Courtney Thorne-Smith (born November 8, 1967) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Alison Parker on Melrose Place, Georgia Thomas on Ally McBeal, Cheryl in According to Jim and her recurring role on Two and a Half Men as Lyndsey McElroy.
(m. 2000; div. 2001)
Thorne-Smith was born in San Francisco, California, and grew up in Menlo Park, a suburb south of San Francisco. Her father, Walter Smith, was a computer market researcher, and her mother, Lora Thorne, was a therapist. They divorced when Courtney was seven years old and she lived with both parents at different stages. She has an older sister, Jennifer, who is an advertising executive. She attended Menlo-Atherton High School, in Atherton, California, and graduated from Tamalpais High School, in Mill Valley, California, in 1985. She also performed with the Ensemble Theater Company in Mill Valley while attending high school.
Thorne-Smith made her first film appearance in the 1986 feature film drama Lucas, alongside Winona Ryder, Corey Haim, and Charlie Sheen. She was also involved in a number of movies in the late 1980s, such as Welcome to 18 (1986), Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987), Summer School (1987), and Side Out (1990). In 1998, she starred in the box office flop Chairman of the Board with Carrot Top. In 2009, she appeared in Sorority Wars.
She appeared on a few mid-1980s television series such as Growing Pains and the short-lived Fast Times, as well as made-for-television movies including The Thanksgiving Promise and Infidelity before landing a regular role in the short-lived sitcom Day by Day with Douglas Sheehan, Linda Kelsey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. In 1990, she was featured in six episodes of L.A. Law as Laker Girl Kimberly Dugan.
Her first notable starring television role was as Alison Parker on Melrose Place from 1992 to 1997. During this time, in 1995, she starred in a made-for-television movie Beauty's Revenge which was also marketed in CD and DVD form as "Midwest Obsession". Following this, she went on to play Georgia Thomas on Ally McBeal from 1997 to 2000. Thorne-Smith originally auditioned for the title role in the show, which ultimately went to Calista Flockhart. Her character was written out of Ally McBeal at the beginning of season four in 2000, though she returned for occasional guest appearances afterwards.
From 2001 to 2009, she starred as Cheryl on According to Jim. In 2007, her real-life pregnancy was hidden on the show at first, but was then written into the plot. On February 18, 2010, she signed on to play Alan Harper (Jon Cryer)'s girlfriend, Lyndsey McElroy, in season seven of Two and a Half Men. She appeared in 52 episodes from season seven through twelve.
Starting in 2017, Thorne-Smith has starred in a series of television films, the Emma Fielding Mysteries based on the novels by Dana Cameron. Three entries have been telecast on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel as of 2019.
On September 18, 2007, Thorne-Smith's novel, Outside In, was published by Broadway Books in New York.
On January 1, 2007, she married Roger Fishman, president of the marketing firm the Zizo Group and author of the book What I Know. On January 11, 2008, at age 40, she gave birth to her son, Jacob Emerson Fishman.
|1986||Welcome to 18||Lindsey|
|1987||Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise||Sunny Carstairs|
|1987||Summer School||Pam House|
|1998||Chairman of the Board||Natalie Stockwell|
|2005||Batman: New Times||Catwoman/Ms. Kitka Karenska||Voice|
|2006||Whisper of the Heart||Shiho Tsukishima||English dub|
|1986||Fast Times||Stacey Hamilton||7 episodes|
|1986||The Thanksgiving Promise||Sheryl||Television film|
|1987||Growing Pains||Photography class student||Episode: "Nude Photos"|
|1988–1989||Day By Day||Kristin Carlson||33 episodes|
|1990||L.A. Law||Kimberly Dugan||6 Episodes|
|1990||Anything But Love||Allison Andrews||Episode: "All About Allison"|
|1992||Jack's Place||Kim Logan||Episode: "Everything Old is New Again"|
|1992||Grapevine||Lisa||Episode: "The Lisa and Bill Story"|
|1992–1997||Melrose Place||Alison Parker||158 episodes|
|1994||Breach of Conduct||Helen Lutz||Television film|
|1995||Midwest Obsession||Cheryl Ann Davis||Television film|
|1996||Partners||Danielle||Episode: "The Year of Bob?"|
|1997||Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man||Herself||Episode: "Bonfire of the Panties"|
|1997||Spin City||Danielle Brinkman||Episode: "Starting Over"|
|1997–2002||Ally McBeal||Georgia Thomas||69 episodes|
|1999||Partners||Gina Darrin||Episode: "Always..."|
|1999||Ally||Georgia Thomas||12 episodes|
|2000||Norm||Rebecca||Episode: "Norm and the Hopeless Cause"|
|2001–2009||According to Jim||Cheryl||182 episodes|
|2009||Sorority Wars||Lutie Parker||Television film|
|2010–2015||Two and a Half Men||Lyndsey McElroy||52 episodes|
|2016||Robot Chicken||Medical Examiner (Voice)||Episode: Blackout Window Heatstroke|
|2016–2017||Fresh Off The Boat||Anne||2 episodes|
|2017||Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery||Emma Fielding||Television film|
|2018||Past Malice: An Emma Fielding Mystery||Emma Fielding||Television film|
|2019||More Bitter than Death: An Emma Fielding Mystery||Emma Fielding||Television film|
|2020||Mom||Sam||Episode: "Beef Baloney Dan and a Sarcastic No"|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1998||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
(shared with rest of cast)
- Courtney Thorne-Smith's Pregnancy Written into Show Archived April 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, TV Guide, October 22, 2007.
- Porter, Rick (February 18, 2010). "Courtney Thorne-Smith woos one of Two and a Half Men". Archived from the original on February 23, 2010.
- Robbins, Caryn (March 28, 2017). "Courtney Thorne-Smith to Star in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' SITE UNSEEN: AN EMMA FIELDING MYSTERY". BroadwayWorld.com.
- Outside In reviewed, USA Today Book Review, September 20, 2007.
- "Why Courtney Lives Atkins", atkins.com.
- Clinton, Ivory (January 9, 2007). "Courtney Thorne-Smith Marries". People.
- "Courtney Thorne-Smith Has a Boy". People. January 11, 2008.