Debra Jo Rupp
Actress
Debra Jo Rupp
Debra Jo Rupp is an American film and television actress, perhaps best known for her role as Kitty Forman on the long-running Fox sitcom, That '70s Show. She may also be known for playing the role of Alice on the third, fourth and fifth seasons of Friends. She starred on the ABC sitcom Better with You from 2010-2011.
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DVDs: "The Great American Dream Machine" Turned TV "Inside Out"
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Ok, the holidays are approaching. So we've got repackaged holiday TV classics slapped together so they can be restocked in the big box stores. We've got complete sets of "classic" (or just popular or just cult-y enough) TV shows in cheaper than ever sets. We've got some hit films. We'e got pirates fighting over treasure in "Black Sails" and thank God we have Criterion and their Eclipse label to uncover some treasures from the cinematic past. Arghhhh! THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE ($39.98 DVD; Entertainment One) BEST OF ENEMIES ($29.98 BluRay; Magnolia) BLACK SAILS SEASON TWO ($59.99 BluRay; Anchor Bay) BETTER CALL SAUL SEASON ONE ($65.99 BluRay; Sony) Great television has been produced since they started broadcasting in the 1940s. (The Nazis delayed the spread of TV, actually, or it would have been dominant even sooner.) The decline of TV began at just about the same time.Sometimes, strangely, both happen at the same moment. Certainly The Great American Dream ...
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Here's What The Supporting Cast Of 'Friends' Looks Like Now
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"Friends" may have wrapped over 11 years ago, but you don't need to be a diehard fan to know what Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Monica (Courteney Cox), Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and the rest of the gang has been up to since. They're all still huge stars! The supporting cast ... well, that varies. Quite recently, the Internet threw a collective gushing party after seeing Baby Emma Geller-Green all grown up. In honor of Emma and all those who've been in less than 236 episodes, we present the following ... Gunther (James Michael Tyler), Then: Tap here to see what James Michael Tyler looks like now! Jack Geller (Elliott Gould), Then: Tap here to see what Elliott Gould looks like now! Judy Geller (Christina Pickles), Then: Tap here to see what Christina Pickles looks like now! Janice Litman Goralnik (Maggie Wheeler), Then: Tap here to see what Maggie Wheeler looks like now! ...
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Theater Review: ‘Becoming Dr. Ruth,’ With Debra Jo Rupp, at Westside Theater
NYTimes - over 3 years
“Becoming Dr. Ruth,” a one-woman show starring Debra Jo Rupp, tells the story of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, sex therapist, refugee and former ace sniper.     
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'Guys With Kids' Is Hosting A 'Cosby Show' Reunion
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The Huxtables are back in town! According to TV Guide, former "Cosby Show" cast member Keshia Knight Pulliam will guest star on NBC's "Guys With Kids" as Bridget, sister to Marny, which will reunite her with series regular Tempestt Bledsoe. The two played sisters Rudy and Vanessa Huxtable respectively on "The Cosby Show." Bridget is described as a fun, irresponsible woman who visits her sister after a bad breakup. Pulliam starred as the youngest daughter on the '80s sitcom "The Cosby Show" and has since appeared on "Psych," "House Of Payne" and more. In other casting news... Bethenny Frankel is swinging by "The Neighbors." The "Real Housewives" alum will guest star in a spring episode of the alien-centric series as a businesswoman who works to help launch Debbie Weaver’s (Jami Gertz) handbag business. [EW] Katie Finneran has been cast in Michael J. Fox's new comedy. The "Wonderfalls" vet is joining Conor Romero and Jack Goor as Leigh, Mike's (Fox) younger s ...
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"Dr. Ruth, All The Way" Returns To Berkshires With Debra Jo Rupp
Blogs.Courant.com - over 4 years
 The Doctor is in...again.
