Lori Loughlin
Birth name Lori Anne Loughlin
Born July 28, 1964 (age 46))

Queens, New York, U.S.

Occupation(s) Actress
Years active 1976–present
Spouse Michael Burns (1989–1996)
Mossimo Giannulli (1997–present); 2 daughters and 1 stepson


Lori Anne Loughlin (born July 28, 1964) is an American actress, best known for her role as Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House. As of 2011, she portrays the role of Debbie Wilson on 90210, the spin-off of Beverly Hills, 90210. She also known for portraying the role of Ava Gregory on the The WB Drama series Summerland, which she also co-created.[1]

Early life and educationEdit

Loughlin was born in Queens, New York and moved with her family to Long Island. First, she lived in Oceanside, New York, where she attended Oaks Public Elementary School #3, and then Hauppauge, New York, where she attended Hauppauge High School. Template:Citation needed. She is of Irish descent.Template:Citation needed


She began her career at age 12 as a print model. During her early teen years she appeared in television commercials, and was frequently seen in national print ads like the Sears catalog and Bradlees weekly flyers. In 1979, she received her first recognizable national television exposure playing a cheerleader with a cast on her leg in a TaB Cola commercial.

At the age of 15, Loughlin was cast on ABC's soap opera The Edge of Night, playing the part of Jody Travis, an aspiring dancer. After three-and-a-half years, prompted by the urging of Joel Crothers, Loughlin decided to try her luck in feature films and television. After a short stint in Who's the Boss, she came back to ABC where she was cast playing Rebecca Donaldson, Danny Tanner's co-host and later Jesse Katsopolis' wife in the sitcom Full House. Her character went from recurring to regular as Rebecca and Jesse married on the show, and this would be her most notable role to date.

She played the role of Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon's daughter in the 1987 beach movie spoof Back to the Beach.

After Full House, she starred alongside Bruce Campbell in In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory, which was released in 1997. In 2000, Loughlin co-starred opposite Treat Williams in the Fred Olen Ray-helmed thriller Critical Mass.

She also had supporting roles, including Spin City, Seinfeld, and The Drew Carey Show and the superhero Black Canary in the short lived Birds of Prey series. Loughlin was also considered for the role of Sarah Connor in 1984's The Terminator.

From 2004 to 2005, Loughlin co-created, produced and starred in the WB drama series Summerland. She played Ava, the aunt who raises three children after their parents die in a car accident. The series was canceled due to low ratings on July 11, 2005. Loughlin starred on the ABC sitcom In Case of Emergency with David Arquette. She appeared in the film Moondance Alexander, co-starring Kay Panabaker.

She currently stars in the Beverly Hills, 90210 spinoff 90210 as Debbie Wilson.

Loughlin was in attendance at Comedy Central's The Roast of Bob Saget which was hosted by John Stamos, and premiered on August 17, 2008. At her table were Full House co-stars Dave Coulier and Jodie Sweetin.

In 2010, Loughlin starred in the television movie Meet My Mom, which premiered on the Hallmark Channel on Mother's Day.[2]

In August 2010, Lori appeared on the cover of H mag, photographed by Joey.

Personal lifeEdit

Loughlin was married to Michael Burns from 1989 to 1996. She later wore the wedding dress from her first wedding with Burns on the two-parters wedding episode of Full House during Season 4. In 1997, Loughlin married fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, the creator of the Mossimo clothing line. They have two daughters together, Isabella Rose (born September 16, 1998) and Olivia Jade (born September 28, 1999).


