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Cybill Shepherd

Shepherd at 42nd KVIFF, April 2007
Born Cybill Lynne Shepherd
February 18, 1950 (1950-02-18) (age 60)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Singer
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) David Ford (1978–1982)
Bruce Oppenheim (1987–1990)
Official website

Cybill Lynne Shepherd (born February 18, 1950) Her best known roles include starring as Jacy in The Last Picture Show, Maddie Hayes in Moonlighting, as Cybill Sheridan in Cybill, as Betsy in Taxi Driver and as Phyllis Kroll in The L Word. She recently starred in the Hallmark Channel Original Movie Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith


Early life

Shepherd was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of Patty (née Shobe), a homemaker, and William Jennings Shepherd, who managed a home appliance business.[1] Named after her grandfather Cy and her father Bill, Shepherd won the 1966 "Miss Teenage Memphis" contest at age 16, and the 1968 "Model of the Year" contest at age 18, making her a fashion star of the 1960s, resulting in fashion modeling work through high school and after.


Shepherd quickly made a name for herself as a curvy "real woman", a departure from the trend at the time of Twiggy-type waifs. This led to regular work as a magazine cover girl, and according to Shepherd's autobiography, it was a 1970 Glamour magazine cover that caught the eye of film director Peter Bogdanovich. His then-wife Polly Platt, however, claimed that it was she who upon seeing the cover in a check-out line in a Ralphs grocery store in southern California, said "That's Jacy",[2] referring to the role Bogdanovich was casting — and ultimately offered to Shepherd — in The Last Picture Show (1971).

During the filming, the then 21-year-old was required to film a nude scene in a pool. Actual film shots from that nude scene appeared in Playboy without Shepherd's consent. She sued and ultimately she and Playboy reached an out-of-court settlement, setting a precedent regarding public figures.

Also during the filming of The Last Picture Show, Shepherd began an affair with Bogdanovich that would last on and off for eight years. In her autobiography, she also acknowledged that she had affairs with her co-star Jeff Bridges, the screenwriter Larry McMurtry, and with location manager Frank Marshall, whom she gives the pseudonym of "Producer."

First experience of fame

Shepherd was cast opposite Charles Grodin in The Heartbreak Kid (1972). She played Kelly, the beautiful, sunkissed young woman whom Grodin's character falls for while on his honeymoon in Miami. Directed by Elaine May, it was a critical and box office hit.

Also in 1972, Shepherd posed as a Kodak Girl for the camera manufacturer's then ubiquitous cardboard displays.

In 1974, Shepherd again teamed with Peter Bogdanovich for the title role in Daisy Miller, based on the Henry James novella. The film — a period piece set in Europe — proved to be a box office failure.

Unfortunately, before Daisy Miller was released, filming was already underway on the even bigger Bogdanovich flop At Long Last Love (co-starring Burt Reynolds). The film was a musical in which Bogdanovich filmed all of the songs live while the camera rolled on each scene, as opposed to the conventional studio-recording of songs prior to production on most movie musicals. This approach was unpleasant on film, and it became a career-hampering misstep for all involved.

Shepherd returned with good reviews for her work in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976). According to Shepherd, Scorsese had requested a "Cybill Shepherd type" for the role. She portrayed an ethereal beauty with whom Robert De Niro's character, Travis Bickle, becomes enthralled.

After a series of less successful roles, including The Lady Vanishes, the remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 movie of the same name, she dropped out of show business from 1978 to 1982.

Return to Hollywood

Back from Memphis, Shepherd won the role of Colleen Champion in the night-time drama The Yellow Rose (1983), opposite Sam Elliott. Although critically acclaimed, the series lasted only one season.

A year later, Shepherd was cast as Maddie Hayes in ABC's Moonlighting (1985–1989), which became the role that would define her career. The producers knew that her role depended on having chemistry with her co-star, and she was involved in the selection of Bruce Willis. They quickly became one of the most celebrated television duos. A lighthearted combination of mystery and comedy, the series won Shepherd two Golden Globe awards.

