Loni Anderson – Actress




Loni Anderson is a popular American Actress and Performer. She is known for her roles is All Dogs Go To Heaven (1989, Flo – Voice), Stroker Ace (1983, as Pembrook Feeney), A Night at the Roxbury (1998, as Barbara Butabi), and WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-1982, 89 episodes, as Jennifer Marlowe, Ghost of Christmas Past).


The upcoming project of Loni Anderson is Ladies of the `80s: A Divas Christmas (TV Movie, as Lily Marlowe).


Early life


Loni Anderson was born on 5th of August 1945 and her place of birth is Saint Paul, Minnesota, US. The current age of Loni is 78 years and her zodiac sign is Leo. The complete birth name of Loni is Loni Kaye Anderson and she has mostly gown up in suburban Roseville. She has studied at Alexander Ramsey High School (Roseville, MN).


The names of her parents are Klaydon Carl Andy Anderson and Maxine Hazel Kallin. Her father used to be an environmental chemist and her mother used to be a model. The name of her sister is Andrea Sams.


This actress has married four times. In the year 1964, she got married to Bruce Donald Hasselberg and they got divorced in the year 1966. In 1974, she married Ross Bickell and their marriage ended in 1981. In 1988, Loni got married to Burt Reynolds and they got divorced in 1994. Then in 2008, she married Bob Flick (musician and one of the founding members of the band “The Brothers Four”).


The names of her children are Deidre Hoffman (biological daughter from Bruce Donald Hasselberg) and Quinton Anderson Reynolds (adopted son with ex husband Burt Reynolds). The names of her grandchildren are Megan Hoffman and McKenzie Hoffman.


Loni Anderson studied Arts at the University of Minnesota and during this time, she also participated in beauty contests. Before reaching the age of 21, she got divorced from Bruce Hasselberg. She also had a baby daughter (Deidre) by this time. Thus, during this phase of her life, she was completing college, handling her child, and even took on a teaching job to get some financial support.


Loni Anderson gained interest in the field of acting and she started doing lots of theatre shows and commercials. Loni had jet black hair since birth. But to improvise her looks, she opted for the blonde color and this move helped her to grab many important roles in films and television.


When Loni Anderson was a teenager, her mother saw Burt Reynolds on screen and she was simply awestruck with his charisma. Later on, Loni got married to Burt.


Careers and success


The debut movie of Loni Anderson is Nevada Smith (1966, as Brunette Saloon Girl). After this, her career took a setback for almost a decade and then she appeared in TV series like S.W.A.T. (1975, as Art Teacher, Miss Texas), The Invisible Man (1975, as Andrea Hanover), Harry O (1975, as Linzy), Phyllis (1975, as Rita), Police Woman (1975, as Waitress), and Police Story (1976, as Waitress).


Loni Anderson gained popularity for her roles in My Sister Is So Gay (2016-2020, as Frances), So Notorious (2006, as Kiki Spelling), The Mullets (2003-2004, as Mandi Mullet-Heidecker), Melrose Place (1996, as Teri Carson), Nurses (1993-1994, as Casey MacAfee), Easy Street (1986-1987, as L.K. McGuire), and Partners in Crime (1984, as Sydney Kovak).


Loni has been a performer in a lot of TV series and movies. She has been a performer in Nurses (1993, Buffalo Gal), Easy Street (1986-1987, Good Morning, Bad, Bad Leroy Brown), The Jayne Mansfield Story (1980, Put Your Arms Around Me Honey), WKRP in Cincinnati (1979-1980, Just The Way You Are, Deck the Halls, Happy Birthday to You), and The Fantastic Funnies (1980, I’m Popeye the Sailor Man, Little Orphan Annie, Barney Google).


She has done a lot of TV commercials and has appeared on the cover page of 13 magazines.


In the years 1980 and 1990, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series for WKRP in Cincinnati. In the year 2007, she won the Lifetime Achievement Award (California Independent Film Festival). She has also been nominated for 3 Golden Globe Awards (from 1980 to 1982) for her performance in WKRP in Cincinnati.


Interesting facts


Loni Anderson’s height is 5 “7” and she has brown eyes. Loni is known among the audiences for her platinum blonde hair, voluptuous figure, and seductive deep voice. Her salary for WKRP in Cincinnati (year 1978) was around 20,000$ (per half an hour epiosde).


In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Loni was considered as a television sex symbol, but she always wished to be known for her on screen dramatic ability.


Loni Anderson is a Swedish/English descendant and she has been raised as a Lutheran. Her parents were smokers and they suffered from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Later on, Loni became the spokesperson for COPD Together and National Lung Health Education Program.


This actress has a huge collection of snow white miniatures, dolls, dachshund figures, plates, animated arts, music boxes, and many other artistic things. The name of her autobiography is “My Life in High Heels” and it was published in the year 1995. This book is co-authored by Larkin Warren.


Loni Anderson said “yes” to play the role of Jennifer in WKRP in Cincanniti only when the makers agreed to portray her as a bright and sensitive woman rather than being a dumb blonde.


At the age of 18, she was the runner up in Miss Minnesota Pageant and she was also voted as the Valentine Queen (during schooling years).

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