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Debra Jo Rupp Works Hard As Dr. Ruth
Blogs.Courant.com - over 4 years
Biography Script Needs Polishing   Follow CT Lifestyle & Entertainment News On The Courant's Features Buzz Facebook Page The show: The world premiere of Mark St. Germain's "Dr. Ruth, All the Way" at Barrington Stage's St. Germain Theater, Pittsfield, Mass.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Debra Jo Rupp
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 61
    She provided the voice of Mrs. Snowman in one of Fred Meyer's commercial ads in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Rupp divides her time between Los Angeles and Lee, Massachusetts. She is single and has no children. Rupp is a Methodist.
  • 2012
    Age 60
    In June and July 2012 Rupp starred as Dr. Ruth Westheimer in "Dr. Ruth – All the Way" on the St. Germain Stage of the Barrington Stage Company.
    More Details Hide Details She reprised the role Off-Broadway in "Becoming Dr. Ruth."
    In 2012, Rupp portrayed Ruth in She Wants Me, an independent romantic comedy which stars Josh Gad, Kristen Ruhlin, Hilary Duff and Charlie Sheen.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 56
    Massachusetts theater-goers saw Rupp onstage in 2008, playing Olympia in Georges Feydeau's 1907 farce A Flea in Her Ear, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, and as Miss Maudie in To Kill a Mockingbird at the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield.
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    In 2008, Rupp appeared as a restaurant owner who helps two homeless men in the comedy-drama-musical, Jackson, written and directed by J. F. Lawton.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, she returned to daytime television in a guest role on As the World Turns.
  • 2007
    Age 55
    In early 2007, the feature film Kickin It Old Skool was released, in which Rupp was cast as Jamie Kennedy's mother.
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    New York theater-goers saw Rupp return to the off-Broadway stage in June 2007, as Valerie in the Second Stage Theatre production of Marisa Wegrzyn's The Butcher of Baraboo, directed by Judith Ivey.
    More Details Hide Details Two months later she performed in the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, as Ida Bolton in a revival of Paul Osborn's 1939 play Morning's at Seven. That '70s Show ended in 2006. Rupp appeared soon after in a dramatic television role as the wife of a murdered pharmaceutical CEO, on the crime drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In the episode, entitled "Infiltrated", Rupp's character desperately attempts to hide her slain husband's past sexual abuses.
  • 2004
    Age 52
    Rupp has often returned to Massachusetts and New York to appear in regional and off-Broadway stage productions. In 2004, she played Dotty Otley in Michael Frayn's Noises Off at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts, and in 2006 Rupp appeared on stage in Pittsfield, Massachusetts as a kooky mother in French playwright Jean Anouilh's comedy Ring Round the Moon at Barrington Stage Company.
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    In 2004, she played Brad Hunt's nagging mother in Lucky 13, a full-length independent film starring Lauren Graham.
    More Details Hide Details She then returned to All My Children for one episode in December 2005, playing a homeless woman named Victoria.
  • FORTIES
  • 2000
    Age 48
    Her distinctive voice was heard as the character of Mrs. Helperman in Disney's animated series Teacher's Pet in 2000, and again for the 2004 movie version.
    More Details Hide Details She starred as a stand-up comic with a secret in the highly acclaimed independent short film The Act, directed by Susan Kraker and Pi Ware, and received praise for her performance. The short film was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival and won several awards at film festivals around the world.
  • 1998
    Age 46
    In 1998, she began her role as Kitty Forman in the comedy series, That '70s Show, her most successful role to date.
    More Details Hide Details As well, she portrayed Marilyn See, wife of astronaut Elliot See, in Episode #11 of the Emmy Award-winning television mini-series From the Earth to the Moon, produced by Tom Hanks and directed by Sally Field.
  • 1995
    Age 43
    In 1995 she began her stint as Jeff Foxworthy's sister-in-law Gayle on The Jeff Foxworthy Show, and also appeared in the science fiction mini-series The Invaders with Scott Bakula, portrayed Jerry Seinfeld's eccentric booking agent Katie on an episode of Seinfeld (a role she reprised in 1996), and performed on stage as Meg in Broken Bones, a dark drama about spousal abuse by Drew McWeeny and Scott Swan, as part of a one-act play festival at Hollywood's Met Theater.
