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Sandy Duncan



Considered an "oddball" in her Texas hometown because she wanted to be an actress, Sandy Duncan refused to be dissuaded, and headed for New York fresh out of Lon Morris College. A bit too petite to stand out in the dancing chorus, Duncan was eventually being spotlighted in second-lead roles. After working in the 1968 rock musical Your Own Thing, Duncan was engaged to play Maizie, the soubrette character in the venerable musical The Boy Friend. This 1969 production was supposed to be a vehicle for Laugh-In alumnus Judy Carne, but all the critical plaudits went to Duncan. This triumph, followed by a starring stint in the Disney film The Million Dollar Duck and a few well-circulated TV commercial appearances, encouraged CBS programming chief Fred Silverman to seek out a situation comedy for Duncan. Melba Moore had been slated to star in Funny Face, the weekly saga of a struggling actress, but when the series debuted in 1971 Moore was out and Sandy Duncan was in. The actress was lauded to the rooftops as the biggest "new find" of the season, but Duncan began suffering headaches on the set--which she discovered were caused by a tumor on the optic nerve. Duncan underwent a long and delicate operation, which threatened to end not only her career but her life. Fortunately the operation was a success, even though she permanently lost the sight in one eye. Having left the airwaves in December of 1971, Funny Face re-emerged in the fall of 1972 as The Sandy Duncan Show. Network in-fighting and a bad time-slot caused this version to fail, but Duncan survived as a guest-star on other people's programs, an actress in such films as The Cat From Outer Space (1978), a stage headliner, and a commercial spokesperson. Sandy Duncan returned to the weekly-sitcom grind in 1987 in The Hogan Family, in which she moved in with her widowed brother and inherited a sizeable family of multi-aged children.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
31% Never Again
  • Natasha
2002
44% The Swan Princess
  • Queen Uberta
1994
25% Rock-a-Doodle
  • Peepers
1992
No Score Yet My Boyfriend's Back
  • Chris Henry
1989
No Score Yet My Little Pony - End of Flutter Valley
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet My Little Pony
  • Actor
1986
69% The Fox and the Hound
  • Vixey
1981
No Score Yet The Cat from Outer Space
  • Liz
1978
No Score Yet Pinocchio
  • Pinocchio
1976
No Score Yet Star Spangled Girl
  • Amy Cooper
1971
0% The $1,000,000 Duck
  • Katie Dooley
1971
No Score Yet Barney - Three Wishes
  • Actor
No Score Yet Barney - The Backyard Show
  • Actor
No Score Yet Barney - A Day at the Beach
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Michelle Kates
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Judge Virginia Farrell

Quotes from Sandy Duncan's Characters