Mostly Credited As: Debra Jo Rupp
Date Of Birth: February 24, 1951 (Age 65)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Glendale, California
Height: 5' 3" (1.6 m)
Debra Jo Rupp always wanted to be an actress, but her parents were firmly opposed to the idea. They sent her to the University of Rochester at least in part because it offered no theater classes. But the school added a Drama department in Rupp's freshman year, and after graduation, she moved to New York to begin her acting career.
From this point, about a dozen years of Rupp's life seem to be missing. In interviews and stage bios, she quickly glosses over the time between her graduation in 1974 and the late 1980s, when she began accumulating stage and TV credits. Perhaps she was a waitress and unemployed actress all those years; perhaps she married and divorced, or perhaps it's none of our business.
Her first TV role was a bit part on a 1987 episode of Spenser for Hire, and her first film was Big in 1988 (she played manchild Tom Hanks' secretary). She debuted on Broadway in a 1990 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
In recurring guest roles, she was Giovanni Ribisi's wife and Lisa Kudrow’s sister-in-law on Friends, and Jerry's agent on Seinfeld. She played three different roles in three different episodes of Empty Nest, and she was a regular on five different quickly-canceled TV series in the 1990s.
Since 1998, she has played Kitty Forman, the harried but loving wife of Kurtwood Smith and mother of Topher Grace on That '70s Show. With her distinctive nasally voice, an unmistakable, infectious laugh, and her maternal yet sexy presence, she was made for the role. The Boston Herald named Rupp as "Best Sitcom Mom" on television.
Debra Jo Rupp played as Kitty Forman on That '70s Show which aired it's series finale May 18th 2006, on FOX.