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Also Known As: Alison La Placa Died:
Born: December 16, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Jersey, USA Profession: actor

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With comic timing and pliability most actors crave, brunette Alison LaPlaca seemingly bounced from sitcom to sitcom for more than a decade. While not all the series in which she appeared were successful, she was adored by the critics and audiences. LaPlaca's first TV work came soon after she moved to Hollywood, with a bit in the TV-movie "Listen to Your Heart" (CBS, 1983) followed by the role of assistant to "Suzanne Pleshette is Maggie Briggs" (CBS, 1984), a quick flop. In 1986, LaPlaca was cast as the astringent hyper-yuppie, Linda Phillips in the Fox sitcom "Duet". When the show was canceled, the network resurrected some of the characters in "Open House", with LaPlaca's real estate-selling Linda the first one cast. Yet, the show flopped again, and in 1991, LaPlaca found herself in "Stat", an ABC sitcom set at a trauma center. A year later, she was cast as Tom Arnold's assistant on the short-lived ABC sitcom "The Jackie Thomas Show". When Arnold tried a second sitcom, "Tom" (CBS, 1993), he brought along LaPlaca to play his wife, but that also failed. LaPlaca seemed to have found a secure job, as Catherine Merrick, nurse, neighbor, and on-again, off-again love interest to John Larroquette in "The...

With comic timing and pliability most actors crave, brunette Alison LaPlaca seemingly bounced from sitcom to sitcom for more than a decade. While not all the series in which she appeared were successful, she was adored by the critics and audiences. LaPlaca's first TV work came soon after she moved to Hollywood, with a bit in the TV-movie "Listen to Your Heart" (CBS, 1983) followed by the role of assistant to "Suzanne Pleshette is Maggie Briggs" (CBS, 1984), a quick flop. In 1986, LaPlaca was cast as the astringent hyper-yuppie, Linda Phillips in the Fox sitcom "Duet". When the show was canceled, the network resurrected some of the characters in "Open House", with LaPlaca's real estate-selling Linda the first one cast. Yet, the show flopped again, and in 1991, LaPlaca found herself in "Stat", an ABC sitcom set at a trauma center. A year later, she was cast as Tom Arnold's assistant on the short-lived ABC sitcom "The Jackie Thomas Show". When Arnold tried a second sitcom, "Tom" (CBS, 1993), he brought along LaPlaca to play his wife, but that also failed. LaPlaca seemed to have found a secure job, as Catherine Merrick, nurse, neighbor, and on-again, off-again love interest to John Larroquette in "The John Larroquette Show" (NBC, 1994-96), but she left the series after only two seasons.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Madhouse (1990) Claudia
2.
 Second Serve (1986) Trish Collins
3.
 Murder: By Reason Of Insanity (1985) Janet Landry
4.
 Fletch (1985)
5.
 Listen to Your Heart (1983) Lynne
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Milestones close milestones

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Born in New Jersey
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Raised in Lincolnshire, IL, outside of Chicago
1983:
Moved to L.A.
1983:
TV movie debut, bit, "Listen to Your Heart" (CBS)
1984:
TV series debut, "Suzanne Pleshette is Maggie Briggs"
1985:
Feature film debut, bit, "Fletch"
1986:
Played Linda Phillips on Fox sitcom "Duet"
1989:
Reprised chracter of Linda Phillips on short-lived Fox sitcom "Open House"; met future husband, co-star Philip Charles MacKenzie
1990:
First co-starring feature role, "Madhouse"; also first teaming with John Larroquette
1991:
Starred in ABC sitcom "Stat"
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Played opposite Tom Arnold on "The Jackie Thomas Show" (ABC)
1993:
Cast as Tom Arnold's wife in "Tom" (CBS)
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Appeared as Catherine on "The John Larroquette Show" (NBC)
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Education

Adlai E Stevenson High School: Chicago , Illinois -
Illinois Wesleyan University: Bloomington , Illinois - 1982

Notes

On Catherine Merrick: "She's independent, fun, and intelligent and a peer to the leading man. It sounded like a dream job."--LaPlaca in USA TODAY, November 14, 1994

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companion:
Joe Lando. Actor. High school sweethearts.
husband:
Philip Charles MacKenzie. Actor, director. Appeared together on "Open House"; born c. 1947.

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father:
Peter LaPlaca. Businessman. Operates a saxophone manufacturing company.
mother:
JoAnne LaPlaca.
sister:
Wendy LaPlaca. Older.
sister:
Laura LaPlaca. Older.
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