Morgan Fairchild

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Morgan Fairchild
Morgan Fairchild 2012.jpg
Morgan Fairchild, Los Angeles, CA on September 16, 2012
BornPatsy Ann McClenny
(1950-02-03) February 3, 1950 (age 64)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Years active1967–present
Spouse(s)Jack Calmes (m. 1967–73)(divorced)
ParentsEdward Milton McClenny
Martha Jane Hartt
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Morgan Fairchild
Morgan Fairchild 2012.jpg
Morgan Fairchild, Los Angeles, CA on September 16, 2012
BornPatsy Ann McClenny
(1950-02-03) February 3, 1950 (age 64)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Years active1967–present
Spouse(s)Jack Calmes (m. 1967–73)(divorced)
ParentsEdward Milton McClenny
Martha Jane Hartt

Morgan Fairchild (born Patsy Ann McClenny February 3, 1950) is an American actress. She achieved prominence during the late 1970s and early 1980s with continuing roles in several television series, in which she usually conveyed a glamorous image.

Fairchild began her career in the CBS daytime soap opera Search for Tomorrow as Jennifer Pace from 1973 to 1977. In 1978 she appeared on the primetime soap opera Dallas as the first actress to portray Jenna Wade, before taking a lead role in the NBC series Flamingo Road in 1980 (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama). In 1984, she co-starred in ABC's short-lived primetime soap Paper Dolls, and then appeared in Falcon Crest as attorney Jordan Roberts from 1985 to 1986. Fairchild has also performed in theater and played guest roles in television comedies, including Murphy Brown (for which she was nominated for an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series), Roseanne, Cybill, and Friends. She is a board member of SAG-AFTRA.

Early life[edit]

Born Patsy Ann McClenny in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of Martha Jane (née Hartt), a high school English teacher who taught at Richardson High School (in Richardson, Texas), and Edward Milton McClenny.[1] Fairchild has a younger sister, Cathryn Hartt, who is also an actress.[2][3] As a younger child, she was seen on WFAA-TV's Mr. Peppermint Show with host Jerry Haynes. In her teens she was in the audience on WFAA-TV's Sump'n Else bandstand show. She auditioned three times to be in The Little Group, which was WFAA-TV's Sump'n Else show's dance group. Also during this time, she appeared in several locally broadcast commercials on Dallas Fort Worth television stations. As a child, she suffered a bout of scarlet fever, which left her partially deaf.


Morgan Fairchild in June 2007

Fairchild's first acting job was as a double for Faye Dunaway during location filming for the film Bonnie and Clyde (1967).[1] She took her new first name, Morgan, from the 1966 David Warner film Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment. Fairchild then moved to New York City, where she secured her first credited onscreen role as the maniacal Jennifer Pace in the daytime soap opera Search for Tomorrow from 1973 until 1977. From the mid-1970s, she began to make various appearances on episodic primetime television series such as Kojak, Happy Days, Police Woman, and a few episodes of CBS Radio Mystery Theatre.

Fairchild played Jenna Wade in the soap opera Dallas for one episode in 1978.[1] The character was later brought back, played briefly by Francine Tacker in 1980, and then as a regular character played by Priscilla Presley from 1983-88. In 1978, Fairchild made the television film The Initiation of Sarah and also had a recurring role on the sitcom Mork & Mindy. In 1980, she scored her first regular primetime role as Constance Weldon Carlyle on the soap opera Flamingo Road. Though the series had an impressive beginning, the ratings soon dropped and it was cancelled after two seasons. Fairchild was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her role.[4]

After the cancellation of Flamingo Road, Fairchild continued to make guest appearances in a variety of episodic television series such as Hotel, Simon & Simon, Magnum, P.I. and The Love Boat. She also starred in the 1982 theatrical film The Seduction. In 1984, along with Joan Collins, she co-hosted the ABC-TV special Blondes vs. Brunettes, a one hour variety show that gently poked fun at popular culture's blonde vs. brunette rivalry.[5] In that same year she also co-starred in another primetime soap opera Paper Dolls playing modelling agency owner Racine. The series was cancelled halfway through its first season, but by this time, Fairchild was established as a television actress and in 1985 she joined the hit series Falcon Crest, playing the glamorous lawyer Jordan Roberts for a season. She also appeared in the miniseries North and South in 1985, and its sequel in 1986.

