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Julia Duffy
Born Julia Margaret Hinds
June 27, 1951 (1951-06-27) (age 58)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1972—present
Spouse(s) Jerry Lacy (1984-present)

Julia Duffy (born Julia Margaret Hinds; June 27, 1951) is an American actress from Minneapolis, Minnesota, specializing in character roles, best known as the spoiled rich girl and Dick Loudin's (played by Bob Newhart) inn maid, Stephanie Vanderkellen, on the 1980s sitcom, Newhart.



Duffy's early career included parts in soap operas such as One Life to Live, The Doctors and Love of Life. Duffy also appeared in movies such as Night Warning (1981) and Cutter's Way (1981). She made an appearance on the television sitcom Cheers in 1982.

In 1983, she played Princess Ariel Baaldorf in the medieval spoof Wizards and Warriors, which had a short run on the CBS television network.

Duffy joined the cast of the television series Newhart in its second season (she made an appearance in the 14th episode of the 1st season), playing the part of the self-infatuated preppy maid Stephanie Vanderkellen. It is probably her most popular role and one she played for seven seasons. She earned Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the role every year from 1984 through 1990. She also received a Golden Globe nomination and won three Viewers For Quality Television Awards for her work. Julia was actually pregnant during several episodes of Newhart. To hide it, she wore baggy clothes and stood behind furniture.[1] For seven of the eight seasons, she had a great time working with Bob, both on-screen and off. She amongst the rest of her castmates were also concerned about Bob's health problem in 1985, as she was one of the people to help Bob stopped smoking, from which he did. When the series ended, she remains close to Newhart.

After the end of Newhart, Duffy briefly starred in the sitcom Baby Talk alongside George Clooney. She then joined Designing Women, essentially replacing Delta Burke who was let go after quarrels with producers. Duffy played the newly-created role of Allison Sugarbaker. Duffy's season was the show's highest-rated, but producers chose not to have her return for what would be its final year.

From 1993-95, Duffy played Barb Ballantine on the short-lived comedy series The Mommies.

Duffy played Lindsay Mercer, one of the failed buyers of Winfred-Lauder and the ex-wife of "Lord Mercer" on The Drew Carey Show.

Duffy had a recurring role on the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh as Linda Hayfer, a high school English teacher who despises Drake.

Julia Duffy had a role on the WB series Reba as Cheyenne's high school principal, Mrs. Hodge.

Duffy also starred in the television program The Suite Life of Zack and Cody as the rich mother of Jason, a boy who goes on a date with Maddie Fitzpatrick (Ashley Tisdale).

Duffy continues to do television guest spots and movies; she played Joan's mother in a January 2007 episode of Campus Ladies.

Personal life

Duffy has been married to Love of Life co-star Jerry Lacy since 1984 and has 2 children, Kerry Kathleen and Danny. She lives in Los Angeles.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Together Again for the First Time Audrey Wolders Frobisher TV Movie
2008 Wizards of Waverly Place Mrs. Angela Credit Check
2006 7th Heaven Mrs. Porter Got MLK?
2005 The Suite Life of Zack and Cody Martha Harrington Maddie Checks In
2004 Drake & Josh Mrs. Hayfer (TV Series)
2001 Reba Mrs. Hodge (TV Series)
1999 Sabrina The Teenage Witch Mr. Kraft's Ex-Wife Lucy (TV Series)
1993 The Mommies Barb Ballantine (TV Series)
1991[2] Designing Women Allison Sugarbaker (TV Series)
1982 The Blue and The Gray Mary Hale (TV mini-Series)
1982 Newhart Stephanie Vanderkellen (TV Series)
1985 Cheers Rebecca Prout Ep 1, 1982
1980 Battle Beyond the Stars Mol


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