Stephanie Faracy

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Stephanie Faracy
New York City, U.S.
EducationIllinois Wesleyan University (Bachelor of Arts)
Yale University (Master of Fine Arts)
Years active1976–present

Stephanie Faracy is an American actress. She is known for playing supporting roles in films including Heaven Can Wait (1978), Scavenger Hunt (1979), Blind Date (1987), The Great Outdoors (1988), Hocus Pocus (1993), Sideways (2004), Flightplan (2005), and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016). On television, Faracy has had leading roles in a number of sitcoms, most significantly True Colors (1990–92). She currently plays Lisa Lawson on the comedy series Uncoupled (2022-present).

Life and career[edit]

Faracy was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, where she attended high school. She studied acting at Illinois Wesleyan University and Yale School of Drama.[1] She began her acting career in New York stage, and in 1976, made her television debut in an episode of ABC sitcom Laverne & Shirley.

She went to star in two unsold sitcom pilots, before playing Corinne in the 1978 comedy film Heaven Can Wait. The following year, Faracy played Angel Childress in the film When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?, and Babbette in the comedy film Scavenger Hunt.[2]

Faracy has a long-running career on television. From 1979 to 1980, she starred in the CBS sitcom The Last Resort. From 1983 to 1984, she co-starred alongside Bill Bixby and Mariette Hartley in Goodnight, Beantown. Also during the 1980s, Faracy had roles on several miniseries, include The Thorn Birds (1983, as Mary Carson's servant, Judy), Space (1985), and Windmills of the Gods (1988).

In film, she co-starred alongside Bruce Willis and Kim Basinger in the 1987 romantic comedy film Blind Date, and the following year, she played John Candy's wife in the comedy film The Great Outdoors.[3]

In 1990, Faracy starred alongside Martin Mull in the sitcom His & Hers. Later that year, she began starring in the Fox sitcom True Colors about an interracial marriage.[4]

In 1993, she played the role ofJenny Dennison in the film Hocus Pocus.

The following years, Faracy continued her career, appearing in supporting roles in both film and television. She has guest-starred on Touched by an Angel, Wings, Murphy Brown, Will & Grace, Frasier, Grey's Anatomy, Ugly Betty, How I Met Your Mother, Castle, Desperate Housewives, Modern Family, How to Get Away with Murder, and The Goldbergs. In 2016, she had a recurring role on the Lifetime comedy-drama series Devious Maids. In 2022, she played Lisa Lawson on the comedy series Uncoupled.

Her recent film credits include Sideways (2004), Surviving Christmas (2004), Flightplan (2005), Get Him to the Greek (2010), Bad Teacher (2011), and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016).



Year Title Role Notes
1978 Heaven Can Wait Corinne
1979 When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? Angel Childress
1979 Scavenger Hunt Babbette
1987 Blind Date Susie Davis
1988 The Great Outdoors Connie Ripley
1993 Hocus Pocus Jenny Dennison
1994 Family Portrait Jane Janáček Short
2004 Sideways Stephanie's Mother
2004 Surviving Christmas Letitia Vangilder
2005 Flightplan Anna
2010 Get Him to the Greek Wendy
2011 Bad Teacher Mrs. Pubich
2014 Stuck Stella
2016 Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Rosie Stangle


