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November 17, 1963 |
Queens, New York
Early life and career
Schachter was born in Queens, New York, the daughter of Suzanne Marion (née Mokotoff), a theatrical manager, and Alex Schachter, a real estate developer and accountant. Schachter's mother, the founder of Suzelle Enterprises, helped Felice get her start by having her model as early as the age of four months, when she appeared on the cover of American Baby magazine. Felice did commercials for Ivory Snow, Pampers, Downy, Baby Alive, and Jordache Jeans. She went on to study at the George Balachine School of Ballet at age eight. Later she joined the New York City Ballet company, most notably performing in The Nutcracker. She also had performed in both Sleeping Beauty and The Taming of the Shrew.
Theater and television
She was selected for what would be known as her most notable role, Nancy in The Facts of Life. She played the role regularly until 1980, when she was the first member of the regular cast to be let go. She would continue to make guest appearances on the show until 1986. Other television roles included Diff'rent Strokes, the soap opera Love of Life, NBC Quiz Kids, The Adams Chronicles, Alice, The New Monkees and Love, American Style, among others.
In 1981, Schachter was cast in the role of Bernadette in the 1982 movie Zapped! and starred opposite Scott Baio. She would move on to film production, working in such roles as being an assistant director and production assistant, making infomercials, commercials and corporate films.
She has worked on such film and television projects as Magic Island, After The Game, the pilot for JAG, Uncle Sam, Twilight of the Golds, High Tide, Born Free, The Citizen, Waiting For The Monkeys, The Gnomes' Great Adventure, Waste Land, Jackie, Knockaround Guys and 30 Years to Life. She was the production coordinator for the series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
- "Felice Schachter Biography (1963-)". Film Reference. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- (20 March 1980). Felice Schachter: A Veteran at Age 16, The Hour (newspaper), Retrieved December 15, 2010
- Scott, Vernon (UPI) (6 August 1982). 'Facts of Life' Star Happy Facing Facts of College, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Retrieved December 15, 2010