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Morgan Fairchild

Morgan Fairchild (born Patsy Ann McClenny; February 3, 1950) is an American actress. She achieved prominence during the late 1970s and early 1980s with continuing roles in several television series, in which she usually
conveyed a glamorous image.
Fairchild began her career in the CBS daytime soap opera
Search for Tomorrow as Jennifer Pace from 1973 to 1977.
In 1978 she appeared on the primetime soap opera Dallas
as the rst actress to portray Jenna Wade, before taking
a lead role in the NBC series Flamingo Road in 1980
(for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award
for Best Actress Television Series Drama). In 1984,
she co-starred in ABC's short-lived primetime soap Paper
Dolls, and then appeared in Falcon Crest as attorney Jordan Roberts from 1985 to 1986. Fairchild has also performed in theater and played guest roles in television
comedies, including Murphy Brown (for which she was
nominated for an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstand- Morgan Fairchild in June 2007
ing Guest Actress in a Comedy Series), Roseanne, Cybill,
and Friends. She is a board member of SAG-AFTRA.
Search for Tomorrow from 1973 until 1977. From the
mid-1970s, she began to make various appearances on
1 Early life
episodic primetime television series such as Kojak, Happy
Days, Police Woman, and a few episodes of CBS Radio
Born Patsy Ann McClenny in Dallas, Texas, the daughter Mystery Theatre.
of Martha Jane (ne Hartt), a high school English teacher Fairchild played Jenna Wade in the soap opera Dallas for
who taught at Richardson High School (in Richardson, one episode in 1978.[1] The character was later brought
Texas), and Edward Milton McClenny.[1] Fairchild has a back, played briey by Francine Tacker in 1980, and then
younger sister, Cathryn Hartt, who is also an actress.[2][3] as a regular character played by Priscilla Presley from
As a younger child, she was seen on WFAA-TV's Mr. 1983 to 1988. In 1978, Fairchild made the television lm
Peppermint Show with host Jerry Haynes. In her teens she The Initiation of Sarah and also had a recurring role on the
was in the audience on WFAA-TV's Sump'n Else band- sitcom Mork & Mindy. In 1980, she scored her rst regstand show. She auditioned three times to be in The Little ular primetime role as Constance Weldon Carlyle on the
Group, which was the shows dance group. Also during soap opera Flamingo Road. Though the series had an imthis time, she appeared in several locally broadcast com- pressive beginning, the ratings soon dropped and it was
mercials on Dallas-Fort Worth television stations. As a cancelled after two seasons. Fairchild was nominated for
child, she suered a bout of scarlet fever, which left her a Golden Globe award for her role.[4]
partially deaf.
After the cancellation of Flamingo Road, Fairchild continued to make guest appearances in a variety of episodic
television series such as Hotel, Simon & Simon, Magnum,
2 Career
P.I. and The Love Boat. She also starred in the 1982
theatrical lm The Seduction. In 1984, along with Joan
Fairchilds rst acting job was as a double for Faye Collins, she co-hosted the ABC-TV special Blondes vs.
Dunaway during lming for the lm Bonnie and Clyde Brunettes, a one-hour variety show that gently poked fun
(1967).[1] She took her new rst name, Morgan, from at popular cultures blonde vs. brunette rivalry.[5] In
the 1966 David Warner lm Morgan: A Suitable Case that same year she also co-starred in another primetime
for Treatment. Fairchild then moved to New York City, soap opera Paper Dolls playing modelling agency owner
where she secured her rst credited onscreen role as Racine. The series was cancelled halfway through its
the maniacal Jennifer Pace in the daytime soap opera rst season, but by this time, Fairchild was established

as a television actress and in 1985 she joined the hit series Falcon Crest, playing the glamorous lawyer Jordan
Roberts for a season. She also appeared in the miniseries
North and South in 1985, and its sequel in 1986.

