Alison La Placa

Highest Rated: 76% Fletch (1985)
Lowest Rated: 0% Madhouse (1990)
Birthday: Dec 16, 1959
Birthplace: Not Available
Alison La Placa is a gifted comic actress who has been working steadily since the early '80s, including starring roles in several highly anticipated (but ultimately unsuccessful) television series. Born in New Jersey in 1959 and raised in Lincolnshire, IL, a suburb outside of Chicago, La Placa set her sights on an entertainment career and trained in musical theater. As a practical matter, however, her career has been much more oriented toward comedy, which she describes as being essentially musical theater without the music. Her first shot at stardom came in 1983, at age 23, when she portrayed Elyse in the television pilot spin-off of Barry Levinson's feature film Diner. That series failed to sell, and her subsequent work included parts in Fletch (1985) and Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1988). She also made appearances on Cheers and Remington Steele, and by the second half of the 1980s, she had found her firm niche in television, starting with the series Duet (1987) on the FOX network, which led to a starring role on the short-lived FOX series Open House (1989). After being cast in a few more failed series, including The Jackie Thomas Show (1992) and Tom (1994, in which she played Tom Arnold's wife), La Placa finally found success when she joined the cast of The John Larroquette Show in 1994. Since then, La Placa's most memorable work was seen on the 1997 season of the series Friends, as Rachel's boss Joanna, whose involvement with Matthew Perry's Chandler -- including a ferociously funny performance in the episode "The One With the 'Cuffs" -- led to some delightful comedic situations. With those credits behind her, La Placa bids fair to be seen in television comedy for years to come.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
0% Madhouse Claudia 1990
No Score Yet Voyage of the Rock Aliens Diane 1987
No Score Yet Second Serve Actor 1986
76% Fletch Pan Am Clerk 1985
No Score Yet Murder: By Reason of Insanity Janet Landry 1985

TV

CREDIT
86% Mom
2013
Louanne
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Man Up
2011
Carroll
  • 2011
21% Man Up!
2011
Carroll
  • 2011
No Score Yet 'Til Death
2006-2010
Beth
  • 2010
79% Lie to Me
2009-2011
Diane Kretschmer
  • 2009
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
Mary Whiman
  • 2009
87% Boston Legal
2004-2008
Andrea Michele
  • 2008
80% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • 2007
72% The O.C.
2003-2007
Dr. James
  • 2007
66% Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
Rita Patterson
  • 2006
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Female Lawyer
  • 2002
No Score Yet Malcolm in the Middle
2000-2006
Barbara
  • 2000
No Score Yet The John Larroquette Show
1993-1996
Catherine Merrick
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
78% The Jackie Thomas Show
1992-1993
Laura Miller
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Remington Steele
1982-1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Guest Paula Nelson
  • 1985
No Score Yet Duet
2011
Linda Phillips
No Score Yet Tom
1994
Dorothy

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