Lori Loughlin

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Lori Loughlin
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Loughlin at the premiere party for 90210, 2008
BornLori Anne Loughlin
(1964-07-28) July 28, 1964 (age 50)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Years active1971–present
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Lori Loughlin
Lori Loughlin.jpg
Loughlin at the premiere party for 90210, 2008
BornLori Anne Loughlin
(1964-07-28) July 28, 1964 (age 50)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Years active1971–present

Lori Anne Loughlin (born July 28, 1964) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Rebecca Donaldson Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House, appearing in the series from 1988 to 1995. From 2008 to 2011, she portrayed the role of Debbie Wilson on the The CW series 90210 (2008–11, 2012), a spin-off of Beverly Hills, 90210. She is also known for portraying the role of Ava Gregory on the The WB series Summerland (2004–05), which she also co-created and produced.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Loughlin was born in Queens, New York and moved with her family to Long Island. She lived in Oceanside, New York, where she attended Oaks Public Elementary School #3 and then moved to Hauppauge, where she attended Hauppauge High School.[2] She is of Irish descent.[3]


She began her career at age twelve as a print model. During her early teen years she appeared in television commercials and was frequently seen in national print advertisements.[2] At the age of fifteen, Loughlin was cast in the ABC soap opera The Edge of Night, playing the part of Jody Travis, an aspiring dancer, appearing in the series from 1980 to 1983. From 1983 to 1988, Loughlin appeared a number of feature films and television guest spots. On July 3, 1983, she starred in the pilot The Tom Swift/Linda Craig Mystery Hour as Linda Craig, an amateur detective. The pilot was based on the Tom Swift and Linda Craig series. The pilot aired to low ratings and the entire project was abandoned.

From 1988 to 1995, Loughlin was cast in her most notable role to date, as Rebecca Donaldson, Danny Tanner's (Bob Saget) co-host, Dj Tanner's horse teacher,and later Jesse Katsopolis' (John Stamos) wife in the ABC sitcom Full House. Recurring during season two, she became a regular in season three and for the remainder of the series run.[2] Within months after Full House ended, Loughlin co-starred with Tony Danza in the ABC sitcom Hudson Street (1995–96), the series was canceled after one season.[4]

In 1997, she starred alongside Bruce Campbell in the film In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory. In 2000, Loughlin co-starred opposite Treat Williams in the Fred Olen Ray-directed thriller film Critical Mass. She also guest starred in Suddenly Susan, Spin City, Seinfeld and The Drew Carey Show and as the superhero Black Canary in the Birds of Prey series in 2002.

From 2004 to 2005, Loughlin co-created, produced and starred in The WB drama series Summerland. She played Ava, the aunt who raises three children after their parents die in a car accident. The series was canceled after two seasons due to low ratings on July 11, 2005. In 2007, Loughlin co-starred in the ABC sitcom In Case of Emergency with David Arquette. She appeared in the film Moondance Alexander (2007), co-starring with her former Summerland cast mate Kay Panabaker. Loughlin also was in attendance at Comedy Central's The Roast of Bob Saget which was hosted by John Stamos and premiered on August 17, 2008. At her table were Full House co-stars Dave Coulier and Jodie Sweetin. In 2010, Loughlin starred in the television film Meet My Mom, which premiered on the Hallmark Channel on Mother's Day.[5]

She co-starred in seasons one through three of the Beverly Hills, 90210 spin-off 90210 as Debbie Wilson from 2008 to 2011. She reprised her role in the season five premiere episode in 2012.[6]

Loughlin made a brief appearance as Rebecca Donaldson, alongside John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis, on a July 2013 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, following a reunion performance by Jesse and The Rippers.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Loughlin was married to film producer and investment banker Michael R. Burns from 1989 to 1996.[8] In 1997, Loughlin married fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, the creator of the Mossimo clothing line. They have two daughters together, Isabella Rack Giannulli (b. September 1998) and Olivia Jade Giannulli (b. 1999).[9][10]



1983Amityville 3-DSusan Baxter
1985The New KidsAbby McWilliamsAlternative title: Striking Back
1985Secret AdmirerToni WilliamsAlternative title: The Letter
1987Back to the BeachSandiAlternative title: Malibu Beach Girls
1988The Night BeforeTara Mitchell
1993Empty CradleJane Morgan
1997Casper: A Spirited BeginningSheila FistergraffDirect-to-video
1999SuckersDonna DeLuca
2000Critical MassJanine
2007Farce of the PenguinsMelvin-Smacking PenguinVoice role; direct-to-video
2007Moondance AlexanderGelsey Alexander
2009Old DogsAmanda
2013CrawlspaceSusan Gates


