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Cybill Shepherd Biography and Filmography
Cybill Shepherd
Birthday: February 18, 1950
Birth Place: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Height: 5' 8"
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Cybill Shepherd, former beauty queen and model, rebounded from a disastrous early career in motion pictures to become a highly respected television performer. Born on February 18, 1950 in Memphis, Tennessee, Shepherd won the 1966 Miss Teenage Memphis contest. Turning to modeling, Shepherd at 5' 8" and 140 lbs. was more full-figured than Twiggy and her clones who were popular in the late 1960s, and she quickly became a success, being named the 1968 Model of the Year.Shepherd's debut in The Last Picture Show (1971) was memorable, as was her next film, Neil Simon's The Heartbreak Kid (1972) on which director Elaine May encouraged her to improvise. Shepherd, still only 22-years old, might have flourished under the old studio system if she had been brought along gently, up through the ranks. But she had fallen in love with her "Picture Show" director, Peter Bogdanovich, and he had other plans for her. Blinded by love, he thought the tyro actress had the makings of a star.Bogdanovich cast her as the eponymous heroine in his disastrous adaptation of Henry Miller's novella Daisy Miller (1974), a role beyond her talents at that point. She was excoriated by the critics and the movie was soundly drubbed by industry insiders as a folly. After seeing the film, Oscar-winning director William Friedkin terminated his involvement with The Director's Co., a production company that he, Bogdanovich and Coppola had been signed to by Paramount, as he was appalled by Bogdanovich's casting of his inexperienced girlfriend in the lead. Thus, Friedkin was no longer associated with Bogdanovich when he and Shepherd were humiliated by the failure of his next vanity project, "At Long Last Love," a musical featuring the songs of Cole Porter.Though Shepherd had taken singing lessons since the age of sixteen with the coach of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus, neither Shepherd nor her co-star Burt Reynolds did justice to the Porter songs. This was despite the fact that Shepherd had earlier recorded an album of Porter songs produced by Bogdanovich. Bogdanovich had made the disastrous decision to record the music live as he filmed rather than to let his performers lip-synch to playback, which had been the industry standard for over 40 years. He also would not allow over-dubs, with the result that the presentation of the music, the heart of any "musical," suffered, and suffered badly.Except for Roger Ebert, who had recently become the first movie critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, the reviews were unanimously bad, and not just 'bad' but 'worse-film-in-many-years' bad. Enchanted by Cybill's beauty and her joie de vivre, Ebert had praised her, but Shepherd's joy was to prove short-lived as most critics over-reacted and heaped withering damnation on her performance and her person. One critic went so far to say that she had all the personality of a hamster. Shepherd and Bogdanovich thereafter referred to the film as 'The Debacle.'Peter Biskind, in his chronicle of Hollywood in the 1970s "Easy Riders and Raging Bulls," quotes Hollywood players to the effect that Paramount production chief Frank Yablans gave the go-ahead to Bogdanovich's use of Shepherd in "Daisy Miller" in order to break up the Directors Co., a deal personally negotiated by Gulf + Western chief Charles Bludhorn that he was dead-set against.The backlash against Shepherd was devastating. Under the spell of the man she openly acknowledged was her Svengali, Shepherd became the most hated woman in Hollywood as the relationship with the man she loved became a joke in the industry. When Bogdanovich tried to refocus his career by turning to his winning formula of Ryan and Tatum O'Neil and the past that had worked with the smash hit "Paper Moon," he was specifically barred from using Shepherd by the studio. A film about the early days of Hollywood, "Nickelodeon" (1976) failed despite the presence of Top Ten box office star Burt Reynolds. With three flops in a row, the once hot Bogdanovich was now a has-been.Shepherd was cast by Martin Scorcese in Taxi Driver (1976) and did quite well in the small role of the campaign worker dated by Robert De Niro. It was the type of role she should have been playing as she earned her bones in the industry. However, she was not immune from criticism. "Taxi Driver" producer Julia Phillips had wanted to cast Farrah Fawcett in the role and she despised Shepherd, whom she believed that Scorcese wanted due to her high-WASP good looks and curvaceous figure. She claims in her book "You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again" that Scorcese had to feed Shepherd line readings and