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Lori Loughlin

Lori Loughlin
Loughlin at LAX, August 2014
Born Lori Anne Loughlin
(1964-07-28) July 28, 1964
Queens, New York City
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 1971–present
Children 2

Lori Anne Loughlin (born July 28, 1964)[1] is an American actress and model. She is best known for her role as Rebecca Donaldson Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House, appearing in the series from 1988 to 1995. From 2008 to 2011, she played Debbie Wilson on the The CW series 90210 (2008–11, 2012), a spin-off of Beverly Hills, 90210. She is also known for playing of Ava Gregory on the The WB series Summerland (2004–05), which she also co-created and produced.[2]


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and education

While different reference sources list her birthplace as either Queens, New York City,[3] or Hauppauge, New York, on Long Island,[1][4] Loughlin has explained, "I grew up in Hauppauge but I was born in Queens," moving with her family when "I was a year old."[5] She is the daughter of Lorellee Loughlin and the since-deceased[6] Joseph Roy Loughlin, a foreman for the New York Telephone Company.[7] She attended Hauppauge High School.[7] Loughlin is of Irish descent.[8]


After becoming interested in acting as a young child,[2] Loughlin began her career at age 11 as a print model,[3] recalling:

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."[2]

At 15, she was cast in the ABC soap opera The Edge of Night, playing the part of Jody Travis, an aspiring dancer,[3] appearing in the series from 1980 to 1983.[1] From 1983 to 1988, Loughlin appeared a number of feature films and television guest spots. On July 3, 1983, she starred in the pilot The Tom Swift/Linda Craig Mystery Hour as Linda Craig, an amateur detective. The pilot was based on the Tom Swift and Linda Craig series. The pilot aired to low ratings and the project was abandoned.

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 run.[1] Within months after Full House ended, Loughlin co-starred with Tony Danza in the ABC sitcom Hudson Street (1995–96). The series was canceled after one season.[9]

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 cast mate 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.[10]

She co-starred in seasons one through three of the Beverly Hills, 90210 spin-off 90210 as Debbie Wilson from 2008 to 2011. She reprised her role in the season five premiere episode in 2012.[11]

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.[12]

Personal life

Loughlin was married to investment banker Michael R. Burns from 1989 to 1996.[4] On Thanksgiving 1997, Loughlin eloped with fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, the creator of the Mossimo clothing line, whom she had met in 1995.[3] They have two daughters together, Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade.[1] Olivia has a YouTube channel of beauty tips, Olivia Jade.[13] Loughlin also is a stepmother to Gianni, Giannulli's son from a previous relationship.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Amityville 3-D Susan Baxter
1985 The New Kids Abby McWilliams Alternative title: Striking Back
1985 Secret Admirer Toni Williams Alternative title: The Letter
1986 Rad Christian
1987 Back to the Beach Sandi Alternative title: Malibu Beach Girls
1988 The Night Before Tara Mitchell
1993 Empty Cradle Jane Morgan
1997 Casper: A Spirited Beginning Sheila Fistergraff Direct-to-video
1999 Suckers Donna DeLuca
2000 Critical Mass Janine
2001 Magyk Sally
2007 Farce of the Penguins Melvin-Smacking Penguin Voice role; direct-to-video
2007 Moondance Alexander Gelsey Alexander
2009 Old Dogs Amanda
2009 Meet My Mom Dana
2013 Crawlspace Susan Gates


Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Smith Family (unknown) Episode: "Family Man"
1979 Too Far to Go Young Judith Maple Movie (uncredited)
1980–83 The Edge of Night Jody Travis #1
1982 Matt Houston Sue Episode: "Shark Bait"
1983 The Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour Linda Craig Unsold pilot
1985 North Beach and Rawhide Candy Cassidy Movie
1986 Brotherhood of Justice Christie Movie
The Equalizer Jenny Morrow "Prelude",
"First Light"
CBS Schoolbreak Special Kelly
"Babies Having Babies",
"No Means No"
1987 A Place to Call Home Jenny Gavin Movie
1988 Tales from the Hollywood Hills: The Old Reliable Kay Cork Movie
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Tammy Episode: "Old Money"
1988–95 Full House Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis Recurring role: season 2, regular role: seasons 3–8
1992 Inside America's Totally Unsolved Lifestyles "Another Look" Anchor Special
1992 Doing Time on Maple Drive Allison Movie
1992 To Grandmother's House We Go Win-O-Lotto Lottery Hostess Movie (uncredited)
1993 Empty Cradle Jane Morgan Movie
1993 A Stranger in the Mirror Jill Castle Movie
1994 One of Her Own Toni Stroud Movie
1995 Abandoned and Deceived Gerri Jensen Movie
1995–96 Hudson Street Melanie Clifford Regular role, 22 episodes
1997 In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory Jill Erickson Movie
1997 Tell Me No Secrets Jess Koster Movie
1997 Suddenly Susan Paula Episode: "With Friends Like These"
1997 The Price of Heaven Leslie Movie; alternative title: Blessed Assurance
1997 Seinfeld Patty Episode: "The Serenity Now"
1997 Medusa's Child Dr. Linda McCoy Miniseries
2001 Cursed Natalie Keith Episode: "...And Then They Tried to Make Some Rules"
2001 Spin City Michelle 3 episodes
2002 Eastwick Sukie Ridgemont Unsold pilot
2002 Birds of Prey Carolyn Lance/Black Canary Episode: "Sins of the Mother"
2002 The Drew Carey Show Robin 2 episodes
2004 Justice League Unlimited Dr. Tracy Simmons (voice) Episode: "The Greatest Story Never Told"
2004–05 Summerland Ava Gregory Lead role (26 episodes)
2005 Missing Dr. Joy Gribben Episode: "Anything for the Baby" (Parts 1 & 2)
2006 Jake in Progress Lindsay Episode: "The Two Jakes"
2006 Ghost Whisperer Christine Greene Episode: "Demon Child"
2007 In Case of Emergency Dr. Joanna Lupone Regular role (13 episodes)
90210 Debbie Wilson Regular role: seasons 1–3, guest star: season 5
2010 Meet My Mom Dana Marshall Movie
2013 A Mother's Rage Rebecca Mayer Movie
2013 Psych Dr. Joan Diamond Episode: "Nip and Suck It"
2013 Major Crimes Mrs. Slayter Episode: "The Deep End"
2013 When Calls the Heart Abigail Stanton Movie
2013 Garage Sale Mystery Jennifer Movie
2014–15 When Calls the Heart Abigail Stanton Regular role
2014 Enlisted Herself Episode: "Alive
2014 Garage Sale Mystery: All That Glitters Jennifer Movie
2015 Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room Jennifer Movie
2015 Garage Sale Mystery: The Wedding Dress Jennifer Movie
2016 Fuller House Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis Series; filming

Awards and nominations

  • Daytime Emmy Award
    • 1989: Nominated, "Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special" – CBS Schoolbreak Special
  • PRISM Awards[15]
    • 2006: Won, "Best Performance in a Drama Series Storyline" – Summerland
  • TV Land Award
    • 2004: Nominated, "Best Quintessential Non-Traditional Family" – Full House
  • Teen Choice Award
    • 2009: Nominated, "Choice TV Parental Unit" – 90210
  • Young Artist Award
    • 1983: Nominated, "Best Young Actress in the Daytime Series" – The Edge of Night
    • 1987: Won, "Michael Landon Award" – CBS Schoolbreak Special


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  7. ^ a b Edelstein, Andy (December 13, 1981). "L.I. Teen-Ager Wins TV fans".  
  8. ^ "Beauty Tips, Make Up Reviews, Interviews with Beauty Gurus, Product Giveaways and Delicious Food". Beauty and the Feast Blog. September 15, 2010. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 
  9. ^ Lowry, Brian (November 10, 1997). "For ABC, Tuesday Is Becoming Loneliest Night".  
  10. ^ "The 'Countdown To Mother's Day' is on as Hallmark Channel in Hd Invites Viewers to 'Meet My Mom' and Asks Them to Do the Same!" (Press release).  
  11. ^ Bierly, Mandi (July 18, 2012). "Lori Loughlin to return for '90210' premiere | Inside TV |". Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
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  13. ^ Olivia Jade on YouTube.
  14. ^ "Mossimo Giannulli - Fashion Designer". Retrieved September 6, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Television/Prism Awards". Prism Awards 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 

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