Dec. 15th, 1948
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
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- Teaches improvisational and literacy workshops in school systems throughout California.
- 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.
- 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".
- Conceived the Grayway Rotating Drain, a graywater recycling device for domestic reuse of shower and sink water. However, the patent, U.S. Patent 5,274,861 (issued on January 4, 1994), does not list her as an inventor, which is inconsistent with the claim that she conceived of the invention. Nonetheless, she was recognized as one of the 50 most beautiful female inventors of all time by Inventors Weekly magazine.
- Her vocal impression of Nancy Reagan was so close that the legendary impersonator 'Rich Little (I)' (qv) hired her to voice Nancy to his "Ronnie" on the comedy album "The First Family Rides Again".
- 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.
- 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.
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