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Cybill Shepherd

Madelyn 'Maddie' Hayes in Moonlighting

Photos Cybill Shepherd Birth name: Cybill Shepherd
Birth date: 1950/02/18 (73 years old)
Birth place : Memphis (USA)
Height: 1.73 m

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Biography for Cybill Shepherd

Cybill Shepherd, former beauty queen and model, rebounded from a disastrous early career in motion pictures to become a highly respected television performer. Born on February 18, 1950 in Memphis, Tennessee, Shepherd won the 1966 Miss Teenage Memphis contest. Turning to modeling, Shepherd at 5' 8" and 140 lbs. was more full-figured than Twiggy and her clones who were popular in the late 1960s, and she quickly became a success, being named the 1968 Model of the Year.

Shepherd's debut in "The Last Picture Show" was memorable, as was her next film, Neil Simon's "The Heartbreak Kid," on which director Elaine May encouraged her to improvise. Shepherd, still only 22-years old, might have flourished under the old studio system if she had been brought along gently, up through the ranks. But she had fallen in love with her "Picture Show" director, Peter Bogdanovich, and he had other plans for her. Blinded by love, he thought the tyro actress had the makings of a star.

Bogdanovich cast her as the eponymous heroine in his disastrous adaptation of Henry Miller's novella "Daisy Miller" (1974), a role beyond her talents at that point. She was excoriated by the critics and the movie was soundly drubbed by industry insiders as a folly. After seeing the film, Oscar-winning director William Friedkin terminated his involvement with The Director's Co., a production company that he, Bogdanovich and Coppola had been signed to by Paramount, as he was appalled by Bogdanovich's casting of his inexperienced girlfriend in the lead. Thus, Friedkin was no longer associated with Bogdanovich when he and Shepherd were humiliated by the failure of his next vanity project, "At Long Last Love," a musical featuring the songs of Cole Porter.

Though Shepherd had taken singing lessons since the age of sixteen with the coach of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus, neither Shepherd nor her co-star Burt Reynolds did justice to the Porter songs. This was despite the fact that Shepherd had earlier recorded an album of Porter songs produced by Bogdanovich. Bogdanovich had made the disastrous decision to record the music live as he filmed rather than to let his performers lip-synch to playback, which had been the industry standard for over 40 years. He also would not allow over-dubs, with the result that the presentation of the music, the heart of any "musical," suffered, and suffered badly.

Except for Roger Ebert, who had recently become the first movie critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, the reviews were unanimously bad, and not just `bad' but `worse-film-in-many-years' bad. Enchanted by Cybill's beauty and her joie de vivre, Ebert had praised her, but Shepherd's joy was to prove short-lived as most critics over-reacted and heaped withering damnation on her performance and her person. One critic went so far to say that she had all the personality of a hamster. Shepherd and Bogdanovich thereafter referred to the film as 'The Debacle.'

Peter Biskind, in his chronicle of Hollywood in the 1970s "Easy Riders and Raging Bulls," quotes Hollywood players to the effect that Paramount production chief Frank Yablans gave the go-ahead to Bogdanovich's use of Shepherd in "Daisy Miller" in order to break up the Directors Co., a deal personally negotiated by Gulf + Western chief Charles Bludhorn that he was dead-set against.

The backlash against Shepherd was devastating. Under the spell of the man she openly acknowledged was her Svengali, Shepherd became the most hated woman in Hollywood as the relationship with the man she loved became a joke in the industry. When Bogdanovich tried to refocus his career by turning to his winning formula of Ryan and Tatum O'Neil and the past that had worked with the smash hit "Paper Moon," he was specifically barred from using Shepherd by the studio. A film about the early days of Hollywood, "Nickelodeon" (1976) failed despite the presence of Top Ten box office star Burt Reynolds. With three flops in a row, the once hot Bogdanovich was now a has-been.

Shepherd was cast by Martin Scorcese in "Taxi Driver" (1976) and did quite well in the small role of the campaign worker dated by Robert De Niro. It was the type of role she should have been playing as she earned her bones in the industry. However, she was not immune from criticism. "Taxi Driver" producer Julia Phillips had wanted to cast Farrah Fawcett in the role and she despised Shepherd, whom she believed that Scorcese wanted due to her high-WASP good looks and curvaceous figure. She claims in her book "You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again" that Scorcese had to feed Shepherd line readings and that De Niro grew to hate her due to her incompetent acting, but onscreen, her performance worked and she had her first success in four years.

She began an affair with fellow Memphis-dweller Elvis Presley, whose songs she used to sing along to on the radio as a young girl. The affair strained her relationship with a jealous Bogdanovich, as did his refusal to have children, as she wanted to start a family. Bravely, she soldiered on.

