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Also Known As: Julia Hinds Died:
Born: June 27, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St Paul, Minnesota, USA Profession: actor

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Petite, pretty blonde leading actress and character comedienne of network television who, after a modest start in theater, soap operas and feature films ("Cutter's Way" 1981, "Wacko" 1983), played up her role of the snooty, self-centered, sickeningly cutesey yuppie Stephanie to considerable acclaim opposite Peter Scolari on the popular sitcom, "Newhart". After that show ended its run, Duffy replaced first choice Connie Sellecca as the lead of "Baby Talk", a comedy series inspired by the success of the feature film, "Look Who's Talking" (1989). Production, however, encountered problems and Duffy, unhappy with her role and the series, left to join the cast of the popular CBS sitcom, "Designing Women", where her flair for comic bitchiness, made harder and less coy this time around, was unsuccessfully tried for one season as a substitute for the milder brand the departing Delta Burke has previously displayed. The actress was well-cast as the annoyingly perfect neighbor Barb Ballantine in the sit-com "The Mommies" (NBC, 1993-1995), and she essayed a similar recurring role on "Grace Under Fire" (ABC, 1993-1998). She would make frequent TV guest appearances during the late 1990s and early 2000s, most...

Petite, pretty blonde leading actress and character comedienne of network television who, after a modest start in theater, soap operas and feature films ("Cutter's Way" 1981, "Wacko" 1983), played up her role of the snooty, self-centered, sickeningly cutesey yuppie Stephanie to considerable acclaim opposite Peter Scolari on the popular sitcom, "Newhart". After that show ended its run, Duffy replaced first choice Connie Sellecca as the lead of "Baby Talk", a comedy series inspired by the success of the feature film, "Look Who's Talking" (1989). Production, however, encountered problems and Duffy, unhappy with her role and the series, left to join the cast of the popular CBS sitcom, "Designing Women", where her flair for comic bitchiness, made harder and less coy this time around, was unsuccessfully tried for one season as a substitute for the milder brand the departing Delta Burke has previously displayed. The actress was well-cast as the annoyingly perfect neighbor Barb Ballantine in the sit-com "The Mommies" (NBC, 1993-1995), and she essayed a similar recurring role on "Grace Under Fire" (ABC, 1993-1998). She would make frequent TV guest appearances during the late 1990s and early 2000s, most notably in a recurring role as high school principal Mrs. Hodge on Reba McEntire's popular WB sit-com "Reba" beginning in 2001. The year 2003 saw Duffy, still shockingly youthful-looking, take on her first big screen roles in some time, appearing in the forgettable prequel "Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd" and, to better effect, as one of Catherine Zeta-Jones' ultra-rich divorcee gal pals in the Coen brothers' "Intolerable Cruelty."

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Be My Baby (2007)
4.
 Intolerable Cruelty (2003) Sarah Sorkin
5.
 Kidz in the Wood (1994) Duffy
6.
 Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage, The (1990) Myrna Foley
7.
 Menu for Murder (1990) Susan Henshaw
8.
 Cover Girl and the Cop, The (1989) Jackie Flanders
9.
 Maybe Baby (1988) Casey
10.
 Children in the Crossfire (1984) Dee Malone
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Began taking drama lessons at age 10
1969:
Made professional acting debut onstage in "The Girl in the Freudian Slip"
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Portrayed Gerry Brayley for six months on the CBS daytime drama, "Love of Life"
1973:
Played Penny Davis on NBC's daytime serial "The Doctors"
1978:
Made Broadway debut in "Once in a Lifetime"
1978:
Moved to Los Angeles
1980:
Played first notable feature film role in "Battle Beyond the Stars"
1983:
Portrayed Princess Ariel Baaldorf on the short-lived CBS fantasy adventure semi-spoof, "Wizards and Warriors"
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Played Stephanie Vanderkellen on the long-running CBS sitcom, "Newhart"
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Essayed leading role of Maggie Campbell for the first season of "Baby Talk"; replaced by Mary Page Keller for second season
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Joined the cast of popular CBS sitcom, "Designing Women", as Allison Sugarbaker; left the show after one season
1997:
Returned to series TV in the short-lived UPN sitcom "Social Studies"
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Education

American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York - 1972

Notes

Duffy's other stage work includes roles in the Broadway production of "The Enchanted" (1973) and in regional theater productions of "Never Too Late" (1977), "Curse of the Starving Class" (1978), "The Three Sisters" (1979), "Barefoot in the Park" (1980), and "The Taming of the Shrew" (1981). Her other television work includes the miniseries, "The Blue and the Gray" (1982), and such movies as "Children in the Crossfire" (1984), "Maybe Baby" (1988), "The Cover Girl and the Cop" (1989) and "Murder at the PTA Luncheon" (1990).

For her work on "Newhart", Duffy earned seven Emmy Award nominations, three Viewers for Quality Television Awards, four American Comedy Award nominations and one Golden Globe nomination.

"There are very few actresses who can supply that vain, selfish, whiny voice and be likable. Julia does it winningly, because she's so tiny and wields such a big stick verbally."--Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, producer of "Designing Women" (quoted in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, October 4, 1991)

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husband:
Jerry Lacy. Actor, writer. Married June 21, 1984; portrayed several characters on the 1960s cult horror soap "Dark Shadows", notably the conniving Reverend Trask.

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father:
Joseph Hinds.
mother:
Mary Katherine Hinds.
daughter:
Kerri Kathleen Lacy. Born c. 1986.
son:
Danny Lacy. Born c. 1989.
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