    More Details Hide Details Rupp also appeared in several episodes of Friends, playing Alice Knight, a home economics teacher who fell in love with and married Phoebe Buffay's (Lisa Kudrow) much younger half-brother, Frank Jr. (Giovanni Ribisi). (Rupp had previously appeared with Kudrow in the 1997 independent film Clockwatchers.)
  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 38
    In 1990, Rupp returned to New York City to perform in a Broadway stage production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Kathleen Turner at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details In it, Rupp portrayed Mae (Sister Woman). Her television work during the early 1990s included recurring roles as Ms. Higgins on the television Davis Rules with Randy Quaid, and as Sister Mary Incarnata on Phenom with Judith Light, as well as guest roles on Blossom, Family Matters, L.A. Law, and ER.
  • 1988
    Age 36
    In 1988, Rupp landed her first feature film role as Miss Patterson, the timid secretary of Tom Hanks' Josh Baskins, in the comedy Big.
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  • 1987
    Age 35
    In early 1987, Rupp was featured in an article written by Enid Nemy for the "Broadway" section of The New York Times.
    More Details Hide Details Entitled "New York is beckoning, but first, Los Angeles", the interview revealed how Rupp's success in the theater so soon after her arrival in New York City had scared the young actress enough to take time off from acting for several years. After returning to the stage, Rupp explained, she was often cast as an ingénue, but after her portrayal of Cynthia in Chaos, she began getting calls to audition in Los Angeles for "really crazy neurotic" parts in television pilots. She was realistic about the unpredictability of an acting career and, since she had promised her mother she would never wait tables when she left for New York, she hadn't given up her part-time work as a bookkeeper and was "learning computers" as something to fall back on. Rupp continued to devote herself to acting full-time through the 1980s and performed in numerous regional stage productions. One such production was Sherry Kramer's Wall of Water in New Haven, Connecticut at the Yale Repertory Theatre's Winterfest play festival of 1988. She guest-starred on numerous television shows, including Kate & Allie, Spenser for Hire, and The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd.
  • 1986
    Age 34
    She originated the role of Cynthia in 1986, a character based on Heimel's observations made during her stints as a columnist for Playboy and The Village Voice.
    More Details Hide Details Directed by Wynn Handman and sharing the stage with Rita Jenrette, Rupp's performance as Cynthia was immortalized by legendary caricaturist Al Hirschfeld and described in a New York Times review as "an appealing mixture of pluck and pathos." In Newsday's review of Chaos, theater critic Allan Wallach called Rupp “a real find.”
    She received praise from Walter Goodman in a New York Times review of one of her many off-Broadway performances: as June Yeager, a young wife who feels she is never "loved enough", in the 1986 York Theater Company production of Arthur Laurents' dramatic play The Time of the Cuckoo staged at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York's Upper East Side neighborhood (Manhattan).
    More Details Hide Details Rupp's list of stage credits includes appearances in Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and Cynthia Heimel's A Girl's Guide to Chaos, the Broadway role which significantly propelled her career forward.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 28
    She frequently performed on stage and appeared in commercials before winning her first television role in 1980 as Sheila, a topless dancer, on the daytime drama All My Children.
    More Details Hide Details Earlier in the same year, Rupp played Helen, the wife of a cheating husband, in Sharon Tipsword's one-act comedy Second Verse, which was produced as part of a play festival at New York's Nat Horne Theater. Another notable stage performance was as the young bride Eleanor in the 1985 production of A. R. Gurney's The Middle Ages at the Whole Theater Company, established by Olympia Dukakis in nearby Montclair, NJ.
  • 1979
    Age 27
    Rupp left her home state of Massachusetts in 1979 to pursue an acting career in New York City.
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  • 1974
    Age 22
    She went on to attend the University of Rochester, graduating with a B.A. degree in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details On campus, she was an active member of Drama House, a small theatre club and venue.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1969
    Age 17
    Rupp was born in Glendale, California, and raised in Boxford, Massachusetts, where she attended Masconomet Regional High School, graduating in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details She has two sisters.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1951
    Born
    Born on February 24, 1951.
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