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Also Known As: Deborah Iona Raffin Died: November 21, 2012
Born: March 13, 1953 Cause of Death: Leukemia
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession:

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With her classic good looks, Los Angeles native Deborah Raffin seemed destined for show biz stardom. But while she has worked steadily since the 1970s, she has never found a signature role to propel her to fame. The daughter of 1940s starlet Trudy Marshall, Raffin worked as a model and, after branching out into acting with a few early roles, landed a high-profile part opposite Kirk Douglas in the 1975 adaptation of the Jacqueline Susann best-seller, "Once Is Not Enough." She starred as an innocent woman sent to prison in the 1976 TV film "Nightmare in Badham County," which made her a star in China when the film was released there theatrically; she appeared in "God Told Me To," Larry Cohen's oddball sci-fi mystery, in the same year. Despite nearly landing leads in "Grease" and "Superman," Raffin started finding more opportunities in television than on the big screen. In 1981, she played the Goldie Hawn role in the short-lived TV adaptation of the hit comedy "Foul Play," and in 1985, she played the romantic interest in the Charles Bronson vigilante vehicle, "Death Wish 3." She landed a recurring role in the popular Aaron Spelling drama "7th Heaven" in 1996 but had more success co-founding (with her...

With her classic good looks, Los Angeles native Deborah Raffin seemed destined for show biz stardom. But while she has worked steadily since the 1970s, she has never found a signature role to propel her to fame. The daughter of 1940s starlet Trudy Marshall, Raffin worked as a model and, after branching out into acting with a few early roles, landed a high-profile part opposite Kirk Douglas in the 1975 adaptation of the Jacqueline Susann best-seller, "Once Is Not Enough." She starred as an innocent woman sent to prison in the 1976 TV film "Nightmare in Badham County," which made her a star in China when the film was released there theatrically; she appeared in "God Told Me To," Larry Cohen's oddball sci-fi mystery, in the same year. Despite nearly landing leads in "Grease" and "Superman," Raffin started finding more opportunities in television than on the big screen. In 1981, she played the Goldie Hawn role in the short-lived TV adaptation of the hit comedy "Foul Play," and in 1985, she played the romantic interest in the Charles Bronson vigilante vehicle, "Death Wish 3." She landed a recurring role in the popular Aaron Spelling drama "7th Heaven" in 1996 but had more success co-founding (with her then-husband, producer Michael Viner) the pioneering audio books company Dove Audio.

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1.
 BOOK OF DAYS (2003) Amelia Hartland
2.
 LaVyrle Spencer's Home Song (1996) Monica Arens
4.
 Morning Glory (1993) Elly Dinsmore
5.
 Scanners II: the New Order (1991) Julie Vale
6.
 Royal Gambit (1989) Carolann "Punky" Dunhurst/Queen Of Al Jalal
7.
 Claudia (1989) Claudia
8.
 Death Wish 3 (1985) Kathryn Davis
9.
 Threesome (1984) Barbara Jones
10.
 Running Out (1983) Elisabeth St Claire
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1973:
Made her feature film debut in "40 Carats" opposite Liv Ullmann and Gene Kelly
1975:
Cast in the romantic drama "Once Is Not Enough," starring Kirk Douglas
1976:
Starred in the TV movie "Nightmare in Badham County" (ABC), which was a theatrical hit in China
1980:
Played actress Brooke Hayward opposite Jason Robards in "Haywire" (CBS)
1985:
With music producer husband Michael Viner, launched Dove Books-on-Tape
1988:
Co-starred with Pierce Brosnan in the NBC miniseries "Noble House"
1988:
Co-produced the CBS miniseries "Windmills of the Gods"
1990:
Compiled celebrities' Christmas anecdotes for the book <i>Sharing Christmas</i>
1991:
Played a telepathic woman in the cult film "Scanners II: The New Order"
1996:
Cast in a recurring role as Aunt Julie on the family drama series "7th Heaven" (The WB, The CW)
1997:
Sold the Dove Books-on-Tape Company
1999:
Made her directorial debut with the drama "Family Blessings," which she co-directed with Nina Foch
2003:
Helmed two episodes of "7th Heaven"
2008:
Guest starred as a doctor on ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"
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husband:
Michael Viner. Publisher.

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mother:
Trudy Marshall. Actor, model.

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"Sharing Christmas: Cherished Memories From 100 Celebrated Men and Women All Over the World" Warner Books

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