Joely Fisher (/ˈdʒoʊˌli/ born October 29, 1967) is an American actress and singer, the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Connie Stevens, and half-sister of actress Carrie Fisher. Her breakthrough came in 1994, starring as Paige Clark in the ABC sitcom Ellen, for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination. Fisher later starred in the 1999 comedy film Inspector Gadget and had leading roles in the Lifetime comedy-drama Wild Card (2003-2005), and Fox sitcom 'Til Death (2006-2010).
|Born||October 29, 1967|
Burbank, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Emerson College|
|Occupation||Actress, singer, dancer, songwriter, producer|
|Parent(s)||Eddie Fisher |
Fisher was born on October 29, 1967, in Burbank, California, one of two children born to Edwin "Eddie" Fisher (1928 – 2010) and Connie Stevens (née Concetta Ingoglia; born 1938), both entertainers. Her father was Jewish, whose parents immigrated to the United States from the Russian Empire, whereas her mother was Catholic and of Ashkenazi Jewish, Irish, and Italian descent. Her parents' second child together, her sister Tricia Leigh Fisher, was born in 1968, and her parents divorced in 1969, after which she and Tricia were raised by Stevens. She also had two older half-siblings, Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher, from her father's marriage to Debbie Reynolds.
Fisher and her sister toured the world with Stevens, attending different schools and having tutors. Fisher graduated from Beverly Hills High School, then attended Emerson College in Boston, as well as the University of Paris for one semester, and, in the summer of 1987, an acting retreat conducted in Italy by coach Sandra Seacat.
Her first movie role was Averil in the comedy Pretty Smart (1987), which starred her sister, Tricia. Joely then played Kris in TV's Schoolbreak Special drama Dedicated to the One I Love (1991) opposite Danielle Ferland. Next came the feature I'll Do Anything (1994) starring Nick Nolte, which helped her career as bigger roles followed. She also had a variety of guest roles on series such as Growing Pains, Blossom, Caroline in the City, The Golden Palace, The Outer Limits, Grace Under Fire and Coach.
In 1994, she was cast as Paige Clark on the sitcom Ellen. She played the role until the series ended in 1998. That same year, she earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film. She also sang the theme song "Who has a perfect smile? Who has a comical style, who likes to hang out with her friends, who who? Ellen!" with Clea Lewis. She followed Ellen with the role of Dr. Brenda Bradford in the feature movie Inspector Gadget (1999) opposite Matthew Broderick.
Joely's career in music not only landed her on Broadway but she was featured in Albums. Her most noted album was "Tradition; a family at Christmas" which she, her mother Connie Stevens all sang various Christmas carols. She sang her own solo "Grown Up Christmas List". Her vocals are also heard singing "One For My Baby" in Harold Arlen's album "STAGE"
From 2003 until 2005, Fisher starred in the Lifetime network's drama series Wild Card as insurance investigator Zoe Busiek. After that, she had a recurring role as Lynette's boss Nina on Desperate Housewives. From 2006 until 2010, Fisher starred opposite actor Brad Garrett as Joy Stark in the Fox TV sitcom 'Til Death.
Fisher married cinematographer Christopher Duddy in 1996. They have three daughters, two who were born in 2001 and 2006, and a third who was adopted in September 2008. She is also stepmother to Duddy's two sons, Cameron, who is the bass guitarist for the country music band Midland, (born c. 1986) and Collin (born circa 1988). As of at least 2004, the family lives in Los Angeles next to Fisher's sister Tricia, with whom she is close.
