Stephanie Faracy

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Stephanie Faracy
Born (1952-01-01) January 1, 1952 (age 65)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1976–present

Stephanie Faracy (born January 1, 1952) is an American actress. She is known for playing supporting roles in films include 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 had the leading roles in the number of short-lived sitcoms, most significantly True Colors (1990–92).

Life and career[edit]

Faracy was born in Brooklyn, New York but raised in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. 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 has 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 the female leading role of overweight waitress Angel Childress in Columbia Pictures drama film When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?, and svelte Fifi the French Maid named Babbette in the 20th Century Fox' ensemble comedy Scavenger Hunt.[2]

Faracy has long-running career on television. From 1979 to 1980, she starred in the short-lived CBS sitcom The Last Resort. From 1983 to 1984, she co-starred alongside Bill Bixby and Mariette Hartley in the another CBS sitcom, Goodnight, Beantown. Also during 1980s, Faracy had roles on the number of 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 1987 romantic comedy film Blind Date, and the following year played John Candy's wife in comedy film The Great Outdoors.[3]

In 1990, Faracy starred alongside Martin Mull in the short-lived NBC sitcom His & Hers. Later that year, she began starring in the Fox sitcom True Colors about an interracial marriage, alongside Frankie Faison (season one), Cleavon Little (season two) and Nancy Walker, who died towards the end of the show's run in 1992.[4]

The following years, Faracy continued her career, appearing in supporting roles on both film and television. She 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, and How to Get Away with Murder. In 2016, she had a recurring role in the Lifetime comedy-drama Devious Maids. Her notable film credits include Sideways (2004) as Sandra Oh's mother, and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) as Zac Efron's mother.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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 Great Outdoors, TheThe Great Outdoors Connie Ripley
1993 Hocus Pocus Jenny Dennison
1994 Family Portrait Jane Janacek Short
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

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1976 Laverne & Shirley Debra Lee "Excuse Me, May I Cut In?"
1977 Bumpers Rozzie Webber Unsold TV pilot
1978 Fighting Nightingales, TheThe Fighting Nightingales Lt. Hope Phillips TV film
1979–80 Last Resort, TheThe Last Resort Gail Collins Main role
1981 Trapper John, M.D. Lisa Holloway "Have I Got a Girl for You"
1981 Stephanie Stephanie TV film
1981 Insight Donna "Little Miseries"
1983 Private Benjamin Sherry Stern "Judy's Cousin"
1983 Thorn Birds, TheThe Thorn Birds Judy TV miniseries
1983 Carpool Jennifer O'Connor TV film
1983 Fantasy Island Deborah Barnes 1 episode
1983 Hotel Judy Gillette "Hotel"
1983–84 Goodnight, Beantown Valerie Wood Main role
1984 Mama Malone Gina "The Commitment"
1984 Goldie and the Bears Goldie Hawkins TV film
1984 Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat Honey Malloy 1 episode
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 "Novel Connection"
1986 Murder, She Wrote Amy Salyer "Magnum on Ice"
1987 Hotel Janice Fletcher "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 Only Way Out, TheThe Only Way Out Lynn TV film
1996 Silk Stalkings Gloria Hemmings "Family Values"
1996 Touched by an Angel Sally Redding "The Quality of Mercy"
1996 Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story Dr. Otis TV film
1996 Wings Carol "Single and Hating It"
1996 Dark Skies Joan Sayers "Hostile Convergence"
1996–1998 Fantastic Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor, TheThe Fantastic Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor (voice) Regular role
1997 Murphy Brown Carole Fordham "And That's the Way It Was?"
1997 Pauly Pamela "Foreplay"
1997 Boston Common Lucy Cross "A Cross to Bear"
1997 Chicago Hope Myra Dolan "All in the Family"
1997 Frasier Mimi "Voyage of the Damned"
1998 Pretender, TheThe Pretender Joyce Cullman "Gigolo Jarod"
1998 Safety Patrol Mrs. Marlowe TV film
1998 Caroline in the City Faye "Caroline and the Sandwich"
1999 Maggie Winters Lucille "Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut"
1999 Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads, TheThe Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads Selma Drown TV film
1999 Lot, TheThe Lot Mary Parker Main role
2000 Stark Raving Mad Elizabeth Daryl "Dog Gone"
2000 Any Day Now Mrs. Adams "Where's the Justice in That?"
2001 Bette Mrs. Flynn "The Invisible Mom"
2001 Providence Nancy Moore "Best Man"
2002 Johnny Chronicles, TheThe Johnny Chronicles Linda Monroe TV film
2003 Charlie Lawrence Suzette Michaels Main role
2003 Will & Grace Eva "Nice in White Satin"
2004 Frasier Mimi "Boo!"
2004 Silver Lake Maureen Patterson TV film
2005 Out of Practice Laura "Key Ingredients"
2005 Stacked Stella "Heavy Meddle"
2005 Blue Skies Pat TV film
2006 Grey's Anatomy Mrs. Sullivan "What I Am"
2006 Separated at Worth The Mother TV film
2007 Ugly Betty Mrs. Tanen "How Betty Got Her Grieve Back"
2007 ER Angie "Gravity"
2007 How I Met Your Mother Rhonda "The Yips"
2008 New Adventures of Old Christine, TheThe New Adventures of Old Christine Dr. Jacobson "Between a Rock and a Hard Place"
2008 Back to You Peg McGinley "The Wall of Fame"
2009 In the Mix Judy TV film
2009 Castle Patty Schultz "Fool Me Once..."
2010 Temple Grandin Betty Goscowitz TV film
2010 $h*! My Dad Says Marla Brooks "Code Ed"
2011 Desperate Housewives Miss Charlotte "Assassins", "Where Do I Belong?"
2012 Modern Family Dottie "Election Day"
2012 Happily Divorced Jane "Fran-alyze This"
2013 Mary and Martha Head of Committee TV film
2013 Dog with a Blog Grandma James "Stan Talks to Gran"
2014 Crazy Ones, TheThe Crazy Ones Judy "Simon Roberts Was Here"
2014 Friends with Better Lives Barbara "Cyrano de Trainer-Zac"
2015 Togetherness Kris "Houston, We Have a Problem"
2016 Devious Maids Frances Recurring role (season 4)
2016–17 How to Get Away with Murder Ellen Freeman "Don't Tell Annalise", "Is Someone Really Dead?", "I'm Going Away"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gire, Jamie Sotonoff and Dann (18 February 2014). "Four-decade actress started out at Elk Grove High". 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. 

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