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 has also had success playing the 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 for the two seasons of The WB series Summerland (2004–2005).
Loughlin in 2014
Lori Anne Loughlin
July 28, 1964
Queens, New York, U.S.
|Children||2; including Olivia Jade|
On March 12, 2019, Loughlin and her husband were arrested in connection with an alleged nationwide college entrance exam cheating scandal, charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, and released on bail. On April 15, they pleaded not guilty.
Early life and education
Loughlin was born in Queens, New York City and moved to Hauppauge, New York on Long Island when she was a year old. She is the daughter of Lorellee and Joseph Roy Loughlin, a foreman for the New York Telephone Company. She has one younger brother, Roy.
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 a number of feature films and television guest spots.
From 1988 to 1995, Loughlin was cast as Rebecca Donaldson, Danny Tanner's (Bob Saget) co-host and later Jesse Katsopolis' (John Stamos) wife in the ABC sitcom Full House. Initially set for a six-episode arc, she became a regular for the remainder of the series. Within 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, which is a roman à clef on Groucho Marx and Erin Fleming, with Loughlin playing 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 until her firing 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 was married to investment banker Michael R. Burns from 1989 to 1996. On Thanksgiving 1997, Loughlin eloped with fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, the creator of the Mossimo clothing line, whom she had met in 1995. They have two daughters together, 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 a popular Instagram account; both with over 1 million subscribers/followers. In 2014, Loughlin and Giannulli put their Aspen, Colorado home on sale for $8.9 million. The home sold in July 2015 for $7.6 million. In 2017, Loughlin and Giannulli put their Los Angeles mansion on the market for $35 million.
2019 college admissions bribery scandal
Loughlin and her husband were among 50 individuals charged by the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office on March 12, 2019, in a large-scale nationwide college entrance exam cheating scandal. The indictment against the couple alleged that they had paid $500,000, disguised as a donation to the Key Worldwide Foundation, in order that the University of Southern California's (USC's) admissions committee would be led to believe that their two daughters would be joining the school's women's rowing team if admitted, when in fact neither young woman had ever trained in the sport and had no plans to do so.
On March 13, 2019, Loughlin and her husband Giannulli surrendered to federal authorities in Los Angeles. In their subsequent appearances at United States District Court in Los Angeles, Loughlin and Giannulli were each released on a bail bond 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; she waived a pretrial hearing, signed conditions of her release, and was free to leave.
As a result, the Hallmark Channel severed ties with Loughlin on March 14, 2019 with her scenes from season six of When Calls the Heart being edited out. On March 16, Netflix dropped her from Fuller House and technology firm Hewlett-Packard announced it would remove her 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 their degrees have been devalued due to their school's association with the case.
|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|
|1986||Brotherhood of Justice||Christie||Television film|
|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|
|1988||CBS Summer Playhouse||Tammy||Episode: "Old Money"|
|Great Performances||Kay Cork||2 episodes|
|1988–1995||Full House||Rebecca "Becky" Donaldson–Katsopolis||Recurring role (season 2), Regular role (season 3–8)|
|1992||Doing Time on Maple Drive||Allison||Television film|
|1993||Empty Cradle||Jane Morgan||Television film|
|A Stranger in the Mirror||Jill Castle||Television film|
|1994||One of Her Own||Toni Stroud||Television film|
|1995||Abandoned and Deceived||Gerri Jensen||Television film|
|1995–1996||Hudson Street||Melanie Clifford||Main role|
|1997||In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory||Jill Erickson||Television film|
|Tell Me No Secrets||Jess Koster||Television film|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|2016||Blue Bloods||Grace Edwards||Episode: "The Greater Good"|
|Every Christmas Has a Story||Kate Harper||Television film|
|2016–2018||Fuller House||Rebecca "Becky" Donaldson–Katsopolis||Recurring role|
|2018||Homegrown Christmas||Maddie Finley||Television film|
Awards and nominations
|1982||Young Artist Awards||Best Young Actress in a Daytime Series||The Edge of Night||Won|
|1987||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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