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Betty Thomas

Highest Rated: 100% Housekeeping (1987)

Lowest Rated: 7% Surviving Christmas (2004)

Birthday: Jul 27, 1948

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

Blonde, statuesque (6'1") comic actress Betty Thomas graduated from Ohio University with a fine arts degree. Betty taught in the Chicago public school system, where she ran afoul of the Establishment over her frankly articulated opinions on social and sexual issues. She found a more agreeable outlet for her outspokenness as an improvisational comedienne with the Second City troupe. She went to appear in such blackout-oriented films as Tunnel Vision (1975) and Chesty Anderson USN (1976), and as a regular on the 1976 TV series Fun Factory, a combination quiz show/audience participation/sketch-comedy outing. Thomas achieved stardom in the role of no-nonsense police officer Lucille Bates on TV's Hill Street Blues (1981-87), winning a 1985 Emmy for her work on the series. Never one to shy away from any personal or professional risk, she plunged into TV directing in the late 1980s, helming such films as Only You (1991) and such made-for-TV flicks as My Breast (1994). In 1993, Thomas won her second Emmy, this time for her direction on the cable sitcom Dream On. As of this writing, Betty Thomas' biggest directorial success has been the 1995 box office bonanza The Brady Bunch Movie. She then made a pair of comedies about the media. Her made for cable adaptation of The Late Shift covered the retirement of Johnny Caron and the battle between Jay Leno and David Letterman to take over The Tonight Show. Thomas also directed Private Parts, the biopic of radio personality Howard Stern. Teaming with Eddie Murphy, Thomas scored a solid box-office hit with Dr. Dolittle. She attempted a change of pace with Sandra Bullock with the addiction comedy/drama 28 Days. She had her hand in a pair of summer hits acting as producer on the Charlie's Angels films, but also produced the flop Surviving Christmas. She helped bring another television show to the big screen by joining Owen Wilson and Eddie Murphy in I Spy. In 2006 she helmed the dark high school comedy John Tucker Must Die. In the years to come, Thomast would remain an active director, helming films like I Spy and Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Santapprentice Director 2013
No Score Yet Dallas Director 2010
20% Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Director $219.4M 2009
28% John Tucker Must Die Director $41M 2006
42% Guess Who Executive Producer $68M 2005
7% Surviving Christmas Producer $11.2M 2004
42% Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle Executive Producer $100.7M 2003
No Score Yet Senor White Director 2003
16% I Spy Director Producer $33.2M 2002
68% Charlie's Angels Executive Producer $124.5M 2000
32% 28 Days Director 2000
42% Dr. Dolittle Director 1998
42% Can't Hardly Wait Producer 1998
No Score Yet Doctor Dolittle Director 1998
75% Private Parts Director 1997
No Score Yet The Late Shift Director 1996
62% The Brady Bunch Movie Director 1995
No Score Yet My Breast Director 1994
No Score Yet Prison for Children Actor 1993
No Score Yet Only You Director 1992
14% Troop Beverly Hills Velda Plendor 1989
100% Housekeeping Stunt Player 1987
No Score Yet No Greater Gift Actor 1986
No Score Yet Falling for the Stars Actor 1985
No Score Yet When Your Lover Leaves Maude 1983
No Score Yet Homework Reddog's Secretary 1982
77% Used Cars Bunny 1980
No Score Yet Jackson County Jail Waitress 1976
No Score Yet Tunnel Vision (Tunnelvision) Bridgit Bert Richards 1976


40% The Loop
Director 2006
No Score Yet Dream On
Director 1996
83% Shannon's Deal
Director 1991
No Score Yet Doogie Howser, M.D.
Director 1989
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
Lucy Bates Off./Sgt. Lucy Bates 1987
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest 1984


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