|1994||I'll Do Anything||Female D Person|
|1997||Family Plan||Lauren Osborne||Uncredited|
|1999||Inspector Gadget||Dr. Brenda Bradford/Robo-Brenda/voice of opera hand (uncredited)|
|2007||Murdering Mama's Boy||Claire||Short film|
|2014||Killing Winston Jones||Devon|
|2016||The Disappointments Room||Psychiatrist|
|2017||The Tribes of Palos Verdes||Janet|
|2019||Fall Girls||Simone Wellington|
|2019||By the Rivers of Babylon||Judith|
|2020||A Pity||The Wife|
|2020||The Gift||Charlotte Kelly|
|2020||Looking for Mr. Wonderful||Barbara|
|1988||Something Is Out There||Leanne Healy||Episode: "The Keeper"|
|1989||Starting from Scratch||Sylvia||Episode: "Kate Leaves Home"|
|1990||Mulberry Street||Rosalie||TV movie|
|1990||Growing Pains||Sally Garner||Episode: "Future Shock"|
Episode: "The World According to Chrissy"
|1991||Blossom||Bambi||Episode: "Tough Love"|
|1991||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Kris Stone||Episode: "Dedicated to the One I Love"|
|1993||The Golden Palace||Paula Webb||Episode: "Runaways"|
|1994||ABC Weekend Specials||Princess Pamina (voice)||Episode: The Magic Flute|
|1994||The Companion||Stacy||TV movie|
|1994–98||Ellen||Paige Clark||96 episodes|
|1996||Caroline in the City||Jill||Episode: "Caroline and the Ex-Wife"|
|1996||The Outer Limits||Amy||Episode: "Out of Body"|
|1996–98||Superman: The Animated Series||Lana Lang (voice)||Episode: "My Girl","The Late Mr. Kent" and "Obsession"|
|1997||Seduction in a Small Town||Sandy Barlow||TV movie|
|1997||Coach||Paige Clark||Episode: "Viva Las Ratings"|
|1997||Grace Under Fire||Paige Clark||Episode: "Vegas"|
|1997||The Drew Carey Show||Paige Clark||Episode: "Drew Gets Married"|
|1997||Jitters||Rita Domino||TV movie|
|1998||In the Loop||TV series|
|1998||Icebergs: The Secret Life of a Refrigerator||TV movie|
|1998||Perfect Prey||Elizabeth Crane||TV movie|
|1998||Thirst||Susan Miller||TV movie|
|1999||Love, American Style||Jeannie||Segment: "Love and The Heimlich Maneuver"|
|1999||Coming Unglued||Laura Hartwood||TV movie|
|1999||Kidnapped in Paradise||Beth Emerson||TV movie|
|2000||Grosse Pointe||Hope Lustig||5 episodes|
|2000||Normal, Ohio||Pamela Theresa Gamble-Miller||7 episodes|
|2002–03||Baby Bob||Lizzy Collins Spencer||14 episodes|
|2003–05||Wild Card||Zoe Busiek||36 episodes|
|2005||Fertile Ground||Dr. Jamie Novak||TV movie|
|2005||Desperate Housewives||Nina Fletcher||5 episodes|
|2006–10||'Til Death||Joy Stark||81 episodes|
|2011||Wizards of Waverly Place||Meg Robinson||Episode: "Alex the Puppetmaster"|
|2012||Cupid, Inc.||Eve Lovett||TV movie|
|2012||RuPaul's Drag U||Guest Professor||Episode: "Time to Grow Up"|
|2014||Fatal Acquittal||Cassidy Miller||TV Movie|
|2014–15||Celebrity Name Game||Herself||6 episodes|
|2014–16||Last Man Standing||Wendi||6 episodes|
|2016||Modern Family||Maggie Braithwaite||Episode: "The Alliance"|
|2018||Station 19||Denise||Episode: "No Recovery"|
|2019||9-1-1||Moira's Sister||Episode: "Triggers"|
- 1993: Tradition: A Family at Christmas; she sang 3 songs with her mother Connie Stevens and sister Tricia Leigh Fisher. She has 1 solo: Grown Up Christmas List
- 1995: S.T.A.G.E. Music of Harold Arlen "One for my Baby"
- 1998: Lerner, Lowe, Lane and Friends, "Come Back to Me"
- 2000: Adler, Brock, and Coleman, "Welcome to Holiday Inn"
- Carrie Fisher's Sisters Interview on Star's Death, retrieved January 23, 2020
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- Maddaus, Gene (September 2, 2021). "Fran Drescher Elected President of SAG-AFTRA, Rival Joely Fisher Wins Secretary-Treasurer". Variety. Retrieved September 3, 2021.
- "SAG-AFTRA Members Elect Fran Drescher President of Union and Joely Fisher as Secretary-Treasurer". www.sagaftra.org. September 2, 2021. Retrieved September 3, 2021.
- "California Birth Index, 1905-1995," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VLG5-9M5 : 27 November 2014), Joely Fisher, 29 Oct 1967; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento.
- Biography, tcm.com; accessed April 3, 2017.
- Genealogy.com – Ancestry of Carrie Fisher Archived February 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine [Dead link]
- 'Jewish Sinatra' tells all Archived 2012-11-20 at archive.today [Dead link]
- Fisher, Joey; Myers, Marc. "Joely Fisher on Kate Bush". The Wall Street Journal. January 23, 2018.
- "Miss Golden Globe: Through The Years". Access Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 10, 2017. Retrieved January 10, 2017. Slide #11.
- "Joely Fisher". www.goldenglobes.com.
- Gee, Alison (February 2, 2006). "Joely Fisher Has a Baby Girl". People. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
- Jordan, Julia (September 29, 2008). "'Til Death's Joely Fisher Adopts a Baby Girl". People. Retrieved September 30, 2008.
...the recent adoption of a newborn baby girl, Fisher’s rep, Brit Reece, tells People exclusively. New daughter Olivia Luna Fisher-Duddy joins older brothers, Cameron, 22, Collin, 20, and sisters, Skylar, 7, and True, 2.
- "In Step With: Joely Fisher". Parade. July 18, 2004. Archived from the original on December 14, 2013.
- "Actress Joely Fisher Joins Save the Children to Promote Child Sponsorship Programs" (Press release). Save the Children. September 8, 2008. Archived from the original on January 3, 2017. Retrieved January 4, 2009.
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