Shepherd had been positioned as a star by her Svengali, and she took leading roles in a string of flops that culminated in a disastrous turn in "The Lady Vanishes" (1979), a remake of the Hitchcock classic. Coming after the debacles of "Daisy Miller" and "At Long Last Love," it effectively ended her career in the short-term. It was during this time that her long-term love affair with Bogdanovich ended and she went back to Memphis, where she married and had a child.

Shepherd did not appear again for four years, with a leading role the TV series "The Yellow Rose." Though the series was short-lived, the smaller medium was kinder to her. She next took the lead in the tongue-in-cheek detective series "Moonlighting" (1985), and she began to thrive as an actress. She won an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, but she had to share the spotlight with superstar-in-the-making Bruce Willis, her "Moonlighting" co-star.

After a so-so return to films, including "Texasville," her former lover's under-whelming sequel to "The Last Picture Show," she returned to the box with "Memphis" (1992), a TV-movie she executive-produced and co-wrote with Larry McMurtry. (McMurtry, author and screenwriter of "The Last Picture Show," had dedicated his Pulitzer Prize-wining novel "Lonesome Dove" to her.) Soon, she achieved her most sustained singular success as a comedienne in the situation comedy "Cybill" (1995), for which she was three times nominated for an Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She had arrived.

Cybill has continued to thrive in the fourth decade of her acting career, appearing in TV movies such as "Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart" (2003), and touring with a musical act based on her well-received autobiography "Cybill Disobedience." Her recovery from the depths of a shattered career after an auspicious start is remarkable and unique in the industry and gives lie to F. Scott Fitzgerald's dictum that "There are no second acts in American lives."

American actress born on February 18 in Memphis Tennessee, she began her career in adolescence, before working in the film, TV, music and production. His great beauty has obtained him to appear on many charms and other "junior" fashion covers. She won the model title of the year in 1968. Then was 21 years old on the cover of a magazine, she was propelled into a film career. Immediate attention earned him the cheers of criticism in his first role on the screen "The Last Image Exhibition" by Peter Bogdanovich (1971). After several films the next big step will be Taxi Driver (1976) by Martin Scorsese. The films that will follow will not be a great success.

In the 80s, she joined Bruce Willis in the now cult series "Lune Clair" title VO "Moonlighting" (1985-89), in which she plays the role of a dispossessed model of her fortune. Role for which she will get a Golden Globe Award. Then in the 90s she held the poster in “Cybill” (1995-1998), a sitcom of CBS in which the title character “Cybill Sheridan” was shaped on herself: an actress fighting in B-films B And bad soaps. More recently, she appears in a TV program “Men are from Mars, the women of Venus” inspired by the best seller of John Gray, of the same name.

She wrote an autobiography "Cybill's disobedience" (written in collaboration with the Lie d'Aimee Boule) and stands out around the world in concerts like rocky singer, blues, standards as well as personal compositions. She is also a woman spokesperson who invests in political movements for the liberation of women!

Cybill Shepherd is an American actress known for her work in the 1970s and 1980s. She started her career by playing in films such as "Le Pigeon" and "Daisy Miller", before spending television in popular series like "Moonlighting" and "Psych". She also played in several plays on Broadway and West End, as well as in television and cinema productions.

Apart from her acting career, Cybill Shepherd is also known for her activism in favor of women's rights and for her commitment to various charities. She is the author of several books, including an autobiography entitled "Cybill Disobience".

Cybill Shepherd was born on February 18, 1950 in Memphis, Tennessee. She studied psychology at the University of Tennessee, before embarking on the world of entertainment. She was married to Bruce Oppenheim from 1978 to 1982, with whom she had two children, and was also married to Andrei Nikolajevic from 1992 to 1998.

During her career, Cybill Shepherd received several awards for her work as an actress, including three Golden Globe Awards and two Emmy Awards. She was also nominated for an Oscar for her role in the film "Le Pigeon". In addition to her acting career, she also recorded several country music albums and played in theater productions in Broadway and West End.

Overall, Cybill Shepherd is an accomplished actress who has appeared in a wide range of cinematographic, television and theatrical productions. It is also recognized for its activism in favor of women's rights and for its commitment to various charities.


