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Also Known As: Courtney Thorne Smith Died:
Born: November 8, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: actor

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Though she made her professional debut on the big screen, actress Courtney Thorne-Smith made her career on television starring in a number of popular long-running series that turned her into a household name. After breaking in to the business with roles in forgettable movies like "Revenge of the Nerds II" (1987) and "Summer School" (1987) as well as the touching coming-of-age film "Lucas" (1986), Thorne-Smith was catapulted to superstardom as one of the standouts on the wildly popular primetime soap, "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1992-99), where she did battle with Heather Locklear while romancing Andrew Shue. But instead of being typecast as a blonde vixen, Thorne-Smith displayed her charm and wit on the quirky dramedy, "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002), though she allegedly left due to behind-the-scenes turmoil in 2000. She jumped right into a straight sitcom with her next hit series, "According to Jim" (ABC, 2001-09), where she played the smart and sophisticated wife to Jim Belushi's buffoonish oaf. After eight seasons on the series, Thorne-Smith moved on to more guest starring appearances and a recurring role on "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003), a testament to both her talent and ability to delight fans for...

Though she made her professional debut on the big screen, actress Courtney Thorne-Smith made her career on television starring in a number of popular long-running series that turned her into a household name. After breaking in to the business with roles in forgettable movies like "Revenge of the Nerds II" (1987) and "Summer School" (1987) as well as the touching coming-of-age film "Lucas" (1986), Thorne-Smith was catapulted to superstardom as one of the standouts on the wildly popular primetime soap, "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1992-99), where she did battle with Heather Locklear while romancing Andrew Shue. But instead of being typecast as a blonde vixen, Thorne-Smith displayed her charm and wit on the quirky dramedy, "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002), though she allegedly left due to behind-the-scenes turmoil in 2000. She jumped right into a straight sitcom with her next hit series, "According to Jim" (ABC, 2001-09), where she played the smart and sophisticated wife to Jim Belushi's buffoonish oaf. After eight seasons on the series, Thorne-Smith moved on to more guest starring appearances and a recurring role on "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003), a testament to both her talent and ability to delight fans for over 20 years.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Sorority Wars (2009)
2.
 Chairman of the Board (1998) Natalie
3.
 Lovemaster, The (1997) Deb Memet
4.
5.
 Midwest Obsession (1995) Cheryl Davis
6.
 Breach of Conduct (1994) Helen Lutz
7.
 Side Out (1990) Samantha
8.
 Revenge of the Nerds II (1987) Sunny
9.
 Summer School (1987) Pam House
10.
 Infidelity (1987) Robin
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Milestones close milestones

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Started acting with The Ensemble Theatre Company in Northern CA during her senior year
1986:
Made her film debut in "Lucas"
1986:
Made her TV debut in the short lived series "Fast Time"
1987:
Featured as regular on NBC sitcom "Day By Day"
1987:
Cast in the comedy "Summer School"
1990:
Had recurring role as a love interest to Harry Hamlin's Michael Kuzak on the NBC legal drama "L.A. Law"; first collaboration with David E Kelley
1990:
Co-starred with C. Thomas Howell and Peter Horton in "Side Out"
1992:
Played Alison Parker on the Fox nighttime drama "Melrose Place"
1997:
Appeared as laywer Georgia Thomas on the Fox series "Ally McBeal"; created by (also writer) David E Kelley
1999:
Signed modeling contract with Almay cosmetics to be spokesperson for "Skin Stays Clean"
2001:
Cast in lead role opposite Jim Belushi in the ABC sitcom "According to Jim"
2007:
Wrote debut novel, <i>Outside In</i>
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Education

Menlo-Atherton High School: Atherton , California -
Tamalpais High School: Mill Valley , California -

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Andrew Shue. Actor. Co-star on "Melrose Place"; dated c. 1993.
husband:
Andrew Conrad. Genetic scientist. Born c. 1963; announced engagement in November 1998; married on June 1, 2000; separated a few months after the wedding; divorced just seven months after they were married.
companion:
Robert Andrews. Cardiologist. Met on a blind date; got engaged on Thanksgiving 2002; called off engagement February 2004, just four months before they were going to be married.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Lora Thorne-Smith. Therapist. Divorced Thorne-Smith's father in 1975.
sister:
Jennifer Thorne-Smith. Advertising executive. Worked in the marketing and advertising department at Disney.

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