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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 6, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, singer

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A vivacious red-haired actress known for her Midwestern sass, Marilu Henner starred in several Broadway plays like "Grease" before landing her career-defining role of tough New York cabbie Elaine Nardo on the classic sitcom "Taxi" (ABC, 1978-1983). Although Henner was never nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on the series, she was made an honorary New York cabbie and achieved through this one series, television immortality as the only female in a legendary ensemble cast. A popular fixture of tabloids for relationships with famous men like John Travolta, everyone's favorite guy's gal parlayed her sitcom success by co-starring in feature films like the campy favorite "Johnny Dangerously" (1984) and "Perfect" (1985) and guest-starring on innumerable television shows throughout the 1980s and into the next decade. She also parlayed her interest in health and fitness into a new career, co-writing Marilu Henner's Total Health Makeover in 1998 and continuing to churn out nonfiction healthy-lifestyle titles over the next several years. In addition to her viability as a health guru, her acting career flourished in the 1990s and into the millennium, during which time she played Burt Reynolds's wife on the...

A vivacious red-haired actress known for her Midwestern sass, Marilu Henner starred in several Broadway plays like "Grease" before landing her career-defining role of tough New York cabbie Elaine Nardo on the classic sitcom "Taxi" (ABC, 1978-1983). Although Henner was never nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on the series, she was made an honorary New York cabbie and achieved through this one series, television immortality as the only female in a legendary ensemble cast. A popular fixture of tabloids for relationships with famous men like John Travolta, everyone's favorite guy's gal parlayed her sitcom success by co-starring in feature films like the campy favorite "Johnny Dangerously" (1984) and "Perfect" (1985) and guest-starring on innumerable television shows throughout the 1980s and into the next decade. She also parlayed her interest in health and fitness into a new career, co-writing Marilu Henner's Total Health Makeover in 1998 and continuing to churn out nonfiction healthy-lifestyle titles over the next several years. In addition to her viability as a health guru, her acting career flourished in the 1990s and into the millennium, during which time she played Burt Reynolds's wife on the popular CBS sitcom "Evening Shade" (1990-1994) and appeared as one of the more respectable contestants on "Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC, 2004- ). One of the few actresses who could be both beautiful and just 'one of the guys,' Henner's unique appeal helped make her one of the more admired television stars of her generation.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 June in January (2014)
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 Enemies of Laughter (2000) Dani
7.
 Tale of Two Bunnies, A (2000) Miranda
8.
 Batman and Mr. Freeze: Subzero (1998) Voice Of Veronica Vreeland
9.
 My Son Is Innocent (1996) Maggie Sutter
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Milestones close milestones

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First performed onstage while still a child; appeared in musical productions for Chicago's Center Stage Group
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Originated supporting role of Marty in the musical "Grease" at the University of Chicago's Community Theatre
1971:
Turned down opportunity to recreate role of Marty in the NYC production of "Grease"
1972:
Left the University of Chicago after three years to travel with the national company of "Grease"; stayed with the company for a year; first met Jeff Conaway (who had lead role of Danny Zuko) and John Travolta
1974:
Made Broadway debut in the musical "Over Here!" starring Ann Reinking, and Patty and Maxine Andrews; supporting cast also included Treat Williams and Travolta
1976:
Performed in a Broadway revival of the musical "Pal Joey"
1977:
Earliest TV roles included a part as Janet, a college student, on the CBS sitcom pilot "Off Campus"
1977:
Made feature film debut in a small role of a stripper in "Between the Lines"
1978:
Played Elaine Nardo on the popular ABC sitcom (with NBC for its last season) "Taxi"
1979:
First worked with Burt Reynolds on the NBC variety special "The Celebrity Football Classic"; he was the "color commentator" and she was the "celebrity interviewer"
1981:
Acted in her first TV-movie "Dream House"
1982:
Returned to films after four years to play first leading role in a feature in Wim Wenders's "Hammett"
1983:
First acted with Burt Reynolds in the feature "The Man Who Loved Women"
1985:
Received a CableACE Award nomination for her role in "Grown Ups," a "Broadway on Showtime" production
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Appeared in the Broadway production of "Social Security,, directed by Mike Nichols
1988:
Returned to the theater in a production of "Carnal Knowledge" staged at the Pasadena Playhouse; co-starred with Gregory Harrison, Valerie Mahaffy and David Marshall Grant
1990:
Appeared in first feature film in five years, "Chains of Gold"
1990:
Co-starred as Ava Evans Newton opposite Burt Reynolds on the popular CBS sitcom "Evening Shade"
1994:
Hosted syndicated daytime talk show "Marilu"
1997:
Returned to Broadway replacing Ann Reinking in the role of Roxie Hart in the revival of "Chicago"
2000:
Headlined the national tour of the revival of "Annie Get Your Gun"
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Education

Madonna High School: Chicago , Illinois -
University of Chicago: Chicago , Illinois - 1969 - 1972

Notes

Her Web site is located at www.Marilu.com

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
John Travolta. Actor, singer. First met when they appeared together in touring company of "Grease"; had on and off relationship from 1972 until 1985.
companion:
Tony Danza. Actor. Dated in 1978 during first season of "Taxi".
companion:
Judd Hirsch. Actor. Began brief relationship at end of first season of "Taxi" in 1979.
husband:
Frederic Forrest. Actor. Met on set of "Hammet"; married in 1980 after knowing one another for only six months; divorced in 1982.
husband:
Robert Lieberman. Director, producer. Met in L.A.; was previously married and divorced twice, including a brief marriage to actress Bonnie Bedelia; has two children from first marriage; began dating in 1985; married on June 27, 1990; each filed for divorce in June 2001.
companion:
Mike Brown. Businessman. Met in college when he dated her roomate; engaged as of June 2004.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Joseph Henner. Car salesman. Born in 1917; died of a heart attack in December 1969 at age 52.
mother:
Loretta Henner. Dance instructor. Born in 1921; died in May 1978 at age 58.
brother:
Tom Henner.
brother:
Lorin Henner.
sister:
Christal Henner.
son:
Nicholas Morgan Lieberman. Born on May 12, 1994.
son:
Joseph Marlon Lieberman. Born November 12, 1995.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"By All Means Keep On Moving" Pocket Books
"Marilu Henner's Total Health Makeover: 10 Steps to Your B.E.S.T. Body: Balance, Energy, Stamina, Toxin-Free" ReganBooks
"The 30 Day Total Health Makeover" HarperCollins
"I Refuse to Raise a Brat: Straightforward Advice on Parenting in an Age of Overindulgence"
"Healthy Life Kitchen" ReganBooks
"Healthy Kids: Help Them East Smart and Stay Active -- for Life!" ReaganBooks
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