Lecy Goranson

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Lecy Goranson
BornAlicia Linda Goranson
(1974-06-22) June 22, 1974 (age 39)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1988–present
 
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Lecy Goranson
BornAlicia Linda Goranson
(1974-06-22) June 22, 1974 (age 39)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1988–present

Alicia Linda Goranson (born June 22, 1974; Evanston, Illinois), better known as Lecy Goranson /lsi/, is an American actress. She is best known for her role as the original Becky Conner in the television sitcom Roseanne, which debuted in 1988.[1]

Roseanne[edit]

Goranson studied acting in Chicago and subsequently landed the role of Becky Conner. It was only the second time she auditioned for a part. She played the character for five seasons, exiting the series in 1992, several episodes into the fifth season, to pursue an education at Vassar College. Her schedule permitted her to continue appearing part-time as Becky. Under her new arrangement, the show's producers and writers had to take care to write scenes for Becky sparingly. Goranson's exit resulted in Becky's eloping with her husband, Mark Healy, who was played by Glenn Quinn. Becky would be seen via the phone briefly on some occasions as she now lived out of state. In the next season, although not at the beginning, the producers decided to bring the character back. Goranson was still unavailable, so Sarah Chalke auditioned and won the role.

Chalke played Becky for the remainder of the sixth season and all of the seventh season. When the show reached its eighth season, Goranson managed to schedule things so that she could work as Becky again, replacing Chalke. Goranson appeared continuously at the beginning of season eight, but by mid-season she had scheduling conflicts again with school. On two occasions Goranson had to pull out of episodes in which the Becky character was necessary; Darlene's wedding and a family trip to Disneyworld. Chalke was called back in to play Becky for these episodes. Toward the end of the season, Goranson was available again and she returned to play Becky. However, after the end of the eighth season, Goranson decided not to continue due to scheduling conflicts she had during the previous season. For the ninth and what would be the final season, Goranson did not return to the show as Becky Conner Healy, leaving the role to Chalke for the final season.

The appearances by Goranson vs. Chalke became a running gag. Goranson's first re-appearance was marked with a "Where the hell have you been?" from several cast members while in character. Similarly, Chalke's infrequent appearances during Season 8 would be played for humor with an "Aren't you glad you're here this week?" from Roseanne. There was even a glimpse into the future where a grown-up and somewhat catatonic DJ (played by John Goodman) repeatedly uttered "They say she's the same but she isn't the same" and it was revealed to the audience that he was referring to the two actresses playing Becky.

Post-Roseanne[edit]

Since Roseanne, Goranson had several small roles in films and has guest starred in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Sex and the City and Fringe. In her film roles as an adult, she is normally credited as Alicia rather than Lecy. Alicia is currently living in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York; she played the part of "Sandra" in The Extra Man which opened in limited release on July 30, 2010.

Filmography[edit]

Roles in film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1995How to Make an American QuiltYoung Hy
1999Boys Don't CryCandace
2004Death 4 ToldJoyceSegment: The Psychic
2005Love, LudlowMyra
2007Perfect Dress, TheThe Perfect DressCandaceShort film
2010Extra Man, TheThe Extra ManSandra
Roles in television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1988–1996RoseanneBecky Conner-HealyTelevision program
146 episodes
2004Sex and the CityAmber (Birth Mother)Television program
Episode: "An American Girl in Paris, Part Deux"
2004Law & Order: Special Victims UnitRosalin SilvoTelevision program
Episode: "Poison"
2009FringeTattoo GirlTelevision program
Episode: "Inner Child"
2012DamagesSally (McClaren's Ex-Girlfriend/ Charlie's Mom)Television program
Episode: "Something's Wrong With Me"

Awards and nominations[edit]

TV Land Award

Young Artist Award

References[edit]

  1. ^ Owen, Rob (1999-03-01). Gen X TV: The Brady Bunch to Melrose Place. Syracuse University Press. pp. 45–. ISBN 9780815605850. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 

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