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Laverne & Shirley Debra Lee episode: "Excuse Me, May I Cut In?"
1977 Bumpers Rozzie Webber unsold TV pilot
1978 The Fighting Nightingales Lt. Hope Phillips TV film
1979–80 The Last Resort Gail Collins main role
1981 Trapper John, M.D. Lisa Holloway episode: "Have I Got a Girl for You"
1981 Stephanie Stephanie TV film
1981 Insight Donna episode: "Little Miseries"
1983 Private Benjamin Sherry Stern episode: "Judy's Cousin"
1983 The Thorn Birds Judy TV miniseries
1983 Carpool Jennifer O'Connor TV film
1983 Fantasy Island Deborah Barnes 1 episode
1983 Hotel Judy Gillette episode: "Hotel"
1983–84 Goodnight, Beantown Valerie Wood main role
1984 Mama Malone Gina episode: "The Commitment"
1984 Goldie and the Bears Goldie Hawkins TV film
1984 The Love Boat Honey Malloy 1 episode
1985 Eye to Eye Tracy Doyle main character, 7 episodes
1985 Space Debbie Dee Claggett TV miniseries
1986 Classified Love Kate Harris TV film
1986 American Geisha Katy TV film
1986 Magnum, P.I. Amy Sayler episode: "Novel Connection"
1986 Murder, She Wrote Amy Salyer episode: "Magnum on Ice"
1987 Hotel Janice Fletcher episode: "Class of '72"
1988 Windmills of the Gods Florence Schiffer TV miniseries
1989 Bridesmaids Beth TV film
1990 His & Hers Dr. Regina 'Reggie' Hewitt main role
1990–1992 True Colors Ellen Freeman main role
1993 Tales of the City Candi Moretti TV miniseries
1993 The Only Way Out Lynn TV film
1996 Silk Stalkings Gloria Hemmings episode: "Family Values"
1996 Touched by an Angel Sally Redding episode: "The Quality of Mercy"
1996 Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story Dr. Otis TV film
1996 Wings Carol episode: "Single and Hating It"
1996 Dark Skies Joan Sayers episode: "Hostile Convergence"
1996–1998 The Fantastic Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor (voice) regular role
1997 Murphy Brown Carole Fordham episode: "And That's the Way It Was?"
1997 Pauly Pamela episode: "Foreplay"
1997 Boston Common Lucy Cross episode: "A Cross to Bear"
1997 Chicago Hope Myra Dolan episode: "All in the Family"
1997 Frasier Mimi episode: "Voyage of the Damned"
1998 The Pretender Joyce Cullman episode: "Gigolo Jarod"
1998 Safety Patrol Mrs. Marlowe TV film
1998 Caroline in the City Faye episode: "Caroline and the Sandwich"
1999 Maggie Winters Lucille episode: "Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut"
1999 The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads Selma Drown TV film
1999 The Lot Mary Parker main role
2000 Stark Raving Mad Elizabeth Daryl episode: "Dog Gone"
2000 Any Day Now Mrs. Adams episode: "Where's the Justice in That?"
2001 Bette Mrs. Flynn episode: "The Invisible Mom"
2001 Providence Nancy Moore episode: "Best Man"
2002 The Johnny Chronicles Linda Monroe TV film
2003 Charlie Lawrence Suzette Michaels main role
2003 Will & Grace Eva episode: "Nice in White Satin"
2004 Frasier Mimi episode: "Boo!"
2004 Silver Lake Maureen Patterson TV film
2005 Out of Practice Laura episode: "Key Ingredients"
2005 Stacked Stella episode: "Heavy Meddle"
2005 Blue Skies Pat TV film
2006 Grey's Anatomy Mrs. Sullivan episode: "What I Am"
2006 Separated at Worth The Mother TV film
2007 Ugly Betty Mrs. Tanen episode: "How Betty Got Her Grieve Back"
2007 ER Angie Episode: "Gravity"
2007 How I Met Your Mother Rhonda episode: "The Yips"
2008 The New Adventures of Old Christine Dr. Jacobson episode: "Between a Rock and a Hard Place"
2008 Back to You Peg McGinley episode: "The Wall of Fame"
2009 In the Mix Judy TV film
2009 Castle Patty Schultz episode: "Fool Me Once..."
2010 Temple Grandin Betty Goscowitz TV film
2010 $#*! My Dad Says Marla Brooks episode: "Code Ed"
2011 Desperate Housewives Miss Charlotte episodes: "Assassins", "Where Do I Belong?"
2012 Modern Family Dottie episode: "Election Day"
2012 Happily Divorced Jane episode: "Fran-alyze This"
2013 Mary and Martha Head of Committee TV film
2013 Dog with a Blog Grandma James episode: "Stan Talks to Gran"
2014 The Crazy Ones Judy episode: "Simon Roberts Was Here"
2014 Friends with Better Lives Barbara episode: "Cyrano de Trainer-Zac"
2015 Togetherness Kris episode: "Houston, We Have a Problem"
2016 Devious Maids Frances recurring role (season 4)
2016–17 How to Get Away with Murder Ellen Freeman episodes: "Don't Tell Annalise", "Is Someone Really Dead?", "I'm Going Away"
2019 Sneaky Pete Dotti recurring role (season 3)
2021 The Goldbergs Joyce episode: "A Light Thanksgiving Nosh"
2022 Uncoupled Lisa Lawson 2 episodes
2024 Nobody Wants This Lynn Recurring role; upcoming series[5]


  1. ^ Gire, Jamie Sotonoff and Dann (18 February 2014). "Four-decade actress started out at Elk Grove High". Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet (December 25, 1979). "Scavenger Hunt (1979) Screen: 'Scavenger Hunt' Is a Comedy About Greed". The New York Times.
  3. ^ THOMAS, KEVIN (June 17, 1988). "MOVIE REVIEW: Candy, Aykroyd Wasted in 'Great Outdoors'". Retrieved October 25, 2016 – via LA Times.
  4. ^ "Review/Television; Black Sitcoms Steeped in Concept". The New York Times. October 4, 1990. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (May 15, 2024). "Kristen Bell-Adam Brody Netflix Comedy Gets Title, Premiere Date & First-Look Photo". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 16, 2024.

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