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Alison La Placa

Highest Rated:   76% Fletch (1985)
Lowest Rated:   0% Madhouse (1990)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Mom
2013
  • Louanne
  • 2014
No Score Yet Man Up
2011
  • Carroll
  • 2011
22% Man Up!
2011
  • Carroll
  • 2011
No Score Yet 'Til Death
2006-2010
  • Beth
  • 2010
No Score Yet Lie to Me
2009-2011
  • Diane Kretschmer
  • 2009
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
  • Mary Whiman
  • 2009
No Score Yet Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Andrea Michele
  • 2008
70% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Actor
  • 2007
No Score Yet The O.C.
2003-2007
  • Dr. James
  • 2007
No Score Yet 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 Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
  • 1985
No Score Yet Duet
2011
  • Linda Phillips

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