Who Is Loni Anderson?
Loni Andreson is an American actress, who you probably still remember from the sitcom on CBS, “WKRP in Cincinnati” (1978–1982), in which she played the receptionist, Jennifer Marlowe. For this role, she won three Golden Globe and two Emmy Award nominations. She was also Casey MacAfee in the TV series “Nurses”, among other projects on which she’s worked.
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Loni Anderson Age, Early Life, Bio
Loni Kaye Andreson was born on the 5th August 1945, in Saint Paul, Minnesota USA; she is the daughter of Klaydon Carl “Andy” Anderson, an environmental chemist and Maxine Hazel, a model.
In her autobiography, she revealed to us that her father first wanted to give her the name “Leiloni,” but he soon realized that it might be twisted into “Lay Loni,” hence the shortened version. Loni grew up in suburban Roseville, Minnesota, where she attended Alexander Ramsey Senior High School. In 1963, she was voted Valentine Queen at the Valentine’s Day Winter Formal, and was a Miss Minnesota runner-up in 1964.
Loni Anderson Career
Loni attended the University of Minnesota to study art, but soon left, and appeared in several local commercials, before making her film debut in a small role in the 1966 film “Nevada Smith,” starring Steve McQueen.
For nearly a decade after that, she went virtually unemployed as an actress, until being cast in guest roles in various television series in the mid-1970s, in two episodes of “S.W.A.T.,” then in the sitcom “Phyllis,” and as a waitress in “Police Woman” and “Police Story.” In 1976 Loni starred in the TV series “Barnaby Jones”, and “The McLean Stevenson Show” as Mrs. Swenson, and her guest-starring role as Susan Walters in a season two episode of the popular sitcom “Three’s Company,” brought her to the attention of the ABC network.
The role that made her famous came in 1978, in the sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati,” in which she played the sultry receptionist Jennifer Marlowe – the creator of the sitcom, Hugh Wilson, admitted that Loni got the role because her body looked like Jayne Mansfield, and because she possessed the innocent sexuality of Marilyn Monroe.
Rise to Stardom
The series aired for four years, and it was popular mainly among teenagers, young adults, and disc jockeys. As she was the “main attraction” of the series, Loni demanded more money per episode, and during negotiations she actually starred as Jayne Mansfield in the CBS made-for-television film “The Jayne Mansfield Story” in 1980.
During the eighties, Loni was one of the most significant sex symbols in Hollywood – in 1983 she starred in the comedy film “Stroker Ace,” but which was a critical and box office failure, then played a significant role in the movie drama “My Mother’s Secret Life” in 1984, and appeared as herself in the romantic comedy “The Lonely Guy,” and played Sydney Kovak in the TV series “Partners in Crime.” Roles that are also worth mentioning are L.K. McGuire, in “Easy Street” (1986-1987), Madeleine Stevenson in “Sorry, Wrong Number” (1989), and Thelma Todd in “White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd” (1991). In the classic animated film “All Dogs Go to Heaven” (1989), she voiced Flo, a dog collie.
Loni’s acting career gradually declined in the late 1980s. She wanted to co-star with her then husband Burt Reynolds in his CBS sitcom “Evening Shade” in the early 1990s, but the producers did not like the idea, and they replaced Anderson with Marilu Henner. Loni was added to the third season of the NBC sitcom “Nurses” in 1993, playing hospital administrator Casey MacAfee. Although everyone expected her appearance to add to the popularity of the series, it was canceled shortly thereafter. During the late 1990s, Loni appeared in popular TV series “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” (1997), “Clueless” (1996–1999), and “V.I.P.” (1999), and in the early 2000s in series “The Mullets” (2004) as Mandi Mullet-Heidecker in 11 episodes, and in “So Notorious” (2006) as Kiki Spelling, in eight episodes.
Where is She Now?
After this, we didn’t see her on TV for the next 10 years. She returned to the small screens with the not so popular series “My Sister Is So Gay” in 2016, in 12 episodes of the series though 2018, but since then she hasn’t made any new appearances. Nevertheless, she did feature in the TV series “Baby Daddy” also in 2016, and in the TV short “Love You More” in 2017.
Loni Anderson Net Worth and Appearance
Her divorce from Bert Reynolds increased her bank account by $2 million, but her primary source of income has been her earnings from her acting career, in several movies but numerous television series. The estimated net worth of Loni Anderson is over $12 million, as of early 2020.
Loni Anderson on an episode of 'Fantasy Island.'1980
Loni Anderson stands at 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall, while she weighs approximately 125lbs ~ 57kgs, and her vital statistics are 37-25-35 – her bra size is 34C. She has blonde hair and brown eyes.
Loni Anderson Personal Life
Before Loni even reached the age of 21, she was married and divorced. Her first of four marriages was to her fellow Minnesotan, Bruce Hassellberg when she was 18 years old, from 1964 to 1966, and the couple welcomed a daughter, Diedra, shortly after their vows. After divorce, it was a difficult time for Anderson, and Loni had to take a teaching job to support herself and her baby while completing her college education.
In 1973, Loni married another aspiring actor, Ross Bickell. Desiring more and better opportunities in the film industry, the couple decided to leave Minnesota and move to Los Angeles in 1975. However, all the glory that afflicted them had a negative effect on their marriage – Loni’s instant fame led to the dissolution of her second marriage, and in 1981 the couple divorced. A few years later, she met Burt Reynolds, and Loni said YES for the third time in 1988. They decided to adopt a child, a son Quentin, but this romance didn’t last forever – they went through a nasty divorce, and Bert once even stated before his death that marrying Loni was one of his worse moves.
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For 15 years, Loni was alone, but married for the fourth time in 2008 to the musician Bob Flick, and they are still together.
Loni is active in humanitarian work; she spreads awareness about the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung disease. In 1997 she published her autobiography, “My Life in High Heels,” in which she stated she was physically abused during her third marriage, ie Bert Reynolds.