Cast Biographies



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Delta Burke

Former Miss Florida Delta Burke splashed onto Hollywood in an array of various guest appearances -- almost always cast as the vamp. She then moved on to do several series, including The Chilshoms, First and Ten, and Filthy Rich, followed by the role that made her famous -- Suzanne Sugarbaker on the highly successful Designing Women. Since Designing Women, Delta was featured in the series Delta and then reunited with Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason to produce Women of the House. Delta then took a break from acting to write her autobiography and create Delta Burke Designs, which creates clothing for "real-size" women. In 2000, she appeared in her first feature film called What Women Want and opposite David Alan Grier in the series DAG.

Teri Garr

Since one of her first walk-on roles in the 1966 series Batman, Teri Garr has established herself an incredible array of credits, including such high profile feature films as Young Frankenstein, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Sting II, Mr. Mom, Tootsie and dozens more. Other television credits include the short-lived series Good and Evil, Death and Taxes, and Good Advice, plus a recurring role as Phoebe's mother on Friends. Teri continues to appear in both film and television, and in 2002 went public with her battle with Multiple Sclerosis and makes appearances to promote research and awareness of the disease.

Patricia Heaton

Patricia Heaton made her Broadway debut in the gospel musical, Don't Get God Started. She and fellow students formed an acting company, Stage Three, and took an off-Broadway production of The Johnstown Vindicator to Los Angeles where she secured her first television appearance on Fox's Alien Nation. Other roles followed, including starring roles in the series Room for Two with Linda Lavin and Someone Like Me, and a recurring role on Thirtysomething. Patricia then landed her Emmy Award-winning role as Ray Romano's sparring spouse in CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond.

Valerie Mahaffey

Valerie Mahaffey comes to Women of the House with a long list of television movies and guest appearances to her credit. Among them was a recurring role on the series Northern Exposure, for which she won an Emmy. Valerie also co-starred in the hysterical political satire series The Powers That Be with John Forsythe, Holland Taylor, and David Hyde Pierce. Among her credits are recurring roles on both E.R. and Wings and the 2003 feature film Seabiscuit.

Julie Hagerty

Best known for the role of Elaine in the immensely popular Airplane movies, Julie Hagerty began her career modeling and working in her brother's theater, where she made her 1979 off-Broadway debut in a production of Mutual Benefit Life. Following Airplane, feature films included Lost In America, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, Rude Awakening, Noises Off, and a role as Richard Dreyfuss' wife in What About Bob? Julie also co-starred on the series Reunited and Princesses.

Lisa Rieffel

Lisa Rieffel co-starred on many short-run series prior to Women of the House, including The Thorns, Ann Gillian, and The Trials of Rosie O'Neill. She also appeared for one season as the youngest Weston daughter on the series Empty Nest and as Sara on The King of Queens. Lisa continues to appear in telefilms and make guest appearances, while at the same time focusing on a singing career.

Jonathan Banks

Starting out in theater, Jonathan Banks managed and directed companies of Hair, Grease and Jesus Christ Superstar, followed by years of minor film and television roles. He received his big break in the critically acclaimed series The Gangster Chronicles, and later appeared in co-starring roles in Wiseguy and Fired Up. Among his many feature film appearances are notable roles in Beverly Hills Cop and 1996's Flipper.