pital. She also made guest appearances on the hit sitcom
Friends (as Chandler Bing's mother, Nora) and was a recurring guest star on the sitcom Cybill as Andrea, a rival
of Cybill Shepherd's character.
Through the years, Fairchild has also appeared in various theater productions. More recently, she starred in the
role of Mrs. Robinson in the stage adaptation of the lm
The Graduate. She also fronted an international advertising campaign for the consumer tooth whitening product
Dental White.[7] In 2005, Fairchild appeared in the competition reality show, But Can They Sing? on VH1.
In 2006, she was cast in yet another of her rich bitch
roles in the My Network TV series Fashion House, playing Sophia Blakely, a rival to Bo Derek's character, Maria
Gianni.[8] She has also appeared on the television series
Chuck as Dr. Honey Woodcomb, the mother of Captain
Awesome. She made another return to soap operas in
2009 when she had a guest role in the daytime series The
Bold and the Beautiful.[9] In recent years she guest-starred
in Bones, Revenge, and Hot in Cleveland.[10][11]
In addition to her work as an actress, Fairchild has long
maintained a strong role within the Screen Actors Guild,
now SAG-AFTRA. Currently, Fairchild is a three-year
board member of the Guild and has served on several
diverse committees, including co-chair Legislative Committee, National Executive Committee, SAG-AFTRA
Relations Committee, Commercials Contracts Committee, Honors and Tributes Committee (HATS), and Guild
Governance and Rules Committee.

Fairchild at an event in Dallas in 2006

1985 was the year in which Jon Lovitz on Saturday

Night Live created the "Tommy Flanagan, The Pathological Liar" character who claimed outlandish achievements for himself, culminating in the grand illusion that
his wife was Morgan Fairchild. The obvious remoteness
of such a possibility, and its mainstream comic appeal,
was testimonial to the broad popularity and desirability
of Fairchild at the time.

In 2014, Fairchild was named spokesperson for, a website created to help consumers
make burial preplanning choices. In that capacity, she
appeared on television commercials and in a direct mail

3 Personal life

Fairchild continued to make appearances in lms and

television series throughout the 1980s, and garnered an
Emmy Award nomination for her guest appearance in a
1989 episode of Murphy Brown.[1] In the early 1990s, she
was cast in a recurring role in Roseanne, as Sandra Bernhard's bisexual girlfriend Marla. In 1994, Fairchild appeared in an unexpectedly campy ad campaign for clothing retailer Old Navy, with Joan Collins and other formerly familiar faces on television. Her reprised role as
the over-the-top glamour vixen was so successful that the Fairchild at the Desert AIDS Project in 2009
company created numerous sequels around her persona.
In 1995, Fairchild returned to daytime soap operas as the Fairchild has been in a relationship with lm company
catty Sydney Chase on The City.[6] She played the role for executive, Mark Seiler, for 35 years. She was previously
a year, after which she went on to appear in General Hos- married to Jack Calmes from 1967 to 1973.[12]

Fairchild is active in raising awareness of AIDS-related
issues and environmental protection.[1]
During the early 1970s, Fairchild was kidnapped and held
against her will on two separate occasions.[13][14]

[14] Scott Baio, Pam Grier, Morgan Fairchild, Greg Louganis. Celebrity Close Calls. Dir. Jared Burke, Seth Jarrett, Timothy F. Smith, and Kathi Watson. The Biography
Channel. 13 Aug. 2011.


Fairchild is a Democrat, contributing to the campaigns

of well-known liberal politicians such as Dick Gephardt,
John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Howard Dean.[15]


7 External links
Ocial website







[1] Morgan Fairchild Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life

Story. 1950-02-03. Retrieved 201310-09.
[2] Morgan Fairchild Biography at
[3] Family Tree of Morgan Fairchild
[4] Morgan Fairchild Biography. 2012-1128. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
[5] Terrace, Vincent. Encyclopedia of Television: Series, Pilots and Specials 1974-1984. New York: BASELine Publications, page 50
[6] "'The City' Is A Killer : Morgan Fairchild Takes 'Loving' From Small-Town Corinth To Downtown Manhattan
- Los Angeles Times. 1995-1105. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
[7] Dental White on YouTube
[8] Morgan Fairchild to Join Cast of 'Fashion House'". Fox
News. July 1, 2006.
[9] Morgan Fairchild: Coming to The Bold and the Beautiful. TV Fanatic. 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
[10] Scoop: REVENGE on ABC - Sunday, March 30, 2014 BWWTVWorld. Retrieved 201403-11.
[11] Potts, Kimberly (2014-01-27). Casting Scoop: Morgan
Fairchild and Nora Dunn Stop by 'Hot in Cleveland' [Exclusive Photo] | Yahoo TV - Yahoo TV.
Retrieved 2014-03-11.
[12] Interview. People magazine, 25 September 2006.
[13] Bobby Brown, Jewel, Morgan Fairchild, Elliott Yamin.
Celebrity Close Calls. The Biography Channel. 25 June

Morgan Fairchild at the Internet Movie Database

Morgan Fairchild at the TCM Movie Database
Morgan Fairchild at AllMovie
Morgan Fairchild interview


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