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Courtney Thorne-Smith

Courtney Thorne-Smith (born November 8, 1967) is an American actress. She is best known for her portraying of Alison Parker on Melrose Place, Georgia Thomas on Ally McBeal, and Cheryl in According to Jim.

She was born in San Francisco, California, and grew up in Menlo Park, a suburb south of the city. Her father, Walter Smith, was a computer market researcher and her mother was a therapist. They divorced when she was 7, and she lived with both at different stages. She attended Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, California, and graduated from Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California, in 1985. She also performed with the Ensemble Theater Company in Mill Valley while attending high school.

Thorne-Smith made her first film appearance in the 1986 feature film drama Lucas alongside Winona Ryder, Corey Haim, and Charlie Sheen. She was also involved in a number of movies in the late 1980s, such as Summer School (1987), Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987), Side Out (1990), and Chairman of the Board (1998).

She appeared on a few mid-'80s television shows such as Growing Pains and the short-lived Fast Times, as well as made-for-TV movies including The Thanksgiving Promise and Infidelity before landing a regular role in the short-lived sitcom Day by Day with Douglas Sheehan, Linda Kelsey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. In 1990, she was featured in six episodes of the popular TV series LA Law as Kimberly Dugan.

Her first notable starring television role was as Alison Parker on Melrose Place from 1992–1997. She also went on to play Georgia Thomas on Ally McBeal from 1997–2000. In 1999, she became a spokeswoman for Almay cosmetics, being the face of their new line of make-up "Skin Stays Clean." She left Ally McBeal because she felt pressured to be so thin that her health was in jeopardy, and also wanted to spend more time with then-new husband Andrew Conrad.

Since 2001, Thorne-Smith has starred as Cheryl on the sitcom According to Jim. Her pregnancy was hidden on the show at first, but was written into the plot.

On September 18, 2007, Thorne-Smith's novel, Outside In, was published by Broadway Books, in New York, New York.

In June 2000, Thorne-Smith married genetic scientist Andrew Conrad, but they divorced in January 2001. She married Roger Fishman on January 1, 2007. On January 11, 2008, she gave birth to their first child, Jacob 'Jake' Emerson Fishman.

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Lucas (film)

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Lucas is a film directed by David Seltzer and first released on March 28, 1986. The film was a tragicomedy geared toward a teen audience. This movie ranked number 16 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Best High School Movies.

The title character, Lucas Bly (Corey Haim), is an extremely intelligent, if nerdy 14-year-old high school student. He soon becomes acquainted with Maggie (Kerri Green), a pretty older girl who has just moved to town. After meeting Lucas on one of his entomological quests, Maggie befriends him, spending time with him during the remainder of the summer until school begins. Lucas, who finds himself a frequent victim of bullying and teasing, has a protector of sorts—Cappie (Charlie Sheen), a fellow student and football player; Cappie was once one of Lucas' tormentors, until Cappie contracted hepatitis and Lucas brought him his homework every day, ensuring that Cappie didn't fail and have to repeat a year of school. Even though Lucas deems it "superficial", Maggie becomes a cheerleader for the football team. Lucas begins to irritate Maggie, deeming her cheerleading "superficial" and making the (wrong) assumption that Maggie will be his date to a school dance. She complains to him that she's interested in more than just hanging out with him all the time. Lucas' unrequited affection for Maggie saddens him.

Everything changes on the night of the dance. Cappie is dumped by his girlfriend Alise (Courtney Thorne-Smith), who has noticed his budding attraction to Maggie. A depressed Cappie finds comfort with Maggie at her house—much to the chagrin of Lucas, who has arrived, in tuxedo, to pick her up for the dance. Even though Cappie and Maggie invite him out for pizza, he rudely rebukes them and rides off on his bike. Rina (Winona Ryder in her first feature film role), Lucas' best female friend, encounters him as he sits by a lake, looking across the lake at the dance festivities. Even though she has obvious feelings for him, Rina consoles Lucas as he frets about he and Maggie being "from two different worlds". Meanwhile, Cappie and Maggie are out for pizza alone. From afar, Lucas witnesses their first kiss. Shattered, Lucas takes drastic action the next day.