Year Film Role Other notes
1983 Amityville 3-D Susan Baxter
1985 The New Kids Abby McWilliams Alternative title: Striking Back
Secret Admirer Toni Williams Alternative title: The Letter
1986 Rad Christian
1987 Back to the Beach Sandi Alternative title: Malibu Beach Girls
1988 The Night Before Tara Mitchell
1993 Empty Cradle Jane Morgan
1999 Suckers Donna DeLuca
2000 Critical Mass Janine
2001 Magyk Sally
2007 Farce of the Penguins Melvin-Smacking Penguin Voice Role
Direct-to-DVD Release
Moondance Alexander Gelsey Alexander
2009 Old Dogs Amanda
Year Title Role Notes
1971 My Three Sons Wendy Episode: "The Sound of Music"
The Smith Family Episode: "Family Man"
1979 Too Far to Go Young Judith Maple Uncredited Role
1980–1983 The Edge of Night Jody Travis #1
1982 Matt Houston Sue Episode: "Shark Bait"
1983 The Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour Linda Craig TV-Pilot
1985 North Beach and Rawhide Candy Cassidy TV-Movie
1986 Brotherhood of Justice Christie TV-Movie
1986, 1987 The Equalizer Jenny Morrow Episode: "Prelude"
Episode: "First Light"
1986, 1988 CBS Schoolbreak Special Kelly
Episode: "Babies Having Babies"
Episode: "No Means No"
1987 A Place to Call Home Jenny Gavin TV-Movie
1988 Tales from the Hollywood Hills: The Old Reliable Kay Cork TV-Movie
CBS Summer Playhouse Tammy Episode: "Old Money"
1988–1995 Full House Rebecca 'Becky' Donaldson Katsopolis 153 episodes
1992 Inside America's Totally Unsolved Lifestyles "Another Look" Anchor TV-Special
Doing Time on Maple Drive Allison TV-Movie
To Grandmother's House We Go Win-O-Lotto Lottery Hostess Uncredited Role
1993 Empty Cradle Jane Morgan TV-Movie
A Stranger in the Mirror Jill Castle TV-Movie
1994 One of Her Own Toni Stroud TV-Movie
1995 Abandoned and Deceived Gerri Jensen TV-Movie
1995–1996 Hudson Street Melanie Clifford 22 episodes
1997 In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory Jill Erickson TV-Movie
Tell Me No Secrets Jess Koster TV-Movie
Suddenly Susan Paula Episode: "With Friends Like These"
The Price of Heaven Leslie TV-Movie
Alternative title: Blessed Assurance
Casper: A Spirited Beginning Sheila Fistergraff TV-Movie
Seinfeld Patty Episode: "The Serenity Now"
Medusa's Child Dr. Linda McCoy Miniseries
2001 Cursed Natalie Keith Episode: "...And Then They Tried to Make Some Rules"
Spin City Michelle Episode: "Yet Another Stakeout"
Episode: "Yeah Baby!"
Episode: "An Officer and a Gentleman"
2002 Eastwick Sukie Ridgemont TV-Pilot
Birds of Prey Caroline Lance Episode: "Sins of the Mother"
The Drew Carey Show Robin Episode: "Chemistry Schmemistry"
Episode: "The Dawn Patrol"
2004 Justice League Unlimited Dr. Tracy Simmons Voice Role
Episode: "The Greatest Story Never Told"
2004–2005 Summerland Ava Gregory 26 episodes
2005 1-800-Missing Dr. Joy Gribben Episode: "Anything for the Baby (1)"
Episode: "Anything for the Baby (2)"
Dana's Life Kelly Herrington Season 1-3 regular, season 3-5 recurring
2006 Jake in Progress Lindsay Episode: "The Two Jakes"
Ghost Whisperer Christine Greene Episode: "Demon Child"
2007 In Case of Emergency Dr. Joanna Lupone 13 episodes
2008–2011 90210 Debbie Wilson Series Regular for seasons 1-3
2010 Meet My Mom Dana Marshall TV-Movie

Awards and nominationsEdit

Daytime Emmy Award

  • 1989: Nominated, "Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special" - CBS Schoolbreak Special

PRISM Awards

  • 2006: Won, "Best Performance in a Drama Series Storyline" - Summerland

TV Land Award

  • 2004: Nominated, "Best Quintessential Non-Traditional Family" - Full House

Teen Choice Award

  • 2009: Nominated, "Choice TV Parental Unit" - 90210

Young Artist Award

  • 1983: Nominated, "Best Young Actress in the Daytime Series" - The Edge of Night
  • 1987: Won, "Michael Landon Award" - CBS Schoolbreak Special

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