She starred in Chances Are (1989) with Robert Downey Jr. and Ryan O'Neal, receiving excellent reviews. She then reprised her role as Jacy in Texasville (1990), the sequel to The Last Picture Show (1971), as the original cast (including director Peter Bogdanovich) reunited 20 years after filming the original. She also appeared in Woody Allen's Alice (1990), and Eugene Levy's Once Upon a Crime (1992), as well as several television movies.

In 1997, she won her third Golden Globe award, for CBS' Cybill (1995–1998), a television sitcom, in which the title character—Cybill Sheridan, an actress struggling with hammy parts in B movies and bad soaps—was loosely modeled on herself (including portrayals of her two ex-husbands).

In 2000, Shepherd's bestselling autobiography was published, titled Cybill Disobedience: How I Survived Beauty Pageants, Elvis, Sex, Bruce Willis, Lies, Marriage, Motherhood, Hollywood, and the Irrepressible Urge to Say What I Think, written in collaboration with Aimee Lee Ball.

In 2003, she guest-starred on 8 Simple Rules as Cate Hennessy's (portrayed by Katey Sagal) sister.

She has played Martha Stewart in two TV movies: Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart (2003) and Martha: Behind Bars (2005).

From 2007, Shepherd has been appearing on the Showtime drama, The L Word as the character Phyllis Kroll. She helped get her real-life daughter Clementine Ford the role of her on screen daughter. In 2008 she joined the cast of the USA Network television series Psych as Shawn Spencer's mother, Madeleine Spencer.

On November 7, 2008, TV Guide reported that Shepherd will guest-star in a February episode of the CBS drama Criminal Minds.[3]

Political activism

Throughout her career, Shepherd has been an outspoken activist for issues such as gay rights and abortion rights. In 2009, Shepherd was honored by the Human Rights Campaign in Atlanta to accept one of two National Ally for Equality awards.[4] She has been an advocate for same-sex marriage and parental rights.

She was present at the opening of the National Civil Rights Museum in her hometown of Memphis, for which she lent some financial support.

Personal life

In her autobiography[5] she revealed that in 1978 she called her mother, crying, unhappy with the way her life and career were going, to which her mother replied "Cybill, come home". She went home to Memphis where she met and began dating local auto parts dealer and nightclub entertainer David M Ford. She became pregnant and they married that year. Their daughter Clementine Ford was born in 1979 but the marriage ended in divorce in 1982.

In 1987 she became pregnant by chiropractor Bruce Oppenheim and married him, giving birth to twins Cyrus Zachariah and Molly Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim[1] during the fourth season of Moonlighting. They were divorced in 1990.

She was engaged to musician Robert Martin and lived with him from 1994-1998. In her autobiography,[5] she gave him the pseudonym "Howard Roark" and claimed that he ended the relationship during a couples' therapy session.

In 2002 Shepherd was diagnosed and successfully treated for melanoma which presented itself on her back. Since this time Shepherd has become an advocate for skin cancer awareness and sun safety practices.

Shepherd's daughter, actress Clementine Ford, is openly lesbian.


Shepherd has revealed her sexual curiosity and desire in various interviews about having a physical relationship with a woman. In 2006, in an interview about The L Word she said more than once that she was "turned on" by the woman-woman sex scenes: "If you look at what we know about men, women and our sexuality, a great majority of people are bisexual. So what's wrong with that?"[6]

She also said in an interview: "I have wondered about [lesbianism]... At various times in my life I wanted to be open to the possibility of having a woman as a lover. I am not actively pursuing it but it is not over yet."[7]

She has confessed to having a longtime crush on Salma Hayek and admits to having fantasized about her.[8]

Religious beliefs

Shepherd has described her religious beliefs as "a goddess-worshiping Christian Pagan Buddhist".[9]


Shepherd made the following claims in her autobiography:[5]

