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Born: February 18, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Memphis, Tennessee, USA Profession: actor, producer, singer

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Cybill Shepherd was a former beauty queen-model whose sudden rise to stardom, high-profile romances, precipitous drop in popularity and spectacular television comeback and respect earned her a reputation as one of Hollywood's most mercurial yet determined actresses. The 21-year-old blonde beauty made an immediate splash in her feature debut "The Last Picture Show" (1971), directed by auteur filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, with whom she began an intense affair during filming. With the success of her follow-up, the romantic-comedy "The Heartbreak Kid" (1972), Shepherd's future in film seemed bright indeed. That was, until the critical and commercial disasters of Bogdanovich's "Daisy Miller" (1974) and "At Long Last, Love" (1976) nearly destroyed her nascent career. She earned a brief reprieve with a pivotal role in director Martin Scorsese's intense masterpiece "Taxi Driver" (1976), although, in the wake of the string of flops that followed, a distraught Shepherd temporarily retired from the business in 1978. After some time away from the spotlight, she returned opposite future star Bruce Willis on the hit romantic-comedy, "Moonlighting" (ABC, 1985-89) then as campier TV version of herself for the sitcom,...

Cybill Shepherd was a former beauty queen-model whose sudden rise to stardom, high-profile romances, precipitous drop in popularity and spectacular television comeback and respect earned her a reputation as one of Hollywood's most mercurial yet determined actresses. The 21-year-old blonde beauty made an immediate splash in her feature debut "The Last Picture Show" (1971), directed by auteur filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, with whom she began an intense affair during filming. With the success of her follow-up, the romantic-comedy "The Heartbreak Kid" (1972), Shepherd's future in film seemed bright indeed. That was, until the critical and commercial disasters of Bogdanovich's "Daisy Miller" (1974) and "At Long Last, Love" (1976) nearly destroyed her nascent career. She earned a brief reprieve with a pivotal role in director Martin Scorsese's intense masterpiece "Taxi Driver" (1976), although, in the wake of the string of flops that followed, a distraught Shepherd temporarily retired from the business in 1978. After some time away from the spotlight, she returned opposite future star Bruce Willis on the hit romantic-comedy, "Moonlighting" (ABC, 1985-89) then as campier TV version of herself for the sitcom, "Cybill" (CBS, 1995-98). Later, her portrayals in the docudramas "Martha, Inc: The Story of Martha Stuart" (NBC, 2003) and "Martha Behind Bars" (CBS, 2005) proved an excellent vehicle for the more seasoned actress. Having been both the ingénue and the has-been, Shepherd eventually grew into the professional persona she would most likely be remembered as - a true survivor in the unforgiving environs of Hollywood.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Casting By (2013)
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 White Camellias (2012)
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 Barry Munday (2010)
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 Client List, The (2010)
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 Expecting Mary (2010)
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 High Noon (2009)
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Milestones close milestones

1958:
Began singing in church choirs at age eight (date approximate)
1966:
Began to study music
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Voted Miss Teenage Memphis
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Worked as model after unsuccessful bid for Miss Teenage America
1968:
Named "Model of the Year"
1971:
Cast as lead in "The Last Picture Show" after Polly Platt, wife of director Peter Bogdanovich, spotted her on the cover of <i>Glamour</i> magazine; created signature role of Jacy Farrow
1972:
Co-starred as the object of Charles Grodin's affection in "The Heartbreak Kid"
1974:
Released debut album, "Cybill Does It . . . To Cole Porter"
1976:
Played a politician's aide who catches the attention of Robert De Niro's Travis Bickle in "Taxi Driver"
1977:
Stage debut, "A Shot in the Dark"
1978:
TV acting debut, "A Guide For the Married Woman"
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Left Los Angeles for Memphis in late 1970s; worked in theater
1979:
Last film appearance for a decade, "The Lady Vanishes"
1982:
Returned to Los Angeles and starred in TV series, "The Yellow Rose"
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Founded Shoal's Creek, Inc. production company
1984:
Starred as Maddie on popular TV detective comedy series, "Moonlighting"
1985:
Debut in a miniseries, "The Long Hot Summer"
1987:
Signed long-term contract as spokeswoman for L'Oreal
1989:
Returned to feature films after a 10-year absence to star in "Chances Are"
1990:
Reprised her signature role of Jacy Farrow in the sequel "Texasville", directed by Bogdanovich
1992:
Debut as executive producer and co-writer (with Larry McMurtry and Susan Rhinehart) of TV-movie, "Memphis"
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Executive produced and starred in CBS sitcom "Cybill"
1998:
Signed contract to write an autobiography
2000:
Published memoirs "Cybill Disobedience"
2000:
Portrayed a middle-aged lounge singer in "Marine Life"; screened at Toronto Film Festival
2000:
Hosted the syndicated talk show "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus"; replaced in early 2001
2003:
Portrayed Martha Stewart in the TV movie, "Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart" (NBC)
2004:
Had a recurring role on the ABC comedy, "8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter"
2005:
Once again played Martha Stewart in the TV movie, "Martha Behind Bars"
2007:
Joined the cast of Showtime's lesbian-themed drama "The L Word," in its fourth season
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -
Hunter College: New York , New York - 1969
College of New Rochelle: New Rochelle , New York - 1970
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California - 1972

Notes

"I became a success when I was 20. But on 'Moonlighting' Bruce was going through that first success, and I had to pay for it. I've never had a problem standing up for myself, but it was like what Bette Davis says--a man does that and he's admired, a woman does that and she's a bitch." --Cybill Shepherd quoted in Entertainment Weekly, January 20, 1995.

"I'm a very harsh critic of myself. I howl and cry at some of the work I have done in this life. Like recently, a friend gave me a copy of 'The Heartbreak Kid,' a movie I did in the '70s, and I was literally horrified when I sat down to watch it. I mean, back then I could hardly talk! I DID look great, though." --Shepherd quoted in US, June 1995

Shepherd has recorded four jazz albums and has performed as a singer in venues in New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

The name "Cybill" is a contraction of her grandfathers' names, Cy and Bill (her name would have been "Cyrus William" had she been a boy).

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Elvis Presley. Singer, actor.
companion:
Peter Bogdanovich. Director. Eight-year (1970-78) relationship began on set of "The Last Picture Show".
husband:
David Ford. Auto parts dealer. Married on November 19, 1978; divorced in 1982; one daughter, Clementine.
husband:
Bruce Oppenheim. Doctor. Married on March 1, 1987 in Encino, California; divorced in 1990; father of Shepherd's twin children.
companion:
Robert Martin. Musician. Born c. 1948; together since 1994; announced engagement in January 1996; separated in October 1998.
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father:
William Jennings Shepherd. Divorced.
mother:
Patty Shobe. Divorced and remarried Shepherd.
daughter:
Clementine Ford. Born c. 1980; father, David Ford.
son:
Ariel Oppenheim. Born October 6, 1987; father, Bruce Oppenheim; twin of Zachariah.
son:
Zachariah Oppenheim. Born October 6, 1987; father, Bruce Oppenheim; twin of Ariel.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Cybill Disobedience: How I Survived Beauty Pageants, Elvis, Sex, Bruce Willis, Lies, Marriage, Motherhood, Hollywood, and the Irrepressible Urge to Say What I Think" HarperCollins

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