Stephanie Hodge

Stephanie Hodge (born December 24, 1956) is an American actress and stand-up comedian, known for her roles as Nurse Sandy Miller in the NBC sitcom Nurses from 1991 to 1993, and as Jennie Malloy on the WB sitcom Unhappily Ever After from 1995 to 1998.[1]

Stephanie Hodge
Born (1956-12-24) December 24, 1956 (age 64)
OccupationActress, voice actress, comic, writer
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Scott Novotny (divorced)
Lance Lyon
(m. 1992)

Early life and careerEdit

Hodge was born in Wilmington, Ohio, the daughter of a college professor and schoolteacher.[2] She attended Wilmington College and Ohio University in Athens, OH.[3] In 1980s, she began working as a stand-up comedian, and appeared in films including Big Top Pee-wee (1988) and I, Madman (1989). In 1990, Hodge made her television debut with co-starring role on the short-lived CBS sitcom Sugar and Spice.[4] Later, she starred alongside Cynthia Stevenson in the syndicated variety comedy My Talk Show. In 1991, she released her stand-up comedy special, Stephanie Hodge: Straight Up.[5]

In 1991, Hodge went to star in the NBC sitcom Nurses, the spin-off of for The Golden Girls. The show was created by Susan Harris as a star vehicle for Hodge,[2] but later was more ensemble cast. She left the series in 1993, after two seasons.[6] The following year, she went to star in the CBS sitcom Muddling Through playing the role of ex-convict trying to turn her life around. The series received negative reviews and was canceled after one season.[7][8] In 1995, she began starring alongside Geoff Pierson in The WB sitcom Unhappily Ever After.[9] The series was initially supposed to be a starring vehicle for Hodge, whose character Jennie was the focus of the first few episodes. The series concept was later re-worked. By the show's third season, Nikki Cox became a breakout character. The producers tried to kill off Jennie's increasingly-unnecessary character and return her as a ghost; negative audience reaction made them quickly reverse this action.[10] The character was brought back to life in a deliberately-bizarre sequence in which a network executive wandered onto the set and announced that she was no longer dead. Nevertheless, Hodge decided to leave the show in 1998, and several episodes after Jennie's bizarre reappearance, she abandoned her family for a lesbian lover and was never seen again.

After leaving Unhappily Ever After, Hodge appeared in the 2001 science fiction film Evolution. The following years, she guest-starred in a number of sitcoms, including Reba, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, The War at Home, Dog with a Blogand on several episodes of Funny or Die. Her dramatic credits include NCIS, Bones, Scandal and The Rookie.

Personal lifeEdit

She has been married to Lance Lyon since 1992. They have one daughter named Harper. She was previously married to Scott Novotny.


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Big Top Pee-wee Mermaid
1989 I, Madman Mona
1990 Sugar and Spice Bonnie Buttram Series regular, 7 episodes
1990 Almost an Angel Diner Waitress
1990–1991 My Talk Show Angela Davenport Series regular, 59 episodes
1991–1993 Nurses Nurse Sandy Miller Series regular, 46 episodes
1994 Muddling Through Connie Drego Series regular, 10 episodes
1995–1998 Unhappily Ever After Jennie Malloy Series regular, 77 episodes
2001 Evolution Jill Mason
2003 Reba Career Counselor 1 episode
2004 NCIS Sheriff Charlene Dupray 1 episode
2004 Combustion Stella TV Movie
2005 The Suite Life of Zack and Cody Brianna's Mom 1 episode
2005 Twins Rita 1 episode
2006 The War at Home Rachel 1 episode
2006 One on One Jackie
2008 Yes Man Ticket Lady
2010 Good Luck Charlie Miss Covington Episode: "Double Whammy"
2013–2014 Dog with a Blog Gator 2 episodes
2016 Bones Janis Collins Episode: "The Movie in the Making"
2018 Scandal Clerk Episode: "The List"
2018 The Rookie Ricky Episode: "Time of Death"
2019 NCIS: Los Angeles Tangerine Episode: "The Sound of Silence"
2020 Perry Mason Betty Episode: "Chapter Six"


  1. ^ "Stephanie Hodge". Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  2. ^ a b "Stephanie Hodge Leaves Stand-Up for Sitcom // 'Nurses' Star Terrified of Hospitals". Tulsa World.
  3. ^ "Stephanie Hodge – Biography – Movies & TV". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-04-10. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  4. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1147. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  5. ^ Variety and Daily Variety Television Reviews, 1993-1994. Taylor & Francis. September 1, 1996. ISBN 9780824037970 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Everett, Todd (September 24, 1993). "Nurses the Eagle Has Landed".
  7. ^ Tribune, KEN PARISH PERKINS Chicago. "'MUDDLING'".
  8. ^ Scott, Tony (July 7, 1994). "Muddling Through".
  9. ^ Scott, Tony (January 11, 1995). "Unhappily Ever After".
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