Lori Anne Loughlin (//; born July 28, 1964) is an American actress, model, and producer. She is known for her role as Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House (1988–1995) and its Netflix sequel Fuller House (2016–2019). Loughlin is also known for her roles of Jody Travis in The Edge of Night (1980–1983), Debbie Wilson in The CW series 90210 (2008–2011, 2012), Jennifer Shannon in the Garage Sale Mystery television film series (2013–2018), and Abigail Stanton in When Calls the Heart (2014–2019). Loughlin was a co-creator, producer, and star of the two seasons of The WB series Summerland (2004–2005).
Loughlin in 2014
Lori Anne Loughlin
July 28, 1964
Queens, New York City, New York, US
|Children||2; including Olivia Jade|
On March 12, 2019, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were arrested in connection with an alleged nationwide college entrance exam cheating scandal. They were charged with conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud; both were released on bail. On May 22, 2020, Loughlin “pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud,” and her husband pleaded “guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud."
Loughlin was born in Queens, New York City, and moved to Hauppauge, New York, on Long Island when she was one year old. She has one younger brother, Roy, and is of Irish descent; their parents are Lorellee and Joseph Roy Loughlin, a foreman for the New York Telephone Company.
My mom had a friend that was going into Manhattan to meet with an agency for modeling. She was taking her teenage daughters in and she asked my mom if I wanted to go along. My mom reluctantly let me go, but I don't think she ever thought anything would come of it. And I went in and they handed me a contract and said, "We'll take you."
At 15, she was cast in the ABC soap opera The Edge of Night, playing the part of Jody Travis, an aspiring dancer, appearing in the series from 1980 to 1983. From 1983 to 1988, Loughlin appeared in more than a dozen of feature films and television guest spots.
From 1988 to 1995, Loughlin was cast in the ABC sitcom Full House as Rebecca Donaldson, Danny Tanner's (Bob Saget) co-host, and later, Jesse Katsopolis's (John Stamos) wife. She was initially set for a six-episode arc, but then became a regular after becoming a popular character on the series. A few months after Full House ended, Loughlin co-starred with Tony Danza in the ABC sitcom Hudson Street (1995–96). The series was cancelled after one season.
In 1993, she starred in the television adaptation of Sidney Sheldon's novel A Stranger in the Mirror, a roman à clef on Groucho Marx and Erin Fleming, in which Loughlin plays Fleming's role. In 1997, she starred alongside Bruce Campbell in the film In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory. In 2000, Loughlin co-starred opposite Treat Williams in the Fred Olen Ray-directed thriller film Critical Mass. She also guest starred in Suddenly Susan, Spin City, Seinfeld, The Drew Carey Show, and as the superhero Black Canary in the Birds of Prey series in 2002.
From 2004 to 2005, Loughlin co-created, produced, and starred in The WB drama series Summerland. She played Ava, the aunt who raises three children after their parents die in a car accident. The series was canceled after two seasons due to low ratings on July 11, 2005. In 2007, Loughlin co-starred in the ABC sitcom In Case of Emergency with David Arquette. She appeared in the film Moondance Alexander (2007), co-starring with her former Summerland castmate Kay Panabaker. Loughlin also was in attendance at Comedy Central's The Roast of Bob Saget which was hosted by John Stamos and premiered on August 17, 2008. At her table were Full House co-stars Dave Coulier and Jodie Sweetin. In 2010, Loughlin starred in the television film Meet My Mom, which premiered on the Hallmark Channel on Mother's Day. For the network, she most notably starred in the drama When Calls the Heart and the telefilm series Garage Sale Mystery before she was fired in 2019. On April 10, 2019 it was reported that When Calls The Heart would be returning after a production hiatus without Loughlin's character.
Loughlin made a brief appearance as Rebecca Donaldson, alongside John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis, on a July 2013 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, following a reunion performance by Jesse and The Rippers. She has since made several appearances as Rebecca on the Full House sequel series Fuller House, which premiered its first season on Netflix on February 26, 2016.
