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Encyclopedia > Wendie Jo Sperber
Wendie Jo Sperber
Born September 15, 1958
Hollywood, California, USA
Died November 29, 2005 (aged 47)
Sherman Oaks, California, USA
Years active 1978-2003
Spouse(s) Richard Velasquez (m. 1983 div. 1994) 2 children
Notable roles Linda McFly in Back to the Future Part III

Wendie Jo Sperber (September 15, 1958 — November 29, 2005)1 was an American actress, best known for her performances in the films Back to the Future and I Wanna Hold Your Hand and the television sitcom Bosom Buddies. September 15 is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years). ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_California. ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... November 29 is the 333rd (in leap years the 334th) day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_California. ... Sherman Oaks is a district of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Back to the Future Part III is a science fiction western comedy film starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd that opened on May 25, 1990. ... September 15 is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years). ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... November 29 is the 333rd (in leap years the 334th) day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Back to the Future is an American science fiction/comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and released in 1985. ... I Wanna Hold Your Hand is a comedy film directed and co-written by Robert Zemeckis. ... Bosom Buddies was an American sitcom starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari created by Robert L. Boyett, Thomas L. Miller and Chris Thompson. ...

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Biography

Sperber was born in Hollywood and aimed for a performing-arts career from high school onward. She attended the summer Teenage Drama Workshop at California State University, Northridge, during the 1970s, and began her screen career at a young age when she was cast in the small role of Kuchinsky in Matthew Robbins' 1978 teen comedy Corvette Summer, alongside Mark Hamill. She appeared in Robert Zemeckis' period comedy I Wanna Hold Your Hand, as the irrepressible Rosie Petrofsky. Sperber was overweight, but was able to move quickly on screen (Entertainment Weekly described Rosie Petrofsky as "a screaming Beatlemaniac who, among other things, climbed through elevator shafts and leapt from a moving car"),[1] and her “girl-next-door” appearance helped her to overcome the stigma of her weight. Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... California State University, Northridge (also known as CSUN, Cal State Northridge, or C-Sun) is a public university in the San Fernando Valley, within the city limits of Los Angeles, California, USA. Part of the California State University system, CSUN was founded in 1958 as San Fernando Valley State College... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Matthew Robbins may refer to: Matthew Robbins (footballer). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor and voice actor. ... Robert Zemeckis (born May 14, 1952) is an Academy Award-winning American movie director, producer and writer. ... I Wanna Hold Your Hand is a comedy film directed and co-written by Robert Zemeckis. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Beatles arrival at Americas JFK Airport in 1964 has proved a particularly enduring image of Beatlemania. ...


She played the title role in the made-for-television feature Dinky Hocker and engaged in physical comedy in Steven Spielberg's 1941. Zemeckis, who also worked on 1941, brought Sperber back to the big screen in 1980 with a role in his comedy Used Cars, but it was on television that year that Sperber finally began to receive more serious attention. She was cast in the role of Amy Cassidy—a character that was funny, romantic, and exuberant— in the series Bosom Buddies, starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari. Following its cancellation in 1982, Sperber appeared in the comedy The First Time, and worked a year on the series Private Benjamin. She then resumed her feature work in the Tom Hanks theatrical vehicle Bachelor Party, directed by Neal Israel. Israel used her again in Moving Violations in 1985. That same year, she appeared as Linda McFly in Zemeckis' highly successful Back to the Future. Steven Allan Spielberg, (born December 18, 1946) is an American film director and producer. ... 1941 is a movie directed by Steven Spielberg and starred John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Used Cars is a 1980 comedy film. ... Bosom Buddies was an American sitcom starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari created by Robert L. Boyett, Thomas L. Miller and Chris Thompson. ... Thomas Tom Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor, Emmy winning director, voice-over artist and movie producer who starred in family-friendly and screwball comedies before achieving notable success as a dramatic actor. ... Peter Scolari Peter Scolari (born September 12, 1954 in New Rochelle, New York) is an American television, film and stage actor who was seen early in his career in the television program Bosom Buddies (1980 - 1982) and later in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (1997 - 2000). ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The First Time is a song by Irish rock band U2, released on their 1993 album Zooropa. ... Bachelor Party is a 1984 comedy film starring Tom Hanks, Tawny Kitaen, Adrian Zmed and Deborah Harmon. ... Moving Violations is a 1985 comedy film, starring John Murray, Jennifer Tilly, Brian Backer, Sally Kellerman, and Clara Peller, directed by Neal Israel. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Back to the Future is an American science fiction/comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and released in 1985. ...


Sperber's roles grew larger in the wake of Back to the Future, and over the next decade she starred in the series Babes (a comedy about three zaftig women), and had a major supporting part in the series Hearts Afire, as well as numerous big-screen comedies interspersed with the occasional drama. By her own account, however, she preferred comedy if given the choice. As she told TV Guide in 1990, “I'm an actress who likes to say something funny—everybody laughs and your job is done.” Babes was an American situation comedy series that ran for one season on the Fox Television Network from September 13, 1990 to August 10, 1991. ... Rubens Venus at the Mirror BBW, an initialism for Big Beautiful Woman, denotes an attractive, self-confident woman of size. BBWs are also the focus of a subculture with interests centered on the acceptance, support, and admiration of obese women. ... Hearts Afire is a sitcom that aired from 1992-1995 on CBS. Series Premise Created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason, it starred the late John Ritter (Threes Company) and Markie Post (Night Court) playing John Hartman and Georgie Anne Lahti Hartman, respectively. ... TV Guide is the name of two North American weekly magazines about television programming, one in the United States and one in Canada. ... 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1983, Sperber married Richard Velasquez, and had a son, Preston, in 1986, and a daughter, Pearl, in 1990. The marriage ended in divorce in 1994. 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ...


