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Joanna Kerns

Highest Rated:   89% Knocked Up (2007)
Lowest Rated:   34% She's Having a Baby (1988)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Gold Lunch
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
2009
89% 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 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
34% 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
79% Coma
  • Diane
1978
No Score Yet Ape (A*P*E ) (Attack of the Giant Horny Gorilla) (Hideous Mutant)
  • Marilyn Baker
1976

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% Recovery Road
2016
  • Director
  • 2016
77% The Goldbergs
2013
  • Director
  • 2016
98% Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
2015
  • Director
  • 2016
  • 2015
92% Nashville
2012
  • Director
  • 2015
100% Jane the Virgin
2014
  • Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Switched at Birth
2011
  • Director
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Fosters
2013
  • Director
  • 2014
  • 2013
81% Pretty Little Liars
2010
  • Director
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Army Wives
2007-2014
  • Director
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
38% Eastwick
2009
  • Edie
  • 2009
70% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Director
  • 2008
No Score Yet Private Practice
2007-2013
  • Director
  • 2008
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Director
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
  • Director
  • 2007
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Director
  • 2006
No Score Yet Scrubs
2001-2010
  • Director
  • 2006
  • 2004
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
  • Director
  • 2005
No Score Yet One Tree Hill
2003-2012
  • Director
  • 2004
No Score Yet Dawson's Creek
1998-2003
  • Director
  • 2002
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Director
  • 2001
  • 1999
No Score Yet Growing Pains
1985-1992
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Maggie Seaver
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • Colleen
  • 1981

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