Loughlin is Catholic. She married investment banker Michael R. Burns in 1989, and divorced 1996. On Thanksgiving 1997, Loughlin eloped with fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, the creator of the Mossimo clothing line, whom she met in 1995. They have two daughters, Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade, and Loughlin is a stepmother to Gianni, Giannulli's son from a previous relationship. Olivia has a YouTube channel of beauty tips and an Instagram account; both with over 1 million subscribers/followers.
2019 college admissions bribery scandalEdit
Loughlin and her husband Giannulli were among 50 individuals charged by the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office for fraud- and bribery-related offenses on March 12, 2019, in a nationwide college entrance exam cheating scandal. The indictment against the couple alleged that, disguised as a donation, they had paid $500,000 to the Key Worldwide Foundation so that the admissions committee of University of Southern California (USC) would believe their two daughters would join the women's rowing team although neither had trained in the sport of rowing nor had plans in doing so.
On March 13, 2019, Loughlin and her husband surrendered to federal authorities in Los Angeles. In their subsequent appearances at United States District Court in Los Angeles, they were released on bail of $1 million and were permitted to retain their passports and travel outside of the United States as long as they informed the court. At her court appearance in Boston on April 3, she acknowledged her rights, charges, and maximum possible penalties; Loughlin waived a pretrial hearing, signed conditions of her release, and was free to leave.
As a result, the Hallmark Channel cut ties with Loughlin on March 14, 2019; they will edit out her scenes from season six of When Calls the Heart. On March 16, Netflix dropped her from Fuller House, and technology firm Hewlett-Packard announced it would remove Loughlin and her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli from its advertising. Loughlin's daughters were able to remain enrolled at USC, but Olivia Jade Giannulli, a social media influencer on YouTube and Instagram, lost a partnership with cosmetics firm Sephora, as well as sponsorships for her beauty channel and Instagram posts.
Loughlin and her husband were named as defendants in a private class-action lawsuit brought on by Stanford University graduates, who allege their education and degrees have been devalued due to their school's association with the case.
On September 5, 2019, ET Online reported that characters in Lifetime's movie The College Admissions Scandal would be depicted by actresses Mia Kirshner and Penelope Ann Miller in roles inspired by Loughlin's and Felicity Huffman's involvement in the college admissions matter. Describing her role, Kirshner was quoted saying, "This story is about privilege and corruption and it's about people who don't follow the rules because they think they're above rules... My character (based on Loughlin but named "Bethany" in the film) is so corrupt, greedy, narcissistic, self-centered, and the dialogue is hilarious, so I'm glad that they're able to capture humor about this as well."
On October 22, 2019, federal prosecutors said Loughlin is facing additional charges in the college admissions cheating scandal. US Attorney Andrew Lelling said, Loughlin is now being charged with conspiring "to commit federal program bribery by bribing employees of the University of Southern California (USC) to facilitate their children’s admission. In exchange for the bribes, employees of the university allegedly designated the defendants’ children as athletic recruits – with little or no regard for their athletic abilities – or as members of other favored admissions categories."
On May 22, 2020, Loughlin “pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud[,]” and her husband pleaded “guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.” Loughlin is scheduled to be sentenced on August 21, 2020 after "The couple admitted paying $500,000 in bribes to convicted college fixer William 'Rick' Singer, who got their daughters, Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Rose Giannulli, into the University of Southern California as bogus rowing recruits."
