Ann Jillian

Highest Rated: 81% Mr. Mom (1983)
Lowest Rated: 36% Babes in Toyland (1961)
Birthday: Jan 29, 1950
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Blonde, round-faced actress Ann Jillian was the daughter of Lithuanian war refugees. Her mother, for whom the phrase "stage-struck" might well have been coined, determined that the family would settle in Los Angeles so that her children would grow up in the heart of showbiz. In 1961, 11-year-old Ann made her film debut as Bo Peep in Disney's Babes in Toyland (1961). Two years later, she was cast as young Dainty June in Gypsy (1963); her talent and dedication prompted producer Mervyn LeRoy to forecast a "most rewarding future in show business" for the young actress. But after essaying her first semi-adult role as secretary Millie Ballard in the TV sitcom Hazel, Jillian dropped out of acting for three years to study psychology in college; during this period, she paid her tuition by working in a department store. She returned to performing as one half of a singing act (Debra Shulman was the other half) which opened for such Las Vegas headliners as Robert Goulet. In the late 1970s, Jillian scored a personal triumph in the Broadway musical Sugar Babies, holding her own on stage despite the howitzer-shell competition of stars Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller (her role was later reduced in size, reportedly because Miller felt she was being upstaged). Under the guidance of her manager-husband, ex-policeman Andy Murcia, Jillian went onward and upward in 1980 as star of the long-running sitcom It's a Living; later television projects included the short-lived series Jennifer Slept Here and the title role in the TV biopic Mae West, which earned her the first of two Emmy nominations (the second was for 1984's Ellis Island). After undergoing a double mastectomy in 1985, Ann Jillian celebrated her survival by starring in another made-for-TV biography, The Ann Jillian Story (1988)

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet I'll Be Home for Christmas Sarah 1997
No Score Yet MacShayne: Winner Takes All Miranda Church 1994
No Score Yet Labor of Love: The Arlette Schweitzer Story Arlette Schweitzer 1993
No Score Yet Original Sin Sharon 1989
No Score Yet La Historia de Ann Jillian Herself 1988
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam Suzanne 1987
No Score Yet Convicted: A Mother's Story Elizabeth (Billy) Nickerson 1987
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland Red Queen 1985
No Score Yet Little White Lies Liz Donaldson 1984
No Score Yet Death Ride to Osaka Marilyn 1983
81% Mr. Mom Joan 1983
No Score Yet Mae West Mae West 1982
No Score Yet Triangle Actor 1971
69% Gypsy `Dainty' June 1962
No Score Yet Sammy, the Way-Out Seal Actor 1962
36% Babes in Toyland Bo Peep 1961

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger
1993-2001
Senator Angela Rhodes
  • 2000
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Liz Bradley
  • 1999
No Score Yet It's a Living
1980-1989
Cassie Cranston
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Joanna Crandall
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
1970-1974
Girl #2
  • 1972
  • 1971
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Ilse Nielsen
  • 1963

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