Nancy McKeon
American actress
Nancy McKeon
Nancy Justine McKeon is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Jo Polniaczek on the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life.
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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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Useless Facts About Movies of the Week
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
People used to ask me what to do if there were two movies of the week on at the same time, which one they should watch. It was a good question. I didn't know who won WWII but I knew that Tori Spelling starred in, Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? in 1996. I'm the Zagat Guide of Movies of the Week, or as we aficionados used to call them, MoMo's. If you had a choice between a Melissa Gilbert vehicle and a Kelli Martin vehicle, you went with Kelli because, as hard as Melissa tried to make the wife of a famous director, turned hooker, working in the Barrio, to help pay for her son's piano lessons, believable, she'd always be Half-pint, from Little House of the Prairie. A Meredith Baxter Birney star turn (now just Baxter) or a Joanna Kearns one, was always trickier. Meredith was a workhouse. She'd been on television long before Family Ties, and that meant something. She started her illustrious career in an episode of the Patridge Family, entitled, Where Do Mermaids Go?, playing t ...
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Today in History 04.18.12
3 KATC - almost 5 years
Today is Wednesday, April 4, the 95th day of 2012. There are 271 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. On this date: In 1818, Congress decided the flag of the United States would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state of the Union. In 1841, President William Henry Harrison succumbed to pneumonia one month after his inaugural, becoming the first U.S. chief executive to die in office. In 1850, the city of Los Angeles was incorporated. In 1859, "Dixie" was performed publicly for the first time by Bryant's Minstrels at Mechanics' Hall in New York. In 1887, Susanna Madora Salter became the first woman elected mayor of an American community: Argonia, Kan. In 1912, China proclaimed a republic in Tibet, a move fiercely opposed by Tibetans. In 1933, the Navy airship USS Akron crashed in severe weather off the New Je ...
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8 Ways 'Friends' Was Almost An Entirely Different Show
Business Insider - almost 5 years
For ten years, "Friends" remained one of the most popular and influential programs on television. But in 1994, when the show's co-creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman were trying to make their idea about six friends living in New York City into a TV reality, there were countless decisions that could have, and almost did, go very differently. In its May issue, Vanity Fair has published "The Oral History of Friends: Jennifer Aniston Almost Didn't Play Rachel Green." The article is an excerpt from the former president of NBC Entertainment, Warren Littlefield's new book, "Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV." In it, Littlefield spoke with the cast of "Friends" and the show's creators eight years after the hit show went off the air to reveal that there are casting decisions that could have easily gone another way—not to mention the show's name, which was almost "Six of One" instead of "Friends." "Friends" was initially titled "Six of One." “'Six of One ...
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Someone is Stealing the Great Books of Houston: Collection Agency Called In - InsideARM
Google News - over 5 years
Patrons aren't supposed to take the laptop out of the library — but we've all seen that special episode of “The Facts of Life” where Nancy McKeon steals a Hawai'ian shirt for Mrs Garrett's birthday because the girls thought it was on sale but it wasn
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Prefab homes can be far from ordinary - Lexington Herald Leader
Google News - over 5 years
This is the top floor of Chris Brown and Sarah Johnson's prefabricated home in West Virginia. Quite a few companies make general prefab homes. But there are niches claimed by various manufacturers
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For social opportunists, Washington scene offers fertile climate for reinvention - Washington Post
Google News - over 5 years
At parties and gatherings all around town, there are people you wonder about. It's the guy who walks into the reception, hair slicked back, very Euro, tanned just enough to suggest a recent stay in Barbados
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LAURA M. FARTHING-DAVIS - Hornell Evening Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
... Diane M. Farthing of Rossford, Ohio; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; stepson, Kevin (Nancy McKeon) Davis of Groton; stepdaughters, Leslie (Gregory) Porter of Paso Robles, Calif., and Lisa Davis of Delmar; and three step-grandchildren
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Women in the House get a restroom - Washington Post
Google News - over 5 years
Women finally have a seat in the House of Representatives. Four seats, in fact. And two sinks. Last week, as debt-ceiling talks were reaching a crescendo, Room H211 in the US Capitol quietly opened its door to the 76 female members of
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Family Law Movies Based On True Stories - Screen Junkies
Google News - over 5 years
Nancy McKeon stars in this Emmy-nominated movie, which also features Dale Midkiff and Graham Jarvis. “Evelyn.” “Evelyn” is a 2002 Irish-American production starring Sophie Vavasseur and Pierce Brosnan. The poignant family drama is loosely based on the
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Prefab homes can be far from ordinary - Washington Post
Google News - over 5 years
We hadn't been inside the West Virginia cabin for more than 15 minutes when my friend Jane pulled a 25-foot tape measure out of her purse and began measuring. Okay, the place was about 16 feet wide. Length? Well, two 25-foot lengths
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Octagon house comes full circle - Washington Post
Google News - over 5 years
