Laurette Spang-McCook
American actor
Laurette Spang-McCook
Laurette Spang-McCook is an American television actress. She portrayed Cassiopeia in the original Battlestar Galactica.
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  • 2002
    Age 50
    She later appeared in the Battlestar Galactica episode of Sciography documentary series on the Sci-Fi Channel in 2002.
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  • 1981
    Age 29
    Her last known acting performances were in 1981's Love Boat, "Aloha Paradise" with Debbie Reynolds, Fantasy Island, and finally Magnum, P.I. alongside Tom Selleck.
    More Details Hide Details Laurette appeared on The Dukes of Hazzard in the 1981 episode "The Fugitive" as Mindy Lou Hale.
  • 1980
    Age 28
    Laurette married John McCook on February 16, 1980, and in 1984 she retired from acting.
    More Details Hide Details She had three children with McCook: Jake, Rebecca and Molly. Jake became a film editor and filmmaker, Becky became an assistant kindergarten teacher, and Molly is an actress/singer who has appeared on such shows as Monk, 10 Things I Hate about You, and Glee.
  • 1972
    Age 20
    She was spotted by a Universal Studios talent agent in 1972, where she signed a 7 year contract.
    More Details Hide Details The contract led to guest starring roles in Emergency! Adam-12 (Episode: Venice Division), The Streets of San Francisco, Happy Days, Chase, Isis, Charlie's Angels, and Lou Grant. This also led to television movies, including Short Walk to Daylight, Runaway! Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic, and "The Day the Bubble Burst." She also co starred with Jean Peters, William Windom, and Joseph Bottoms in a production of "Winesburg, Ohio" on KCET's Hollywood Television Theatre. After leaving the contract system, she was cast as Cassiopeia in the Battlestar Galactica TV movie, "Saga of a Star World." An initial draft would have led to her being eaten by the Ovions; however, this death was averted and the network kept her on in a regular role but with a change of profession. Standards and Practices would no longer allow her to be a "socialator" (prostitute) so they switched her character to a medtech in the series.
  • 1969
    Age 17
    Following graduation in 1969, Laurette returned to Michigan where she attended Adrian College, living dorm life on a small campus, but not far from her family in Ann Arbor.
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  • 1951
    Born on May 16, 1951.
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