Joanna Kerns

Highest Rated: 90% Knocked Up (2007)
Birthday: Feb 12, 1953
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
Though blonde actress Joanna Kerns may be best known for her breakthrough role as Maggie Seaver on the popular 1980s television sitcom Growing Pains, the seasoned actress-turned-director has subsequently made quite a name for herself behind the camera by taking the reigns of such popular small-screen series as Ally McBeal, Felicity, Judging Amy, and Boston Public. Born Joanna Cruisse de Varona in San Francisco in 1953, the talented teen pursued many avenues before eventually discovering her love of acting. Though she would compete unsuccessfully for a spot on the 1968 Olympics Gymnastics team (her sister Donna would later take home the gold medal for swimming), she remained steadfast in her athleticism and subsequently dropped out of high school to tour with the Gene Kelly stage musical Clown Around. It wasn't long before she gained affection for the spotlight, and following a move to New York, the aspiring young actress could be spotted in a Broadway production of Ulysses in Nighttown. A move back to the West Coast resulted in numerous film and television roles, and as her television career continued to take off, the up-and-coming actress married producer Richard Kerns. On the heels of minor roles in such films as Ape (1976) and Coma (1978), roles in Magnum, P.I., The A-Team, and Hill Street Blues made Kerns a familiar face to television viewers, and by the time she accepted the role of loving mother Maggie Seaver, Kerns had also turned heads in Hunter and V. Balancing out her seven-year run on Growing Pains with numerous made-for-television feature roles, Kerns ultimately realized that her small-screen fame would inevitably be short-lived, and that realization eventually led her to step behind the camera as a frequent director for the series. Of course, her prediction did come true, and after Growing Pains went off the air in 1992, Kerns juggled acting and directing in television throughout the 1990s in addition to remarrying Mark Appleton following the breakup of her previous marriage. After helming many of the decade's most popular shows, Kerns brought in the new millennium with a role as Winona Ryder's distant mother in Girl, Interrupted before experiencing something of a family reunion with 2000's The Growing Pains Movie. Kerns' frequent recognition of her Spanish roots has also made her something of a role model to Chicano and Latino youth. In 2007 the sitcom Mom was cast as the mother of Alison, the ambitious television producer Knocked Up by Seth Rogen, and in 2009 Kerns wrote and directed the short The Gold Lunch.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Gold Lunch Screenwriter Producer Director 2009
90% Knocked Up Alison's Mom $148.8M 2007
No Score Yet Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story Director 2003
43% All Over the Guy Lydia, Tom's Mother 2001
No Score Yet Ape 3D Actor 2001
54% Girl, Interrupted Annette 1999
No Score Yet At the Mercy of a Stranger Elizabeth Cooper 1999
No Score Yet Emma's Wish Emma Bridges 1998
No Score Yet Mother Knows Best Celeste Cooper 1997
No Score Yet Terror in the Family Cynthia 1996
No Score Yet No One Could Protect Her Jessica Rayner 1996
No Score Yet Whose Daughter Is She? (Semi-Precious) Laura Eagerton 1995
No Score Yet See Jane Run Jane Ravenson 1995
No Score Yet No Dessert Dad 'til You Mow the Lawn Actor 1994
No Score Yet Robin Cook's 'Mortal Fear' Dr. Jennifer Kessler 1994
No Score Yet The Nightman Eve Rhodes Producer 1994
No Score Yet The Man with Three Wives Katy 1993
No Score Yet Going Underground Maryanne Walker-Tate 1993
No Score Yet Desperate Choices: To Save My Child Mary Ellen Robbins 1992
No Score Yet Not in My Family (Shattering the Silence) Veronica Ricci 1992
No Score Yet An American Summer Aunt Sunny 1991
No Score Yet The Great Los Angeles Earthquake Dr. Clare Winslow 1990
No Score Yet Street Justice Katharine Watson 1990
No Score Yet The Great L.A. Earthquake Actor 1990
No Score Yet The Preppie Murder Linda Fairstein 1989
40% She's Having a Baby Actor 1988
40% Cross My Heart Nancy 1987
No Score Yet Mistress Stephanie 1987
No Score Yet The Rape of Richard Beck (The Broken Badge) (Violated) Actor 1985
No Score Yet A Bunny's Tale Andrea 1985
No Score Yet The Rape of Richard Beck Anita Parrish 1985
No Score Yet Marriage Is Alive and Well Actor 1980
80% Coma Diane 1978
No Score Yet Ape (A*P*E ) (Attack of the Giant Horny Gorilla) (Hideous Mutant) Marilyn Baker 1976

TV

CREDIT
100% Recovery Road
2016
Director
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Goldbergs
2013
Director
  • 2016
98% Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
2015
Director
  • 2016
  • 2015
100% Jane the Virgin
2014
Director
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
91% Nashville
2012-2018
Director
  • 2015
100% Switched at Birth
2011-2017
Director
  • 2014
97% The Fosters
2013-2018
Director
  • 2014
  • 2013
81% Pretty Little Liars
2010-2017
Director
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Army Wives
2007-2014
Director
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
36% Eastwick
2009
Edie
  • 2009
77% Samantha Who?
2007-2009
Director
  • 2009
80% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Director
  • 2008
No Score Yet Privileged
2008-2009
Director
  • 2008
52% Private Practice
2007-2013
Director
  • 2008
  • 2007
92% Psych
2006-2014
Director
  • 2008
  • 2007
44% Men in Trees
2006-2008
Director
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
Director
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Director
  • 2006
84% Scrubs
2001-2010
Director
  • 2006
  • 2004
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
Director
  • 2005
100% Joan of Arcadia
2003-2005
Director
  • 2005
No Score Yet Related
2005-2006
Director
  • 2005
No Score Yet Clubhouse
2004-2005
Director
  • 2004
No Score Yet One Tree Hill
2003-2012
Director
  • 2004
No Score Yet Less Than Perfect
2002-2009
Judy
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet Strong Medicine
2000-2006
Director
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Dawson's Creek
1998-2003
Director
  • 2002
No Score Yet Boston Public
2000-2005
Director
  • 2001
No Score Yet Felicity
1998-2002
Director
  • 2001
No Score Yet Judging Amy
1999-2005
Director
  • 2001
61% Ally McBeal
1997-2002
Director
  • 2001
  • 1999
62% Beggars and Choosers
1999-2001
Director
  • 2000
14% Love Boat: The Next Wave
1998-1999
Director
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Clueless
1996-1999
Director
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Suddenly Susan
1996-2000
Director
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Growing Pains
1985-1992
Screenwriter Director Maggie Seaver
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
1976-1983
Monique
  • 1983
No Score Yet The A-Team
1983-1987
Trish
  • 1983
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
Mary Kanfer Jenny Hunter
  • 1983
  • 1982
No Score Yet Three's Company
1977-1984
Bobby
  • 1983
  • 1980
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
Colleen
  • 1981
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
Natalie
  • 1977
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Lily
  • 1977
50% The Closer
1998
No Score Yet V: The Original Miniseries
1983
Marjorie Donovan

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