that De Niro grew to hate her due to her incompetent acting, but onscreen, her performance worked and she had her first success in four years.She began an affair with fellow Memphis-dweller Elvis Presley, whose songs she used to sing along to on the radio as a young girl. The affair strained her relationship with a jealous Bogdanovich, as did his refusal to have children, as she wanted to start a family. Bravely, she soldiered on.Shepherd had been positioned as a star by her Svengali, and she took leading roles in a string of flops that culminated in a disastrous turn in The Lady Vanishes (1979), a remake of the Hitchcock classic. Coming after the debacles of "Daisy Miller" and "At Long Last Love," it effectively ended her career in the short-term. It was during this time that her long-term love affair with Bogdanovich ended and she went back to Memphis, where she married and had a child.Shepherd did not appear again for four years, with a leading role the TV series "The Yellow Rose." Though the series was short-lived, the smaller medium was kinder to her. She next took the lead in the tongue-in-cheek detective series "Moonlighting" (1985), and she began to thrive as an actress. She won an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, but she had to share the spotlight with superstar-in-the-making Bruce Willis, her "Moonlighting" co-star.After a so-so return to films, including "Texasville," her former lover's under-whelming sequel to "The Last Picture Show," she returned to the box with "Memphis" (1992), a TV-movie she executive-produced and co-wrote with Larry McMurtry. (McMurtry, author and screenwriter of "The Last Picture Show," had dedicated his Pulitzer Prize-wining novel "Lonesome Dove" to her.) Soon, she achieved her most sustained singular success as a comedienne in the situation comedy "Cybill" (1995), for which she was three times nominated for an Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She had arrived.Cybill has continued to thrive in the fourth decade of her acting career, appearing in TV movies such as "Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart" (2003), and touring with a musical act based on her well-received autobiography "Cybill Disobedience." Her recovery from the depths of a shattered career after an auspicious start is remarkable and unique in the industry and gives lie to F. Scott Fitzgerald's dictum that "There are no second acts in American lives."
Open Window (2006)
[ Robin Tunney ][ Alanna Ubach ][ Shirley Knight ]
Hard Luck (2006)
Martha Behind Bars (2005)
Detective (2005)
[ Annabeth Gish ][ Katie Lohmann ][ Lee Garlington ][ Judith McConnell ]
Winners & Losers & Whiners & Boozers: Part 1 (2004)
Sort of an Officer and a Gentleman: Part 1 (2003)
Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart (2003)
[ Joanna Cassidy ]
Due East (2002)
[ Kate Capshaw ][ Katharine Isabelle ][ Lynda Boyd ]
Marine Life (2000)
The Muse (1999)
[ Sharon Stone ][ Andie MacDowell ]
Journey of the Heart (1997)
[ Cassidy Rae ][ Kay Lenz ]
The Last Word (1995)
[ Michelle Thomas ][ Roma Downey ][ Holley Chant ]
While Justice Sleeps (1994)
[ Khari Paige ]
Baby Brokers (1994)
[ Nina Siemaszko ][ Shirley Knight ][ Anna Maria Horsford ]
Telling Secrets (1993)
[ Melora Walters ][ Laura Innes ][ Mary Kay Place ]
There Was a Little Boy (1993)
[ Elise Neal ]
Stormy Weathers (1992)
Once Upon a Crime... (1992)
[ Sean Young ][ Ornella Muti ][ Elsa Martinelli ]
Memphis (1992)
Married to It (1991)
[ Stockard Channing ][ Mary Stuart Masterson ][ Tara Strong ]
Which Way Home (1991)
Alice (1990)
[ Mia Farrow ][ Blythe Danner ][ Julie Kavner ][ Judy Davis ][ Elle Macpherson ]
Texasville (1990)
[ Madonna ][ Cloris Leachman ][ Annie Potts ][ Eileen Brennan ][ Pat Benetar ]
Chances Are (1989)
[ Mary Stuart Masterson ]
Maddie Hayes Got Married (1988)
[ Brooke Adams ]
To Heiress Human (1987)
Blonde on Blonde (1987)
The Straight Poop (1987)
The Long Hot Summer (1985)
[ Ava Gardener ]
Seduced (1985)
[ Adrienne Barbeau ]
Secrets of a Married Man (1984)
[ Michelle Phillips ][ Heidi Sorenson ]
Masquerade (1983)
[ Kirstie Alley ]
The Return (1980)
[ Susan Lynn Kiger ]
Americathon (1979)
[ Dorothy Stratten ]
The Lady Vanishes (1979)
[ Angela Lansbury ][ Jenny Runacre ]
A Guide for the Married Woman (1978)
[ Eve Arden ][ Mary Crosby ][ Bonnie Franklin ]
Silver Bears (1978)
[ Stephane Audran ]
Special Delivery (1976)
Taxi Driver (1976)
[ Jodie Foster ][ Diahnne Abbott ]
At Long Last Love (1975)
[ Madeline Kahn ][ Eileen Brennan ]
Daisy Miller (1974)
[ Cloris Leachman ][ Eileen Brennan ]
The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
[ Doris Roberts ]
The Last Picture Show (1971)
[ Ellen Burstyn ][ Cloris Leachman ][ Eileen Brennan ][ Sharon Taggart ][ Kimberley Hyde ]
  • Twins Ariel and Zachariah Oppenheim born October 6, 1987
  • Daughter Clementine Ford, born 1980
  • Cybill was named after her grandfather, Cy, and her father, Bill.