In a last-ditch (and misguided) attempt to impress Maggie and gain the respect he so desperately craves, the diminutive Lucas joins the football team. In the shower after practice, Lucas endures perhaps the worst prank yet from his constant tormentors Bruno (Tom Hodges) and Spike (Jeremy Piven). Lucas talks with Maggie in his favorite hiding place, underneath a road overpass bridge, and after she tells him with kindness that she wants him to be her friend, he tries to kiss her. Maggie pulls away, and a heartbroken Lucas screams at her to leave. The next day, Lucas, still reeling, is severely injured in his first football game and requires hospitalization. Rina, in an attempt to shed light on Lucas' personality, takes Maggie and Cappie to his house, letting them see that he lives in a dilapidated trailer with his alcoholic father.

Maggie visits Lucas in the hospital. She sternly tells him never to play football again. Lucas promises and the two reconcile and pick up their close friendship where they left off.

Lucas returns to school some time later. Upon reaching his locker, he finds Bruno and Spike waiting for him. Thinking it'll just be the same old story, Lucas tries to ignore them as he opens his locker. Inside is a varsity letter jacket, emblazoned with Lucas' name and number (72) on the back. As Lucas takes it out in shock, Bruno starts the "slow clap", and the entire hallway starts applauding. Maggie, Cappie and Rina are all there, too, leading the applause as Lucas raises his arms triumphantly and smiles.

Reviews for Lucas were mixed as the film holds a 62% freshness at Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert gave the film 4 out of 4 stars, calling it a film "about teenagers who are looking how to be good with each other, to care, and not simply to be filled with egotism, lust and selfishness, which is all most Hollywood movies think teenagers can experience." Ebert later included the film in his top 10 films of 1986.

The film was not considered a box office success, although it gained a cult audience on home video and cable, and both Corey Haim and Kerri Green were nominated for a Young Artist Award in 1987.

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Ling Woo

Ling Woo is a fictional character in the popular US comedy-drama Ally McBeal, portrayed by Chinese American actress Lucy Liu, and is widely considered to be her breakthrough role. Woo was viewed as one of the strongest comedic characters on the show. Liu portrayed the role on recurring basis during episodes 25-32, and then joined the regular cast in episode 33. She remained in the regular cast until episode 96, after which she signed in the opening credits only for one more episode, 103.

Ling Woo was initially a character written by David E. Kelley for the actress Lucy Liu after she failed to secure the role of Nelle Porter (which went to Portia de Rossi) in "Ally McBeal". Appearing in Season 2 for the first time as a client suing a cosmetic surgery firm, Woo became a firm favorite of fans, noted for her outrageously politically incorrect comments, acerbic put-downs and bitchy nature and mannerisms that audiences were clearly supposed to grasp from the beginning, since music from the Wicked Witch of the West was played whenever she came into the room. Kelley was quick to invite Liu to perform another guest slot and within a few episodes she was added as a permanent cast member, revealing that she had a Law Degree in the process.

Woo quickly made enemies with the workers in the law firm, particularly Elaine Vassal (Jane Krakowski) and Georgia Thomas (Courtney Thorne-Smith). She did, however, form a romantic relationship with Richard Fish (Greg Germann) which lasted until Season Four and was best friends with Nelle Porter (Portia de Rossi).

As with other cast members of "Ally McBeal" in Seasons Two and Three of the show, Ling Woo did not play a major supporting role, storylines focusing on the Ally-Billy-Georgia love triangle. Unlike John Cage (Peter MacNicol) she took few trial cases, and was used mainly for comic relief purposes along with Elaine, Renee Radick (Lisa Nicole Carson) and Nelle. This was one of the criticisms as the show as a whole, as it moved from being a series with a strong ensemble cast to one with primary and secondary characters.

Season Four saw a general change in the show, with higher ratings, which involved more usage of the "secondary" characters. Ling's old love interest Jackson was employed in the firm for a time, providing some character conflict, although he later left. In this series, she also taught Ally how to kiss (Season 2), pretended to be blind, helped at an old folks home (Season 3) and danced with Elaine in a competition (Season 2).

Lucy Liu expressed wishes to leave "Ally McBeal" in Season Five; and so Ling was written out, becoming a judge, an event which had high comic value and which Elaine declared to be "a joke on mankind." After a few first episodes as a star, Liu was dropped from the main cast and the opening credits. She did return to Cage & Fish to help her friend Nelle and to see Richard (whom she no longer dated). The popularity of the show declined afterwards. Some contributed this to the loss of such a hugely popular character. It's more likely, however, that the show had simply run out of steam, with a burden of several new characters, most of whom were dropped halfway through the season, and slightly ridiculous storylines.

The character of Ling Woo did not return after that guest star spot. The last show was twelve episodes afterwards, and although Liu said afterwards that she wished to appear along with other written out characters like Georgia, Renee and Billy, she was not allowed. Producers said her appearance was likely to jeopardize Richard's happy ending with Liza.