1971The Smith Family(unknown)Episode: "Family Man"
1979Too Far to GoYoung Judith MapleMovie; uncredited role
1980–83The Edge of NightJody Travis #13 episodes
1982Matt HoustonSueEpisode: "Shark Bait"
1983The Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery HourLinda CraigUnsold TV pilot
1985North Beach and RawhideCandy CassidyMovie
1986Brotherhood of JusticeChristieMovie
The EqualizerJenny MorrowEpisodes: "Prelude",
"First Light"
CBS Schoolbreak SpecialKelly
Episodes: "Babies Having Babies",
"No Means No"
1987A Place to Call HomeJenny GavinMovie
1988Tales from the Hollywood Hills: The Old ReliableKay CorkMovie
1988CBS Summer PlayhouseTammyEpisode: "Old Money"
1988–95Full HouseRebecca Donaldson-KatsopolisRecurring role: season 2, regular role: seasons 3–8
1992Inside America's Totally Unsolved Lifestyles"Another Look" AnchorSpecial
1992Doing Time on Maple DriveAllisonMovie
1992To Grandmother's House We GoWin-O-Lotto Lottery HostessMovie; uncredited role
1993Empty CradleJane MorganMovie
1993A Stranger in the MirrorJill CastleMovie
1994One of Her OwnToni StroudMovie
1995Abandoned and DeceivedGerri JensenMovie
1995–96Hudson StreetMelanie Clifford22 episodes
1997In the Line of Duty: Blaze of GloryJill EricksonMovie
1997Tell Me No SecretsJess KosterMovie
1997Suddenly SusanPaulaEpisode: "With Friends Like These"
1997The Price of HeavenLeslieMovie; alternative title: Blessed Assurance
1997SeinfeldPattyEpisode: "The Serenity Now"
1997Medusa's ChildDr. Linda McCoyMiniseries
2001CursedNatalie KeithEpisode: "...And Then They Tried to Make Some Rules"
2001Spin CityMichelleEpisodes: "Yet Another Stakeout", "Yeah Baby!", "An Officer and a Gentleman"
2002EastwickSukie RidgemontUnsold series pilot
2002Birds of PreyCarolyn Lance/Black CanaryEpisode: "Sins of the Mother"
2002The Drew Carey ShowRobinEpisodes: "Chemistry Schmemistry", "The Dawn Patrol"
2004Justice League UnlimitedDr. Tracy Simmons (voice)Episode: "The Greatest Story Never Told"
2004–05SummerlandAva GregoryLead role; 26 episodes
2005MissingDr. Joy GribbenEpisode: "Anything for the Baby" (Parts 1 and 2)
2006Jake in ProgressLindsayEpisode: "The Two Jakes"
2006Ghost WhispererChristine GreeneEpisode: "Demon Child"
2007In Case of EmergencyDr. Joanna LuponeRegular role; 13 episodes
90210Debbie WilsonRegular role (seasons 1–3), guest star (season 5)
2010Meet My MomDana MarshallMovie
2013A Mother's RageRebecca MayerMovie
2013PsychDr. Joan DiamondEpisode: "Nip and Suck It"
2013Major CrimesMrs. SlayterEpisode: "The Deep End"
2013When Calls the HeartAbigail StantonMovie
2014When Calls the Heart[11]Abigail StantonSeries regular
2014EnlistedAs HerselfEpisode: "Alive Day"

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "Lori Loughlin's Designer Role". Washington Post. June 27, 2004. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  2. ^ a b c Overview for Lori Loughlin, TCM.com
  3. ^ "Beauty Tips, Make Up Reviews, Interviews with Beauty Gurus, Product Giveaways and Delicious Food". Beauty and the Feast Blog. 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  4. ^ Lowry, Brian (1997-11-10). "For ABC, Tuesday Is Becoming Loneliest Night". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  5. ^ "The 'Countdown To Mother's Day' is on as Hallmark Channel in Hd Invites Viewers to 'Meet My Mom' and Asks Them to Do the Same!". The Futon Critic. March 11, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ Bierly, Mandi. "Lori Loughlin to return for '90210' premiere | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  7. ^ "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon". Episode 1063. July 19, 2013. NBC.
  8. ^ Lori Loughlin Biography (1964-), Film Reference
  9. ^ "Lori Loughlin - Kids & Family Life, Summerland, Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli". People.com. 2004-08-23. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  10. ^ "Lori Loughlin". AskMen.com. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  11. ^ Hallmark Channel Original Series 'When Calls the Heart' to Premiere January 11th

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