47 (passed away Nov. 29th, 2005)
Sep. 15th, 1958
Hollywood, California, USA
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Wendie Jo Sperber (September 15, 1958 – November 29, 2005) was an American actress, best known for her performances in the films I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), Bachelor Party (1984) and Back to the Future (1985) as well as the television sitcom Bosom Buddies (1980–1982).
She played the title role in the ABC Afterschool Special feature Dinky Hocker, which dealt with a teenager's attempts to hide her feelings by eating, and engaged in physical comedy in Steven Spielberg's 1941. Zemeckis, who also worked on 1941, brought Sperber back to the big screen in 1980 with a role in his comedy Used Cars, but it was on television that year that Sperber finally began to receive more serious attention. She was cast in the role of "Amy Cassidy;" a character that was funny, romantic, and exuberant— in the series Bosom Buddies, starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari. Following its cancellation in 1982, Sperber appeared in the comedy The First Time, and worked a year on the series Private Benjamin. She then resumed her feature work in the Tom Hanks theatrical vehicle Bachelor Party, directed by Neal Israel. Israel used her again in Moving Violations in 1985. That same year, she appeared as Linda McFly in Zemeckis' highly successful Back to the Future.
Death In 1997, Sperber was diagnosed with breast cancer, which seemed to go into remission following treatment.
- She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997.
- As late as September, 2005, she sponsored and hosted the "Wendie Jo Sperber's 7th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic and 4th Annual Mah Jongg Tournament" in Santa Barbara.
- Daughter, Pearl, born 1990.
- She was named 1999 Woman of the Year by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women, received The Namaste Spirit Award 2003 from the Namaste Interfaith Center, the 2004 Mordecai Kaplan Award for Distinguished Service by the University of Judaism, and was honored by the Jennifer Diamond Foundation.
- Parents: Burton and Charlene Sperber.
- Founder of weSPARK cancer support group (www.weSPARK.org).
- Son, Preston, born 1986.
- Upon her death, former TV co-star 'Tom Hanks' (qv) deliver a moving tribute to Wendie: "The memory of Wendie Jo is that of a walking inspiration. She met the challenges of her illness with love, cheer, joy, altruism through weSPARK, and an unstoppable supply of Goodness. We are going to miss her as surely as we are all better for knowing her."
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