Lori Loughlin

Lori Loughlin

Birth name: Lori Anne Loughlin
Born: July 28, 1964
Age: 54
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
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Lori Anne Loughlin (born July 28, 1964) is an American actress and model. She is known for her role as Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House, appearing in the series from 1988 to 1995 and its sequel as a recurring character on Fuller House. Loughlin has also had cast roles in The CW series 90210 (2008-2011, 2012) and When Calls the Heart (2014-present). Loughlin was a co-creator, producer and actor through the two seasons of The WB series Summerland (2004-2005).


Early life and education

While different reference sources list her birthplace as either Queens, New York City, or Hauppauge, New York, on Long Island, Loughlin explained, "I grew up in Hauppauge but I was born in Queens," moving with her family when "I was a year old." She is the daughter of Lorellee Loughlin and Joseph Roy Loughlin, a foreman for the New York Telephone Company. She attended Oaks School #3 Elementary School in Oceanside, NY. She would go on to graduate from Hauppauge High School. Loughlin is of Irish descent.


After becoming interested in acting as a young child, Loughlin began her career at age 11 as a print model, recalling:

My mom had a friend that was going into Manhattan to meet with an agency for modeling. She was taking her teenage daughters in and she asked my mom if I wanted to go along. My mom reluctantly let me go, but I don't think she ever thought anything would come of it. And I went in and they handed me a contract and said, "We'll take you."

At 15, she was cast in the ABC soap opera The Edge of Night, playing the part of Jody Travis, an aspiring dancer, appearing in the series from 1980 to 1983. From 1983 to 1988, Loughlin appeared in a number of feature films and television guest spots.

From 1988 to 1995, Loughlin was cast as Rebecca Donaldson, Danny Tanner's (Bob Saget) co-host and later Jesse Katsopolis' (John Stamos) wife in the ABC sitcom Full House. Initially set for a six-episode arc, she became a regular for the remainder of the series run. Within months after Full House ended, Loughlin co-starred with Tony Danza in the ABC sitcom Hudson Street (1995-96). The series was canceled after one season.

In 1993, she starred in the television adaptation of Sidney Sheldon's novel A Stranger in the Mirror, which is a roman à clef on Groucho Marx and Erin Fleming, with Loughlin playing Fleming's role. In 1997, she starred alongside Bruce Campbell in the film In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory. In 2000, Loughlin co-starred opposite Treat Williams in the Fred Olen Ray-directed thriller film Critical Mass. She also guest starred in Suddenly Susan, Spin City, Seinfeld, The Drew Carey Show, and as the superhero Black Canary in the Birds of Prey series in 2002.

From 2004 to 2005, Loughlin co-created, produced and starred in The WB drama series Summerland. She played Ava, the aunt who raises three children after their parents die in a car accident. The series was canceled after two seasons due to low ratings on July 11, 2005. In 2007, Loughlin co-starred in the ABC sitcom In Case of Emergency with David Arquette. She appeared in the film Moondance Alexander (2007), co-starring with her former Summerland castmate Kay Panabaker. Loughlin also was in attendance at Comedy Central's The Roast of Bob Saget which was hosted by John Stamos and premiered on August 17, 2008. At her table were Full House co-stars Dave Coulier and Jodie Sweetin. In 2010, Loughlin starred in the television film Meet My Mom, which premiered on the Hallmark Channel on Mother's Day.

She co-starred in seasons one through three of the Beverly Hills, 90210 spin-off 90210 as Debbie Wilson from 2008 to 2011. She reprised her role in the season five premiere episode in 2012.

Loughlin made a brief appearance as Rebecca Donaldson, alongside John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis, on a July 2013 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, following a reunion performance by Jesse and The Rippers.

Personal life

Loughlin was married to investment banker Michael R. Burns from 1989 to 1996. On Thanksgiving 1997, Loughlin eloped with fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, the creator of the Mossimo clothing line, whom she had met in 1995. They have two daughters together, Isabella Rose, and Olivia Jade. Olivia has a YouTube channel of beauty tips. Loughlin also is a stepmother to Gianni, Giannulli's son from a previous relationship.



