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Amy Yasbeck
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Born
Amy Marie Yasbeck

(1962-09-12) September 12, 1962 (age 61)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 1999; died 2003)
Children 1

Amy Marie Yasbeck (born September 12, 1962) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Casey Chappel Davenport on the sitcom Wings from 1994 to 1997, and for having played the mermaid Madison in the television film Splash, Too in 1988 (the role originated by Daryl Hannah in the film Splash). She has guest starred in several television shows and appeared in the films House II: The Second Story, Pretty Woman, Problem Child, Problem Child 2, The Mask, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and Dracula: Dead and Loving It.

Early life

Yasbeck was born in the Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash, Ohio, the daughter of Dorothy Louise Mary (née Murphy), a homemaker, and John Anthony Yasbeck, a butcher and grocery store owner. Her father was of Lebanese descent, while her mother was of Irish ancestry. As a child, Yasbeck was featured on the package art for the Betty Crocker Easy-Bake Oven. Years later, in 2000, she was presented with a new Easy-Bake Oven on the show I've Got a Secret, for which she was a regular panel member.

She spent her primary and secondary years at two different Catholic schools: Summit Country Day School and Ursuline Academy. She then enrolled in the theater program at the University of Detroit, but didn't graduate. In 1983, after the deaths of both of her parents, her father from a heart attack and her mother from emphysema, Yasbeck moved to New York City.

Career

Early into her acting career, she appeared in Rockhopper, an unsold CBS television pilot from 1985. Yasbeck has had guest-starring roles in many television shows, including Dallas, Spies, Werewolf, J.J. Starbuck, Magnum, P.I., China Beach, and Murphy Brown. She auditioned for the role of Elaine Benes on Seinfeld. She played Olivia Reed for four months between 1986 and 1987 on the long-running daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives. She also played the starring role of the mermaid Madison in the Disney television movie Splash, Too in 1988 (the role of Madison was originated by Daryl Hannah in the 1984 movie Splash). Playing a mermaid in Splash, Too was a fulfillment of a childhood dream for Yasbeck, as she loved mermaids when she was 5 years old after watching a Disney movie that featured mermaids. Yasbeck has also had starring roles in the sitcoms Wings, Alright Already, and Life on a Stick and in movies such as House II: The Second Story, Pretty Woman, Problem Child, Problem Child 2, and The Mask. She has twice worked with Mel Brooks, in 1993's Robin Hood: Men in Tights and 1995's Dracula: Dead and Loving It.

Yasbeck also appeared once on the hit DCOS That's So Raven as the mother of one of the main characters, Chelsea. The episode originally aired on September 22, 2006.

In late 2007, plans surfaced of a potential That's So Raven spin-off featuring Yasbeck and Anneliese van der Pol, who portrayed her daughter, with occasional appearances by Raven-Symoné. The show was scrapped due to van der Pol signing onto a new Broadway play, and Yasbeck wanting to take a break from acting to focus on her family.

She was a contestant on the syndicated version of Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? in 2010.

Personal life

Yasbeck is the widow of actor John Ritter, with whom she had worked in several projects. She first met him at director Dennis Dugan's house during a read-through of their 1990 movie Problem Child.

Yasbeck and Ritter also starred together in Problem Child 2 (1991) and guest-starred together in an episode of The Cosby Show which aired in 1991. Ritter also guest-starred on Wings as Yasbeck's estranged husband in the season-seven episode "Love Overboard". The couple had a child together in 1998, and they married the following year on September 18, 1999, at the Murphy Theatre in Wilmington, Ohio.

On September 11, 2003, Ritter fell into a coma when rehearsing for 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. He was taken to the hospital by paramedics. Initially, Ritter was thought to be suffering a heart attack. At 10:48 that night, Ritter died. The cause of death was actually an aortic dissection stemming from a previously undiagnosed congenital heart defect.

Yasbeck gave her blessing to the continuation of the sitcom, as 8 Simple Rules, where it was ultimately decided that Katey Sagal's character would assume the lead role as a widow.

