Joely Fisher (born October 29, 1967) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her work on television as Paige Clark on the ABC sitcom Ellen as well as Joy Stark in the Fox sitcom 'Til Death. She is also known for singing on Broadway in the 1990s.
Fisher in May 2014
|Born||October 29, 1967|
Burbank, California, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Education||Beverly Hills High School|
|Alma mater||Emerson College|
|Occupation||Actress, singer, dancer, songwriter, producer|
Christopher Duddy (m. 1996)
|Parent(s)||Eddie Fisher |
Fisher was born in Burbank, California, the elder daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Connie Stevens. Her younger sister is actress Tricia Leigh Fisher. She is the half-sister of actress Carrie Fisher and producer Todd Fisher, from her father's previous marriage to actress Debbie Reynolds. Her parents divorced when she was age two, and she was raised by her mother. She is of Jewish descent.
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.
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. 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.
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, she 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.
Fisher married cinematographer Christopher Duddy in 1996. They have three daughters, born in 2001 and February 2006, and  the third adopted in September 2008. She is also stepmother to Duddy's two sons, Cameron (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|
|2017||The Tribes of Palos Verdes||Janet|
|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||(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|
- 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"
- "Joely Fisher Biography: Television Actress (1967–)". Biography.com (FYI / A&E Networks). Archived from the original on February 13, 2014. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
- 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.
- 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.