  • Has a daughter, Clementine, from her first marriage
  • Mother of twins, Ariel and Zack, born 1987
  • When she was 19 she dated Elvis Presley a few times.
  • Twice divorced
  • Had a long relationship with Peter Bogdanovich
  • Won the 1968 Model of the Year.
  • Was 1966 Miss Teenage Memphis winner.
  • 25 November 2000 - had to flee from her Memphis home after a log fire in her master bedroom got out of control. Firefighters managed to contain the damage to the bedroom.
  • 1968 graduate of Memphis East High School
  • Cybill Shepherd revealed in her autobiography "Cybill Disobedience" that her engagement to Robert Martin (in the book given the fake name "Howard Roark") ended on October 24, 1998 when he told her in their couples' therapy session.
  • Her look-alike daughter, Clementine Shepherd-Ford is a budding actress who was named Miss Golden Globe, handed to celebrity off-spring.
  • 140 lbs. in 1996 (Source: Star Magazine)
  • Treated for a serious melanoma which will require monitoring for the remainder of her life. [2002]
  • As a fashion model in the early 70s, she was discovered for films when director Peter Bogdanovich spotted her on the cover of Glamour magazine while standing in a supermarket checkout line.
  • Measurements: 33-24-35 (in 1986), 34B-25-36 (at celebrity bra auction 1995), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • During an appearance at the 1985 Emmy Awards, she wore orange Reebok Freestyle hitop sneakers. This appearance gained her some fashion critism for wearing orange Reeboks with a black formal strapless gown. Even on the Moonlighting set, Cybill would switch from pumps into comfortable Reebok sneakers. Sometimes the sneakers would get caught in scenes during filming.
  • Gave her former lover and artistic mentor Peter Bogdanovich a signed photograph that hangs in his New York City apartment in which she addresses him as "Sven," short for "Svengali." Svengali was a musician in George du Maurier's Bohemian novel "Trilby" who, through hypnosis, teaches the eponymous heroine to sing and controls her singing for his own purposes.
  • Was the subject of a cover story, along with her lover Peter Bogdanovich, in the May 13, 1974 issue of "People Magazine." It was the 10th issue of the magazine, which was first published on March 4, 1974.
  • Was the presenter of the 1973 Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the ceremony held on April 2, 1974, along with co-presenter Ernest Borgnine. When Shepherd, reading through the list of nominees, reached John Houseman, she credited his performance to "Paper Moon" instead of the film in which he had actually appeared, "The Paper Chase." After her error, Shepherd said "Oops!" and soldiered on. When she reached Randy Quaid, she credited his Oscar-nominated performance to "The Last Picture Show." Although Quaid had indeed appeared in "The Last Picture Show," the movie his nominated role had appeared in was "The Last Detail," directed by Hal Ashby. "Oops again," Miss Shepherd lamely apologized. Both "mispronouncements" were films directd by her then-lover, Peter Bogdanovich. The "mix-ups" were seen by the audience in the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion as a crass and calculated attempt to be "cute," according to Oscar historian Robert Osbourne.
  • Was told she had a "great ass" by Marlon Brando as she walked away from him at a Hollywood party held for Stella Adler. Adler had been the acting teacher of both Brando and Shepherd's then-lover, Peter Bogdanovich. Shepherd had been sitting on a couch with Brando and Adler when Brando announced he couldn't stand her inane talk. After beign insulted, she got up and left, only to be complimented by the great actor on her derrière. At the party, Adler also told her that her "Irish nose" prevented her from being a great beauty.
  • Wanted Harley Venton to play the role of David Addison Jr. on "Moonlighting" (1985).

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