|1983||Amityville 3-D||Susan Baxter|
|1985||The New Kids||Abby McWilliams|
|Secret Admirer||Toni Williams|
|1987||Back to the Beach||Sandi|
|1988||The Night Before||Tara Mitchell|
|1997||Casper: A Spirited Beginning||Sheila Fistergraff||Video|
|2006||Farce of the Penguins||Melvin-Smacking Penguin (voice)||Video|
|2007||Moondance Alexander||Gelsey Alexander|
|1980–1983||The Edge of Night||Jody Travis||Regular role: June 1980 to December 1983|
|1982||Matt Houston||Sue Landa||Episode: "Shark Bait"|
|1983||The Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour||Linda Craig||Television film|
|1985||North Beach and Rawhide||Candy Cassidy||Television film (CBS)|
|1986||Brotherhood of Justice||Christie||Television film (ABC)|
|1986–1987||The Equalizer||Jenny Morrow||Episodes: "Prelude", "First Light"|
|1986, 1988||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Kelly / Sally||2 episodes|
|1987||A Place to Call Home||Jenny Gavin||Television film (CBS)|
|1988||CBS Summer Playhouse||Tammy||Episode: "Old Money"|
|Great Performances||Kay Cork||2 episodes|
|1988–1995||Full House||Rebecca "Aunt Becky" Donaldson-Katsopolis||Recurring role (season 2), Regular role (season 3–8)|
|1992||Doing Time on Maple Drive||Allison||Television film (Fox)|
|1993||Empty Cradle||Jane Morgan||Television film (ABC)|
|A Stranger in the Mirror||Jill Castle||Television film (ABC)|
|1994||One of Her Own||Toni Stroud||Television film (ABC)|
|1995||Abandoned and Deceived||Gerri Jensen||Television film (ABC)|
|1995–1996||Hudson Street||Melanie Clifford||Main role|
|1997||In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory||Jill Erickson||Television film (NBC)|
|Tell Me No Secrets||Jess Koster||Television film (ABC)|
|The Larry Sanders Show||Lori Loughlin||Episode: "The Prank"|
|Suddenly Susan||Paula||Episode: "With Friends Like These"|
|The Price of Heaven||Leslie||Television film|
|Seinfeld||Patty||Episode: "The Serenity Now"|
|Medusa's Child||Dr. Linda McCoy||Television film (ABC)|
|2001||Cursed||Natalie Keith||Episode: "...And Then They Tried to Make Some Rules"|
|Spin City||Michelle||3 episodes|
|2002||Birds of Prey||Caroline Lance / Black Canary||Episode: "Sins of the Mother"|
|The Drew Carey Show||Robin||2 episodes|
|Eastwick||Sukie Ridgemont||Television film|
|2004||Justice League Unlimited||Dr. Tracy Simmons (voice)||Episode: "The Greatest Story Never Told"|
|2004–2005||Summerland||Ava Gregory||Lead role|
|2005||Missing||Dr. Joy Gribben||Episode: "Anything for Baby: Parts 1 & 2"|
|2006||Jake in Progress||Lindsay||Episode: "The Two Jakes"|
|Ghost Whisperer||Christine Greene||Episode: "Demon Child"|
|2007||In Case of Emergency||Dr. Joanna Lupone||Regular role|
|2008–2012||90210||Deborah "Debbie" Wilson||Regular role|
|2010||Meet My Mom||Dana Marshall||Television film (Hallmark)|
|2013||A Mother's Rage||Rebecca Mayer||Television film|
|Psych||Dr. Joan Diamond||Episode: "Nip and Suck It"|
|Major Crimes||Rebecca Slater||Episode: "The Deep End"|
|Addicts Anonymous||Mrs. Goldberg||Episode: "Choices"|
|2013–2018||Garage Sale Mystery||Jennifer Shannon||Television film series (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)|
|2014||The Neighbors||Tina Giannulli||Episode: "High School Reunion"|
|2014–2019||When Calls the Heart||Abigail Stanton||Main role|
|2015||Northpole: Open for Christmas||Mackenzie Warren||Television film (Hallmark)|
|2016||Blue Bloods||Grace Edwards||Episode: "The Greater Good"|
|Every Christmas Has a Story||Kate Harper||Television film (Hallmark)|
|2016–2018||Fuller House||Rebecca "Aunt Becky" Donaldson-Katsopolis||Recurring role|
|2018||Homegrown Christmas||Maddie Finley||Television film (Hallmark)|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1982||Young Artist Awards||Best Young Actress in a Daytime Series||The Edge of Night||Won|
|1987||Young Artist Awards||Michael Landon Award||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Won|
|1989||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Nominated|
|2006||PRISM Awards||Best Performance in a Drama Series Storyline||Summerland||Won|
|2009||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Parental Unit||90210||Nominated|
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