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Day by Day (TV series)


Day by Day is a television sitcom starring Douglas Sheehan, Linda Kelsey, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Thora Birch. It ran from February 29, 1988 to June 25, 1989, on NBC. Day by Day was a spin-off of sorts to Family Ties as it was revealed that the family patriarch, Brian Harper (played by Sheehan) was a college roommate of Steven Keaton (Michael Gross). A total of 33 episodes were produced.

After the show's initial run, reruns were shown on the Lifetime Television network for several years.

The show centered around a married couple with successful careers (he as a stockbroker, she as a lawyer) and a teenage son. After the couple had a second child, they decided to quit their jobs and open a day care center in their home. The episodes mixed stories about the day care center with those about the teenager and his friends. Louis-Dreyfus played a materialistic neighbor, while Thorne-Smith played the baby's nanny.

The episode titled "A Very Brady Episode" aired on February 5, 1989, and reunited six cast members from The Brady Bunch (another sitcom produced by Paramount Television) – Ann B. Davis, Florence Henderson, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland, Maureen McCormick, and Robert Reed.

In this episode, irresponsible teen-aged son Ross (Barnes) is lectured by his parents, Brian (Sheehan) and Kate (Kelsey) about his poor study habits. Ross's explanation that he was watching a Brady Bunch marathon only angers his parents more, and he is warned to shape up. Ross bemoans his predicament, noting Mike Brady would never yell at him because he had flagging grades.

After "Chuck" gets some advice about his poor grades from Mike, the family begins to repeat their dialogue. "Chuck" wonders what's amiss, and Mike explains what he's seeing is a rerun. Everything becomes chaotic, and Ross wakes up, vowing to improve his study habits.

Barnes would later portray Greg Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie.

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Erich Anderson

Erich Anderson is an actor, sometimes credited as E. Erich Anderson, who has starred in film and on television. He is best known for his first film role in the 1984 horror film Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter as Rob Dier. He also starred in the 1988 film Bat 21 and in the 2002 drama film Unfaithful.

Anderson's television appearances have included the series Second Chances as Bruce Christianson, thirtysomething as Billy Sidel, and Felicity as Felicity's father. He also guest starred on Melrose Place as Courtney Thorne-Smith's psychiatrist.

He has made guest appearances on such TV shows as Murder, She Wrote, CSI: Miami, and Star Trek: The Next Generation in the Season 5 episode "Conundrum" as Commander Keiran MacDuff.

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Chairman of the Board (film)

Chairman of the Board is a 1998 movie starring Courtney Thorne-Smith and Carrot Top in which a surfer/inventor (Carrot Top) inherits and runs a billionaire's company. To some critics, it is considered Carrot Top's rendition of Billy Madison. It was poorly received by critics and moviegoers alike.

The movie cost an estimated $10,000,000 to produce, but made $306,710.

Edison (Carrot Top) is a poor, failed inventor and surf bum, but soon runs into and befriends wealthy business magnate Armand McMillan (Jack Warden). When Armand passes away shortly thereafter, he leaves Edison the majority of shares in his large invention corporation, and leaves his jealous nephew, his only living relative, Bradford (Larry Miller) only a surfboard. Bradford attempts to derail Edison's success by stealing his formula for glow in the dark, which does not exist in the world of the movie, and sharing it with a consumer who covers himself in it and alleges that Edison's prize invention—a portable TV/TV dinner combo—leaks radiation. When Edison reveals to all that radiation causes sickness and death—but not a literal glowing—and that he had invented the formula for glow in the dark, the company is saved and Edison appoints beau Natalie Stockwell (Courtney Thorne-Smith) to run the company.

Before the movie was released, Thorne-Smith appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, where fellow guest and Saturday Night Live comedian Norm Macdonald repeatedly derided the concept of doing a film with Carrot Top. When O'Brien asked Smith the title of the film, Macdonald interjected that if it had Carrot Top in it, a good title would be Box Office Poison. After Smith revealed the actual title, O'Brien jokingly retorted to Macdonald, "Do something with that, you freak." Macdonald quickly replied "I bet the Board is spelled B-o-r-e-d", causing O'Brien to break out in laughter.

The movie appears in IMDB's top 20 worst rated films of all time. Comedian and former Mystery Science Theater 3000 host Michael J. Nelson named the film the fifth worst comedy ever made.

