Julia Duffy (born Julia Margaret Hinds; June 27, 1951) is an American actress best known for playing Stephanie Vanderkellen on the sitcom Newhart (1983–90). For this role, she received seven Emmy Award nominations and a 1988 Golden Globe Award nomination. The role also won three Viewers for Quality Television awards for her, as well as five American Comedy Awards nominations. She is also notable for playing the original Maggie Campbell on Baby Talk (1991) and Allison Sugarbaker on Designing Women (1991–92).
Duffy on The Doctors in 1975
Julia Margaret Hinds
June 27, 1951
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
Early life and career
Duffy was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1951, the daughter of Joseph Hinds and Mary Duffy. Her 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 during the show's first season in 1982. Initially, she had been considered for the role of Diane Chambers, the sitcom's female lead.
After being an unfamiliar actress in prime time, Duffy joined the main cast of the sitcom Newhart during its second season in 1983 as the Stratford Inn's self-infatuated, upper-class maid. She had initially made an appearance in the 14th episode of the first season of the series, playing the part of then-maid Leslie Vanderkellen's cousin. It is perhaps 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 and five American Comedy Awards nominations for her work. Julia was actually pregnant during several episodes of Newhart. To hide it, she wore baggy clothes and stood behind furniture. She remains close to Newhart.
After the end of Newhart in 1990, Duffy briefly starred in the sitcom Baby Talk alongside George Clooney, but asked to be released after Clooney walked off the troubled set. The new producers accommodated her, allowing her to then join the cast of Designing Women. Baby Talk was then retooled and Duffy was replaced by Mary Page Keller. She worked again with Clooney some years later in the Coen Brothers' comedy Intolerable Cruelty. In 1991, she joined the cast of Designing Women, essentially replacing Delta Burke, the show's breakout star, who was fired after quarrels with producers. Duffy played Allison Sugarbaker, Burke and Dixie Carter's previously unseen cousin on the show. Duffy's tenure on the sitcom's sixth season turned out to be the highest-rated season in the show's history, partly because of the highly publicized cast additions of Duffy and Jan Hooks. However, because of conflicting ideas about her character, she was amicably released from her contract, thus leading her to be replaced by Judith Ivey.
From 1993 to 1995, Duffy played Barb Ballantine on the short-lived comedy series The Mommies. Duffy played Lindsay Mercer, one of the failed buyers of Winfred-Lauder and the ex-wife of Lord Mercer on The Drew Carey Show. She has a recurring role on the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh as Linda Hayfer, a high-school English teacher who despises Drake. She appeared on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as the rich mother of Jason, a boy who goes on a date with Maddie Fitzpatrick (Ashley Tisdale).
She made a brief appearance in the Nickelodeon sitcom True Jackson, VP as the owner of a stage that LuLu wanted to rent.
In recent years, she has been seen in recurring roles on HBO's Looking and Showtime's Shameless, as well as Scream Queens, Key and Peele, and other guest roles. She has been very active in the theatre, appearing in five plays in seven years-Little Foxes and The Heiress at the Pasadena Playhouse, boom with Furious Theatre, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner at the Huntington Theatre in Boston, for which she received an IRNE Award Nomination for best supporting actress in a drama, and most recently in Sex and Education at the Laguna Playhouse in April 2016. She next appeared on stage in Rancho Viejo at Playwright's Horizons in fall of 2016. She has written a book, Bad Auditions, published by Smith and Kraus, which was to be released in 2017.
On September 19, 2014, Duffy appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor Podcast.
