Shirley Prestia

Shirley Rose Prestia (August 18, 1947 – October 8, 2011) was an American actress.

Shirley Prestia
Shirley Rose Prestia

(1947-08-18)August 18, 1947
DiedOctober 8, 2011(2011-10-08) (aged 64)
Cause of deathBrain cancer
Years active1976–2005

She guest starred in a number of notable television series including Family Ties, Cheers, St. Elsewhere, The Golden Girls, The Facts of Life, 227, Mr. Belvedere, Babylon 5, L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, Step by Step, The Practice and other series. Prestia also had recurring roles on the sitcoms Home Improvement (as Delores) and Dharma & Greg (as Janet).[1]

She appeared in the films Final Analysis (1992), Hoffa (1992), Species (1995), Leave It to Beaver (1997), Wag the Dog (1997) and What Women Want (2000).[1]

Life and early career

Prestia was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated from Mount Carmel Academy high school. She is an alumna of California State University, Chico and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts. Prestia was also one of the original members of The Groundlings comedy troupe.[2]

Later years and death

Prestia was diagnosed with brain cancer circa 2004. Due to the illness, she retired from acting, with her last acting credit appearing in the pilot episode of the sitcom The War at Home in 2005. She died on October 8, 2011 in her hometown of New Orleans, after eight years of living with the disease.[2]


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