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Summer School (film)

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Summer School is a 1987 film directed by Carl Reiner about the travails of a high school gym teacher who is forced to teach a remedial English class for a bunch of maladjusted goof-off students. It stars Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley, and Courtney Thorne-Smith. The original music score was composed by Danny Elfman.

The movie begins with the last day of school before summer vacation. The gym teacher, Mr. Freddy Shoop (Mark Harmon), could not care less about his job and is ready to vacation in Hawaii with his young girlfriend, Kim. Meanwhile, a group of students including easily distracted Pam (Courtney Thorne-Smith), 'nocturnal' Larry, who happens to be a male stripper (Ken Olandt), football jock Kevin (Patrick Labyorteaux), pregnant Rhonda (Shawnee Smith), geeky Alan (Richard Steven Horvitz), dyslexic Denise (Kelly Jo Minter) and two horror-film-obsessed underachievers, Dave (Gary Riley) and Francis, a.k.a. 'Chainsaw' (Dean Cameron), get called down to the office by the Vice-Principal, Phil Gills (Robin Thomas), and are informed that they all failed and have to go to summer school for remedial English.

The original remedial English teacher (played by director Carl Reiner), however, wins the lottery and immediately quits teaching. Gills has no choice but to give the job to Shoop. Shoop reluctantly takes it and Kim goes off to Hawaii without him. On the first day Shoop meets Ms. Robin Bishop (Kirstie Alley), who is teaching next door. Shoop falls head over heels for her, but she is already dating Phil. Shoop's first day is a disaster and most of the students ditch and one 'goes to the lavatory' (Duane Davis). Phil comes in and brings in the beautiful new Italian transfer student, Anna-Maria (Fabiana Udenio), who will be learning English as well, much to the delight of Dave and Chainsaw. After the left-over students attempt to ditch as well Shoop admits he has no idea how to teach and they spend their first few days having fun and go out to the beach, a theme park and the petting zoo until Gills finds out.

Gills threatens to fire Shoop unless his students pass the end of the term test. Shoop promises to give each kid a favor if they promise to study. The kids agree and Shoop gives Denise driving lessons, accompanies Rhonda to Lamaze classes, gives Kevin football lessons, allows Dave to throw a party in his house - destroying his couch in the process, gives Larry a bed in the classroom, lets Chainsaw arrange a screening of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in his class and allows Pam to move in with him. Everyone is all set except one problem - he has no idea how to teach! Shoop looks to Robin who tells him to make teaching fun. Shoop and the kids begin to learn and have fun at the same time and Shoop begins to grow closer to his kids. The students study hard to write their English basic skills exam, still worried that Gills is going to fire Shoop unless all his students pass.

When the exam is about to begin, the student that 'went to the lavatory' returns, with his only explanation being "My zipper got stuck.", after being gone for the entire summer. The exam goes smoothly despite Rhonda going into labor near the end(at least now she has grounds for a makeup). When the exam results come in, not all the students pass and Asst. Vice Principal Gills is ready to follow through with his firing threat. However, the parents of the students come to Mr. Shoop's defense, and because of the students' large improvement, Principal Kelban (Francis X. McCarthy) grants Mr. Shoop tenure for his positive effect, thwarting Gills's plan. Shoop and Robin end up happily together in the end; they kiss in the surf, a lá Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity.

The Summer School soundtrack consists of 80s rock and dance songs with performers like Paul Engemann who is best known for his popular 1983 hit, "Scarface (Push It to the Limit)", Deborah Harry from Blondie, Elizabeth Daily (credited as E.G. Daily on the soundtrack) with her popular hits that had reached the Billboard, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Vinnie Vincent, Billy Burnette, and the young Elisa Fiorillo. Three of these performers were on the soundtrack from the popular 1983 gangster movie Scarface and did those songs with rock 'n' roll producer Giorgio Moroder. But on this soundtrack they did these songs with Danny Elfman, another famous film scorer.

Some songs that appear on the film, including James Brown's, "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag", Tonio K's, "I'm Supposed to Have Sex with You", Tone Norum's, "Second Language", Tami Show's, "All I Want from You", and Eddie Murphy's, "Party All the Time" do not appear on the soundtrack.

A special edition of Summer School was released on DVD on May 22, 2007.

Along with the special edition DVD release commemorating the twentieth anniversary of Summer School, many of the original cast was present for a reunion party. During an audience Q&A, Dean Cameron suggested that he would be open to a sequel or possibly even a remake of the original. When asked who he would cast as “Chainsaw” Grimp suggested Shia LaBeouf or Zach Braff. No such project is in the works at this time.

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