Morgan Fairchild

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Morgan Fairchild

Morgan Fairchild (born February 3, 1950 in Dallas, Texas) is an American actress.

Born Patsy Ann McClenny, her first job was as a stand in for Faye Dunaway during location filming for the movie Bonnie and Clyde (1967). She took her new first name, Morgan, from the 1966 David Warner film, Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment. Moving to New York City, she secured her first on-screen role, appearing as maniacal Jennifer Pace in the daytime soap opera Search for Tomorrow from 1973 until 1977.

She moved to Los Angeles and was cast as Jenna Wade in the television series Dallas in 1978, appearing in one episode (the role was later played by Priscilla Presley). In the late 70's she had a stint on Mork & Mindy and subsequently had her first starring role in a prime time series, Flamingo Road, earning a nomination for an Emmy Award for her performance. In 1982 she played Jamie Douglas, a newscaster, in the sexy thriller "The Seduction." In 1984 she headlined another series, Paper Dolls, where critics considered her the only bright spot, but poor ratings doomed the series. By this time she was established as a leading television actress and appeared in the series Falcon Crest. She garnered an Emmy nomination for her role in a Murphy Brown episode and in the early 90's the Roseanne producers capitalized on her name value and cast her in a small role as bisexual Sandra Bernhard's girlfriend.

In 1995, Fairchild returned to soaps as bitch Sydney Chase on The City, but only stayed for a year. She also made a guest appearance in the American series Friends and was a recurring guest star on Cybill as Andrea, the rival of Cybill Shepherd's character. Through the years she also maintained a career in independent films and theater productions. In the early 80's she appeared in off-Broadway plays such as Geniuses and garnered rave reviews from Time and the New York Times.

Fairchild's personal life has been more low-key but she was married to Jack Calmes from 1967-1973 and dated US Senator and future Presidential candidate John Kerry in the early 90's. Fairchild continues to appear regularly on television, and is active in raising awareness of AIDS related issues, and environmental protection. Fairchild is unique in the sense that she has never had a starring role in a successful film or television series. She cultivated an image through her glamour as well as her extremely professional and courteous personality (a contrast from the "divas" she tends to portray). Fairchild scored her biggest recognition in some time by starring in TV ads for the Old Navy clothing store for several years, essentially playing herself.

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