Nancy McKeon

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Nancy McKeon
BornNancy Justine McKeon
(1966-04-04) April 4, 1966 (age 48)
Westbury, New York, U.S.
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Marc Andrus (2003-present)
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Nancy McKeon
BornNancy Justine McKeon
(1966-04-04) April 4, 1966 (age 48)
Westbury, New York, U.S.
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Marc Andrus (2003-present)

Nancy Justine McKeon (born April 4, 1966) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Jo Polniaczek on the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life.


McKeon and her older brother Philip appeared in numerous commercials.[1] McKeon also appeared on the soap operas The Secret Storm and Another World. The McKeons moved to Los Angeles in 1975, when Philip won the role and began appearing on the television series Alice with Linda Lavin.

In 1979, McKeon was discovered by a casting director for The Facts of Life on the basis of her performance in a Hallmark greeting cards advertisement, in which she was able to cry on cue.[2]

She was cast as tomboy Jo Polniaczek in the fall of 1980 during the show's second season, when she replaced most of the first season's cast, including Molly Ringwald.[3] This is her most famous role and she portrayed the character throughout the series until the show was canceled in 1988. McKeon also provided the voice for many ABC Weekend Special cartoon characters, including the voice for Scruffy.

In 1994, both she and Courteney Cox auditioned for the role of Monica Geller on Friends. The role went to the latter. When asked in interviews about the auditions McKeon said, "I have no hard feelings. The role went to the right person, Courteney was brilliant. Now, I can't see anybody playing the role, not even myself."[citation needed] In 1995 she starred in her own series, Can't Hurry Love, which lasted one season. In 1998, she starred in a sitcom with Jean Smart titled Style & Substance.

McKeon portrayed Inspector Jinny Exstead on the Lifetime police drama The Division from 2001 to 2004, with her pregnancy incorporated into the storyline of the last year of the series. From 2009 to 2010, McKeon appeared in a recurring role in the Disney Channel Original Series Sonny With a Chance, as Connie Munroe, the mother of Demi Lovato's title character.

McKeon also starred in numerous made-for-TV movies throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story, in which she portrayed the title role of Tracey Thurman, and The Wrong Woman, portraying a woman framed for killing her boss. In 2003, McKeon starred in the film Comfort and Joy. According to her A&E Biography, she initially turned down the role of Tracey Thurman because she feared that she couldn't work with the material, she then met Thurman herself, and chose to take it on, she again had second thoughts during the second day of shooting, wanting to be replaced because she felt she would not be able to do Thurman any justice if she were to remain in the role, she was once again talked into remaining with the cast and finished the shooting.

Personal life[edit]

While McKeon was on The Facts of Life, she and her parents, all devout Catholics, were granted a private audience with Pope John Paul II.[4]

McKeon lives in Austin, Texas.[2] Nancy Mckeon married Marc Andrus on June 8, 2003 and they have two daughters, Aurora and Harlow.[5][6]


YearFilmRoleOther notes
1992Where the Day Takes YouVikki
1994Teresa's TattooSara
1995The Wrong WomanMelanie
1997Just WriteBride
1977Starsky & HutchVikki MayerEpisode: The Crying Child
1978Return to Fantasy IslandAnnTV-Pilot/TV-Movie
A Question of LoveSusan MorelandABC TV-Movie
1978, 1981AliceGirl Orphan
Episode: Who Ordered the Hot Turkey?
Episode: Alice's Halloween Surprise
1979StoneJill StoneABC TV-Movie
Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-DooAdditional VoicesVoice role
The Love BoatPenny BarrettEpisode: The Brotherhood of the Sea...
1979–1983ABC Weekend SpecialDolly
Amelia Matilda Daley
Voice role
7 episodes
1980–1988The Facts of LifeJoanna 'Jo' Polniaczek186 episodes
1980StoneJill Stone9 episodes
ABC Afterschool SpecialLucy TwiningEpisode: Schoolboy Father
1980, 1981Thundarr the BarbarianTaiVoice Role
Episode: Harvest of Doom
Episode: Last Train to Doomsday
1981Please Don't Hit Me, MomNancy ParksABC Afterschool Special
1982The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo/Puppy HourDollyVoice Role
13 episodes
The Facts of Life Goes to ParisJoanna 'Jo' PolniaczekNBC TV-Movie
High School U.S.A.Beth FranklinNBC TV-Movie
1985Poison IvyRhonda MaloneNBC TV-Movie
This Child Is MineKimberly DownsNBC TV-Movie
1986FirefighterCindy FralickCBS TV-Movie
1987The Facts of Life Down UnderJoanna 'Jo' PolniaczekNBC TV-Movie
Strange VoicesNicole GloverNBC TV-Movie
1989A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman StoryTracey ThurmanNBC TV-Movie
1990The HitchhikerEpisode: New Dawn
1991Lightning FieldMarthaUSA Network TV-Movie
1992Baby SnatcherKaren WilliamsCBS TV-Movie
1993Love, Honor & Obey: The Last Mafia MarriageRosalie Profaci BonannoCBS TV-Movie
1995A Mother's GiftAbigail 'Abby' DealCBS TV-Movie
Can't Hurry LoveAnnie O'Donnell19 episodes
1997In My Sister's ShadowJoan ConnorCBS TV-Movie
1998Style & SubstanceJane Sokol13 episodes
1999Touched by an AngelRachelEpisode: The Last Day of the Rest of Your Life
2001–2004The DivisionInsp. Jinny Exstead88 episodes
2003Comfort and JoyJaneTV-Movie
2004Category 6: Day of DestructionAmy HarkinCBS Miniseries
2006Wild HeartsEmilyTV-Movie
2007Without a TraceGail SweeneyEpisode: Absalom
2009–2010Sonny With a ChanceConnie Munroe7 Episodes
Recurring role
2011"Love Begins"Millie

Awards and nominations[edit]

Marco Island Film Festival

Prism Awards

TV Land Awards

Young Artist Awards


  1. ^ "Nancy McKeon Net Worth". Celebrity Net Worth. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  2. ^ a b "The Facts of Life". Biography. Season 18. Episode 28. July 25, 2005. The Biography Channel.
  3. ^,3
  4. ^ "Intimate Portrait: Nancy McKeon". 2001. Lifetime.
  5. ^ "Actress Nancy McKeon expecting second child". Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Biography". Retrieved November 6, 2014. 

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