Yasbeck appeared on Larry King Live on June 16, 2008, to discuss heart disease.

On the September 5, 1990, episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, she said that her "great-great-great uncle" Charles Webb Murphy was the owner of the Chicago Cubs during their championships of the early 1900s.

Wrongful death lawsuit

After her husband John Ritter died, Yasbeck filed a $67 million wrongful death lawsuit against Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and several doctors who treated him, alleging they misdiagnosed his condition and that contributed to his death. Several of the defendants settled out of court for a total of $14 million, including Providence St. Joseph, which settled for $9.4 million. On March 14, 2008, a jury split 9–3 in favor of the doctors, clearing the physicians of any wrongdoing.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1987 House II: The Second Story Lana
1990 Pretty Woman Elizabeth Stuckey
Problem Child Florence "Flo" Healy
1991 Problem Child 2 Annie Young
1992 The Nutt House Diane Nutt
1993 Robin Hood: Men in Tights Maid Marian
1994 The Mask Peggy Brandt
1995 Home for the Holidays Ginny Johnson Drewer
Dracula: Dead and Loving It Mina Seward
1998 Denial Claudia
The Odd Couple II Stewardess
2012 Little Women, Big Cars Meg
Little Women, Big Cars 2

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Rockhopper Sonia Petrova Unsold CBS TV-Pilot
1986–1987 Days of Our Lives Olivia Reed
1987 Dallas Mary Elizabeth 2 episodes
Spies Margo Episode: "Right or Wrong"
Werewolf Deidra Episode: "Nothing Evil in These Woods"
J.J. Starbuck Doreen Episode: "Pilot"
1987–1988 Magnum, P.I. Diana 4 episodes
1988 China Beach Airplane Stewardess Episode: "Pilot"
Splash, Too Madison Bauer ABC TV-Movie
1989 Trenchcoat in Paradise Nan Thompson CBS TV-Movie
Murphy Brown Young Lady in Bar Episode: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?"
Little White Lies Vicki NBC TV-Movie
Generations Carla
1990 Midnight Caller Mary Lou Harper Episode: "The Hostage Game"
Poochinski Frannie Reynolds Unsold NBC TV-Pilot
1990, 1993 Matlock Model Lauren Chadwick / Cheryl Atkinson 2 episodes
1991 Murder, She Wrote Connie Canzinaro Episode: "Family Doctor"
Dillinger Elaine ABC TV-Movie
The Cosby Show Alicia Evans Episode: "Total Control"
1992 Get a Life Evelyn Episode: "Girlfriend 2000"
Designing Women Tiffany Episode: "A Little Night Music"
Quantum Leap Frankie Washarskie Episode: "Stand Up"
1993 Street Justice Nancy Episode: "The Wall"
1994 Diagnosis: Murder Karen Davis Episode: "The Restless Remains"
Dave's World Julie Episode: "The Funeral"
1994–1997 Wings Casey Chappel Davenport
1995 Platypus Man Wendy Episode: "Pilot"
1996 Bloodhounds II Sharon TV-Movie
Sweet Dreams Laura Renault NBC TV-Movie
1997–1998 Alright Already Renee
1998 Dead Husbands Betty Lancing TV-Movie
1999 It's Like, You Know... Karen Episode: "The Sweet Smell of Success"
2002 House Blend Sally Harper TV-Pilot
2003 Just Shoot Me! Skyler Episode: "For the Last Time, I Do"
2005 Life on a Stick Michelle Lackerson
2006 That's So Raven Joni Daniels Episode: "The Ice Girl Cometh"
2007 Shorty McShorts' Shorts Danielle (voice) Episode: "Flip-Flopped"
2010 Hot in Cleveland Hailey Nash Episode
2013 Bones Diana Malkin Episode: "The Archaeologist in the Cocoon"
Modern Family Lorraine Episode: "Larry's Wife"
2015 Workaholics Annette Episode: "Gramps Demamp is Dead"
2016 Pretty Little Liars Claudia Episode: "Do Not Disturb"

Books

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