Dec. 15th, 1948
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
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- Earned a Bachelor of Arts from Adelphi University.
- Became nationally known on TV's satire series _"Fridays" (1980)_ (qv), which was ABC's answer to "Saturday Night Live". She immediately stood out among the cast thanks to her 'Jane Curtin' (qv)-like regular role as the anchor on the show's fake newscasts, and her comedic skills and impersonations.
- Fist TV role came in 1976 when she played a nurse on the daytime series "Search for Tomorrow".
- Along with 'Fred Willard' (qv), she hosted 120 episodes of "What's Hot, What's Not," Lexington Broadcast Co.'s flagship topical chat show, which predated FOX in its attempt to become the Fourth Television Network.
- Began her theatrical career while in high school in her hometown, New Haven, Connecticut, and later at Yale University played a prostitute in a theatre production of "The Threepenny Opera".
- Initially had dreams of becoming a poetess and journalist. Later turned to stand-up comedy and eventually moved from New York to Los Angeles to pursue on-camera work in the late '70s.
- Appeared frequently during her 1980s TV peak on the talk show circuit with multiple showings on 'Johnny Carson (I)' (qv) and 'Merv Griffin' (qv)'s shows.
- Teaches improvisational and literacy workshops in school systems throughout California.
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