Amy Marie Yasbeck (born September 12, 1962) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Casey Chappel Davenport on the sitcom Wings from 1994 to 1997, and for having played the mermaid Madison in the television film Splash, Too in 1988 (the role originated by Daryl Hannah in the film Splash). She has guest starred in several television shows and appeared in the films House II: The Second Story, Pretty Woman, Problem Child, Problem Child 2, The Mask, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
Amy Marie Yasbeck
September 12, 1962
Blue Ash, Ohio, U.S.
(m. 1999; died 2003)
Early life edit
Yasbeck was born in Blue Ash, Ohio, the daughter of Dorothy Louise Mary (née Murphy), a homemaker, and John Anthony Yasbeck (Arabic: جون أنتوني يَزبك), a butcher and grocery store owner. Her father was of Lebanese descent, while her mother was of Irish ancestry. As a child, Yasbeck was featured on the package art for the Betty Crocker Easy-Bake Oven. Years later, in 2000, she was presented with a new Easy-Bake Oven on the show I've Got a Secret, for which she was a regular panel member.
She spent her primary and secondary years at two different Catholic schools: Summit Country Day School and Ursuline Academy. She then enrolled in the theater program at the University of Detroit, but didn't graduate. In 1983, after the deaths of both of her parents, her father from a heart attack and her mother from emphysema, Yasbeck moved to New York City.
Early into her acting career, she appeared in Rockhopper, an unsold television pilot from 1985. Yasbeck has had guest-starring roles in many television shows, including Dallas, Spies, Werewolf, J.J. Starbuck, Magnum, P.I., China Beach, and Murphy Brown. She auditioned for the role of Elaine Benes on Seinfeld. She played Olivia Reed for four months between 1986 and 1987 on the long-running daytime drama Days of Our Lives. She also played the starring role of the mermaid Madison in the Disney television film Splash, Too in 1988 (the role of Madison was originated by Daryl Hannah in the 1984 film Splash). Yasbeck also had starring roles in the sitcoms Wings, Alright Already, and Life on a Stick and in movies such as House II: The Second Story, Pretty Woman, Problem Child, Problem Child 2, and The Mask. She has twice worked with Mel Brooks: in 1993's Robin Hood: Men in Tights and 1995's Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
In late 2007, plans surfaced of a potential That's So Raven spin-off featuring Yasbeck and Anneliese van der Pol, who portrayed her daughter, with occasional appearances by Raven-Symoné. The show was scrapped due to van der Pol signing onto a Broadway play, and Yasbeck wanting to take a break from acting to focus on her family.
She was a contestant on the syndicated version of Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? in 2010.
Personal life edit
Yasbeck and Ritter also starred together in Problem Child 2 (1991) and guest-starred together in an episode of The Cosby Show that aired in 1991. Ritter also guest-starred on Wings as Yasbeck's estranged husband in the season-seven episode "Love Overboard". The couple had a child together in 1998, and they married the following year on September 18, 1999, at the Murphy Theatre in Wilmington, Ohio.
On September 11, 2003, Ritter fell into a coma when rehearsing for 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. He was taken to the hospital by paramedics. Initially, Ritter was thought to be suffering a heart attack. At 10:48 that night, Ritter died. The cause of death was later determined to be an aortic dissection stemming from a previously undiagnosed congenital heart defect.
On the September 5, 1990, episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, she said that her "great-great-great uncle" Charles Webb Murphy was the owner of the Chicago Cubs during their championships[which?] of the early 1900s.
Wrongful death lawsuit edit
After John Ritter's death, Yasbeck filed a $67 million wrongful death lawsuit against Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and several doctors who treated him, alleging they misdiagnosed his condition and contributed to his death. Several of the defendants settled out of court for a total of $14 million, including Providence St. Joseph, which settled for $9.4 million. On March 14, 2008, a jury split 9–3 in favor of the doctors, clearing the physicians of any wrongdoing.
|1987||House II: The Second Story||Lana|
|1990||Pretty Woman||Elizabeth Stuckey|
|Problem Child||Florence "Flo" Healy|
|1991||Problem Child 2||Annie Young|
|1992||The Nutt House||Diane Nutt|
|1993||Robin Hood: Men in Tights||Maid Marian|
|1994||The Mask||Peggy Brandt|
|1995||Home for the Holidays||Ginny Johnson Drewer|
|Dracula: Dead and Loving It||Mina Seward|
|The Odd Couple II||Stewardess|
|2012||Little Women, Big Cars||Meg|
|Little Women, Big Cars 2|
|1985||Rockhopper||Sonia Petrova||unsold TV pilot|
|1986–1987||Days of Our Lives||Olivia Reed||—|
|1987||Dallas||Mary Elizabeth||2 episodes|
|Spies||Margo||episode: "Right or Wrong"|
|Werewolf||Deidra||episode: "Nothing Evil in These Woods"|
|J.J. Starbuck||Doreen||episode: "Pilot"|
|1987–1988||Magnum, P.I.||Diana||4 episodes|
|1988||China Beach||Airplane Stewardess||episode: "Pilot"|
|Splash, Too||Madison Bauer||television film|
|1989||Trenchcoat in Paradise||Nan Thompson||television film|
|Murphy Brown||Young Lady in Bar||episode: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?"|
|Little White Lies||Vicki||television film|
|1990||Midnight Caller||Mary Lou Harper||episode: "The Hostage Game"|
|Poochinski||Frannie Reynolds||unsold TV pilot|
|1990, 1993||Matlock||Model Lauren Chadwick / Cheryl Atkinson||2 episodes|
|1991||Murder, She Wrote||Connie Canzinaro||episode: "Family Doctor"|
|The Cosby Show||Alicia Evans||episode: "Total Control"|
|1992||Get a Life||Evelyn||episode: "Girlfriend 2000"|
|Designing Women||Tiffany||episode: "A Little Night Music"|
|Quantum Leap||Frankie Washarskie||episode: "Stand Up"|
|1993||Street Justice||Nancy||episode: "The Wall"|
|1994||Diagnosis: Murder||Karen Davis||episode: "The Restless Remains"|
|Dave's World||Julie||episode: "The Funeral"|
|1994–1997||Wings||Casey Chappel Davenport||—|
|1995||Platypus Man||Wendy||episode: "Pilot"|
|1996||Bloodhounds II||Sharon||television film|
|Sweet Dreams||Laura Renault||television film|
|1998||Dead Husbands||Betty Lancing||television film|
|1999||It's Like, You Know...||Karen||episode: "The Sweet Smell of Success"|
|2002||House Blend||Sally Harper||TV pilot|
|2003||Just Shoot Me!||Skyler||episode: "For the Last Time, I Do"|
|2005||Life on a Stick||Michelle Lackerson||—|
|2006||That's So Raven||Joni Daniels||episode: "The Ice Girl Cometh"|
|2007||Shorty McShorts' Shorts||Danielle||voice, episode: "Flip-Flopped"|
|2010||Hot in Cleveland||Hailey Nash||episode: "The Sex That Got Away"|
|2013||Bones||Diana Malkin||Episode: "The Archaeologist in the Cocoon"|
|Modern Family||Lorraine||episode: "Larry's Wife"|
|2015||Workaholics||Annette||episode: "Gramps Demamp Is Dead"|
|2016||Pretty Little Liars||Claudia||episode: "Do Not Disturb"|
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…she went to the University of Detroit and enrolled in its theater program. She never graduated. Instead she headed northeast to pursue her acting career in New York in 1983.
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