Jo Anne Worley

Born Sep 6, 1937

Jo Anne Worley is an American actress. Her work covers television, films, theater, game shows, talk shows, commercials, and cartoons. She is best known for her work on the comedy-variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.

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1937 Birth Worley was born in Lowell, Indiana, the third of five children. In 1937, her father remarried and his second union gave her two half-brothers and two half-sisters. … Read More


1955 17 Years Old After graduating from high school in 1955, Worley moved to Blauvelt, New York, where she began her professional career as a member of the Pickwick Players. … Read More


1961 23 Years Old In 1961, Worley received her first major break when she appeared in the musical revue Billy Barnes People in Los Angeles; this production moved to Broadway, where it ran for only six performances. … Read More
1964 26 Years Old In 1964, she was selected to appear as a stand-in on the original Broadway production of Hello, Dolly!
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One year later, Worley created her own nightclub act in Greenwich Village, where she was discovered by Merv Griffin in 1966. … Read More
1967 29 Years Old In 1967, Worley's stint on Griffin's show led to her discovery by George Schlatter, who soon cast her in Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.


1970 32 Years Old In 1970, Worley left Laugh-In to pursue other projects and has made guest appearances on several television series, including Love, American Style, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Andy Williams Show, Adam-12, Emergency! … Read More
1975 37 Years Old Worley married actor Roger Perry on May 11, 1975. They divorced in 2000 and had no children. … Read More


1985 47 Years Old Worley performed in regional theater, such as the Melody Top Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she appeared in Gypsy: A Musical Fable as Rose (1984), Annie Get Your Gun (1982), Hello Dolly! (1980), Anything Goes (1978) and Once Upon a Mattress (1974), She also appeared at the Welk Dinner Theater in San Diego, California in Same Time, Next Year in 1985., Call Me Madam at the California Music Theatre, Pasadena, California, in 1987, and Nunsense at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, La Mirada, California, in 1991.


1989 51 Years Old In 1989, Worley returned to Broadway to appear in Prince of Central Park, but the show was canceled after one performance. she was cast as the Wicked Witch of the West in a 1999 musical production of The Wizard of Oz, directed and adapted by Robert Johanson, with Mickey Rooney playing the eponymous role. … Read More


2007 69 Years Old Worley played Mrs. Tottendale in the Broadway musical, The Drowsy Chaperone at the Marquis Theatre from July through December 2007.
2008 70 Years Old From January 8 until August 24, 2008, Worley played the role of Madame Morrible in the Los Angeles production of Wicked. … Read More
2015 77 Years Old She then reprised the role of Mrs. Tottendale at The Cape Playhouse from June-July 2015.
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