Wendie Jo Sperber

Wendie Jo Sperber

Highest Rated: 96% Back to the Future (1985)

Lowest Rated: 40% My Dinner With Jimi (2003)

Birthday: Sep 15, 1958

Birthplace: Hollywood, California, USA

Character actress Wendie Jo Sperber enjoyed a long, lucrative career in Hollywood--though not a star, she was a very familiar face. Her specialty was exuberance, typified by her flying leap from the moving car in "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" (1978)--the better for her star-struck 1960s teenager to try to snag tickets to see the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. It also was the first feature film for director Robert Zemeckis, who later cast Sperber in his 1980 comedy "Used Cars" and his 1985 blockbuster "Back to the Future" (Sperber also appeared in 1989's "Back to the Future, Part III"). Steven Spielberg, who executive produced "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," enlisted Sperber in his big-budget comedy "1941" (1979), one of his few major failures. Sperber's other credits include "Corvette Summer" (1978), "Moving Violations" (1985) and "Stewardess School" (1986). On television, Sperber costarred in the ABC sitcom "Bosom Buddies" (1980-82) in which Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari played two men who dressed as women in order to rent an apartment in an girls-only building; Sperber played their neighbor Amy--the only one with insider knowledge of their charade. She later appeared in Hanks' 1984 big-screen comedy "Bachelor Party," an early stop during his ascent to film superstardom. Sperber enjoyed steady supporting and character work, including a stint on the television version of the film "Private Benjamin" (1981) and finally a lead in the 1990 Fox sitcom "Babes," about three sisters. The show lasted just one season, and she had a season long stint on the John Ritter-Markie Post sitcom "Hearts Afire" in 1992-1993. Even after she was diagnosed with cancer in 1997, Sperber continued to amass credits--from a 1998 episode of "Murphy Brown" dealing with its title character's own chemotherapy woes, to a role as a college professor in the comedy "Sorority Boys" (2002) to a recurring role on Ritter's 2002-05 ABC sitcom "8 Simple Rules." Sperber founded a cancer support center, weSPARK, in 2001 in Sherman Oaks, California--"SPARK" stands for "Support, Prevention, Acceptance, Recovery and Knowledge." She lost her eight-year battle with cancer at age 46 in 2005.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
40% 53% My Dinner With Jimi Louella (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Desperate but Not Serious Grammy (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return of Hunter: Everyone Walks in L.A. Lucille (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Write Roz (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Delta Fever Claire (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 27% Stewardess School Jolean Winters (Character) - 1986
96% 94% Back to the Future Linda McFly (Character) $247K 1985
No Score Yet 50% Moving Violations Joan Pudillo (Character) - 1985
54% 56% Bachelor Party Dr. Tina Gassko (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet The First Time Eileen (Character) - 1983
90% 75% I Wanna Hold Your Hand Rosie Petrofsky (Character) - 1978

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 91% American Dad Old Lady/Wendie Jo (Guest Voice) 2006
58% No Score Yet 8 Simple Rules Unknown (Guest Star) 2005 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet 76% Home Improvement Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Unhappily Ever After Unknown (Guest Star) 1998-1999
No Score Yet 87% Will & Grace April (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet DiResta Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murphy Brown Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet You Wish Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kirk Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
50% No Score Yet Hearts Afire Mavis Davis (Character) 1992-1993
91% 84% Dinosaurs Wendy Richfield (Guest Voice) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Married ... With Children Sandy Jorgenson (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Who's the Boss? Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Designing Women Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Women in Prison Pam (Character) 1987-1988
78% No Score Yet Bosom Buddies Amy Cassidy (Character) 1980-1982

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