In 1997, Sperber was diagnosed with breast cancer, which seemed to go into remission following treatment. She revealed in April of 2002, though, that the cancer had reappeared and spread throughout her body. She continued to work in television and movies during this period, including episodes of Unhappily Ever After, Home Improvement, Will & Grace, Grounded for Life, and the movies Desperate But Not Serious (1999) and Sorority Boys (2002). Her last work was lending her voice to “Roger & Me,” an episode featured on American Dad in 2006, after her death. The producers of the show renamed her character as Wendie Jo in honor of the actress. 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Breast cancer is cancer of breast tissue. ... Remission is the state of absence of disease activity in patients with known chronic illness. ... 2002 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December A timeline of events in the news for April, 2002. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... The Malloys, clockwise from top left: Ross, Ryan, Jack, Tiffany, and Mr. ... Home improvement is the process of renovating or making additions to ones home. ... Will & Grace was a popular Emmy Award-winning American television situation comedy that focused on Will Truman, a gay lawyer and his best friend Grace Adler, a straight Jewish woman who runs her own interior design firm, as well as Karen Walker, a very rich socialite and Jack McFarland, an... Grounded for Life was an American television sitcom. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Sorority Boys is a 2002 comedy film directed by Wallace Wolodarsky. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... The Smiths, from left to right: Roger, Francine, Stan, Klaus, Hayley, and Steve. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


Involvement in Social Issues

In addition to her work on TV and movies, Sperber also was the founder of weSPARK Cancer Support Center, an independent organization formed in 2001 to advance and help support individuals and their families fighting various forms of cancer through free emotional support, information and social events/activities. In addition to being the founder, Sperber also served on the board of directors and wrote the quarterly newsletter. 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1998, Sperber also helped the United States Postal Service unveil and promote a breast-cancer stamp. 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... The United States Postal Service (USPS) is an independent establishment of the executive branch of the United States Government (see 39 U.S.C. Â§ 201) responsible for providing postal service in the United States. ...


Film and television work

Film

2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sorority Boys is a 2002 comedy film directed by Wallace Wolodarsky. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... There is also a musical group named Love Affair. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Back to the Future Part III is a science fiction western comedy film starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd that opened on May 25, 1990. ... 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Stewardess School, sometimes known as Stew School, is a 1986 comedy film about several people who attend a school for flight attendants. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Back to the Future is an American science fiction/comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and released in 1985. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Moving Violations is a 1985 comedy film, starring John Murray, Jennifer Tilly, Brian Backer, Sally Kellerman, and Clara Peller, directed by Neal Israel. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bachelor Party is a 1984 comedy film starring Tom Hanks, Tawny Kitaen, Adrian Zmed and Deborah Harmon. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The First Time is a song by Irish rock band U2, released on their 1993 album Zooropa. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Used Cars is a 1980 comedy film. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1941 is a movie directed by Steven Spielberg and starred John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. ... For the song by The Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ... For the song by The Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... I Wanna Hold Your Hand is a comedy film directed and co-written by Robert Zemeckis. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ...

Television

The Smiths, from left to right: Roger, Francine, Stan, Klaus, Hayley, and Steve. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Grounded for Life was an American television sitcom. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hearts Afire is a sitcom that aired from 1992-1995 on CBS. Series Premise Created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason, it starred the late John Ritter (Threes Company) and Markie Post (Night Court) playing John Hartman and Georgie Anne Lahti Hartman, respectively. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Married… with Children was a long-running American sitcom about a dysfunctional family living in Chicago. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Babes was an American situation comedy series that ran for one season on the Fox Television Network from September 13, 1990 to August 10, 1991. ... 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Women in Prison films are an exploitation film genre. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bosom Buddies was an American sitcom starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari created by Robert L. Boyett, Thomas L. Miller and Chris Thompson. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Notes

Note 1: As is often the case in Hollywood, Sperber's age was a matter of contention at the time of her death. Some reports stated she “died in her 40s.” According to an Associated Press report on December 1, 2005: “Her publicist first said that Sperber was 46, but later said she was 43 based on an Internet resource. The Associated Press reported in September that Sperber was 47.” Her year of birth was widely published as 1962, but her California birth record shows her birthdate to be September 15, 1958. So she was in fact 47 at the time of her death. December 1 is the 335th (in leap years the 336th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... The California Birth Index is a database compiled by the California Office of Health Information and Research. ... September 15 is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years). ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


External links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about motion pictures, actors, movie stars, TV shows, TV stars, production crew personnel, movie pictures, cast, crew as well as video games. ... NNDB, ostensibly standing for Notable Names Database, produced by Soylent Communications, is an online database of biographical details of notable people. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Babes was an American situation comedy series that ran for one season on the Fox Television Network from September 13, 1990 to August 10, 1991. ...

References

  1. ^ One Fun Babe. Entertainment Weekly. (1990-10-12). Retrieved on 2007-01-25.

Wendie Jo MySpace Page 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... January 25 is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


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Wendie Jo Sperber was born in Hollywood in 1962 and aimed for a performing-arts career from high school onward.
Sperber was a large woman (over 200 pounds), yet she was also very pretty and as physically dexterous as any gymnast -- and as funny as any comic actress this side of Lucille Ball.
Sperber's roles grew larger in the wake of the goofy sci-fi adventure film, and over the next decade she starred in the series Babes (a comedy about three zoftig women) and had a major supporting part in the series Hearts Afire, as well as numerous big-screen comedies, interspersed with the occasional drama.
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Santa Barbara, California — Devastated from being diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago, actress Wendie Jo Sperber was also determined to live and be well.
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