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Deborah Raffin
Deborah Iona Raffin

(1953-03-13)March 13, 1953
Died November 21, 2012(2012-11-21) (aged 59)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Leukemia
Nationality American
Occupation Actress, director, screenwriter, and publisher
Years active 1973–2011
Michael Viner
(m. 1974⁠–⁠2005)
Children Taylor Rose Vinner

Deborah Iona Raffin (March 13, 1953 – November 21, 2012) was an American actress, director, screenwriter, and audio book publisher. She was known for her role in Touched by Love (1981).

Early life

Raffin was born on March 13, 1953 in Los Angeles, California to executive Phillip J. Raffin and to actress Trudy Marshall, both from Brooklyn, New York. She was raised in Los Angeles, California. Raffin was Jewish.


In 1985 she starred as Kathryn Davis in Death Wish 3. In 1988, she starred in James Clavell's Noble House with Pierce Brosnan. In 1991, she appeared as Julie Vale in Scanners II: The New Order. She later appeared as Aunt Julie on the television show 7th Heaven, and as Dr. Hightower in the ABC Family teenager series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager.


She was nominated for both a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama and a Razzie Award for Worst Actress for her performance in Touched by Love in 1981.

Personal life

Raffin was married to Michael Vinner from 1975 until they divorced in 2005. They had a daughter, Taylor Rose Vinner. In 2011, Raffin was diagnosed with leukemia (blood cancer).


A year later, on November 21, 2012 Raffin died at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California from the disease, aged 59. She was survived by her daughter Taylor Rose.


  • 40 Carats (1973) as Trina Stanley
  • The Dove (1974) as Patti Ratteree
  • Once Is Not Enough (1975) as January Wayne
  • God Told Me To (1976) as Casey Forster
  • The Sentinel (1977) as Jennifer
  • Touched by Love (1980) as Lena Canada
  • Dance of the Dwarfs (1983) as Dr. Evelyn Howard
  • Claudia (1985) as Claudia
  • Lace II (1985) (miniseries) as Judy Hale
  • Death Wish 3 (1985) as Kathryn Davis
  • Grizzly II: The Concert (1987) as Samantha Owens
  • Morning Glory (movie) (1993) as Elly Dinsmore (also co-writer of screenplay)
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