Fairchild at an event in Dallas in 2006

1985 was the year in which Jon Lovitz on Saturday Night Live created the "Tommy Flanagan, The Pathological Liar" character who claimed outlandish achievements for himself, culminating in the grand illusion that his wife was Morgan Fairchild. The obvious remoteness of such a possibility, and its mainstream comic appeal, was testimonial to the broad popularity and desirability of Fairchild at the time.

Fairchild continued to make appearances in films and television series throughout the 1980s, and garnered an Emmy Award nomination for her guest appearance in a 1989 episode of Murphy Brown.[1] In the early 1990s, she was cast in a recurring role in Roseanne, as Sandra Bernhard's bisexual girlfriend Marla. In 1994, Fairchild appeared in an unexpectedly campy ad campaign for clothing retailer Old Navy, with Joan Collins and other formerly familiar faces on television. Her reprised role as the over-the-top glamour vixen was so successful that the company created numerous sequels around her persona.

In 1995, Fairchild returned to daytime soap operas as the catty Sydney Chase on The City.[6] She played the role for a year, after which she went on to appear in General Hospital. She also made guest appearances on the hit sitcom Friends (as Chandler Bing's mother, Nora) and was a recurring guest star on the sitcom Cybill as Andrea, a rival of Cybill Shepherd's character.

Through the years, Fairchild has also appeared in various theater productions. More recently, she starred in the role of Mrs. Robinson in the stage adaptation of the film The Graduate. She also fronted an international advertising campaign for the consumer tooth whitening product Dental White.[7] In 2005, Fairchild appeared in the competition reality show, But Can They Sing? on VH1.

In 2006, she was cast in yet another of her "rich bitch" roles in the My Network TV series Fashion House, playing Sophia Blakely, a rival to Bo Derek's character, Maria Gianni.[8] She has also appeared on the television series Chuck as Dr. Honey Woodcomb, the mother of Captain Awesome. She made another return to soap operas in 2009 when she had a guest role in the daytime series The Bold and the Beautiful.[9] In recent years she guest-starred in Bones, Revenge, and Hot in Cleveland.[10][11]

In addition to her work as an actress, Fairchild has long maintained a strong role within the Screen Actors Guild, now SAG-AFTRA. Currently, Fairchild is a three-year board member of the Guild and has served on several diverse committees, including co-chair Legislative Committee, National Executive Committee, SAG-AFTRA Relations Committee, Commercials Contracts Committee, Honors and Tributes Committee (HATS), and Guild Governance and Rules Committee.

In 2014, Fairchild was named spokesperson for, a website created to help consumers make burial preplanning choices. In that capacity, she appeared on television commercials and in a direct mail campaign.

Personal life[edit]

Fairchild at the Desert AIDS Project in 2009

Fairchild was married to Jack Calmes from 1967 to 1973. She dated United States Senator and later-presidential candidate, John Kerry, in the early 1980s.[12] Fairchild stated that although she has no plans to marry, she has been in a relationship with film company executive, Mark Seiler, for more than 25 years.[13]

Fairchild is active in raising awareness of AIDS-related issues and environmental protection.[1]

During the early 1970s Fairchild was kidnapped and held against her will on two separate occasions.[14][15]



