Nancy Stafford

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Nancy Stafford
Nancy Stafford.jpg
Stafford in 1990.
BornNancy Elizabeth Stafford
(1954-06-05) June 5, 1954 (age 60)
Wilton Manors, Florida, USA
OccupationActress
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Larry Myers (1989–present)
Children1
Website
www.nancystafford.com
 
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Nancy Stafford
Nancy Stafford.jpg
Stafford in 1990.
BornNancy Elizabeth Stafford
(1954-06-05) June 5, 1954 (age 60)
Wilton Manors, Florida, USA
OccupationActress
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Larry Myers (1989–present)
Children1
Website
www.nancystafford.com

Nancy Elizabeth Stafford (born June 5, 1954) is an American actress, speaker and author, known for her roles on television. She came to prominence in the 1980s as Ben Matlock's (played by Andy Griffith) law partner and friend, Michelle Thomas, on Matlock. She hosted a syndicated TV series called Main Floor (1995–2005), a show about fashion and beauty.

Early life[edit]

Stafford was born in Wilton Manors, Florida, a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where she was raised in a Southern Baptist home. Stafford graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism.[1] In a 2008 interview with Christians in Cinema, she said that she had been a born-again Christian, since she was eight years old. But, before she attended college, attending her family's local church was full of hypocrisy. By the time she was a teenager, she had also lived a prodigal life, before she returned to Jesus.[2] After graduating from Ft. Lauderdale High School in 1972, she was Miss Florida 1976, competing in the 1977 Miss America Pageant.[3] She began her career working as a public relations specialist. In addition, she worked as a top model in New York at the Ford Model Agency.

Career[edit]

In 1982, Stafford moved to Los Angeles, where she had her first guest-starring role playing the dual role of Adrienne/Felicia Hunt on the daytime soap opera The Doctors. She had guest starring roles in shows such asRiptide, Remington Steele, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Who's the Boss?, Hunter, Quantum Leap, and Magnum, P.I.. In 1983, Stafford has won her first regular role on the NBC medical drama series, St. Elsewhere, as Joan Halloran. She played the role for three seasons. She later starred as Patricia Blake in the short-lived ABC series Sidekicks from 1986 to 1987.

Stafford is best known for her role as Ben Matlock's assistant Michelle Thomas in the legal drama Matlock, opposite Andy Griffith, from 1987 to 1992, replacing Linda Purl, who left after the first year. Stafford had been a lifelong Griffith fan, since the early 1960s, as a six-year-old girl.[4] Stafford auditioned and won the role. Before she played Michelle, she guest starred on the same show in 1986, where she played a call girl. According to a 2010 interview with the actress on On Screen and Beyond, there was a remarkable on- and off-screen relationship between Stafford and Griffith. She left the show to spend more time with her family, and also moving on to other ventures.[5] After her departure from Matlock, she became a world-renowned public speaker, traveling all over from churches, colleges, universities, women's group to other businesses. During the 1990s, she was the host of Main Floor, which was a talk show that was seen in over forty countries. In 2008, she co-hosted the first season of Love, Marriage and Stinkin' Thinkin alongside Mark Gungor. Stafford also guest starred in many shows, such as ER, Frasier, Babylon 5, Baywatch and The Mentalist.

Stafford is the author of many Christian books such as: Beauty by the Book: Seeing Yourself as God Sees You; The Wonder of His Love: A Journey into the Heart of God, and her 2006 book, Mothers & Daughters Taking Your Adult Relationship to a Deeper Level.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Stafford married Larry Myers, a pastor. They have a daughter and grandson. Her older brother Tracy Stafford[6] was a two-term Mayor of Wilton Manors and a five-term member of the Florida House of Representatives.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1982QEyewitness
1987U.S. Marshals: Waco & RhinehartJoyceTelevision film
1993Moment of Truth: A Child Too ManySharon DavisTelevision film
1995Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee NightmareKaren IngramTelevision film
2002DestinyCounselor
2004The ProverbLady in ParkShort film
2007Wager, TheThe WagerAnnie Steele
2011Christmas with a Capital CKristen Reed
2012Race to the FinishJulie
2012Christmas OrangesMrs. Hartley
2013ForeclosedTerri BoydShort film
2013Superheroes Don't Need CapesJenny
2013Season of MiraclesNurse Barbara
2013Assumed KillerDr. Weston
2013Christmas for a DollarMrs. Rathbone

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1982Doctors, TheThe DoctorsAdrienne / Felicity Hunt1 episode
1983Lone StarAmanda TalbotTelevision pilot
1983-1986St. ElsewhereJoan HalloranSeries regular, 30 episodes
1984Who's the Boss?Trish BaldwinEpisode: "Sorority Sister"
1985RiptideLt. Peggy BurkeEpisode: "Prisoner of War"
1985HunterNell ArmstrongEpisode: "The Avenging Angel"
1985Magnum, P.I.Amy GriswaldEpisode: "The Treasure of Kalaniopu'u"
1985Scarecrow and Mrs. KingColleen DonnellyEpisode: "Flight to Freedom"
1985Remington SteeleJennifer DavenportEpisode: "Stronger Than Steele"
1986You Are the JuryDiane BlakeEpisode: "The State of Arizona vs. Dr. Evan Blake"
1986D.C. CopsMolly St. ClairTelevision pilot
1986-1987SidekicksPatricia BlakeSeries regular, 23 episodes
1986MatlockCaryn Nelson / Caroline NathanEpisode: "The Seduction"
1987-1992MatlockMichelle ThomasSeries regular, 109 episodes
1990Quantum LeapPeg MyersEpisode: "Miss Deep South - June 7, 1958"
1993Saved by the Bell: The College YearsJudith TrudellEpisode: "The Poker Game"
1996FrasierClaire BarnesEpisode: "Moon Dance"
1996Babylon 5Dr. Mary KirkishEpisode: "Messages from Earth"
1997BaywatchCassie RoseEpisode: "Rendezvous"
2003Judging AmyJudge BellEpisodes: "Motion Sickness", "The Wrong Man"
2008Mentalist, TheThe MentalistRosemary TennantEpisode: "Seeing Red"

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Preceded by
Ann K. Schmalzried
Miss Florida
1976
Succeeded by
Cathy La Belle