Tewes in The Love Boat, 1977
|Born||Cynthia Lauren Tewes
October 26, 1953
Braddock, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Education||Rio Hondo College, University of California, Riverside|
|Television||Julie McCoy on The Love Boat|
|Spouse(s)||John Wassel (1977-1982; divorced)
Paolo Noonis (1986-19??; divorced)
Robert Nadir (1996-2002; his death)
Lauren Tewes (//; born Cynthia Lauren Tewes; October 26, 1953) is an American actress. She is known for her role on the television comedy anthology series The Love Boat, which originally aired on ABC from 1977 to 1986.
She attended Pioneer High School and Rio Hondo College and also studied at the University of California, Riverside, where she won the 1st Annual Chancellor's Award for Excellence in the Theatre.
In 1977, Tewes appeared in an episode of the TV series Family ("Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...") as Jill Redfield, a young woman feeling helpless about being expected to marry a man she doesn't love. A year earlier, she had been cast for the role of cruise director Julie McCoy on The Love Boat. She was selected from more than 100 actresses trying out for the role. She was in the third and final pilot of the show, and cast the day before production began.
Lauren made her film debut in the 1981-released movie Eyes of a Stranger.
In 1984, after seven seasons, Tewes was replaced on The Love Boat after a highly public battle with cocaine abuse (which she eventually overcame), although she did reprise her role as a guest in a 1985 episode. Shortly after conquering her drug addiction, Tewes was cast in the 1985 CBS sitcom pilot Anything for Love, along with Vicki Lawrence and Rebeca Arthur. The pilot aired as a special that summer, but did not get picked up as a series.
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Tewes lives near Seattle, Washington, where she has appeared in regional theatre and done voice-over and self-promotion work. Her roles have included Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle in 2003 and Karen Noone in Craig Lucas's Prayer for My Enemy at the Intiman Theatre in 2007. She has had roles in radio dramas performed by Imagination Theater.
She went to culinary school and works as a caterer and cheese steward at a Seattle grocery store. "It was hard ... but I learned a skill I have used as a backup." She gave up acting when her third husband died, but later returned to the stage for local productions.
- John Wassel (1977–1981; divorced)
- Paolo Nonnis (1986–19??; divorced)
- Bob Nadir (May 1, 1996 – April 25, 2002; his death)
- "Lauren Tewes – Overview". MSN Movies. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
- Lauren Tewes at the Internet Movie Database
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- "Sailing a Different Course". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. February 24, 1998. p. 17. Retrieved January 8, 2009.
- UPI (March 12, 1985). "Cocaine Abuse Threw Tewes' Performance Overboard". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
- AP (February 19, 1982). "Lauren Tewes To Cruise For Two More Years". Spartanburg Herald-Journal.
- "Lauren Tewes Takes Cruise For Old Time's Sake". Los Angeles Times. November 26, 1985. Retrieved 2009-01-08.