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Cybill Shepherd



American actress Cybill Shepherd's pre-acting career included a runner-up stint in the Miss Teenage America pageant and seemingly thousands of modelling gigs, most prominently for Cover Girl makeup. She was spotted adorning a magazine cover by film director Peter Bogdanovich, who selected her to play a small town heartbreaker in his prestigious 1971 film The Last Picture Show. Shepherd was praised for her cinematic debut, though the reviews devoted more space to her diving-board striptease than her delivery of lines. Except for a part as Charles Grodin's dream girl in The Heartbreak Kid (1972), Shepherd did most of her subsequent early film work for Bogdanovich, once her lover as well as her mentor. Reviewers were barely tolerant of her performance in Daisy Miller (1974) -- and with the next Bogdanovich-directed appearance in At Long Last Love (1975) the gloves were off, her career had hit a hard spot. But she recovered, at least professionally, and did quite well for herself in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1975). The "Peter Bogdanovich's Girlfriend" onus took years to suppress; it was still being bandied about when she appeared in her first (short-lived) TV series "The Yellow Rose" (1983). But with her starring role in the popular detective/comedy weekly "Moonlighting" (1985), Shepherd made up for lost time and attained star status without any association with her onetime "Svengali." Shepherd and co-star Bruce Willis played the reluctant partners in a failing detective agency, but the plotlines were secondary to the banter and witticisms between the stars -- not to mention the winks at the audience and "in" jokes that let the folks at home know that the characters knew that they were just acting on TV. An instant success, "Moonlighting" was plagued with production problems almost from the outset. Shepherd and Willis made no secret of their distaste for one another, and both behaved rather boorishly to those around them. Firings and tantrums were almost everyday occurences on the set, and this, plus the problem of turning out a quality script each week, caused the series to fall woefully behind in schedule. Soon it became a media event if "Moonlighting" ran something other than a repeat. In 1987, Shepherd became pregnant with twins, which forced a speedup in production and some wildly convoluted (and often tasteless) scripts to accomodate the actress' condition. Power struggles continued between Shepherd and producer Glenn Caron (and the people who replaced Caron); "Moonlighting" was cancelled in 1989. Since that time, Shepherd has signed an endorsement contract with L'Oreal cosmetics, while continuing to appear in films and TV movies of variable quality (including Texasville, the best-forgotten sequel to The Last Picture Show). Besides becoming a favored and most entertaining guest on the talk-show circuit, Shepherd later returned to television in the Emmy-winning CBS sitcom Cybill. In 2003 Shepherd appeared as Martha Stewart in the NBC biopic Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart, and two years later she reprised the role in the made-for-television sequel Martha Behind Bars. For two years beginning in 2007 Stewart played the mother of her real-life daughter Clementine Ford's character on The L Word, and in 2010 she was bestowed the GLAAD Golden Gate Award for her efforts in increasing the LGBT community's visibility in the media. Meanwhile, appearances on such television series' as Psyche, Hot in Cleveland, and The Client List served well to keep her career going strong.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
40% She's Funny That Way
  • Nettie Finkelstein
2015
17% Do You Believe?
  • Teri
2015
77% Kelly & Cal
  • Bev
2014
93% Casting By
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Annie and the Gypsy
  • Annie
2012
No Score Yet Another Harvest Moon
  • Vickie
2011
43% Barry Munday
  • Mrs. Farley
2010
No Score Yet Expecting Mary
  • Meg
2010
No Score Yet Listen To Your Heart
  • Victoria
2010
No Score Yet The Client List
  • Cassie
2010
No Score Yet Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith
  • Alice Washington
2009
No Score Yet High Noon
  • Essie McNamara
2009
No Score Yet Hard Luck
  • Cass
2006
20% Open Window
  • Arlene
2006
No Score Yet Evening of Mystery and Suspense
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet TV Gold
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Detective
  • Karen
2005
No Score Yet Martha Behind Bars
  • Martha Stewart
2005
No Score Yet Tom Jones and Friends: Live
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Martha Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart
  • Martha Stewart
2003
100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Due East
  • Nell Dugan
2002
No Score Yet Marine Life
  • June
2000
52% The Muse
  • Herself
1999
No Score Yet The Last Word
  • Kiki Taylor
1995
No Score Yet While Justice Sleeps
  • Jody Stokes
1994
33% Married to It
  • Claire
1993
No Score Yet Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich
  • Actor
1991
0% Once Upon a Crime
  • Marilyn
1991
No Score Yet Memphis
  • Reeny Purdew
1991
55% Texasville
  • Jacy Farrow
1991
77% Alice
  • Nancy Brill
1990
No Score Yet Which Way Home
  • Karen Parsons
1990
64% Chances Are
  • Corinne Jeffries
1989
No Score Yet Seduced
  • Vicki Orloff
1985
No Score Yet Elvis - Memories
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet The Long Hot Summer
  • Eula Varner
1985
No Score Yet Secrets of a Married Man
  • Elaine
1984
No Score Yet The Alien's Return
  • Jennifer
1980
20% The Lady Vanishes
  • Amanda Kelly
1979
No Score Yet Silver Bears
  • Debbie Luckman
1978
No Score Yet Guide for the Married Woman
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Aliens from Spaceship Earth
  • Actor
1977
99% Taxi Driver
  • Betsy
1976
No Score Yet Special Delivery
  • Mary Jane
1976
17% At Long Last Love
  • Brooke Carter
1975
100% Daisy Miller
  • Annie P. 'Daisy' Miller
1974
91% The Heartbreak Kid
  • Kelly Corcoran
1972
100% The Last Picture Show
  • Jacy Farrow
1971

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Madeline Spencer Madeleine Spencer
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Revolution
2012
  • Guest
45% The Client List
2012-2013
  • Linette
68% No Ordinary Family
2010-2011
  • Barbara Crane
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Mrs. Gless
38% Eastwick
2009
  • Eleanor Rougement
No Score Yet The L Word
2004-2009
  • Phyllis Kroll
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Jolene Castille
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
  • Actor
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Franklin & Bash
2011-2014
  • Actor

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