 9, 2010.
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