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Born: September 12, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, restaurant hostess

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A skillful redheaded comedic actress, Amy Yasbeck was featured as a child on the packaging of the Betty Crocker Easy-Bake Oven. Quickly booking a slew of TV and film credits, Yasbeck took over Daryl Hannah's mermaid role for "Splash, Too" (ABC, 1988) but made a bigger impression as Jason Alexander's sharp-tongued wife in "Pretty Woman" (1990). Her top-notch comic skills were on deliciously bitchy display when she played the shrewish Flo, wife of John Ritter, in the cartoonish comedy "Problem Child" (1990). The two famously hit it off on the set, marrying in 1999. A happily married Yasbeck scored as the comic female lead in two Mel Brooks productions: Maid Marian in "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" (1993) and Mina Murray in "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" (1995) as well as in a fun supporting turn as a snoopy reporter in Jim Carrey's "The Mask" (1994). She earned great exposure as a panelist on "I've Got a Secret" (CBS, 1952-1967; 1976; syndicated, 1972-73; Oxygen, 2000-03; GSN, 2006) and as Casey, the spoiled younger sister to Helen (Crystal Bernard) when she joined the cast of "Wings" (NBC, 1990-97). When John Ritter died unexpectedly in 2003, she put her career on hold to keep her family together, his...

A skillful redheaded comedic actress, Amy Yasbeck was featured as a child on the packaging of the Betty Crocker Easy-Bake Oven. Quickly booking a slew of TV and film credits, Yasbeck took over Daryl Hannah's mermaid role for "Splash, Too" (ABC, 1988) but made a bigger impression as Jason Alexander's sharp-tongued wife in "Pretty Woman" (1990). Her top-notch comic skills were on deliciously bitchy display when she played the shrewish Flo, wife of John Ritter, in the cartoonish comedy "Problem Child" (1990). The two famously hit it off on the set, marrying in 1999. A happily married Yasbeck scored as the comic female lead in two Mel Brooks productions: Maid Marian in "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" (1993) and Mina Murray in "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" (1995) as well as in a fun supporting turn as a snoopy reporter in Jim Carrey's "The Mask" (1994). She earned great exposure as a panelist on "I've Got a Secret" (CBS, 1952-1967; 1976; syndicated, 1972-73; Oxygen, 2000-03; GSN, 2006) and as Casey, the spoiled younger sister to Helen (Crystal Bernard) when she joined the cast of "Wings" (NBC, 1990-97). When John Ritter died unexpectedly in 2003, she put her career on hold to keep her family together, his memory alive and his legacy enduring. A talented actress who achieved a lower-wattage stardom, Amy Yasbeck kept many critics and fans hoping she would one day achieve her full artistic potential.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dead Husbands (1998) Betty Lansing
2.
 Neil Simon's Odd Couple II (1998) Stewardess
3.
 Sweet Dreams (1996) Laura Renault
4.
 Bloodhounds II (1996) Sharon
5.
 Home for the Holidays (1995) Ginny Johnson Drewer
6.
7.
 Mask, The (1994) Peggy Brandt
8.
 Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) Maid Marian
9.
 Nutty Nut, The (1992)
10.
 Problem Child 2 (1991) Annie Young
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Began career when she posed for the cover photo of the box for Easy Bake Oven toy stoves at age 6
1985:
TV series debut on revival of "Love, American Style"
1986:
Had role on the NBC daytime drama series "Days of Our Lives"
1987:
Feature film debut, "House II: The Second Story"
1988:
TV-movie debut in starring role, "Splash, Too"
1988:
Had recurring role on the last few episodes of "Magnum, P.I."
1990:
Co-starred with John Ritter in "Problem Child"
1990:
Played Stuckey's (Jason Alexander) wife in "Pretty Woman"
1994:
Starred opposite Jim Carrey in "The Mask"
1994:
TV series debut as a regular on the NBC sitcom "Wings"
1995:
Appeared in "Home for the Holidays" a comedy directed by Jodie Foster
1998:
Appeared in Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple II" starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau
2005:
Cast in the short-lived Fox sitcom "Life on a Stick"
2010:
Penned the book, <i>With Love and Laughter, John Ritter,</i>, about the life and death of her husband John Ritter
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Education

Ursuline High School: Youngstown , Ohio -
Mary Grove College: Detroit , Michigan -
University of Detroit: Detroit , Michigan -

Notes

"I keep going for Stella. It's a huge lesson for her to know that it's okay to be alive and to go on living and that it honors the person to live with a little bit of their light inside of you."---Yasbeck on her daughter with John Ritter, who passed away on September 11, 2003. People, April 11, 2005.

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husband:
John Ritter. Actor. Co-starred in "Problem Child"; married on September 18, 1999 in Wilmington, Ohio.

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daughter:
Stella Ritter. Born c. 1998.

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