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Joely Fisher (born October 29, 1967) is an Americanmarker actress best known for her work on television, but also on stage and in films.


Fisher was born on October 29, 1967 in Burbank, Californiamarker, the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Connie Stevens. Her younger sister is actress Tricia Leigh Fisher. She has a half sister, actress Carrie Fisher, and a half-brother, Todd Fisher, from her father's previous marriage to actress Debbie Reynolds. Her parents divorced when she was age two, and she was raised by her mother.

Fisher began performing on stage in her mother's Las Vegasmarker act at age seven. She and Tricia toured the world with Stevens, attending many different schools and having tutors. They then attended Beverly Hills High Schoolmarker. Fisher went to the University of Parismarker for one semester. While on her way there, she stopped off in New Yorkmarker and dropped in unannounced on her father, reestablishing relations with him. She then attended Emerson Collegemarker, but left before graduating to begin an acting career.

As a child of celebrities, she was named Miss Golden Globe at the 1992 Golden Globe Awards.


Her first movie role was Averil in the comedy Pretty Smart (1986), which starred her sister, Tricia. Joely then played Kris in TV's Schoolbreak Special drama Dedicated to the One I Love (1991) opposite Danielle Ferland. Next came the feature I'll Do Anything (1994) starring Nick Nolte, which helped her career as bigger roles followed.

She had a variety of guest roles on shows such as Growing Pains, Blossom, Caroline in the City, The Outer Limits, Grace Under Fire and Coach.

Finally, in 1994, she landed her most prominent role when she was cast as the vain and insensitive Paige Clark on the sitcom Ellen. She played the role until the series ended in 1998. That same year she earned a Golden Globe Award nomination.

She followed 'Ellen' with the role of Dr. Brenda Bradford in the feature movie Inspector Gadget (1999) opposite Matthew Broderick.

Fisher's Broadwaymarker debut was as a replacement in the revival of Grease (1994). She was also a replacement in the revival of Cabaret (1998).

From 2003 until 2005, she starred in the Lifetime network's drama series Wild Card as insurance investigator Zoe Busiek. After that, she had a recurring role as Lynette's bitchy boss Nina on Desperate Housewives.

Since 2006, Fisher has starred opposite actor Brad Garrett as Joy Stark in the Fox sitcom 'Til Death.

Personal life

She is married to cinematographer Christopher Duddy (married December 31, 1996–present). She and Duddy have two daughters together: Skylar Grace (born June 14, 2001) and True Harlow (born February 2, 2006). In September 2008, the couple adopted a newborn girl whom they have named Olivia Luna Fisher-Duddy. She is also the stepmother to Duddy's two sons, Cameron and Collin.

In the fall of 2008 she became an Artist Ambassador for Save the Children. She traveled to Xai-Xaimarker, Mozambiquemarker, to visit with children that are part of the child sponsorship programs.

Television series



  1. Jordan, Julia. - "'Til Death's Joely Fisher Adopts a Baby Girl". - People. - September 29, 2008. - Retrieved: September 30, 2008.
  2. "Actress Joely Fisher Joins Save the Children to Promote Child Sponsorship Programs". - Save the Children. - September 08, 2008. - Retrieved: January 4, 2009.

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