Duffy graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York in 1972. She has been married since 1984 to actor Jerry Lacy, co-star of Dark Shadows and Love of Life, and has two children, Kerry Kathleen and the late Daniel. They live in Los Angeles.
|1972||Love of Life||Geri Braylee|
|1973–1978||The Doctors||Penny Davis|
|1977||One Life to Live||Karen Wolek||Episode: "#1.7659"|
|1979||The Love Boat||Sandy||two episodes: "Alaska Wedding Cruise" (parts 1 & 2)|
|1980||Battle Beyond the Stars||Mol|
|1981||Cutter's Way||Young Girl|
|1981||Lou Grant||Charlene||Episode: "Rape"|
|1982||Cheers||Rebecca Prout||Season one, episode six, 1982|
|1982||Voyagers!||Nellie Bly||Episode: "Jack's Back"|
|1982||The Blue and the Gray||Mary Hale||three episodes|
|1983||Simon & Simon||Jody Carmichael||Episode: "Room 3502"|
|1983||Wizards and Warriors||Princess Ariel||eight episodes|
|1983–1990||Newhart||Stephanie Vanderkellen||163 episodes|
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series (1986–88)
Nominated—American Comedy Award for Funniest Leading Female in a Comedy Series
Nominated—American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Female in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1984–90)
|1984||The Love Boat||Paula||Episode: "The Last Heist"|
|1985||Hotel||Arlene Greenspan||Episode: "Hearts and Minds"|
|1989||The Cover Girl and the Cop, or Beauty & Denise||Jackie Flanders||Television film|
|1990||The Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage||Myrna Foley||Television film|
|1990||Menu for Murder||Susan||Television film|
|1991||Baby Talk||Maggie Campbell||12 episodes|
|1991–1992||Designing Women||Allison Sugarbaker||23 episodes|
|1993–1995||The Mommies||Barb Ballantine||28 episodes|
|1996||Pinky and the Brain||Delilah||Episode: "A Little Off the Top"|
|1997||Social Studies||Frances Harman||six episodes|
|1997||Pepper Ann||Aunt Fanny|
|1998||Grace Under Fire||Bev||two episodes|
|1999||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Lucy Kraft||Episode: "Mrs. Kraft"|
|1999||Diagnosis: Murder||Lorraine Kay||Episode: "The Roast"|
|2001–2002||Reba||Mrs. Hodge||four episodes|
|2002||The Drew Carey Show||Lindsay Mercer||Episode: "Rich Woman, Poor Man"|
|2003||Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure||Charlotte||Voice cameo|
|2003||Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd||Jessica's Mom|
|2003||Intolerable Cruelty||Sarah Sorkin|
|2004–2006||Drake & Josh||Mrs. Hayfer||four episodes, and "Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh" (cameo)|
|2005||CSI: NY||Millie Hanford||Episode: "Recycling"|
|2005||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Martha Harrington||Episode: "Maddie Checks In"|
|2006||7th Heaven||Mrs. Porter||Episode: "Got MLK?"|
|2008||Wizards of Waverly Place||Mrs. Angela||Episode: "Credit Check"|
|2008||Together Again for the First Time||Audrey Wolders Frobisher||Television film|
|2008||7 Things to Do Before I'm 30||Vanessa Madisen||Television film|
|2010||Melissa & Joey||Myrna Sherwood||Episode: "A Fright in the Attic"|
|2010||La Grêve de Noël||Robert Iscove||Television film|
|2011–2013||Shameless||Candace Lishman||four episodes|
|2012||The League||Martha MacArthur||Episode: "The Breastalyzer"|
|2014–2015||Looking||Dana Murray||two episodes|
|2014||Camp X-Ray||Betty Cole||Limited release|
|2014||Suburgatory||Emmaline||Episode: "The Ballad of Piggy Duckworth"|
|2015||Scream Queens||Bunny Radwell||Episode: "Thanksgiving"|
|2015||All She Wishes||Grace|
|2016||Hitting the Breaks||Abigail Dochard||Episode: "Safe House"|
|2017||Adoptable||Sarah Steinberg||two episodes|
|2017||American Housewife||Amanda Otto||Episode: "Family Secrets"|
|2018||The Cool Kids||Francine||Episode: "Thanksgiving at Murray's"|
|2019||Grand-Daddy Day Care||Bonnie||completed|
|2019||Fair Market Value||Isabel||completed|
|2019||Christmas at the Plaza||Amanda Clark||Hallmark movie|
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