Joely Fisher

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Joely Fisher
Fisher, Joely (2007).jpg
Joely Fisher in November 2007.
Born (1967-10-29) October 29, 1967 (age 49)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Beverly Hills High School
Alma mater Emerson College
University of Paris
Occupation Actress, singer, dancer, songwriter, producer
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Christopher Duddy (m. 1996)
Children 3
Parent(s) Eddie Fisher
Connie Stevens
Relatives

Joely Fisher (born October 29, 1967[1]) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her work on television as Paige Clark on Ellen as well as Joy Stark in the Fox sitcom 'Til Death.

Background[edit]

Fisher was born in Burbank, California, the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Connie Stevens.[1] Her younger sister is actress Tricia Leigh Fisher. She is the half-sister of actress Carrie Fisher and producer Todd Fisher, from her father's previous marriage to actress Debbie Reynolds.[1] Her parents divorced when she was age two, and she was raised by her mother.[1]

Fisher and her sister toured the world with Stevens, attending different schools and having tutors. Fisher graduated from Beverly Hills High School, then attended Emerson College in Boston and studied at the University of Paris for one semester.[1]

She was named Miss Golden Globe at the 1992 Golden Globe Awards.[2]

Career[edit]

Her first movie role was Averil in the comedy Pretty Smart (1987), which starred her sister, Tricia. Joely then played Kris in TV's Schoolbreak Special drama Dedicated to the One I Love (1991) opposite Danielle Ferland. Next came the feature I'll Do Anything (1994) starring Nick Nolte, which helped her career as bigger roles followed.

She had a variety of guest roles on series such as Growing Pains, Blossom, Caroline in the City, The Golden Palace, The Outer Limits, Grace Under Fire and Coach.

In 1994, she was cast as Paige Clark on the sitcom Ellen. She played the role until the series ended in 1998. That same year, she earned a Golden Globe Award nomination. She also sang the theme song "Who has a perfect smile? Who has a comical style, who likes to hang out with her friends, who who? Ellen!" with Clea Lewis.[citation needed]

She followed Ellen with the role of Dr. Brenda Bradford in the feature movie Inspector Gadget (1999) opposite Matthew Broderick.

Fisher's Broadway debut was as a replacement in the revival of Grease (1994). She was also a replacement in the revival of Cabaret (1998). Her vocal range is alto.

Joely's career in music not only landed her on Broadway but she was featured in Albums. Her most noted album was "Tradition; a family at Christmas" which she, her mother Connie Stevens all sang various Christmas carols. She sang her own solo "Grown Up Christmas List". Her vocals are also heard singing "One For My Baby" in Harold Arlen's album "STAGE"

From 2003 until 2005, she starred in the Lifetime network's drama series Wild Card as insurance investigator Zoe Busiek. After that, she had a recurring role as Lynette's boss Nina on Desperate Housewives.

Joely Fisher in May 2014.

From 2006 until 2010, Fisher starred opposite actor Brad Garrett as Joy Stark in the Fox TV sitcom 'Til Death.

Personal life[edit]

Fisher married cinematographer Christopher Duddy in 1996.[1] They have three daughters, Skylar Grace (born 2001), True Harlow (born 2006), and Olivia Luna[1] (adopted September 2008).[3] She is also stepmother to Duddy's two sons, Cameron (born c. 1986) and Collin (born circa 1988).[3] As of at least 2004, the family lives in Los Angeles next to Fisher's sister Tricia, with whom she is close.[4]

