Debra Jo Rupp
Debra Jo Rupp is an American actress and comedian. She is best known for her roles as Kitty Forman on the Fox sitcom That ’70s Show and Alice Knight-Buffay on the third, fourth and fifth seasons of Friends. She voiced Mary Lou Helperman in the animated series Teacher’s Pet and its sequel film.
About Debra Jo Rupp in brief
Debra Jo Rupp is an American actress and comedian. She is best known for her roles as Kitty Forman on the Fox sitcom That ’70s Show and Alice Knight-Buffay on the third, fourth and fifth seasons of Friends. She voiced Mary Lou Helperman in the animated series Teacher’s Pet and its sequel film, as well as playing timid secretary Miss Patterson in Big. Rupp was born in Glendale, California, in the family of Margaret A. Williams Rupp and John E. Rupp Jr. Her parents were firmly opposed to the idea of her becoming an actress, but she moved to New York to pursue an acting career. She left Massachusetts in 1979 to pursue a career in New York City. She frequently performed on stage and appeared in commercials before winning her first television role in 1980 as Sheila, a topless dancer, on the daytime drama All My Children. Her television work during the early 1990s included recurring roles on the television show Sister, Sister with Randy Davis and Sister, Quaid with Kathleen Turner.
In 1990, Rupp returned to perform in a Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Tom Davis and Kathleen Turner at Eugene O’Neill’ Theatre at the University of New York. In it, she portrayed the role of Ms. Higgins, Sister of the Incarnate Word. She has also appeared in numerous television shows, including Kate & Allie, Spenser Hire, and The Days of Spenser, and Spenser Nights of The Nights of Kate and Allie. She was featured in a Wall Street Journal article written by Enid Nemy for the \”Broadway\” section of The New York Times in early 1987, Entitled \”New York is beckoning, but first, Los Angeles\”, the interview revealed how Rupp’s success in the theater had scared the young actress enough to take time off from acting for several years. She continued to devote herself to acting full-time through the 1980s and performed in regional stage productions.