Lori Loughlin

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Lori Loughlin
Lori Loughlin 2014.jpg
Loughlin at LAX, August 2014
Born Lori Anne Loughlin
(1964-07-28) July 28, 1964 (age 52)
Queens, New York City, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1971–present
Children 2

Lori Anne Loughlin (born July 28, 1964)[1] is an American actress and model. She is best known for her role as Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House, appearing in the series from 1988 to 1995 and its sequel as a recurring character on Fuller House. From 2008 to 2011, she played Debbie Wilson on the The CW series 90210 (2008–11, 2012), a spin-off of Beverly Hills, 90210. She is also known for playing Ava Gregory on the The WB series Summerland (2004–05), which she also co-created and produced.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

While different reference sources list her birthplace as either Queens, New York City,[3] or Hauppauge, New York, on Long Island,[1][4] Loughlin explained, "I grew up in Hauppauge but I was born in Queens," moving with her family when "I was a year old."[5] She is the daughter of Lorellee Loughlin and Joseph Roy Loughlin,[6] a foreman for the New York Telephone Company.[7] She attended Oaks Public Elementary School and Hauppauge High School.[7] Loughlin is of Irish descent.[8]


After becoming interested in acting as a young child,[2] Loughlin began her career at age 11 as a print model,[3] recalling:

My mom had a friend that was going into Manhattan to meet with an agency for modeling. She was taking her teenage daughters in and she asked my mom if I wanted to go along. My mom reluctantly let me go, but I don't think she ever thought anything would come of it. And I went in and they handed me a contract and said, "We'll take you."[2]

At 15, she was cast in the ABC soap opera The Edge of Night, playing the part of Jody Travis, an aspiring dancer,[3] appearing in the series from 1980 to 1983.[1] From 1983 to 1988, Loughlin appeared in a number of feature films and television guest spots. On July 3, 1983, she starred in the pilot The Tom Swift/Linda Craig Mystery Hour as Linda Craig, an amateur detective. The pilot was based on the Tom Swift and Linda Craig series. The pilot aired to low ratings and the project was abandoned.[citation needed]

From 1988 to 1995, Loughlin was cast as Rebecca Donaldson, Danny Tanner's (Bob Saget) co-host and later Jesse Katsopolis' (John Stamos) wife in the ABC sitcom Full House. Initially set for a six-episode arc, she became a regular for the remainder of the series run.[1] Within months after Full House ended, Loughlin co-starred with Tony Danza in the ABC sitcom Hudson Street (1995–96). The series was canceled after one season.[9]

In 1993, she starred in the television adaptation of Sidney Sheldon's novel A Stranger in the Mirror, which is a roman à clef on Groucho Marx and Erin Fleming,[10] with Loughlin playing Fleming's role. In 1997, she starred alongside Bruce Campbell in the film In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory. In 2000, Loughlin co-starred opposite Treat Williams in the Fred Olen Ray-directed thriller film Critical Mass. She also guest starred in Suddenly Susan, Spin City, Seinfeld, The Drew Carey Show, and as the superhero Black Canary in the Birds of Prey series in 2002.

From 2004 to 2005, Loughlin co-created, produced and starred in The WB drama series Summerland. She played Ava, the aunt who raises three children after their parents die in a car accident. The series was canceled after two seasons due to low ratings on July 11, 2005. In 2007, Loughlin co-starred in the ABC sitcom In Case of Emergency with David Arquette. She appeared in the film Moondance Alexander (2007), co-starring with her former Summerland cast mate Kay Panabaker. Loughlin also was in attendance at Comedy Central's The Roast of Bob Saget which was hosted by John Stamos and premiered on August 17, 2008. At her table were Full House co-stars Dave Coulier and Jodie Sweetin. In 2010, Loughlin starred in the television film Meet My Mom, which premiered on the Hallmark Channel on Mother's Day.[11]

She co-starred in seasons one through three of the Beverly Hills, 90210 spin-off 90210 as Debbie Wilson from 2008 to 2011. She reprised her role in the season five premiere episode in 2012.[12]

Loughlin made a brief appearance as Rebecca Donaldson, alongside John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis, on a July 2013 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, following a reunion performance by Jesse and The Rippers.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Loughlin was married to investment banker Michael R. Burns from 1989 to 1996.[4] On Thanksgiving 1997, Loughlin eloped with fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, the creator of the Mossimo clothing line, whom she had met in 1995.[3] They have two daughters together, Isabella and Olivia.[1] Olivia has a YouTube channel of beauty tips, Olivia Jade.[14] Loughlin also is a stepmother to Gianni, Giannulli's son from a previous relationship.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Amityville 3-D Susan Baxter
1985 The New Kids Abby McWilliams Alternative title: Striking Back
1985 Secret Admirer Toni Williams Alternative title: The Letter
1986 Rad Christian Hollings
1987 Back to the Beach Sandi Alternative title: Malibu Beach Girls
1988 The Night Before Tara Mitchell
1993 Empty Cradle Jane Morgan
1997 Casper: A Spirited Beginning Sheila Fistergraff Direct-to-video
1999 Suckers Donna DeLuca
2000 Critical Mass Janine
2001 Magyk Sally
2007 Farce of the Penguins Melvin-Smacking Penguin Voice role; direct-to-video
Moondance Alexander Gelsey Alexander
2009 Old Dogs Amanda
Meet My Mom Dana
2013 Crawlspace Susan Gates


Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Smith Family (unknown) Episode: "Family Man"
1979 Too Far to Go Young Judith Maple Movie (uncredited)[citation needed]
1980–1983 The Edge of Night Jody Travis #1
1982 Matt Houston Sue Episode: "Shark Bait"
1983 The Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour Linda Craig Unsold pilot
1985 North Beach and Rawhide Candy Cassidy Movie
1986 Brotherhood of Justice Christie Movie
1986–1987 The Equalizer Jenny Morrow "Prelude",
"First Light"
1986–1988 CBS Schoolbreak Special Kelly
"Babies Having Babies",
"No Means No"
1987 A Place to Call Home Jenny Gavin Movie
1988 Tales from the Hollywood Hills: The Old Reliable Kay Cork Movie
CBS Summer Playhouse Tammy Episode: "Old Money"
1988–1995 Full House Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis Recurring role: season 2, regular role: seasons 3–8
1992 Inside America's Totally Unsolved Lifestyles "Another Look" Anchor Special
Doing Time on Maple Drive Allison Movie
To Grandmother's House We Go Win-O-Lotto Lottery Hostess Movie (uncredited)[citation needed]
1993 Empty Cradle Jane Morgan Movie
A Stranger in the Mirror Jill Castle Movie
1994 One of Her Own Toni Stroud Movie
1995 Abandoned and Deceived Gerri Jensen Movie
1995–1996 Hudson Street Melanie Clifford Regular role, 22 episodes
1997 In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory Jill Erickson Movie
Tell Me No Secrets Jess Koster Movie
Suddenly Susan Paula Episode: "With Friends Like These"
The Price of Heaven Leslie Movie; alternative title: Blessed Assurance
Seinfeld Patty Episode: "The Serenity Now"
Medusa's Child Dr. Linda McCoy Miniseries
2001 Cursed Natalie Keith Episode: "...And Then They Tried to Make Some Rules"
Spin City Michelle 3 episodes
2002 Eastwick Sukie Ridgemont Unsold pilot
Birds of Prey Carolyn Lance/Black Canary Episode: "Sins of the Mother"
The Drew Carey Show Robin 2 episodes
2004 Justice League Unlimited Dr. Tracy Simmons (voice) Episode: "The Greatest Story Never Told"
2004–2005 Summerland Ava Gregory Lead role (26 episodes)
2005 Missing Dr. Joy Gribben Episode: "Anything for the Baby" (Parts 1 & 2)
2006 Jake in Progress Lindsay Episode: "The Two Jakes"
Ghost Whisperer Christine Greene Episode: "Demon Child"
2007 In Case of Emergency Dr. Joanna Lupone Regular role (13 episodes)
90210 Debbie Wilson Regular role: seasons 1–3, guest star: season 5
2010 Soldier Love Story (formerly Meet My Mom) Dana Marshall Movie
2013 A Mother's Rage Rebecca Mayer Movie
Psych Dr. Joan Diamond Episode: "Nip and Suck It"
Major Crimes Mrs. Slayter Episode: "The Deep End"
When Calls the Heart Abigail Stanton Movie
Garage Sale Mystery Jennifer Shannon Movie, 1 of 7
2014–present When Calls the Heart Abigail Stanton Regular role
2014 Enlisted Herself Episode: "Alive"
Garage Sale Mystery: All That Glitters Jennifer Shannon Movie, 2 of 7
2015 Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room Jennifer Shannon Movie, 3 of 7
Garage Sale Mystery: The Wedding Dress Jennifer Shannon Movie, 4 of 7
North Pole: Open For Christmas Mackenzie Movie
2016 Fuller House Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis Recurring role
Garage Sale Mystery: Guilty Until Proven Innocent Jennifer Shannon Movie, 5 of 7
Garage Sale Mystery: The Novel Murders Jennifer Shannon Movie, 6 of 7
Garage Sale Mystery: The Art of Murder Jennifer Shannon Movie, 7 of 7
Blue Bloods Grace Edwards Episode: "The Greater Good"
2016 Every Christmas Has a Story Kate Harper Hallmark Channel TV movie

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Daytime Emmy Award
    • 1989: Nominated, "Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special" – CBS Schoolbreak Special
  • PRISM Awards[16]
    • 2006: Won, "Best Performance in a Drama Series Storyline" – Summerland
  • TV Land Award
    • 2004: Nominated, "Best Quintessential Non-Traditional Family" – Full House
  • Teen Choice Award
    • 2009: Nominated, "Choice TV Parental Unit" – 90210
  • Young Artist Award
    • 1983: Nominated, "Best Young Actress in the Daytime Series" – The Edge of Night
    • 1987: Won, "Michael Landon Award" – CBS Schoolbreak Special


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  16. ^ "Television/Prism Awards". Prism Awards 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 

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