Stephanie Zimbalist

Stephanie Zimbalist

Oct. 8th, 1956
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
5' 5½

Stephanie Zimbalist's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Remington Steele TV Show
Remington Steele
Centennial TV Show
Hagen TV Show
Lucan TV Show

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Stephanie Zimbalist was born in New York City, the daughter of Loranda Stephanie (née Spalding, 1933–2007) and actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (1918–2014). The family soon moved to Los Angeles, where Stephanie grew up. She attended the Juilliard School before commencing her acting career.

  • Her aunt, 'Marcia Davenport' (qv), was the best-selling author of "Valley of Decision" and "East Side, West Side," both of which were made into films. She also wrote the definitive biography of 'Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart' (qv), which has never been out of print.
  • Has a half-brother, Efrem Zimbalist III, and a sister, Nancy.
  • Is the third of five generations of women in her family (so far) to go to Brown Ledge Camp in Mallett's Bay, Vermont. Used to muck out stalls every day before she went to school. Dived for Alan Pinson, legendary Olympic coach, when she was 13, and had to opt out to stay in school and study. Accelerated her senior year of high school to return to Los Angeles and study acting and dance. Left most of her college essay applications in the back well of a taxi the week before they were due.
  • Studied music and acting at Juilliard.
  • Was originally cast as Anne Lewis in RoboCop, but had to give up part to Nancy Allen when called back to resume filming episodes of _"Remington Steele" (1982)_ (qv).
  • Co-starred alongside father 'Efrem Zimbalist Jr.' (qv) in _The Best Place to Be (1979) (TV)_ (qv), also starring the late 'Donna Reed' (qv).
  • Is an honorary member of the Stuntwomen's Association. Finally learned a deep-water start on a slalom ski while on location in Acapulco on _"Remington Steele" (1982)_ (qv). Made it a point to water-ski in every seaside location after that. Got terribly lost with 'Rue McClanahan' (qv) in the streets of Madrid for over an hour while shooting _The Man in the Brown Suit (1989) (TV)_ (qv).
  • Starred on TV alongside two future big-screen James Bonds: 'Timothy Dalton' (qv) in "Centennial" and 'Pierce Brosnan' (qv) in _"Remington Steele" (1982)_ (qv).

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