Courtney Thorne-Smith

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Courtney Thorne-Smith
Born(1967-11-08) November 8, 1967 (age 46)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Andrew Conrad (2000–2001)
Roger Fishman (2007–present)
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Courtney Thorne-Smith
Born(1967-11-08) November 8, 1967 (age 46)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Andrew Conrad (2000–2001)
Roger Fishman (2007–present)

Courtney Thorne-Smith (born November 8, 1967) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Alison Parker on Melrose Place, Georgia Thomas on Ally McBeal, Cheryl in According to Jim, and her recurring role on Two and a Half Men as Lyndsey McElroy.[1]

Early life[edit]

She was born in San Francisco, California, and grew up in Menlo Park, a suburb south of San Francisco. Her father, Walter Smith, was a computer market researcher and her mother Lora was a therapist. They divorced when Courtney was seven years old and she lived with both parents at different stages. She has an older sister, Jennifer, who is an advertising executive. She attended Menlo-Atherton High School, in Atherton, California, and graduated from Tamalpais High School, in Mill Valley, California, in 1985. She also performed with the Ensemble Theater Company in Mill Valley while attending high school.[2]



Thorne-Smith made her first film appearance in the 1986 feature film drama Lucas alongside Winona Ryder, Corey Haim, and Charlie Sheen. She was also involved in a number of movies in the late 1980s, such as Welcome to 18 (1986),[3] Summer School (1987), Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987), and Side Out (1990). In 1998, she starred in the box office flop Chairman of the Board with Carrot Top. In 2009, she appeared in Sorority Wars.


She appeared on a few mid-1980s television series such as Growing Pains and the short-lived Fast Times, as well as made-for-television movies including The Thanksgiving Promise and Infidelity before landing a regular role in the short-lived sitcom Day by Day with Douglas Sheehan, Linda Kelsey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. In 1990, she was featured in six episodes of the popular television series L.A. Law as Laker Girl Kimberly Dugan.

Her first notable starring television role was as Alison Parker on Melrose Place from 1992–1997. During this time, in 1995, she starred in a made-for-television movie Beauty's Revenge which was also marketed in CD and DVD form as "Midwest Obsession".[4] Following this, she went on to play Georgia Thomas on Ally McBeal from 1997–2000. Thorne-Smith originally auditioned for the title role in the show, which ultimately went to Calista Flockhart. Her character was written out of Ally McBeal at the beginning of the fourth season in 2000, though she returned for occasional guest appearances afterwards.

From 2001 to 2009, Thorne-Smith starred as Cheryl on the sitcom According to Jim. In 2007, her real-life pregnancy was hidden on the show at first, but was then written into the plot.[5]

On February 18, 2010, Courtney signed on to play Alan Harper's girlfriend, Lyndsey McElroy, in the seventh season of Two and a Half Men.[6] She appeared in two episodes of season 7 and several more in seasons 8, 9, 10 and 11.


On September 18, 2007, Thorne-Smith's novel, Outside In, was published by Broadway Books in New York.[7]


In 1997, she became a spokeswoman for Almay cosmetics, being the face of their new "Skin Stays Clean" line of make-up. She is also a spokeswoman for the Atkins diet.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In the early 1990s, Thorne-Smith dated Andrew Shue, her on-screen lover from Melrose Place. In June 2000, the actress married geneticist Andrew Conrad, but they divorced in January 2001. In 2002, she dated Dr. Jamie Doucet, a renowned, quadruply board-certified cardiologist. On January 1, 2007, she married Roger Fishman, president of the marketing firm the Zizo Group and author of the book "What I Know."[9] On January 11, 2008, she gave birth to their first child, Jacob 'Jake' Emerson Fishman.[10]


1986Welcome to 18Lindsey
Fast TimesStacey Hamilton7 Episodes
The Thanksgiving PromiseSherylTV Movie
1987Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in ParadiseSunny Carstairs
Summer SchoolPam House
Growing PainsPhotography class studentEpisode: "Nude Photos"
1988–1989Day By DayKristin Carlsonseries regular
1990Anything But LoveEpisode: "All About Allison"
L.A. LawKimberly Dugan6 Episodes
Side OutSamantha
1991Fist Fight
1992Jack's PlaceKim LoganEpisode: "Everything Old is New Again"
GrapevineLisaEpisode: "The Lisa and Bill Story"
1992–1997Melrose PlaceAllison Parkerseries regular
1994Breach of ConductHelen LutzTV movie
1995Whisper of the HeartShiho Tsukishimavoice
Beauty's RevengeCheryl Ann DavisTV movie:Alternative Title Midwest Obsession
1996PartnersDanielleEpisode: "The Year of Bob?"
1997Duckman: Private Dick/Family ManCourtney Thorne-Smith (as herself)TV Series (One episode: "Bonfire of the Panties")
The LovemasterDeb
1997–2002Ally McBealGeorgia ThomasSeries regular
1998Chairman of the BoardNatalie Stockwell
1999PartnersGina DarrinEpisode: "Always..."
2000NormRebeccaEpisode: "Norm and the Hopeless Cause"
2001–2009According to JimCherylseries regular
2005Batman: New TimesCatwomanvoice
2009Sorority WarsLutieTV movie
2010–presentTwo and a Half MenLindsey MacElroyrecurring role (seasons 7-present)


YearResultAwardCategoryNominated Work
1998NominatedActor AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesAlly McBeal
1999WonActor AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2000NominatedActor AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series


  1. ^ Full cast for "Two and a Half Men" at The Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Courtney Thorne Smith Bio[dead link]
  3. ^ "Welcome to 18" at The Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ "Beauty's Revenge" at The Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Courtney Thorne-Smith's Pregnancy Written into Show,, 22 October 2007.
  6. ^ Rick Porter (February 18, 2010). "Courtney Thorne-Smith woos one of 'Two and a Half Men'". 
  7. ^ USA Today Book Review, September 20, 2007
  8. ^ "Why Courtney Lives Atkins" at
  9. ^ Clinton, Ivory (January 9, 2007). "Courtney Thorne-Smith Marries". 
  10. ^ "Courtney Thorne-Smith Has a Boy". January 11, 2008. 

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