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Amityville 3-D Susan Baxter
1985 New Kids, TheThe New Kids Abby McWilliams
Secret Admirer Toni Williams
1986 Rad Christian Hollings
1987 Back to the Beach Sandi
1988 Night Before, TheThe Night Before Tara Mitchell
1997 Casper: A Spirited Beginning Sheila Fistergraff Video
2000 Critical Mass Janine
2001 Suckers Donna Deluca
2006 Farce of the Penguins Melvin-Smacking Penguin (voice) Video
2007 Moondance Alexander Gelsey Alexander
2009 Old Dogs Amanda
2013 Crawlspace Susan Gates


Year Title Role Notes
1971 Family Affair Mary Ann Episode: "Buffy's Fair Lady"
1980-1983 Edge of Night, TheThe Edge of Night Jody Travis Regular role
1982 Matt Houston Sue Landa Episode: "Shark Bait"
1983 Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour, TheThe Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour Linda Craig Television film
1985 North Beach and Rawhide Candy Cassidy Television film (CBS)
1986 Brotherhood of Justice Christie Television film (ABC)
1986-1987 Equalizer, TheThe Equalizer Jenny Morrow Episodes: "Prelude", "First Light"
1986, 1988 CBS Schoolbreak Special Kelly / Sally 2 episodes
1987 Place to Call Home, AA Place to Call Home Jenny Gavin Television film (CBS)
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Tammy Episode: "Old Money"
Great Performances Kay Cork 2 episodes
1988-1995 Full House Rebecca Donaldson Katsopolis Regular role (152 episodes)
1992 Doing Time on Maple Drive Allison Television film (Fox)
1993 Empty Cradle Jane Morgan Television film (ABC)
Stranger in the Mirror, AA Stranger in the Mirror Jill Castle Television film (ABC)
1994 One of Her Own Toni Stroud Television film (ABC)
1995 Abandoned and Deceived Gerri Jensen Television film (ABC)
1995-1996 Hudson Street Melanie Clifford Main role (22 episodes)
1997 In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory Jill Erickson Television film (NBC)
Tell Me No Secrets Jess Koster Television film (ABC)
Larry Sanders Show, TheThe Larry Sanders Show Lori Loughlin Episode: "The Prank"
Suddenly Susan Paula Episode: "With Friends Like These"
Price of Heaven, TheThe Price of Heaven Leslie Television film
Seinfeld Patty Episode: "The Serenity Now"
Medusa's Child Dr. Linda McCoy Television film (ABC)
2001 Cursed Natalie Keith Episode: "...And Then They Tried to Make Some Rules"
Spin City Michelle 3 episodes
2002 Birds of Prey Caroline Lance / Black Canary Episode: "Sins of the Mother"
Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey Show Robin 2 episodes
Eastwick Sukie Ridgemont Television film (Fox)
2004 Justice League Unlimited Dr. Tracy Simmons (voice) Episode: "The Greatest Story Never Told"
2004-2005 Summerland Ava Gregory Lead role (26 episodes)
2005 Missing Dr. Joy Gribben Episode: "Anything for Baby: Parts 1 & 2"
2006 Jake in Progress Lindsay Episode: "The Two Jakes"
Ghost Whisperer Christine Greene Episode: "Demon Child"
2007 In Case of Emergency Dr. Joanna Lupone Regular role (13 episodes)
2008-2012 90210 Debbie Wilson Regular role (69 episodes)
2010 Meet My Mom Dana Marshall Television film (Hallmark)
2013 Mother's Rage, AA Mother's Rage Rebecca Mayer Television film (Lifetime Movies)
Psych Dr. Joan Diamond Episode: "Nip and Suck It"
Major Crimes Rebecca Slater Episode: "The Deep End"
Addicts Anonymous Mrs. Goldberg Episode: "Choices"
Garage Sale Mystery Jennifer Shannon Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
2014 Neighbors, TheThe Neighbors Tina Giannulli Episode: "High School Reunion"
Garage Sale Mystery: All That Glitters Jennifer Shannon Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
2014-present When Calls the Heart Abigail Stanton Main role (46 episodes)
2015 Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room Jennifer Shannon Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
Garage Sale Mystery: The Wedding Dress Jennifer Shannon Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
Northpole: Open for Christmas Mackenzie Warren Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
2016 Blue Bloods Grace Edwards Episode: "The Greater Good"
Every Christmas Has a Story Kate Harper Television film (Hallmark)
Garage Sale Mystery: Guilty Until Proven Innocent Jennifer Shannon Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
Garage Sale Mystery: The Novel Murders Jennifer Shannon Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
2016-present Fuller House Rebecca Katsopolis Recurring role
2017 Garage Sale Mystery: The Art of Murder Jennifer Shannon Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
Garage Sale Mystery: The Beach Murder Jennifer Shannon Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
Garage Sale Mystery: Murder by Text Jennifer Shannon Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
Garage Sale Mystery: Murder Most Medieval Jennifer Shannon Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
Garage Sale Mystery: A Case of Murder Jennifer Shannon Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1982 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actress in a Daytime Series The Edge of Night Won
1987 Michael Landon Award CBS Schoolbreak Special Won
1989 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special CBS Schoolbreak Special Nominated
2004 TV Land Awards Best Quintessential Non-Traditional Family Full House (shared with cast) Nominated
2006 PRISM Awards Best Performance in a Drama Series Storyline Summerland Won
2009 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Parental Unit 90210 Nominated

[ Source: Wikipedia ]