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Also Known As: Deborah Mullowney Died:
Born: September 30, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lucas Valley, California, USA Profession: actor

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This attractive, brunette leading lady of TV series and longforms began in soap operas before making a successful leap to primetime. Debrah Farentino, then billed as Deborah Mullowney, played Sloane Denning, a senator's daughter, on the daytime drama "Capitol" (CBS, 1982-87), but changed her name during her much publicized marriage to actor James Farentino, more than 20 years her senior, in 1985. (They have since divorced and she subsequently married producer-director Gregory Hoblit). Farentino's break into show business came relatively easily with "Capitol", on which she registered high degrees of popularity with the fans despite the show's weak ratings. When the soap opera was canceled, she shifted to primetime, playing Susan Smith, John Ritter's sometime love interest, during the first season of the ABC series "Hooperman" (1987-88). From 1990-91, she was eager prosecutor Julie Janovich, who agonized over the rights of the very sleazeballs she was putting behind bars, in the low-rated, but critically applauded ABC drama series "Equal Justice". Farentino returned to series TV as the head of a group who break away from the controlled environment and form "Earth 2" (NBC, 1994-95). She also played the...

This attractive, brunette leading lady of TV series and longforms began in soap operas before making a successful leap to primetime. Debrah Farentino, then billed as Deborah Mullowney, played Sloane Denning, a senator's daughter, on the daytime drama "Capitol" (CBS, 1982-87), but changed her name during her much publicized marriage to actor James Farentino, more than 20 years her senior, in 1985. (They have since divorced and she subsequently married producer-director Gregory Hoblit).

Farentino's break into show business came relatively easily with "Capitol", on which she registered high degrees of popularity with the fans despite the show's weak ratings. When the soap opera was canceled, she shifted to primetime, playing Susan Smith, John Ritter's sometime love interest, during the first season of the ABC series "Hooperman" (1987-88). From 1990-91, she was eager prosecutor Julie Janovich, who agonized over the rights of the very sleazeballs she was putting behind bars, in the low-rated, but critically applauded ABC drama series "Equal Justice". Farentino returned to series TV as the head of a group who break away from the controlled environment and form "Earth 2" (NBC, 1994-95). She also played the recurring role of David Caruso's girlfriend during the first season of "NYPD Blue" (ABC 1993-94), of which Gregory Hoblit was executive producer and a frequent director. Farentino has also appeared frequently in TV longforms, breaking into the genre with "She Was Marked for Murder" (NBC, 1988). Farentino played a descendant of Sherlock Holmes' rival Moriarty challenging the master sleuth in "1994 Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes Returns" (CBS, 1993). Additionally, she was Judalon Smyth in the 1994 CBS miniseries "Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills" and starred in "A Mother's Instinct" (CBS, 1996). Farentino returned to series work alongside Ken Olin and Jason Gedrick in "EZ Streets" (CBS, 1996-97) and in "Get Real" (Fox, 1999-2000).

Farentino made her feature film debut in the obscure, Italian-made "Cellar Dwellers" before starring opposite Brian Benben in "Mortal Sins" (both 1989). She played a girl in the elevator flirting with Warren Beatty in "Bugsy" (1991), Princess Yasmin in Blake Edwards' "Son of the Pink Panther" and a small role in "Malice" (both 1993).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Three Blind Mice (2001) Josie Leeds
2.
 Sisters and Other Strangers (1997) Renee Connelly
3.
 Mother's Instinct, A (1996) Holly
4.
 Wiseguy (1996) Emma Callendar
5.
 XXX's & OOO's (1994) Pam Randall
6.
 Dead Air (1994) Karen Anderson/Laura White
7.
 Malice (1993) Tanya
8.
 Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther (1993) Princess Yasmin
9.
10.
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1982:
Played Sloane Denning on soap opera "Capitol" (CBS), billed as Deborah Mullowney
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Changed billing to Debrah Farentino after her marriage to actor James Farentino
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Co-starred on "Hooperman" (ABC)
1988:
Made TV-movie debut, "She Was Marked For Murder" (NBC)
1989:
Early feature work co-starring in "Dangerous Obsession"
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Was member of ensemble cast of "Equal Justice" (ABC)
1993:
Played offspring of Moriarity challenging Holmes in "1994 Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes Returns" (CBS)
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Played recurring role as David Caruso's girlfriend on "NYPD Blue" (ABC)
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Starred on series "Earth 2" (NBC)
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Co-starred in the acclaimed but low-rated CBS drama "EZ Streets"
1997:
Featured in the ABC drama "Total Security"
1999:
Played leading role in the ABC miniseries "Stephen King's Storm of the Century"
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Starred in the Fox series "Get Real"
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Education

San Jose State University: San Jose , California -
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

"Just after the first moon landing, I heard if you had $100,000, you could go to the moon as a civilian. I was excited and immediately started saving my money in a bank account for my future moon trip. Eventually, I wound up using it for my college education."--Debrah Farentino

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husband:
James Farentino. Actor. Divorced.
husband:
Gregory Hoblit. Producer, director.

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daughter:
Molly Hoblit. Born c. 1988.
daughter:
Sophie Hoblit. Born c. 1993.

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