1967Bonnie and ClydeFaye Dunaway's doubleuncredited
1970A Bullet for Pretty BoySmall roleuncredited
1978The Initiation of SarahJennifer LawrenceTelevision film
1979Murder in Music CityDana MorganTelevision film
1980The Memory of Eva RykerLisa EddingtonTelevision film
1980Challenge of the TigerCelebrity
1980The Dream MerchantsDulcie WarrenTelevision film
1981The Girl, the Gold Watch & DynamiteStella WalkerTelevision film
1982The SeductionJamie Douglas
1982HoneyboyJudy WellmanTelevision film
1984Time BombRenee DeSallesTelevision film
1984The Zany Adventures of Robin HoodLady Marian
1985Pee-wee's Big AdventureHerself as Dottie
1986Red Headed StrangerRaysha Shay
1987Campus ManKatherine Van Buren
1987Sleeping BeautyQueen
1987Deadly IllusionJane Mallory/Sharon Burton
1988Street of DreamsLaura Cassidy/Eva BombergTelevision film
1988Killing BlueLisa
1989Phantom of the Mall: Eric's RevengeMayor Karen Wilton
1989The Haunting of Sarah HardyLucyTelevision film
1990How to Murder a MillionaireLorettaTelevision film
1990Mob BossGina
1990Menu for MurderPaula PrestonTelevision film
1991Even Angels FallLeslie
1991Writer's BlockMagenta HartTelevision film
1991Sherlock Holmes and the Leading LadyIrene Frances AdlerTelevision film
1992Just DesertsCatherine HarcourtTelevision film
1993Das Paradies am Ende der BergeIrmgard Hoelzl
1993Based on an Untrue StorySatin Chow
1994Point of Seduction: Body Chemistry IIIBeth Chaney
1994Test Tube Teens from the Year 2000Camella Swales
1994Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final InsultHerself
1995Criminal HeartsDistrict Attorney
1995Venus RisingPeyton
1995GospaSister Fabijana Zovko
1996Dead Man's IslandValerie St. Vincent
1996Star CommandCmdr. Sigrid Ivorstetter
1997Moment of Truth: Into the Arms of DangerDiana AstinTelevision film
1998Shattered IllusionsAngie
1998Holy ManHerself
1999Nice Guys Sleep AloneLorraine
2000UnshackledMrs. Rebecca Miller
2000Held for RansomMrs. Kirkland
2002Teddy Bears' PicnicCourtney Vandermint
2002I Was a Teenage FaustBabyloniaTelevision film
2004Knuckle SandwichMrs. Simms
2004Arizona SummerDebbie
2006Shock to the SystemPhyllis Hale
2006The Initiation of SarahTrina GoodwinTelevision film
2007Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox StoryHerself
2008The Sno Cone Stand IncCathy Wanton
2009The Slammin' SalmonHerself
2010Life's a BeachFelicia Wald
2010The SteamroomSheila
2011Boy ToyBarbra
2011Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2Herself
2012American Horror HouseMiss Margot / RosemaryTelevision film
2012Spring Break '83Mouth's Mother
2012A Perfect EndingValentina
2013Fighting BackCheryl
2013Wiener Dog NationalsMs. Merryweather
2013Dark PowerElizabeth Archer
2014On Paper[16]Television film
2014Bikini Model AcademyHerself
2014Beethoven's TreasureCharlene
2014Christian MingleLacie Wood