In late 2008, she became an artist ambassador for Save the Children. She traveled to Xai-Xai, Mozambique, to visit with children that are part of the child sponsorship programs.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1987 Pretty Smart Averil
1994 I'll Do Anything Female D Person
1994 Mask, TheThe Mask Maggie
1994 Mixed Nuts Susan
1997 Family Plan Lauren Osborne Uncredited
1999 Inspector Gadget Dr. Brenda Bradford/Robo-Brenda
2000 Nostradamus Lucy Hudson
2005 Slingshot Emma
2007 Cougar Club Lulu
2007 Murdering Mama's Boy Claire Short film
2009 You Kimberly
2014 Fatal Acquittal Cassidy Miller
2014 Killing Winston Jones Devon
Television
Year TV Show Role Notes
1988 Something Is Out There Leanne Healy Episode: "The Keeper"
1989 Starting from Scratch Sylvia Episode: "Kate Leaves Home"
1990 Mulberry Street Rosalie TV movie
1990 Growing Pains Sally Garner Episode: "Future Shock"
Episode: "The World According to Chrissy"
1991 Blossom Bambi Episode: "Tough Love"
1991 CBS Schoolbreak Special Kris Stone Episode: "Dedicated to the One I Love"
1993 Golden Palace, TheThe Golden Palace Paula Webb Episode: "Runaways"
1994 ABC Weekend Specials (voice) Episode: "The Magic Flute"
1994 Companion, TheThe Companion Stacy TV movie
1994–98 Ellen Paige Clark 96 episodes
1996 Caroline in the City Jill Episode: "Caroline and the Ex-Wife"
1996 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Amy Episode: "Out of Body"
1996, 1997 and 1998 Superman: The Animated Series Lana Lang (voice) Episode: "My Girl","The Late Mr. Kent" and "Obsession"
1997 Seduction in a Small Town Sandy Barlow TV movie
1997 Coach Paige Clark Episode: "Viva Las Ratings"
1997 Grace Under Fire Paige Clark Episode: "Vegas"
1997 Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey Show Paige Clark Episode: "Drew Gets Married"
1997 Jitters Rita Domino TV movie
1998 In the Loop TV series
1998 Icebergs: The Secret Life of a Refrigerator TV movie
1998 Perfect Prey Elizabeth Crane TV movie
1998 Thirst Susan Miller TV movie
1999 Love, American Style Jeannie Segment: "Love and The Heimlich Maneuver"
1999 Coming Unglued Laura Hartwood TV movie
1999 Kidnapped in Paradise Beth Emerson TV movie
2000 Grosse Pointe Hope Lustig 5 episodes
2000 Normal, Ohio Pamela Theresa Gamble-Miller 7 episodes
2001 Danny Molly 9 episodes
2002–03 Baby Bob Lizzy Collins Spencer 14 episodes
2003–05 Wild Card Zoe Busiek 36 episodes
2005 Fertile Ground Dr. Jamie Novak TV movie
2005 Desperate Housewives Nina Fletcher 5 episodes
2006–10 'Til Death Joy Stark 81 episodes
2011 Wizards of Waverly Place Meg Robinson Episode: "Alex the Puppetmaster"
2012 Cupid, Inc. Eve Lovett TV movie
2012 RuPaul's Drag U Guest Professor Episode: "Time to Grow Up"
2014-16 Last Man Standing Wendi 6 episodes
Theater
Year Production Role Notes
1994 Grease Betty Rizzo
1998 Cabaret Sally Bowles

Discography

1993

Tradition: A family at Christmas

She sang 3 songs with her mother Connie Stevens and sister Tricia Leigh Fisher. She has 1 solo: Grown Up Christmas List

S.T.A.GE. Music of Harold Arlen

"One for my baby"

Lerner, Lowe, Lane and Friends

"Come back to me."

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Joely Fisher Biography: Television Actress (1967–)". Biography.com (FYI / A&E Networks). Archived from the original on February 13, 2014. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Miss Golden Globe: Through The Years". Access Hollywood. Archived from the original on 2017-01-10. Retrieved 2017-01-10.  Slide #11.
  3. ^ a b Jordan, Julia (September 29, 2008). "'Til Death's Joely Fisher Adopts a Baby Girl". People. Retrieved September 30, 2008. ...the recent adoption of a newborn baby girl, Fisher’s rep, Brit Reece, tells People exclusively. New daughter Olivia Luna Fisher-Duddy joins older brothers, Cameron, 22, Collin, 20, and sisters, Skylar, 7, and True, 2. 
  4. ^ "In Step With: Joely Fisher". Parade. July 18, 2004. Archived from the original on December 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Actress Joely Fisher Joins Save the Children to Promote Child Sponsorship Programs" (Press release). Save the Children. September 8, 2008. Archived from the original on January 3, 2017. Retrieved January 4, 2009. 

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