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Title Role
Detective, The (2004) Serie TV Karen
Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart (2003) (TV) Martha Stewart
Due East (2002) (TV) Nell Dugan
Marine Life (2000) June Nordstrom
Muse, The (1999) Cybill Shepherd
Journey of the Heart (1997) (TV) Janice Johnston
Cybill (1995) Serie TV Cybill Sheridan Robbins Woodbine
While Justice Sleeps (1994) (TV) Jody Stokes
Baby Brokers (1994) (TV) Debbie
There Was a Little Boy (1993) (TV) Julie
Telling Secrets (1993) (TV) Faith Kelsey
Stormy Weathers (1992) (TV) Samantha Weathers
Once Upon a Crime... (1992) Marilyn Schwary
Memphis (1992) (TV) Reeny Perdew
Married to It (1991) Claire
Which Way Home (1991) (TV) Karen Parsons
Alice (1990) Nancy Brill
Texasville (1990) Jacy Farrow
Chances Are (1989) Corinne Jeffries
Long Hot Summer, The (1985) (TV) Eula Varner
Seduced (1985) (TV) Vicki Orloff
Clair de lune (1985) Serie TV Maddie Hayes
Secrets of a Married Man (1984) (TV) Elaine
Masquerade (1983) (TV) Carla
Yellow Rose, The (1983) Serie TV Colleen Champion
Return, The (1980) Jennifer
Lady Vanishes, The (1979) Amanda Kelly
Americathon (1979) Gold Girl
Guide for the Married Woman, A (1978) (TV) Julie Walker
Silver Bears (1978) Debbie Luckman
Special Delivery (1976) Mary Jane
Taxi Driver (1976) Betsy
At Long Last Love (1975) Brooke Carter
Daisy Miller (1974) Annie P. 'Daisy' Miller
Heartbreak Kid, The (1972) Kelly
Last Picture Show, The (1971) Jacy Farrow


Cybill was named after her grandfather, Cy, and her father, Bill.

When she was 19 she dated Elvis Presley a few times.

Had a long relationship with Peter Bogdanovich

Won the 1968 Model of the Year.

Was 1966 Miss Teenage Memphis winner.

25 November 2000 - had to flee from her Memphis home after a log fire in her master bedroom got out of control. Firefighters managed to contain the damage to the bedroom.

1968 graduate of Memphis East High School

Cybill Shepherd revealed in her autobiography "Cybill Disobedience" that her engagement to Robert Martin (in the book given the fake name "Howard Roark") ended on October 24, 1998 when he told her in their couples' therapy session.

Her look-alike daughter, Clementine Shepherd-Ford is a budding actress who was named Miss Golden Globe, handed to celebrity off-spring.

140 lbs. in 1996 (Source: Star Magazine)

Treated for a serious melanoma which will require monitoring for the remainder of her life. [2002]

As a fashion model in the early 70s, she was discovered for films when director Peter Bogdanovich spotted her on the cover of Glamour magazine while standing in a supermarket checkout line.

Measurements: 33-24-35 (in 1986), 34B-25-36 (at celebrity bra auction 1995), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

During an appearance at the 1985 Emmy Awards, she wore orange Reebok Freestyle hitop sneakers. This appearance gained her some fashion critism for wearing orange Reeboks with a black formal strapless gown. Even on the Moonlighting set, Cybill would switch from pumps into comfortable Reebok sneakers. Sometimes the sneakers would get caught in scenes during filming.

Gave her former lover and artistic mentor Peter Bogdanovich a signed photograph that hangs in his New York City apartment in which she addresses him as "Sven," short for "Svengali." Svengali was a musician in George du Maurier's Bohemian novel "Trilby" who, through hypnosis, teaches the eponymous heroine to sing and controls her singing for his own purposes.

Was the subject of a cover story, along with her lover Peter Bogdanovich, in the May 13, 1974 issue of "People Magazine." It was the 10th issue of the magazine, which was first published on March 4, 1974.

Was the presenter of the 1973 Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the ceremony held on April 2, 1974, along with co-presenter Ernest Borgnine. When Shepherd, reading through the list of nominees, reached John Houseman, she credited his performance to "Paper Moon" instead of the film in which he had actually appeared, "The Paper Chase." After her error, Shepherd said "Oops!" and soldiered on. When she reached Randy Quaid, she credited his Oscar-nominated performance to "The Last Picture Show." Although Quaid had indeed appeared in "The Last Picture Show," the movie his nominated role had appeared in was "The Last Detail," directed by Hal Ashby. "Oops again," Miss Shepherd lamely apologized. Both "mispronouncements" were films directd by her then-lover, Peter Bogdanovich. The "mix-ups" were seen by the audience in the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion as a crass and calculated attempt to be "cute," according to Oscar historian Robert Osbourne.

Was told she had a "great ass" by Marlon Brando as she walked away from him at a Hollywood party held for Stella Adler. Adler had been the acting teacher of both Brando and Shepherd's then-lover, Peter Bogdanovich. Shepherd had been sitting on a couch with Brando and Adler when Brando announced he couldn't stand her inane talk. After beign insulted, she got up and left, only to be complimented by the great actor on her derrière. At the party, Adler also told her that her "Irish nose" prevented her from being a great beauty.

Salary : "The Yellow Rose" (1983) $1,000/episode, The Last Picture Show (1971) $5,000


Spouse : Bruce Oppenheim (1 March 1987 - 1990) (divorced) 2 children, David Ford (19 November 1978 - 1982) (divorced) 1 child.

Twins Ariel and Zachariah Oppenheim born October 6, 1987.

Daughter Clementine Ford born 1980.

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