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|Born||Nancy Justine McKeon
April 4, 1966
Westbury, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Marc Andrus (2003-present)|
McKeon and her older brother Philip appeared in numerous commercials. McKeon also appeared on the soap operas The Secret Storm and Another World. The McKeons moved to Los Angeles in 1975, when Philip won the role and began appearing on the television series Alice with Linda Lavin.
She was cast as tomboy Jo Polniaczek in the fall of 1980 during the show's second season when she replaced most of the first season's cast, including Molly Ringwald. This is her most famous role and she portrayed the character throughout the series until the show was canceled in 1988. McKeon also provided the voice for many ABC Weekend Special cartoon characters, including the voice for Scruffy.
Following The Facts of Life, McKeon was courted by NBC executives for the title role in the TV sitcom adaptation of the 1988 film Working Girl; the role, played by Melanie Griffith in the movie, instead went to then-unknown Sandra Bullock for the TV series. In 1994, both McKeon and Courteney Cox auditioned for the role of Monica Geller on Friends. The role went to the latter. When asked in interviews about the auditions, McKeon said, "I have no hard feelings. The role went to the right person. Courteney was brilliant. Now, I can't see anybody playing the role, not even myself." In 1995, she starred in her own series, Can't Hurry Love, which lasted one season. In 1998, she starred in a sitcom with Jean Smart titled Style & Substance.
McKeon portrayed Inspector Jinny Exstead on the Lifetime police drama The Division from 2001 to 2004, with her pregnancy incorporated into the storyline of the last year of the series. From 2009 to 2010, McKeon appeared in a recurring role in the Disney Channel Original Series Sonny With a Chance, as Connie Munroe, the mother of Demi Lovato's title character.
McKeon also starred in numerous made-for-TV movies throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story, in which she portrayed the title role of Tracey Thurman, and The Wrong Woman, portraying a woman framed for killing her boss. In 2003, McKeon starred in the film Comfort and Joy. According to her A&E Biography, she initially turned down the role of Tracey Thurman because she feared that she couldn't work with the material, she then met Thurman herself, and chose to take it on, she again had second thoughts during the second day of shooting, wanting to be replaced because she felt she would not be able to do Thurman any justice if she were to remain in the role, she was once again talked into remaining with the cast and finished the shooting.
|1991||Where the Day Takes You||Vikki|
|1994||Teresa's Tattoo||Sara||AKA, Natural Selection|
|1995||Wrong Woman, TheThe Wrong Woman||Melanie|
|1977||Starsky & Hutch||Vikki Mayer||"The Crying Child"|
|1978||Fantasy Island||Ann||"Return to Fantasy Island"|
|1978||Question of Love, AA Question of Love||Susan Moreland||TV film|
|1979||Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat||Penny Barrett||"The Brotherhood of the Sea"|
|1979-1982||ABC Weekend Special||Various (voice)||Recurring role|
|1980||Stone||Jill Stone||Regular role|
|1980||ABC Afterschool Special||Lucy Twining||"Schoolboy Father"|
|1980-1981||Thundarr the Barbarian||Tye / Tai (voice)||"Harvest of Doom", "Last Train to Doomsday"|
|1980-1988||Facts of Life, TheThe Facts of Life||Joanna 'Jo' Polniaczek||Main role|
|1981||Please Don't Hit Me, Mom||Nancy Parks||TV film|
|1981||Alice||Kimberly||"Alice's Halloween Surprise"|
|1982||Facts of Life Goes to Paris, TheThe Facts of Life Goes to Paris||Jo Polniaczek||TV film|
|1983||High School U.S.A.||Beth Franklin||TV film|
|1985||Poison Ivy||Rhonda Malone||TV film|
|1985||This Child Is Mine||Kimberly Downs||TV film|
|1986||Firefighter||Cindy Fralick||TV film|
|1987||Facts of Life Down Under, TheThe Facts of Life Down Under||Jo Polniaczek||TV film|
|1987||Strange Voices||Nicole Glover||TV film|
|1989||Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story, AA Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story||Tracey Thurman||TV film|
|1990||Hitchhiker, TheThe Hitchhiker||Dawn Wilder||"New Dawn"|
|1991||Lightning Field||Martha||TV film|
|1992||Baby Snatcher||Karen Williams||TV film|
|1993||Love, Honor & Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage||Rosalie Profaci Bonanno||TV film|
|1995||Mother's Gift, AA Mother's Gift||Margaret Deal||TV film|
|1995-1996||Can't Hurry Love||Annie O'Donnell||Main role|
|1998||In My Sister's Shadow||Joan Connor||TV film|
|1998||Style & Substance||Jane Sokol||Main role|
|1999||Touched by an Angel||Rachel Waters||"The Last Day of the Rest of Your Life"|
|2001-2004||Division, TheThe Division||Inspector Jinny Exstead||Main role|
|2003||Comfort and Joy||Jane Berry||TV film|
|2004||Category 6: Day of Destruction||Amy Harkin||TV film|
|2006||Wild Hearts||Emmy||TV film|
|2007||Without a Trace||Gail Sweeney||"Absalom"|
|2009-2010||Sonny with a Chance||Connie Munroe||Recurring role|
|2011||Love Begins||Millie||TV film|
Awards and nominations
Marco Island Film Festival
- 2000: Won, "Audience Award for Best Short Drama" - A Wakening
- 2000: Won, "Crystal Palm Award for Best Short Film" - A Wakening
- 2003: Nominated, "Best Performance in a Drama Series Episode" - The Division
- 2003: Nominated, "Best Performance in a Drama Series" - The Division
- 2004: Nominated, "Best Performance in a Drama Series Multi Episode Storyline" - The Division
- 2007: Nominated, "The 'When Bad Teens Go Good' Award" - The Facts of Life
- 1982: Nominated, "Best Young Comedienne in Motion Picture or Television" - The Facts of Life
- 1983: Won, "Best Young Actress in a Television Special" - Please Don't Hit Me, Mom
- 1983: Won, "Best Young Actress in a Movie Made for Television" - The Facts of Life Goes to Paris
- 1983: Won, "Best Young Actress in a Comedy Series" - The Facts of Life
- 1984: Nominated, "Best Young Actress in a Comedy Series" - The Facts of Life
- "Nancy McKeon Net Worth". Celebrity Net Worth. Retrieved 2014-09-16.
- "The Facts of Life". Biography. Season 18. Episode 28. July 25, 2005. The Biography Channel.
- "Intimate Portrait: Nancy McKeon". 2001. Lifetime. Missing or empty
- "Actress Nancy McKeon expecting second child". People.com. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
- "Biography". nancymckeon.org. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
- Nancy McKeon at the Internet Movie Database
- Nancy McKeon on the Facts of Life site
- Nancy McKeon on Yahoo movies
- A Cry for help, the Tracey Thurman story, movie trailer