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Also Known As: Jessica R Lundy Died:
Born: March 20, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Diego, California, USA Profession: actor, singer, comedian

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Although she gained the spotlight as the brassy, cynical hairdresser Gloria in the NBC series "Hope & Gloria," Jessica Lundy, in real life, was more like the Hope character, optimistic and a bit shy--although without the perkiness. Entertaining classmates in elementary school and her grandmother at home from the time she was eight, Lundy knew she wanted a career as a performer when she entered New York University. She teamed with classmate Alec Mapa to form a cabaret duo, and both were cast in small roles in the film "Bright Light, Big City" as a result. Lundy experienced her first on-screen kiss: with actress Kelly Preston in a bathroom as star Michael J Fox watched. Lundy's bigger film break came in 1988, when she was cast as Jackie Mason's nouveau riche daughter, Kate Hartounian, in the low comedy "Caddyshack II". She was also able to kiss a man on screen for the first time; Jonathan Silverman was the guy who won her heart.Heading for Los Angeles in 1990, Lundy snagged the role of an obituary writer who teams with a detective to solve crimes in CBS' "Over My Dead Body" (1990-91). The series, which also starred Edward Woodward, was short-lived, but Lundy bounced back to co-star in the ABC series...

Although she gained the spotlight as the brassy, cynical hairdresser Gloria in the NBC series "Hope & Gloria," Jessica Lundy, in real life, was more like the Hope character, optimistic and a bit shy--although without the perkiness. Entertaining classmates in elementary school and her grandmother at home from the time she was eight, Lundy knew she wanted a career as a performer when she entered New York University. She teamed with classmate Alec Mapa to form a cabaret duo, and both were cast in small roles in the film "Bright Light, Big City" as a result. Lundy experienced her first on-screen kiss: with actress Kelly Preston in a bathroom as star Michael J Fox watched. Lundy's bigger film break came in 1988, when she was cast as Jackie Mason's nouveau riche daughter, Kate Hartounian, in the low comedy "Caddyshack II". She was also able to kiss a man on screen for the first time; Jonathan Silverman was the guy who won her heart.

Heading for Los Angeles in 1990, Lundy snagged the role of an obituary writer who teams with a detective to solve crimes in CBS' "Over My Dead Body" (1990-91). The series, which also starred Edward Woodward, was short-lived, but Lundy bounced back to co-star in the ABC series "Baby Talk " (1991-92) and as a member of the ensemble cast in CBS' "The Carol Burnett Show" (1991) revival. Both shows failed, as did "The Second Half" (NBC, 1993). But the network liked Lundy, and gave her one of the title roles in "Hope & Gloria", a midseason 1995 entry. Cast opposite Cynthia Stevenson's Hope, the ever optimistic associate producer of a local Pittsburgh TV talk show, Lundy was Gloria, twice married and divorced to the same man, who saw life with a sense of realism. The chemistry between the two women worked as audiences liked to see the two female buddies alternating between arguing, supporting each other, and crying on each other's shoulders. Some critics compared the effort to "Kate & Allie", or even the rapport between Mary and Rhoda on the older "Mary Tyler Moore Show". As a result of her work in "Hope & Gloria", Lundy was cast as Tom Arnold's wife in the feature comedy "The Stupids" (1996).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 3 Days Gone (2008)
2.
 Just a Little Harmless Sex (1998) Terrianne
3.
 Rocketman (1997) Julie Ford
4.
 Stupids, The (1996) Joan Stupid
5.
 I Love Trouble (1994) 1st Flight Attendant
6.
 Single White Female (1992) Talkative Applicant
7.
 Madhouse (1990) Bernice
8.
 Blind Chess (1989) Jenny
9.
 Vampire's Kiss (1988) Sharon
10.
 Bright Lights, Big City (1988) Theresa
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Milestones close milestones

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Born in San Diego, California
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Raised in Avon, Connecticut
1986:
Partnered with NYU classmate Alec Mapa in cabaret act; performed at such Manhattan nightclubs as The Duplex and Don't Tell Mama; won Bistro Award
1988:
Made feature film debut in "Bright Lights, Big City"
1988:
First sizable feature film role as Jackie Mason's daughter in "Caddyshack II"
1990:
TV series debut opposite Edward Woodward in short-lived CBS' mystery "Over My Dead Body"
1991:
Appeared in ABC sitcom "Baby Talk"
1991:
Cast as ensemble member of the short-lived CBS variety show "The Carol Burnett Show"
1992:
Cast by Barbet Shroeder in "Single White Female"
1993:
Appeared in the short-lived sitcom "The Second Half" (NBC)
1994:
Co-starred in the Off-Broadway revival of "Uncommon Women and Others"
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Starred as Gloria in the NBC sitcom "Hope & Gloria"
1996:
Played Tome Arnold's spouse in the feature comedy "The Stupids"
1997:
Acted opposite Harland Williams in "Rocket Man"
1999:
Appeared in the ensemble of "Just a Little Harmless Sex"
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Education

Circle in the Square Professional Theatre School: New York , New York -
Tisch Shcool for the Arts, New York University: New York , New York - 1987

Notes

Alec Mapa, Lundy's cabaret partner while both were attending NYU in 1986-87, went on to star in several major productions of "M. Butterfly"

When told by co-star Edward Woodward that "Over My Dead Body" was cancelled by CBS, Lundy said she "cried so hard every bit of make-up was running down my face. Now I demand that people give me bad news only before I put my mascara on." --- PEOPLE 8/14/95

"We get along frighteningly well," Lundy said of her "Hope & Gloria" co-star Cynthia Stevenson. "I'll know I've finally made it when the tabloids say Cynthia and I are feuding, and I scratched her eyes out." -- PEOPLE 8/14/95

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father:
Joel Lundy. Surgical oncologist.
mother:
Jean Lundy.
sister:
Julie L Lundy. Born in August 1958.
sister:
Judy Lundy. Born in 1972.
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