Saturday, March 07, 2009

Julia Duffy

Julia Duffy (born Julia Margaret Hinds on June 27, 1951) is a seven- time Emmy Award nomanated American actress from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Duffy's early career included parts in soap operas such as One Life to Live, The Doctors and Love of Life. Duffy also appeared in movies such as Night Warning (1981) and Cutter's Way (1981). She made an appearance on the television sitcom Cheers in 1982.

In 1983, she played Princess Ariel Baaldorf in the medieval spoof Wizards and Warriors, which had a short run on the CBS television network.

Duffy joined the cast of the television series Newhart in its second season (she made an appearance in the 14th episode of the 1st season), playing the part of the self-infatuated preppy maid Stephanie Vanderkellen. It is probably her most popular role and one she played for seven seasons. She earned Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the role every year from 1984 through 1990. She also received a Golden Globe nomination and won three Viewers For Quality Television Awards for her work. Julia was actually pregnant during several episodes of "Newhart". To hide it, she wore baggy clothing and stood behind furniture.

After the end of Newhart, Duffy briefly starred in the sitcom Baby Talk alongside George Clooney. She then joined Designing Women, essentially replacing Delta Burke who was let go after quarrels with producers. Duffy played the newly-created role of Allison Sugarbaker. Duffy's season was the show's highest-rated, but producers chose not to have her return for what would be its final year.

From 1993-95, Duffy played Barb Ballantine on the short-lived comedy series The Mommies.

Duffy had a recurring role on the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh as Mrs. Hayfer, a high school English teacher who despises Drake.

Julia Duffy had a role as Cheyenne's Principal Reba.

Duffy continues to do television guest spots and movies; she played Joan's mother in a January 2007 episode of Campus Ladies.

Duffy also starred in the television program The Suite Life of Zack and Cody as the rich mother of 'Jason', a boy who goes on a date with Maddie FitzPatrick (Ashley Tisdale.

Personal life

Julia is married to Jerry Lacy and has 2 children. She lives in Los Angeles.


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Together Again for the First Time Audrey Wolders Frobisher TV Movie
2008 Wizards of Waverly Place Mrs. Angela Credit Check
2006 7th Heaven Mrs. Porter Got MLK?
2005 The Suite Life of Zack and Cody Martha Harrington Maddie Checks In
2004 Drake & Josh Mrs. Hayfer (TV Series)
2001 Reba Mrs. Hodge (TV Series)
1993 The Mommies Barb Ballantine (TV Series)
2001 Designing Women Allison Sugarbaker (TV Series)
1982 Newhart Stephanie Vanderkellen (TV Series)
1982 Cheers Robecka (TV Series)
1980 Battle Beyond the Stars Mol
1999 Sabrina The Teenage Witch Mr. Kraft's Ex-Wife Lucy (TV Series)



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