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Debra "Debbe" Dunning (born July 11, 1966) is an American actress, model and spokesperson.

Debbe Dunning
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Debbe peeking through the periscope aboard USS Key West at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on August 11, 2003.
Born Debra Dunning
(1966-07-11) July 11, 1966 (age 51)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model, spokesperson
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Steve Timmons (1997–present)
Children 3


Early life and educationEdit

A native of Burbank, California, Dunning graduated from John Burroughs High School, the same school her parents graduated from exactly twenty years earlier. She was a cheerleader and her school's Homecoming Queen, also winning the title of "Miss Burbank 1984".


Debbe Dunning was signed by the Judith Fontaine Modeling & Talent Agency in Los Angeles. Her modeling career began with numerous Miller Beer advertisements, and her first television commercial was for Foot Locker. She has also appeared in ads for Ford Motors. She received national exposure as Louise, the "Run for the Border Girl" in a series of Taco Bell commercials.

Dunning is best known for playing the beautiful tool assistant Heidi Keppert, the "Tool Time girl", on the ABC sitcom Home Improvement. She had previously guest-starred in an episode of the show in an earlier season, and the show's producers selected her to return as a full-time member of the cast. She has also appeared on various TV shows and movies, including 1988's Dangerous Curves. She was the reigning champion of the American Gladiators Celebrity Challenge two years running. Dunning also appeared in her own calendar in 1996 and several television commercials.

As of 2018, she currently hosts Dude Ranch Roundup on RFD-TV.

Personal lifeEdit

Dunning is married to American volleyball player Steve Timmons and they have three children: a daughter, Spencer Schae (born December 2, 1996); two sons, Stone (born in 2000); and Sysco (born in 2009).[1]



  1. ^ Virgen, Steve (2015-04-03). "Virgen: Timmons, simply the best". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-02-02. 

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