  • She dated Elvis Presley in the early 1970s and cared for him but could not handle his dependence on drugs and ultimately chose her boyfriend, film director Peter Bogdanovich, over Presley.
  • She agreed to a date with actor Jack Nicholson to make Bogdanovich jealous. She later cancelled the date and Nicholson would not speak to her again, except to say "hi" at a party many years later.
  • She did not like working with Charles Grodin on The Heartbreak Kid (1972), and that it took her several years to like him enough to have a one-night stand with him.
  • Robert De Niro asked her out during the filming of Taxi Driver (1976). She turned him down, and he did not speak to her, except in character, for the rest of the filming.
  • She had a sexual encounter with co-star Don Johnson during the making of the television miniseries The Long Hot Summer (1985).
  • The jazz musician Stan Getz came on to her during a recording session for her album but she declined and he did not speak to her.
  • She and her Moonlighting costar Bruce Willis almost became lovers off-screen but they agreed that it would hurt the series so they chose not to consummate their relationship on a physical level.

Award nominations

Emmy Awards

Unsuccessful nominations were :

In her autobiography,[5] Shepherd addressed rumors that she was jealous of her co-stars Bruce Willis and Christine Baranski for winning Emmy awards while she has not: "The grain of truth is this: Who doesn't want to win an Emmy?"

Golden Globe Awards

For successful Golden Globe Awards, see the Infobox.

Unsuccessful nominations were :


Television credits

  • A Guide for the Married Woman (1978)
  • The Yellow Rose (1983–1984)
  • Masquerade (1983) (pilot for a series which Shepherd did not appear in)
  • Secrets of a Married Man (1984)
  • Moonlighting (1985–1989)
  • Seduced (1985)
  • The Long Hot Summer (1985)
  • Which Way Home (1991)
  • Memphis (1992) (also executive producer and writer)
  • Stormy Weathers (1992) (also executive producer)
  • Telling Secrets (1993)
  • There Was a Little Boy (1993)
  • Baby Brokers (1994)
  • While Justice Sleeps (1994)
  • Cybill (1995 in television-1998) (also executive producer)
  • Journey of the Heart (1997) (also co-executive producer)
  • Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus (2000–2001)
  • Due East (2002)
  • Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart (2003)
  • 8 Simple Rules (2003)
  • Detective (2005)
  • Martha: Behind Bars (2005)
  • The L Word (2007), portrays Phyllis Kroll
  • Psych (2008-2009), portrays Madeleine Spencer
  • Samantha Who? (2008)
  • Alligator Point: Written by Robert Peacock, "Point" revolves around an eccentric group of Floridians who find refuge in the Southern hospitality of Mae's (Shepherd) Oyster Bar. Their lives change when a Yankee (Lauren Stamile) becomes part of their disjointed family. Brian Patrick Wade, Robyn Lively, Leslie Jordan, Joel McCrary and Charlie Robinson also have been cast in the multicamera project. Kelsey Grammer will direct. [1]
  • High Noon (2009)
  • Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith (2009)
  • Eastwick(2009), portrays Eleanor Rougement


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ Polly Platt talks about the magazine cover discovery in the film documentary based on the Peter Biskind book, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls.
  3. ^ Exclusive: Michael Biehn, Cybill Shepherd Cop Criminal Roles" TV Guide. November 7, 2008. Retrieved on November 7, 2008.
  4. ^ Cybill Shepherd at Atlanta HRC Dinner - Southern Voice
  5. ^ a b c d Shepherd, Cybill (2001). Cybill Disobedience. Avon. ISBN 0-061-03014-7. 
  6. ^ 'The L Word' is a turn-on for Cybill.
  7. ^ Cybill Plays Out Lesbian Dreams On TV Show
  8. ^ Celebrity Snippets - Starpulse Entertainment News Blog
  9. ^ 'Cybill Rights', March 22, 2007, interview by Randy Shulman for Metro Weekly

External links

For the official website, see the Infobox.

Simple English

Cybill Shepherd was born on February 18, 1950. Shepherd has acted in multiple sitcoms, TV programs and many films.

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