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June 12, 1958 |
Northridge, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, TV Infomercial pitchperson|
|Spouse(s)||Dr. Bruce Oppenheim (1993-present)|
Jenilee Harrison (born June 12, 1958) is an American actress possibly best known for her role as the replacement blonde roommate Cindy Snow on the hit sitcom Three's Company, between 1980 and 1982. She went on to play Jamie Ewing Barnes in Dallas from 1984 to 1986.
Harrison joined the cast of ABC's Three's Company in 1980. She entered the show as a replacement for Suzanne Somers who played the sitcom's "ditzy blonde" Chrissy Snow. Somers left the show just after the show's fifth season had begun. Harrison was cast as Somers' replacement. Harrison's character, Cindy Snow, was created to be Chrissy Snow's cousin. Unlike Chrissy, Cindy was not a "dumb blonde"; instead, she was an extremely clumsy farm-girl. The character of Cindy was similar enough to Chrissy, however, that producers could use scripts already written with the Chrissy character in mind. Harrison debuted on Three's Company in the episode entitled "Chrissy's Cousin" (season 5, episode 7). She enters as Jack and Janet's new roommate after Chrissy's departure. Cindy proves she's a klutz right away by knocking Jack down. Her constant "accidents" (mainly with Jack) added to the show's gags of characters being clumsy. Even though she had replaced Somers, Harrison was not given opening credits billing, and instead Somers still obtained opening billing (as a part of finishing off her contract). Harrison was end-credits billed, as a guest star.
For the sixth season of Three's Company, a new blonde roommate named Terri Alden (Priscilla Barnes), a smart nurse, took Cindy's place in the apartment. Harrison was retained on the show and this time was given opening cast billing. However, she now had a lesser role, appearing less frequently in the series, with the character living near the apartment, at UCLA. By the end of the season, however, Cindy Snow disappeared from the series. Her last appearance was in "Janet Wigs Out" (season 6, episode 24).
Beginning in 1984, Harrison portrayed the recurring character Jamie Ewing Barnes in the drama Dallas. She played the role until 1986. Her character was actually killed off twice, first when she starts the car belonging to her brother, Jack Ewing, in the episode "Blast from the Past" and it explodes killing her. After the whole season was explained away as a dream, Harrison returned for her character to die again. Early in 1987, Jamie was killed in a mountain climbing accident.
In 1985, she appeared on Super Password with Dick Gautier, appearing again in 1986, this time with Marty Cohen, Michael Young and Bruce Baum, and Dallas star Ken Kercheval back in 1987 with Bert Convy.
In 1993, Harrison married Dr. Bruce Oppenheim, a prominent Los Angeles area chiropractor, who is the ex-husband of actress Cybill Shepherd. She has two stepchildren from her husband's previous marriage to Shepherd: Molly Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim and Cyrus Zachariah Shepherd-Oppenheim.
|1978||CHiPs||Cheerleader||Episode: "High Flyer"|
|1979||240-Robert||College Girl / Jill||Episodes: "Stuntman" and "The Applicant"|
|1980–82||Three's Company||Cindy Snow||Main cast (32 episodes)|
|1981||The Love Boat||Connie Wilker||Episodes: "The Three R's" (Parts 1 & 2)|
|1981||Fantasy Island||Ginger Donovan||Episode: "Slam Dunk"|
|1981||Battle of the Network Stars X||Herself - ABC Team||TV special|
|1982||Fantasy Island||Jenny Ryan||Episode: "Natchez Bound"|
|1983||The Love Boat||Erica Dupont||Episode: "Here Comes the Bride - Maybe"|
|1983||Bring 'Em Back Alive||Stacey||Episode: "The Shadow Women of Chung Tai"|
|1984||Fantasy Island||Barbara Jessup||Episode: "Games People Play"|
|1984||The Love Boat||Sheila||Episode: "The Babymakers"|
|1984||The New Mike Hammer||Shelley Steele||Episode: "Shots in the Dark"|
|1984–86||Dallas||Jamie Ewing||Main cast (70 episodes)|
|1985||Battle of the Network Stars XVIII||Herself - CBS Team||TV special|
|1986||Simon & Simon||Jennifer Tucker||Episode: "Just Because I'm Paranoid"|
|1987||The Love Boat: Who Killed Maxwell Thorn?||Sarah York||TV movie|
|1987||Hotel||Brenda Thompkins||Episode: "Class of '72"|
|1987||The New Mike Hammer||Maggie||Episode: "Lady Killer"|
|1987||Murder, She Wrote||Serena||Episode: "The Way to Dusty Death"|
|1988||She's the Sheriff||Grace||Episode: "Hair"|
|1991||They Came from Outer Space||Dr. H.J. Pretzel||Episode: "Play Doctor"|
|1991||Curse III: Blood Sacrifice||Elizabeth Armstrong|
|1991||Prime Target||Kathy Bloodstone|
|1992||Illicit Behavior||Charlene Lernoux|
|1995||Fists of Iron||Julie Weaver|
|1999||That '70s Show||Carol||Episode: "Red's Birthday"|
|2000||The Redemption||Sarah Snyder|
|2002||The Power||Hillary||TV movie|
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