As designer of Poplar Forest, one of the first octagonal houses in America, Thomas Jefferson probably would have liked Susan Cooper's house in McLean. Seen from the roadway, Cooper's eight-sided house looks farm-friendly,
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Castleton squared - Washington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
In the Washington Post this weekend, a bonanza of coverage of Lorin Maazel's Castleton festival, which starts on June 25th with a new “La Boheme.” By Anne Midgette and Nancy McKeon | 02:57 PM ET, 06/18/2011 Comments
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Castleton Farms: the Maazel family's retreat and young singers' haven - Washington Post
Google News - over 5 years
In the dressing room off the master bedroom, mezzo-soprano superstar Denyce Graves is choosing between a glittery black gown and a shimmery silver tunic. In the music room nearby, soprano Joyce El-Khoury has donned a full-blown scarlet
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Family Ties, “'A' My Name Is Alex” - A.V. Club Chicago
Google News - over 5 years
Our family didn't have cable when I was growing up, and we didn't get a VCR until fall of 1985, so while other teenagers were watching actual R-rated comedies, I was watching the Michael J. Fox/Nancy McKeon TV movies High School USA. and Poison Ivy,
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For Chinatown townhouse, D.C. architect Robert Gurney creates bright, eclectic ... - Washington Post
Google News - almost 6 years
Perhaps it's unusual to look at an example of modern architecture and think of it as a “confection,” a term more commonly used for Queen Anne Victorians. But that's what residences designed by architect Robert M. Gurney so often are:
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"It Gets Better" In Torrington, Connecticut, Too - The New Civil Rights Movement
Google News - almost 6 years
Its few major claims to fame include both the irony of its extraordinarily low crime rate coupled with it being the locus of “A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story,” which starred Nancy McKeon in the title role. Torrington's two other claims to fame
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Smith Mountain Lake vacation home makes room for energy savings and relatives - Washington Post
Google News - almost 6 years
“We're not smart enough to have planned this, but we sure have lucked out.” That's Joan Peppers talking about the 5200-square-foot house she and her husband, Wayne, finished building a year and a half ago at the southern end of Smith
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Facts Of Life Cast - Screen Junkies
Google News - almost 6 years
Joanne 'Jo' Polniaczek played by Nancy McKeon. One of the most popular "Fast of Life" cast member was Nancy. She played the tough-as-nails character Jo from the Bronx who had an attitude. Nancy continued acting after the comedy series ended
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nancy McKeon
    FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 42
    From 2009 to 2010, McKeon appeared in a recurring role in the Disney Channel Original Series Sonny with a Chance, as Connie Munroe, the mother of Demi Lovato's title character.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Age 36
    McKeon lives in Austin, Texas. She married Marc Andrus on June 8, 2003, and they have two daughters, Aurora and Harlow.
    More Details Hide Details Her older brother is actor Phillip Mckeon. Marco Island Film Festival Prism Awards TV Land Awards Young Artist Awards
    In 2003, McKeon starred in the film Comfort and Joy.
    More Details Hide Details While McKeon was on The Facts of Life, she and her parents, all devout Catholics, were granted a private audience with Pope John Paul II.
  • 2001
    Age 34
    McKeon portrayed Inspector Jinny Exstead on the Lifetime police drama The Division from 2001 to 2004, with her pregnancy incorporated into the storyline of the last year of the series.
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  • 1998
    Age 31
    In 1998, she starred in a sitcom with Jean Smart titled Style & Substance.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 28
    In 1995, she starred in her own series, Can't Hurry Love, which lasted one season.
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  • 1994
    Age 27
    In 1994, both McKeon and Courteney Cox auditioned for the role of Monica Geller on Friends.
    More Details Hide Details The role went to the latter. When asked in interviews about the auditions, McKeon said, "I have no hard feelings. The role went to the right person. Courteney was brilliant. Now, I can't see anybody playing the role, not even myself."
  • 1988
    Age 21
    Following The Facts of Life, McKeon was courted by NBC executives for the title role in the TV sitcom adaptation of the 1988 film Working Girl; the role, played by Melanie Griffith in the movie, instead went to then-unknown Sandra Bullock for the TV series.
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    This is her most famous role and she portrayed the character throughout the series until the show was canceled in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details McKeon also provided the voice for many ABC Weekend Special cartoon characters, including the voice for Scruffy.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1980
    Age 13
    She was cast as tomboy Jo Polniaczek in the fall of 1980 during the show's second season when she replaced most of the first season's cast, including Molly Ringwald.
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  • 1979
    Age 12
    In 1979, McKeon was discovered by a casting director for The Facts of Life on the basis of her performance in a Hallmark greeting cards advertisement, in which she was able to cry on cue.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    Age 8
    McKeon and her older brother Philip appeared in numerous commercials. McKeon also appeared on the soap operas The Secret Storm and Another World. The McKeons moved to Los Angeles in 1975, when Philip won the role and began appearing on the television series Alice with Linda Lavin.
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  • 1966
    Born
    Born on April 4, 1966.
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