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Duffy on The Doctors in 1975
Julia Margaret Hinds
June 27, 1951
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
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).
Early life and career
Duffy was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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.
In 1983, she played Princess Ariel Baaldorf in the medieval spoof Wizards and Warriors, which had a short run on the CBS television network.
After being an unfamiliar actress in prime-time, Duffy joined the main cast of the sitcom Newhart during its second season in 1983. 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 5 American Comedy Awards nominations for her work. She remains friends with Newhart.
In recent years she has been seen in recurring guest roles in various shows, she has been very active in the theatre, appearing in 5 plays in 7 years. She has written a book, Bad Auditions, published by Smith and Kraus, which was in 2017.
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. They live in Los Angeles.
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