1973-1977Search for TomorrowJennifer Pace
1976KojakAllisonEpisode: "A Hair-Trigger Away"
1977RaffertyLisa FarrellEpisode: "A Point of View"
SwitchShelley BloomEpisode: "Downshift"
Rosetti and RyanClaire BlakeEpisode: "The Ten-Second Client"
Happy DaysCynthia HolmesEpisode: "My Fair Fonzie"
The Bob Newhart ShowBianca / LindaEpisode: "Grand Delusion"
1978Police WomanCherylEpisode: "Murder with Pretty People"
The Amazing Spider-ManLisa BensonEpisode: "Night of the Clones"
Barnaby JonesFelice WintersEpisodes: "Daughter of Evil" and "A Dangerous Affair"
DallasJenna WadeEpisode: "Old Acquaintance"
1978EscapadeSuzyTV pilot
1978-1979Mork & MindySusan Taylor3 episodes
1979Concrete CowboysCarla / KateEpisode: "Concrete Cowboys"
A Man Called SloaneMelissa NelsonEpisode: "The Venus Microbe"
1980Young MaverickSeleneEpisode: "Makin' Tracks"
1981The Love BoatJenny Boyer2 episodes
1980-1982Flamingo RoadConstance Weldon Semple Carlyle38 episodes
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1982)
1982Magnum, P.I.Alex Houston / Catherine HaileyEpisode: "Ki'is Don't Lie"
Simon & SimonAlex Houston / Catherine HaileyEpisode: "Emeralds Are Not a Girl's Best Friend"
1983HotelCarolEpisode: "Hotel"
1984Paper DollsRacine13 episodes
1985North and SouthBurdetta HalloranTV mini-series
1986North and South, Book IIBurdetta HalloranTV mini-series
1985-1986Falcon CrestJordan Roberts29 episodes
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role on a Prime Time Serial (1986)
1989My Two DadsDiana ThackeryEpisode: "Macho, Stupid Guy Time"
Murphy BrownJulia St. MartinEpisode: "TV or not TV"
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (1990)
1992RoseanneMarla3 episodes
1993Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanMirandaEpisode: "Pheromone, My Lovely"
Murder, She WroteIris NovaroEpisode: "Murder at a Discount"
1994Burke's LawJune WardEpisode: "Who Killed Romeo?"
Empty NestZoeEpisode: "Best Friends"
Diagnosis: MurderPamela DornEpisode: "My Four Husbands"
1995-1996The CitySydney Chase
1996General HospitalSydney Chase
1995-1997CybillAndrea Thorpe4 episodes
1997Head Over HeelsMona DuBoisEpisode: "Gigolo Guy"
Touched by an AngelJackie SykesEpisode: "My Dinner with Andrew"
The Naked TruthHerselfEpisode: "Bridesface Revisited"
1998Home ImprovementHerselfEpisode: "Mr. Likeable"
V.I.P.HerselfEpisode: "Three Days to a Kill"
The Angry BeaversMuffy SnootwellEpisode: "Open Wide for Zombies/Dumbwaiters" (voice)
1999The New Addams FamilyLady PretensiaEpisode: "Thing's Romance"
1995-2001FriendsNora Tyler Bing5 episodes
2001Dharma & GregJackieEpisode: "Dharma Does Dallas"
7th HeavenMerle 'Bird'Episode: Teased
2002RoswellMeris Wheeler2 episodes
ProvidenceGwendolynne GoldEpisode: "Limbo"
Maybe It's MeBig KimberlyEpisode: "The Quahog Festival Episode"
That '80s ShowCossima BlairEpisode: "Beach Party"
2003Just Shoot Me!Lily BartonEpisode: "Pictures of Lily"
2004That '70s ShowCarolynEpisode: "Going Mobile"
2006Fashion HouseSophia Blakely35 episodes
2007Two and a Half MenDonnaEpisode: "Young People Have Phlegm Too"
2008Men in TreesHerselfEpisode: "Get a Life"
2009Nip/TuckHerselfEpisode: "Manny Skerritt"
My Name Is EarlCarolEpisode: "Friends with Benefits"
The Bold and the BeautifulDorothy4 episodes
2010Law & Order: Special Victims UnitClaire LocktonEpisode: "Bedtime"
2008-2010ChuckDr. Honey Woodcomb3 episodes
2011BonesBianca ChivertonEpisode: "The Prince in the Plastic"
2012Happily DivorcedJillEpisode: "The Reunion"
2014RevengeTeresa (cameo)Episode: "Addiction"
2014Hot in ClevelandClaudia / Fake ElkaEpisode: "Playmates"


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  2. ^ Morgan Fairchild Biography at
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  4. ^ "Morgan Fairchild Biography". 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  5. ^ Terrace, Vincent. Encyclopedia of Television: Series, Pilots and Specials 1974-1984. New York: BASELine Publications, page 50
  6. ^ "'The City' Is A Killer : Morgan Fairchild Takes 'Loving' From Small-Town Corinth To Downtown Manhattan - Los Angeles Times". 1995-11-05. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  7. ^ Dental White on YouTube
  8. ^ "Morgan Fairchild to Join Cast of 'Fashion House'". Fox News. July 1, 2006. 
  9. ^ "Morgan Fairchild: Coming to The Bold and the Beautiful". TV Fanatic. 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  10. ^ "Scoop: REVENGE on ABC - Sunday, March 30, 2014 - BWWTVWorld". Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  11. ^ Potts, Kimberly (2014-01-27). "Casting Scoop: Morgan Fairchild and Nora Dunn Stop by 'Hot in Cleveland' [Exclusive Photo] | Yahoo TV - Yahoo TV". Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  12. ^ "Campaign 2004 John Forbes Kerry". USA Today. May 20, 2005. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 
  13. ^ Interview. People magazine, 25 September 2006.
  14. ^ "Bobby Brown, Jewel, Morgan Fairchild, Elliott Yamin." Celebrity Close Calls. The Biography Channel. 25 June 2011.
  15. ^ "Scott Baio, Pam Grier, Morgan Fairchild, Greg Louganis." Dir. Jared Burke, Seth Jarrett, Timothy F. Smith, and Kathi Watson. Celebrity Close Calls. The Biography Channel. 13 Aug. 2011.
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