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Debra Jo Rupp

Mostly Credited As: Debra Jo Rupp
Date Of Birth: February 24, 1951 (Age 63)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Glendale, California
Height: 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Debra Jo Rupp


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.

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TV Appearances

Main cast 
Cuz-Bros (2014)As: Merle
Better With You (2010)As: Vicky Putney
Teacher's Pet (2000)As: Mary Lou Moira Angela Darling Helperman -- [Voice]
That '70s Show (1998)As: Kitty Forman
The Office (1995) (1995)As: Beth Avery
If Not for You (1995)As: Eileen
Episode Cast Credits 

Hart Of Dixie (2011) 
  Where I Lead Me 02x16: (Feb/26/2013) As Betsy Maynard (Wanda's Mother) 

As The World Turns (1956) 
  Ep. #13322 53x86: (Jul/30/2008) As Edna Winklemeyer 
  Ep. #13298 53x62: (Jun/26/2008) As Edna Winklemeyer 
  Ep. #13289 53x53: (Jun/13/2008) As Edna Winklemeyer 
  Ep. #13288 53x52: (Jun/12/2008) As Edna Winklemeyer 

The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet (2007) 
  Fat Debate; Debra Jo Rupp 01x107: (Jun/19/2007) As Herself 
  Corbin Bernsen, Debra Jo Rupp 01x100: (Jun/08/2007) As Herself 

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) 
  Infiltrated 08x06: (Oct/31/2006) As Debra Hartnell, [Special Guest Stars]

That '70s Show (1998) 
  That '70s Show: The Final Goodbye (May/11/2006) As Herself 

Robot Chicken (2005) 
  Gold Dust Gasoline 01x03: (Mar/06/2005) Voiced  Kitty 

Oprah (1986) 
  Episode dated 24 February 2005 19x01: (Feb/24/2005) As Herself 

Friends (1994) 
  The One Hundredth 05x03: (Oct/08/1998) As Alice 
  The One With Rachel's New Dress 04x18: (Apr/02/1998) As Alice 
  The One With the Free Porn 04x17: (Mar/26/1998) As Alice 
  The One With the Embryos 04x12: (Jan/15/1998) As Alice 
  The One With Phoebe's Uterus 04x11: (Jan/08/1998) As Alice 
  The One With the Hypnosis Tape 03x18: (Mar/13/1997) As Alice 

7th Heaven (1996) 
  See You in September 02x02: (Sep/22/1997) As June McKinkley 

Seinfeld (1989) 
  The Abstinence 08x09: (Nov/21/1996) As Katie 
  The Diplomat's Club 06x22: (May/04/1995) As Katie 

ER (1994) 
  Full Moon, Saturday Night 01x20: (Mar/30/1995) As Mrs. Dibble 

Hearts Afire (1992) 
  The Virgin Lonnie 03x02: (Oct/01/1994) As Brenda Swain 
  Sleepless in a Small Town 02x14: (Mar/28/1994) As Brenda Swain 

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (1993) 
  Stagecoach 01x22: (Apr/01/1994) As Ms. Plowright 

L.A. Law (1986) 
  Pacific Rimshot 08x07: (Nov/18/1993) As Gretchen Tomba 

Family Matters (1989) 
  It's a Mad, Mad, Madhouse 04x11: (Nov/27/1992) As Miss Connors 

Blossom (1991) 
  You Must Remember This 02x20: (Mar/02/1992) As Mrs. Robinson 
  Three O'Clock and All is Hell 02x16: (Jan/20/1992) As Lucy 

Civil Wars (1991) 
  Have Gun, Will Unravel 01x05: (Dec/18/1991) As Florence Herrigan 

Newhart (1982) 
  Ramblin' Michael Harris 08x05: (Oct/23/1989) As Irene Sadler 

Kate & Allie (1984) 
  The Nightmare Before Christmas 05x12: (Dec/14/1987) As Toy Store Clerk 

Over the Top (1997) 
  Pilot (Unaired) As Rose, [Starring Roles]
Trivia

Graduated from the University of Rochester, New York in 1974

Taught actress Sara Rue how to drive.

Attended Masconomet Region High School in Topsfield, Massachusetts.

Debra Jo Rupp is 5' 4

When Debra Jo stopped smoking, That '70s Show had to addapt to her achivment.

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