Stafford in 1990.
|Born||Nancy Elizabeth Stafford
June 5, 1954
Wilton Manors, Florida, USA
|Spouse(s)||Larry Myers (1989–present)|
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 Ben Matlock's (played by Andy Griffith) law partner and friend, Michelle Thomas, on Matlock. She hosted a syndicated TV series called Main Floor (1995–2005), a show about fashion and beauty.
Stafford was born June 5, 1954, in Wilton Manors, Florida, a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where she was raised in a Southern Baptist home. Stafford graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. She is a Christian. After graduating from Ft. Lauderdale High School in 1972, she was Miss Florida 1976, competing in the 1977 Miss America Pageant. She began her career working as a public relations specialist. In addition she worked as a model in New York at the Ford Model Agency.
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 asRiptide, 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 three seasons. She later starred as Patricia Blake in the short-lived ABC series Sidekicks from 1986 to 1987.
Stafford is best known for her role as Ben Matlock's assistant Michelle Thomas in the legal drama Matlock, opposite Andy Griffith, from 1987 to 1992, replacing Linda Purl, who left after the first year. Stafford had been a lifelong Griffith fan, since the early 1960s, as a six-year-old girl. Stafford auditioned and won the role. Before she played Michelle, she guest starred on the same show in 1986, where she played a call girl. According to a 2010 interview with the actress on On Screen and Beyond, there was a remarkable on- and off-screen relationship between Stafford and Griffith. She left the show to spend more time with her family, and to also move on to other ventures. After her departure from Matlock, she became a world-renowned public speaker, traveling to many churches, colleges, universities, women's group to other businesses. During the 1990s she was the host of Main Floor, which was a talk show that was seen in over forty countries. In 2008 she co-hosted the first season of Love, Marriage and Stinkin' Thinkin alongside Mark Gungor. Stafford also guest starred 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. Just one month after exchanging a phone call to her former childhood television hero and TV lawyer, on the day of Griffith's 86th and final birthday, while planning to meet with him in his hometown, when he already refused, the month later, Stafford received word that she lost her mentor on July 3, 2012. Prior to his death, Stafford released a statement: "Andy was more than you can imagine. Obviously, he was an American icon, but he was an incredible professional. He set a tone on- the set, every single day that was absolutely inspiring. He was fun. He was profoundly loyal. He was just an amazing wonderful man and he left an indelible mark in my life and the lives of everyone who watched him over the years." She also said, the month before his death, when she called him on the day of his 86th birthday (just a few days before her birthday), "He sounded so wonderful, he picked the phone right up and he was upbeat and he sounded full of energy and we laughed and we joked. I told him how much I loved him and we had a great, great conversation; so glad that we did. He sounded amazing." So, Stafford went to Mt. Airy, North Carolina, without Griffith, to meet her fans.
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 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||Wager, TheThe 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|
|1982||Doctors, TheThe 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||Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist||Rosemary Tennant||Episode: "Seeing Red"|
- "Christianbook.com: About Nancy Stafford - author bio and information". Retrieved 7 October 2014.
- Mediating Faiths. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
- "Nancy Stafford: Andy Griffith was a 'consummate professional'". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
- "`Matlock` Moves To Abc, Stafford Moves On". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
- "Andy Griffith: America's Favorite Sheriff Dies". cbn.com. 2012-07-04. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
- "Playing by Ear, Nancy Stafford Finds the Key to TV's Matlock". Retrieved 7 October 2014.
|Awards and achievements|
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