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Lauren Tewes
Born Cynthia Lauren Tewes
October 26, 1954 (1954-10-26) (age 55)
Braddock, Pennsylvania, U.S.

(Cynthia) Lauren Tewes (pronounced /ˈtwiːs/, born in Braddock, Pennsylvania on October 26, 1954), raised in Whittier, California[1] is an American actress best known for playing Cruise Director Julie McCoy on the sitcom The Love Boat beating out over 100 other actresses for the role.[2] Tewes was replaced on the series by Pat Klous in 1984 after a highly public battle with cocaine abuse, although she did reprise her role as a guest in a 1985 episode[3] as well as in a 1997 episode of the sitcom Martin and a 1998 episode of the revival series Love Boat: The Next Wave.

Tewes attended Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California. She also studied at the University of California at Riverside, California where she won the 1st Annual Chancellor's Award for Excellence in the Theatre. She made her stage debut in Arsenic and Old Lace at the Pacific Conservatory Theatre in California. Other plays include Born Yesterday and Crimes of the Heart which were performed during the early 1980s.

In 2000-2001, she had a recurring role on The Fugitive as a police detective.

She currently lives in the Seattle area of Washington state, where she is still acting in regional theatre and doing voice-over and self promotion work. Recent roles include Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle in 2003, and Karen Noone in Craig Lucas's Prayer for My Enemy at the Intiman Theatre in 2007. Tewes has also performed roles for Imagination Theatre's various radio dramas.

She was married to John Wassel (1977 Nov - 1981), and then to jazz musician Paolo Noonis (1986 - ?). In June 1987 she gave birth prematurely to a daughter, who died a month later. She was later married to actor Bob Nadir (1996 May 1 - 2002 Apr 25). Nadir died of Lou Gehrig's disease after being ill for several years, and Tewes was his primary caregiver during his illness.

On 2009 September 13, Tewes hosted the "Seaquality" event for Garden State Equality aboard a cruise ship in support of LGBT Marriage Equality.[4]


  1. ^ "Sailing a Different Course". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. February 24, 1998. pp. 17.,3461816&dq=lauren+tewes+cocaine. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  2. ^ UPI (March 12, 1985). "Cocaine Abuse Threw Tewes' Performance Overboard". St. Petersburg Times.,4421645&dq=lauren+tewes+cocaine. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  3. ^ "LAUREN TEWES TAKES CRUISE FOR OLD TIME'S SAKE". Los Angeles Times. November 26, 1985. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
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