Leslie Easterbrook

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Leslie Easterbrook
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Leslie Easterbrook, 2006
BornLeslie Eileen Easterbrook
(1949-07-29) July 29, 1949 (age 69)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)Victor Holchak (1979-1988; divorced)
Dan Wilcox (?-present)

Leslie Eileen Easterbrook (born July 29, 1949) is an American actress. She played Sgt./Lt./Capt. Debbie Callahan in the Police Academy films and Rhonda on the television series Laverne & Shirley.

Early life[edit]

Easterbrook was born in Los Angeles. She was adopted when she was nine months old[1]; her adoptive parents, Carl and Helen Easterbrook, raised her in Arcadia, Nebraska. She attended and graduated from Kearney High School and Stephens College. Her father was a music professor and her mother was an English teacher at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.[2]

Career[edit]

Easterbrook appeared in about a dozen feature films and over 300 television episodes.

One of her first notable roles was as Rhonda Lee on Laverne & Shirley. The role of Rhonda was part of the show's change of locale from Milwaukee to Hollywood.

She also famously appeared as Debbie Callahan in the Police Academy movie series.[3][4] Easterbrook told author Paul Stenning, "The funny thing is, that’s not me at all. I’d never played tough. I’d played all kinds of things, but I’d never played someone who’s intimidating or someone that was aggressive sexually. I was of a size that I never played the girl who got the guy. I wondered how I could do it. But I did. I went for the audition and I scared the producer and the director and then they backed up in their chairs and I went ‘Oh no, now I really blew it. I scared them’. So I left the audition upset. I didn’t get to read the script until I got the part. I thought it was outrageous and so funny."[5]

Easterbrook also appeared in Murder, She Wrote, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Baywatch, Matlock, Hunter, and The Dukes of Hazzard.[6] In 2005, she replaced Karen Black as Mother Firefly in Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects, the sequel to the 2003 horror movie, House of 1000 Corpses. In 2007, she played security guard Patty Frost in Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween. In 2008, she played as Betty in the thriller/horror film House.[7] In 2010, she starred in The Afflicted. She also appeared on Ryan's Hope as Devlin Kowalski. Her voice work has been featured in several projects, including Superman and Batman: The Animated Series.

She sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XVII[8] and have landed her starring roles in musicals on Broadway[9] and throughout the country; she recorded a song for the soundtrack of Police Academy: Mission to Moscow.[citation needed]

Easterbrook made a video, Real Beginner's Guide to the Shotgun Sports, the first in a series designed to encourage and prepare nonshooters for their first shooting experience. Easterbrook serves on the board of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, and supports a number of children's charities. Easterbrook is a National Rifle Association member and has served on the board of directors of the California Rifle and Pistol Association.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Easterbrook is married to M*A*S*H writer Dan Wilcox. She was previously married to fellow actor Victor Holchak.[12]

She is good friends with former Police Academy cast members Scott Thomson and Marion Ramsey. She describes the cast of the original movie as a "big family".[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stenning, Paul (24 November 2013). Success - By Those Who've Made It. Pg. 147. In Flight Books. ISBN 978-1628475869.
  2. ^ Stenning, Paul (24 November 2013). Success - By Those Who've Made It. Pg. 148. In Flight Books. ISBN 978-1628475869.
  3. ^ Machray, Robert (February 24, 2010). "Theatre Review (LA): Broads by Fahn and Symon at the El Portal Theatre". blogcritics. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  4. ^ Weldon, Michael (1996). The psychotronic video guide. Macmillan. pp. 434&ndash, 435. ISBN 0-312-13149-6.
  5. ^ Stenning, Paul (24 November 2013). Success - By Those Who've Made It. Pg. 154. In Flight Books. ISBN 978-1628475869.
  6. ^ Hofstede, David (2005). The Dukes of Hazzard: The Unofficial Companion. Macmillan. p. 279. ISBN 0-312-35374-X.
  7. ^ Monush, Barry; Willis, John (2009). Screen World: The Films of 2008. 60. University of Arkansas Press. p. 225. ISBN 1-4234-7370-1.
  8. ^ Weiss, Don; Day, Chuck (2003). The Making of the Super Bowl. McGraw-Hill Professional. p. 368. ISBN 0-07-142949-2.
  9. ^ Grigware, Don (February 22, 2010). "BWW Reviews: Talented Broads Sing BROADS! THE MUSICAL". Broadway World. Wisdom Digital Media. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  10. ^ Knight, Ken (2008). The Midnight Show: Late Night Cable-TV "Guy-Flicks" of the 80's. AuthorHouse. p. 66. ISBN 978-1-4343-4148-8.
  11. ^ Weller, Sandy (April 1, 2005). "CRPA's 130th Anniversary & Annual Banquet". California Rifle & Pistol Association. Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  12. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0247579/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
  13. ^ Stenning, Paul (24 November 2013). Success - By Those Who've Made It. Pg. 152. In Flight Books. ISBN 978-1628475869.

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