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Also Known As: Nancy Justine Mckeon Died:
Born: April 4, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Westbury, New York, USA Profession: actor

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An actress since early childhood, Nancy McKeon made her show business debut at age five, starring in a number of commercials during the early 1970s, as well as appearing on the soap operas "The Secret Storm" (CBS, 1954-1974) and "Another World" (NBC, 1969-1999). But it was her turn as the tough-but-level headed tomboy Jo Polniaczek on the long-running sitcom "The Facts of Life" (NBC, 1979-1988) that earned McKeon her greatest recognition. For eight years, McKeon played the rough-and-tumble Jo, though her image was gradually softened as she grew to be a twenty-something woman by show's end. Both during and after the show's run, she starred in a number of made-for-TV movies, most notably opposite Michael J. Fox in "Poison Ivy" (NBC, 1985). While her career stalled a bit in the 1990s, McKeon emerged in the new millennium with a regular role as Inspector Jinny Exstead on "The Division" (Lifetime, 2001-04), a crime drama about a female team of police officers struggling to juggle their personal and professional lives. Though her career slowed again after "The Division," McKeon still maintained a steady presence on the small screen.

An actress since early childhood, Nancy McKeon made her show business debut at age five, starring in a number of commercials during the early 1970s, as well as appearing on the soap operas "The Secret Storm" (CBS, 1954-1974) and "Another World" (NBC, 1969-1999). But it was her turn as the tough-but-level headed tomboy Jo Polniaczek on the long-running sitcom "The Facts of Life" (NBC, 1979-1988) that earned McKeon her greatest recognition. For eight years, McKeon played the rough-and-tumble Jo, though her image was gradually softened as she grew to be a twenty-something woman by show's end. Both during and after the show's run, she starred in a number of made-for-TV movies, most notably opposite Michael J. Fox in "Poison Ivy" (NBC, 1985). While her career stalled a bit in the 1990s, McKeon emerged in the new millennium with a regular role as Inspector Jinny Exstead on "The Division" (Lifetime, 2001-04), a crime drama about a female team of police officers struggling to juggle their personal and professional lives. Though her career slowed again after "The Division," McKeon still maintained a steady presence on the small screen.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Wild Hearts (2006)
2.
 Comfort and Joy (2003) Jane Berry
3.
 In My Sister's Shadow (1999) Joan Conner
4.
 Wrong Woman, The (1996) Melanie Brooke
5.
 Mother's Gift, A (1995) Abbie
6.
 Teresa's Tattoo (1994) Sara
7.
 Baby Snatcher (1992) Karen Williams
8.
 Where the Day Takes You (1991) Vikki
9.
 Lightning Incident, The (1991) Martha Townsend
10.
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1975:
Moved to Los Angeles, CA with family
1978:
Made first of two guest appearances on CBS sitcom "Alice," co-starring her brother Philip
1980:
Landed breakthrough role as tough and independent tomboy Jo Polniaczek on long-running NBC sitcom "The Facts of Life"
1994:
Auditioned for role of Monica Geller on NBC's "Friends"; lost role to Courteney Cox
1992:
Feature film debut, "Where the Day Takes You"
1995:
Co-starred on ensemble comedy series "Can't Hurry Love" (CBS)
1998:
Co-starred with Jean Smart on the CBS sitcom "Style & Substance"
1999:
Made directorial debut with short film "A Wakening"
2001:
Cast as homicide detective Jinny Exstead on Lifetime police drama "The Division"; schedule prevented her from joining "The Facts of Life Reunion" (ABC, 2001)
2009:
Cast as the title character's mother on Disney Channel's "Sonny with a Chance"
2011:
Featured in Hallmark Channel movie "Love Begins"
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brother:
Philip McKeon. Producer, director, former actor.

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