Cathy Lee Crosby

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Cathy Lee Crosby

Crosby in 1984
Born(1946-12-02) December 2, 1946 (age 65)
Los Angeles, California
OccupationActress
 
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Cathy Lee Crosby

Crosby in 1984
Born(1946-12-02) December 2, 1946 (age 65)
Los Angeles, California
OccupationActress

Cathy Lee Crosby (born December 2, 1946) is an American actress. She achieved TV and film success in the 1980s and was a co-host of the television series That's Incredible!.[1] [2]

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Early life

Born in Los Angeles, California, Crosby is the daughter of announcer Lou Crosby and actress Linda Hayes. Crosby was, at one time, a professional tennis player[2] who claimed to be ranked as high as #7[3] in international tennis competition.

Career

Cathy Lee started her professional life as a pre-med graduate from USC. Additionally, her many accomplishments include: a singer/dancer who entertained the troops in Lebanon with Bob Hope;[4] an actress who has appeared in over 60 feature films, TV films and miniseries; the star of three Off-Broadway plays;[citation needed] an award-winning playwright for the first theatrical adaptation of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They;[citation needed] an inspirational teacher of at-risk youth behind prison walls;[citation needed] a member of the Board of Directors of the Congressional Awards confirmed by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States;[citation needed] a Special Ambassador to Children for the United Nations[citation needed] and author of the book published by Simon & Schuster entitled, Let the Magic Begin. Her book received rave reviews from such notables as Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Reba McEntire, Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist), Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul), Dan Millman (Way of the Peaceful Warrior) and Larry King.[citation needed]

Her first movie role was as Kay Butler in the 20th Century Fox crime drama The Laughing Policeman (1973) starring Walter Matthau, Bruce Dern, and Louis Gossett, Jr.[3]

In 1974, she starred as Wonder Woman in a made-for-TV movie[3] of the comic book (a year before Lynda Carter would popularize the role in a weekly series). Although the telefilm was a ratings success, producers decided to retool the product to more closely resemble the comic book version, resulting in Carter playing the role. Crosby's incarnation of Wonder Woman makes a one-panel cameo in the comic book Infinite Crisis #6 as part of an alternate Earth.

She starred in the movie Coach with The Terminator star Michael Biehn in 1978. She played the coach of a high school basketball team who falls for one of her players.

Crosby was a co-host of the TV series That's Incredible![2] from 1980 to 1984 on ABC, which remains in world-wide syndication. When the show first aired, she was sent a memo, what she's come to refer to as "the nipple memo", by the executives at ABC, informing her that it would be "acceptable" if she went braless during her appearances on the show. She declined, tossing off her own memo saying, "I would prefer to choose my own underwear."

In 1986, she was a guest commentator for the nationally televised special of World Wrestling Federation (WWF)'s WrestleMania 2.

Crosby acted in the romantic comedy The Last Guy on Earth (2006) and also starred in the Lifetime movie Untamed Love (1994), based on Torey Hayden's One Child

Her sister is model/actress Cindi Crosby, who played Sandra on the "Peter and the Wolf" episode, season 5, of The Brady Bunch.

Personal life

She was in a relationship with football star Joe Theismann[5] throughout the early 1980s. They split up in 1991. According to her autobiography, Let the Magic Begin, when Theismann sued for half of her assets, Crosby declared bankruptcy to stop his litigation.

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