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Born: July 16, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Patchogue, New York, USA Profession: actor, hotel telephone operator

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This pert, diminutive actor played Jamie Buchman's (Helen Hunt) best friend and business partner Fran Devanow on the hit NBC sitcom "Mad About You" from 1992 to 1998. Kenzle's career began in the New York theater. Her turning point came when she was cast as a stripper in the off-Broadway production of "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding." Heading to Los Angeles, she quickly found work in the first of five TV pilots she would eventually make. Kenzle landed a recurring role as the sister of Fran Drescher's character on the short-lived series "Princesses" (CBS, 1991-92) and made guest appearances on "The Golden Girls," "thirtysomething" and "The Cosby Show." Her feature film debut came in Norman Jewison's "Other People's Money" (1991).

This pert, diminutive actor played Jamie Buchman's (Helen Hunt) best friend and business partner Fran Devanow on the hit NBC sitcom "Mad About You" from 1992 to 1998. Kenzle's career began in the New York theater. Her turning point came when she was cast as a stripper in the off-Broadway production of "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding." Heading to Los Angeles, she quickly found work in the first of five TV pilots she would eventually make. Kenzle landed a recurring role as the sister of Fran Drescher's character on the short-lived series "Princesses" (CBS, 1991-92) and made guest appearances on "The Golden Girls," "thirtysomething" and "The Cosby Show." Her feature film debut came in Norman Jewison's "Other People's Money" (1991).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Identity (2003) Alice
2.
 Hot Chick, The (2002) Julie
3.
 White Oleander (2002) Ann Greenway
4.
5.
 Dogmatic (1999) Amy
6.
 All She Ever Wanted (1996) Jessie Frank
7.
 Other People's Money (1991) Marcia
8.
 Love American Style (1999) Julia ("Love And The Internet")
10.
 World According to Straw, The (1990) Gina Desalvo
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Co-starred in the UPN sitcom "DiResta"
1990:
Episodic TV debut, in a guest spot, "The Golden Girls"
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TV debut in a regular role, "Mad About You"; played Fran Devanow on the NBC sitcom
1989:
Appeared in L.A. production of "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding"
1987:
Cast as a stripper in the off-Broadway production of "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding"
1991:
TV series debut in recurring role, "Princesses"
1991:
Feature film debut, "Other People's Money"
1990:
TV debut in a comedy pilot, "The World According to Straw"
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Education

Rutgers State University: New Brunswick, New Jersey - 1979

Notes

Unprepared for the demands of drama school, Kenzle dropped out of Rutgers after one semester and was later diagnosed as suffering from agoraphobia. After entering therapy, she conquered her panic attacks and fears and returned to complete her degree.

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husband:
Neil Monaco. Private acting coach. Met while performing together in "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding"; married in April 1994.

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father:
Kurt Kenzle. Electrical supply salesman.
mother:
Lee Kenzle. Antiques dealer.
sister:
Marion Gonzales. Chemist. Older.

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