Jo Anne Worley
American actor
Jo Anne Worley
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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Taking The Good, Taking The Bad: Charlotte Rae Shares The Facts of Her Life in New Book
Huffington Post - 6 months
You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who grew up in the 1980's who can't sing the famous theme song to TV's The Facts of Life. Of course, it wasn't just the show's catchy opening tune that won the affections of the American public for over ten years. Television audiences fell in love with the sitcom's four girls: Blair, Jo, Natalie, and Tootie. At the heart of the show was Charlotte Rae's iconic Edna Garrett, who ruled over the all-girls Eastland School (and beyond...) with a mix of common-sense advice and quick wit. The Facts of Life was not a hit when it initially debuted in 1979, but the Season Two premiere of the retooled series saw an immediate boom in ratings. By its third season, The Facts of Life had become the number one comedy and the number two overall program for NBC. For the first time, it even beat out its predecessor Diff'rent Strokes, the show that first introduced us to Mrs. Garrett. Facts went on to become one of the longest-running sitcoms of the 1980's, and R ...
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Fred Willard Hosting a Ho, Ho, Ho in No Ho!
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Emmy-award winning comedic actor Fred Willard will be hosting the 2015 "Santa-Thon" Thursday and Friday nights, December 10 and 11, at the El Portal Theater Monroe Forum in North Hollywood, California. He will be accompanied a bunch of top bananas, including Tony-award winning ventriloquist Jay Johnson (Thursday) and comedienne Jo Anne Worley (Friday). Singing comedic duo Todd Sherry and Heather Olt will be two of Santa's helpers on both nights, along with a cornucopia of other celebrity guest stars and surprises. (See show flyer at bottom of page.) The El Portal website describes the fun-filled event: There's trouble in the North Pole. It seems Santa outsourced all the toy making to the Chinese this year and now he desperately needs money to pay them off. No money, no toys. And if there are no toys, well, there won't be a Christmas! Enter Award-winning funnyman Fred Willard, the man with a plan: SANTA-THON 2015! Fred will host a Celebrity Telethon to try and raise en ...
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Dick Clark's Best '25,000 Pyramid' Video Moments
Moviefone Blog - almost 5 years
To an entire generation, Dick Clark, who passed away Wednesday at the age of 82, was America's Oldest Teenager, rocking and rolling on "American Bandstand." I am not part of this generation. To people my age, yes, "Bandstand" was still on, but his duties as the host of "25,000 Pyramid" (and, to a lesser extent, the co-host of "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes") were much more exciting. For those who have never seen "Pyramid," it was your typical "celebrity teamed with a normal Joe," clue and answer game -- but what made it great was Clark's knack for upstaging his celebrity guests who just lost for his or her non celebrity teammate in the Winner's Circle. (I wouldn't go as far to use the word that Grantland's Bill Simmons did, but, yeah, things could get tense. Then again, wouldn't we all do the same thing?) Here are five of our favorite Dick Clark as host of "Pyramid" moments. Poor Betty White. Back in 1987, she couldn't even get more than half of the pyramid -- getting stuck on t ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jo Anne Worley
  • 2015
    Age 77
    She then reprised the role of Mrs. Tottendale at The Cape Playhouse from June-July 2015.
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  • 2008
    Age 70
    From January 8 until August 24, 2008, Worley played the role of Madame Morrible in the Los Angeles production of Wicked.
    More Details Hide Details She continues to perform today in New York City and Los Angeles, and she has also given lectures. She is currently President of Actors and Others for Animals, and serves on its board of directors.
  • 2007
    Age 69
    Worley played Mrs. Tottendale in the Broadway musical, The Drowsy Chaperone at the Marquis Theatre from July through December 2007.
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  • 1989
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The production had a limited run at the Pantages Theater, Hollywood, California and at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, and she also joined the limited US tour.
  • 1985
    Age 47
    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.
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  • 1975
    Age 37
    Worley married actor Roger Perry on May 11, 1975. They divorced in 2000 and had no children.
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  • 1970
    Age 32
    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!
    More Details Hide Details Murder, She Wrote, The Middle, and different game shows such as Super Password, Hollywood Squares, and the many versions of Pyramid. She continued working in various movies, television series, and theatrical performances (original productions and revivals alike) over the years. Worley also became known for her work as a voice provider for several cartoons, animated movies, and video games. Her voice work includes Nutcracker Fantasy (1979), the Disney movies Beauty and the Beast (1991), A Goofy Movie (1995), Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World (1998), and the voice of the Wardrobe in the video game Kingdom Hearts II (2005). She remains involved with Disney, making cameos in several Disney Channel sitcoms such as Kim Possible playing the role of Bonnie Rockwaller's mother, Wizards of Waverly Place, and Jessie.
  • 1967
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1966
    Age 28
    In 1966, she appeared Off-Broadway in The Mad Show, a musical revue based on Mad Magazine.
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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.
    More Details Hide Details Impressed by Worley's talents, Griffin engaged her to be one of his primary guest stars on his show, where she made approximately 40 appearances on The Merv Griffin Show.
  • 1964
    Age 26
    In 1964, she was selected to appear as a stand-in on the original Broadway production of Hello, Dolly!
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  • 1961
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details However, the New York Times reviewer wrote: "Jo Anne Worley has an earthy style that suggests she could be a rowdy comedienne."
  • 1955
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This led to a drama scholarship to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. After studying at Midwestern for two years, Worley moved to Los Angeles to study at Los Angeles City College and the Pasadena Playhouse. She was soon given her first musical role in a production of Wonderful Town.
  • 1937
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Always known for her loud voice, Worley once said that when she attended church as a little girl, she never sang the hymns but would only lip-synch them for fear that she would drown out everyone else. Before graduating from high school, she was named School Comedienne.
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