Stafford in 1990.
Nancy Elizabeth Stafford
June 5, 1954
Nancy Elizabeth Stafford (born June 5, 1954) is an American actress, speaker and author, known for her roles on television. She came to prominence in the 1980s as Michelle Thomas, law partner and friend of the title character on five seasons of Matlock. She later hosted a syndicated TV series called Main Floor (1995–2005), a show about fashion and beauty.
Nancy Elizabeth Stafford was born in Wilton Manors, Florida, a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale, in 1954, where she was raised as a Southern Baptist. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. She is a practicing Christian.
Stafford moved to Los Angeles in 1982, where she had her first guest-starring role playing the dual role of Adrienne/Felicia Hunt on the daytime soap opera The Doctors. She had guest starring roles in shows such as Riptide, Remington Steele, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Who's the Boss?, Hunter, Quantum Leap, and Magnum, P.I.. In 1983, Stafford won her first regular role on the NBC medical drama series St. Elsewhere as Joan Halloran. She played the role for two seasons and came back for one more episode in 1986. She later starred as Patricia Blake in the short-lived ABC series Sidekicks from 1986-87.
Stafford is best known for her role as Ben Matlock's assistant Michelle Thomas in the legal drama Matlock, from 1987 to 1992. When the show relocated its filming from the west coast, Stafford opted to leave Matlock. After her departure from Matlock, she began public speaking and hosted Main Floor, a 1990s talk show.
In 2008, she co-hosted the first season of Love, Marriage and Stinkin' Thinkin alongside Mark Gungor. Stafford continued to guest star in many shows, such as ER, Frasier, Babylon 5, Baywatch and The Mentalist.
Stafford is the author of many Christian books, such as: Beauty by the Book: Seeing Yourself as God Sees You, The Wonder of His Love: A Journey into the Heart of God, and her 2006 book, Mothers & Daughters Taking Your Adult Relationship to a Deeper Level.
Stafford married Larry Myers, a pastor. They have a daughter and grandson. Her older brother, Tracy Stafford, was a two-term Mayor of Wilton Manors, Florida and a five-term member of the Florida House of Representatives.
|1987||U.S. Marshals: Waco & Rhinehart||Joyce||Television film|
|1993||Moment of Truth: A Child Too Many||Sharon Davis||Television film|
|1995||Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare||Karen Ingram||Television film|
|2004||The Proverb||Lady in Park||Short film|
|2007||The Wager||Annie Steele|
|2011||Christmas with a Capital C||Kristen Reed|
|2012||Race to the Finish||Julie|
|2012||Christmas Oranges||Mrs. Hartley|
|2013||Foreclosed||Terri Boyd||Short film|
|2013||Superheroes Don't Need Capes||Jenny|
|2013||Season of Miracles||Nurse Barbara|
|2013||Assumed Killer||Dr. Weston|
|2013||Christmas for a Dollar||Mrs. Rathbone|
|2014||Heaven Help Us||Kat Banks||Short film|
|2016||Heritage Falls||Laura Fitzpatrick|
|2016||I'm Not Ashamed||Mrs. Talbot|
|2017||A Mermaid's Tale||Thaleia|
|1982||The Doctors||Adrienne / Felicity Hunt||1 episode|
|1983||Lone Star||Amanda Talbot||Television pilot|
|1983–1986||St. Elsewhere||Joan Halloran||Series regular, 30 episodes|
|1984||Who's the Boss?||Trish Baldwin||Episode: "Sorority Sister"|
|1985||Riptide||Lt. Peggy Burke||Episode: "Prisoner of War"|
|1985||Hunter||Nell Armstrong||Episode: "The Avenging Angel"|
|1985||Magnum, P.I.||Amy Griswald||Episode: "The Treasure of Kalaniopu'u"|
|1985||Scarecrow and Mrs. King||Colleen Donnelly||Episode: "Flight to Freedom"|
|1985||Remington Steele||Jennifer Davenport||Episode: "Stronger Than Steele"|
|1986||You Are the Jury||Diane Blake||Episode: "The State of Arizona vs. Dr. Evan Blake"|
|1986||D.C. Cops||Molly St. Clair||Television pilot|
|1986–1987||Sidekicks||Patricia Blake||Series regular, 23 episodes|
|1986||Matlock||Caryn Nelson / Caroline Nathan||Episode: "The Seduction"|
|1987–1992||Matlock||Michelle Thomas||Series regular, 109 episodes|
|1990||Quantum Leap||Peg Myers||Episode: "Miss Deep South - June 7, 1958"|
|1993||Saved by the Bell: The College Years||Judith Trudell||Episode: "The Poker Game"|
|1996||Frasier||Claire Barnes||Episode: "Moon Dance"|
|1996||Babylon 5||Dr. Mary Kirkish||Episode: "Messages from Earth"|
|1997||Baywatch||Cassie Rose||Episode: "Rendezvous"|
|2003||Judging Amy||Judge Bell||Episodes: "Motion Sickness", "The Wrong Man"|
|2008||The Mentalist||Rosemary Tennant||Episode: "Seeing Red"|
|2017-2018||Scandal||BNC Anchor||4 episodes|
- "Author bio: Nancy Stafford". Christian Book Distributors. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
- Wooding, Dan (2011-09-19). "Actress Nancy Stafford, a True Ambassador for Christ in the Entertainment Industry". ASSIST News. Archived from the original on 2014-10-12. Retrieved 2018-08-14.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- Jicha, Tom (1992-05-07). "Matlock` Moves To Abc, Stafford Moves On". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
- Adelson, Suzanne (1987-11-16). "Playing by Ear, Nancy Stafford Finds the Key to TV's Matlock". People. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
|Awards and achievements|
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