Lori Lethin

Lori Ann Lethin (born August 4, 1955) is an American retired actress, known for her appearances on television and in several horror films in the 1980s.

Lori Lethin
Born (1955-08-04) August 4, 1955
Years active1979–1999
Loring Pickering (m. 19811984)


Lethin was born August 4, 1955[1] in Los Angeles[2] to Paul Lethin.[3] She made her feature debut in the slasher film The Prey, filmed around 1980 but released in 1983.[4] She subsequently had a lead role in Bloody Birthday (1981) opposite Susan Strasberg, about a group of children who begin committing murders. On July 19, 1981, Lethin married actor Loring Pickering in Catalina Island.[3]

Lethin starred as Charlene Matlock in the 1986 Matlock episode "Diary of a Perfect Murder."[5] However, she was replaced by Linda Purl in subsequent episodes.[5] She later starred in the comedy horror film Return to Horror High (1987), playing multiple roles.[4] Lethin had a minor role in Jonathan Kaplan's 1999 drama Brokedown Palace, playing the mother of Kate Beckinsale's character.[1]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1981 Bloody Birthday Joyce Russell [6]
1981 Goliath Awaits Maria Television film [6]
1983 The Prey Bobbie Film c. 1980 [6]
1983 The Day After Denise Dahlberg Television film
1984 For Love or Money Betty Television film [1]
1985 Brotherly Love Tina Television film
1985 Means and Ends Kelly [1]
1987 Return to Horror High Callie Cassidy / Sarah Walker / Susan [6]
1989 The Magic Boy's Easter Mother Short film
1990 The Platinum Triangle Karen Masters
1999 Brokedown Palace Lori Davis [6]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1979 Charlie's Angels Bo Fleming Episode: "Teen Angels" [6]
1979 A Man Called Sloane Helen Episode: "Architect of Evil" [6]
1979 Barnaby Jones Susan Cooper Episode: "The Final Victim"
1980 The Dukes of Hazzard Lori Episode: "Southern Comforts" [6]
1980 Freebie and Bean Alice Episode: "The Seduction of Bean" [6]
1981 Palmerstown, U.S.A. Carrie Simms Episode: "Vendetta"
1981 The Wave ABC Afterschool Special [7]
1981 The Wonderful World of Phillip Malley Meredith Carswell Pilot
1982 Hill Street Blues Diane Koslow Episode: "Rein of Terror"
1983 Magnum, P.I. Gail Blassingame Episode: "The Big Blow"
1983 The Mississippi Mary Penn Episode: "G.I. Blues"
1984 The Master Jill Pattersen Episode: "Out-of-Time-Step"
1984 The A-Team Jennifer Teasdale Episode: "Harder Than It Looks"
1984 E/R Tina Episode: "Sentimental Journey"
1985 Diff'rent Strokes Karen Kimball Episode: "A Special Friend" [6]
1985 The Insiders Billie Episode: "Gun Runners"
1986 Matlock Charlene Matlock Episode: "Diary of a Perfect Murder"
1986 Murder, She Wrote Christy Olson Episode: "If a Body Meet a Body"
1986 Stingray Lanie Harmon Episode: "Abnormal Psych" [6]
1986 Throb Roberta Episode: "The Party"
1987 Starman Joanna 'Dusty' Haley Episode: "Dusty"
1987 Werewolf Julie Episode: "Eye of the Storm"
1987 Ohara Paula Goode Episode: "And a Child Shall Lead Them"


  1. "Lori Lethin". AllMovie. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  2. "Birth of Lori Lethin". California Birth Index. California Office of Health Information and Research. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  3. "Lori Lethin Marries Loring Pickering IV". Palm Beach Daily News. Palm Beach, Florida. September 6, 1981. p. 9 via Newspapers.com.
  4. Stine, Scott Aaron (2003). The Gorehound’s Guide to Splatter Films of the 1980s. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. pp. 232, 251. ISBN 978-1-476-61132-7.
  5. Terrace, Vincent (2018). Encyclopedia of Unaired Television Pilots, 1945-2018. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 274. ISBN 978-1-476-67206-9.
  6. "Lori Lethin Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  7. "ABC Afterschool Special Planned". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Santa Cruz, California. May 28, 1981. p. 27 via Newspapers.com.
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