Julia Duffy

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Julia Duffy
Julia Duffy The Doctors 1975.JPG
Duffy as Penny Davis, 1975.
BornJulia Margaret Hinds
(1951-06-27) June 27, 1951 (age 63)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Years active1972–present
Spouse(s)Jerry Lacy (1984-present); 2 children
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Julia Duffy
Julia Duffy The Doctors 1975.JPG
Duffy as Penny Davis, 1975.
BornJulia Margaret Hinds
(1951-06-27) June 27, 1951 (age 63)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Years active1972–present
Spouse(s)Jerry Lacy (1984-present); 2 children

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 (no wins) and a 1988 Golden Globe Award nomination. It also won her three Viewers for Quality Television Awards. Her other TV roles include Season 1 of the sitcom Baby Talk (1991), Season 6 of the sitcom Designing Women (1991-92) and a recurring role in the drama series Shameless (2011-13).


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; she had been considered for the role of Diane Chambers.[1]

In 1983, she played Princess Ariel Baaldorf in the medieval spoof Wizards and Warriors, which had a short run on the CBS television network.

Duffy joined the cast of the television series Newhart in its second season (she made an appearance in the 14th episode of the 1st season), playing the part of Dick Loudon's (played by Bob Newhart) self-infatuated preppy maid Stephanie Vanderkellen. It is probably 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 for her work. Julia was actually pregnant during several episodes of Newhart. To hide it, she wore baggy clothes and stood behind furniture.[2]

After the end of Newhart, Duffy briefly starred in the sitcom Baby Talk alongside George Clooney.[3] (She worked again with Clooney some years later in the Coen Brothers' comedy Intolerable Cruelty). She then joined Designing Women, essentially replacing Delta Burke who was let go after quarrels with producers. Duffy played the newly created role of Allison Sugarbaker. Duffy's season was the show's highest-rated, but producers chose not to have her return for what would be its final year.[4]

From 1993-95, Duffy played Barb Ballantine on the short-lived comedy series The Mommies. Duffy played Lindsay Mercer, one of the failed buyers of Winfred-Lauder and the ex-wife of "Lord Mercer" on The Drew Carey Show. She has a recurring role on the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh as Linda Hayfer, a high school English teacher who despises Drake. She appeared on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as the rich mother of Jason, a boy who goes on a date with Maddie Fitzpatrick (Ashley Tisdale).

She made a brief appearance in the Nickelodeon sitcom True Jackson, VP as the owner of a stage that LuLu wanted to rent, she also had an obsession with Elvis Presley saying that his spirit lived on in that building, but it was really rats.

Personal life[edit]

Jerry Lacy and Duffy in 2014

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 2 children, Kerry Kathleen and Daniel. They live in Los Angeles.


1972Love of LifeGeri Braylee
1973-1978The DoctorsPenny Davis
1977One Life to LiveKaren WolekEpisode: "#1.7659"
1979The Love BoatSandy2 episodes
1980Battle Beyond the StarsMol
1981Lou GrantCharleneEpisode: "Rape"
1982CheersRebecca ProutSeason 1, Episode 6, 1982
1982Voyagers!Nellie BlyEpisode: "Jack's Back"
1983-1990NewhartStephanie Vanderkellen163 episodes
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series (1986–88)
Nominated—American Comedy Award for Funniest Leading Female in a Comedy Series
Nominated—American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Female in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1984–90)
1982Blue and the Gray, TheThe Blue and the GrayMary Hale3 episodes
1983Simon & SimonJody CarmichaelEpisode: "Room 3502"
1983Wizards and WarriorsPrincess Ariel8 episodes
1984The Love BoatPaulaEpisode: "The Last Heist"
1985HotelArlene GreenspanEpisode: "Hearts and Minds"
1991Baby TalkMaggie Campbell12 episodes
1991-1992Designing WomenAllison Sugarbaker23 episodes
1993-1995Mommies, TheThe MommiesBarb Ballantine28 episodes
1996Pinky and the BrainDelilahEpisode: "A Little Off the Top"
1997Social StudiesFrances Harman6 episodes
1999Sabrina, the Teenage WitchLucy KraftEpisode: "Mrs. Kraft"
1999Diagnosis: MurderLorraine KayEpisode: "The Roast"
2001-2002RebaMrs. Hodge4 episodes
2002The Drew Carey ShowLindsay MercerEpisode: "Rich Woman, Poor Man"
2003Intolerable CrueltySarah Sorkin
2004-2006Drake & JoshMrs. Hayfer4 episodes
2005CSI: NYMillie HanfordEpisode: "Recycling"
2005Suite Life of Zack & Cody, TheThe Suite Life of Zack & CodyMartha HarringtonEpisode: "Maddie Checks In"
20067th HeavenMrs. PorterEpisode: "Got MLK?"
2008Wizards of Waverly PlaceMrs. AngelaEpisode: "Credit Check"
2008Together Again for the First TimeAudrey Wolders FrobisherTelevision film
20087 Things to Do Before I'm 30Vanessa MadisenTelevision film
2010Melissa & JoeyMyrna SherwoodEpisode: "A Fright in the Attic "
2010La Grêve de NoëlRobert IscoveTelevision film "
2011-2013ShamelessCandace Lishman4 episodes
2012The LeagueKevin and Taco's momEpisode: "The Breastalyzer"
2014LookingPatrick's mother, Dana MurrayEpisode 7: "Looking for Plus-One"[5]
2014Anger ManagementPhyllisEpisode: "Charlie Gets Date Rated"
2014Camp X-RayBetty ColeAwaiting Release
2014SuburgatoryEmmalineEpisode: "The Ballad of Piggy Duckworth"


  1. ^ Meade, Peter (29 April 1984). "We'll Cry In Our Beers As Sam, Diane Split". Spartanburg Herald-Journal TV Update. p. 85. Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ Salas, Randy A. (28 February 2008). "'Newhart' is home to Julia Duffy". Star Tribune (Minneapolis). Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  3. ^ Zurawik, David (8 Marcy 1991). "Julia Duffy is a mom it's hard to feel sorry for". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2014-08-11.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "20 TV Shows That Replaced a Star". Entertainment Weekly. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  5. ^ "Julia Duffy". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 

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