• Lauren Tewes is an American actress best known for her role as Julie McCoy in “The Love Boat”
• She was born in Braddock, Pennsylvania in 1953 and grew up in Whittier, California
• She attended Rio Hondo College and the University of California, Riverside
• She has been married three times, and does not have any children
• Her current net worth is estimated to be around $2 million

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthOctober 26, 1953
SpouseRobert Nadir, John Wassel
FactPerforming in the world premiere of the Craig Lucas play "Prayer for My Enemy" with the Intiman Theatre Co. in Seattle. [July 2007]

Who is Lauren Tewes?

Lauren Tewes is an American actress, best known for her role as Julie McCoy in “the Love Boat,” a TV comedy anthology that aired originally on ABC.

Lauren Tewes Age, Early Life, Family, and Education Background

Cynthia Lauren Tewes was born under the Scorpio Zodiac sign on 26 October 1953, in Braddock, Pennsylvania, USA, which makes her 67 years old in 2020. She is an American by nationality and belongs to white ethnicity, one of four children of Joseph Robert Tewes and Joan Woods; her father is a German immigrant while her mother is of Irish descent. Lauren’s father worked as a wood pattern maker.

Tewes spent the first eight years of her life in the industrial Trafford borough near Pittsburgh, before her family relocated to Whittier, California. Here, Lauren and her three siblings got a modest upbringing.

Lauren attended Ada S. Nelson Elementary School then Pioneer High School, where she spent three years studying drama, and won Best Actress award for three years. Later, Lauren enrolled at Rio Hondo College for an associate of arts degree, majoring in theater arts. While in college, Tewes won The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Theater. She also won a one-year scholarship, and as a sophomore, Lauren transferred to the University of California, Riverside.

Lauren Tewes Professional Career and Rise to Stardom

After her scholarship expired in 1973, Lauren withdrew from the university to join the Pacific Conservatory Theater in Santa Maria as an apprentice. This is where she made her stage debut in “The Most Happy Fella,” and “Arsenic and Old Lace,” before she became a member of Birdcage Theater Company at Knott’s Berry Farm, an amusement complex located on the outskirts of Los Angeles. The move pinned her name beside other famous theater actors, such as Dean Jones and Steve Martin. She starred in two roles as a heroine and a villainess, in the company’s drama productions.

After four months with the company, in 1974, Lauren relocated to Burbank, California to try her luck on screen. While there, Lauren turned to waiting tables to make ends meet, as she continued to attend film and television workshops, and auditions. The same year, Lauren filmed a Lipton Ice Tea commercial, which allowed her to get a talent agent as well as register at the Screen Actors Guild.

Lauren had to wait for some time before her presence was felt in Hollywood. She proceeded to work in the hospitality industry until 1977, when finally Lauren became a famous face after appearing in 20 television commercials.

At the same time she was going through a huge personal loss, as her mother passed on in 1975.

Lauren started her acting career with small parts in Aaron Spelling productions, including “Family” and “Charlie’s Angels.” However, she made her big debut in 1975 with ABC’s “The Wide World of Mystery.” Lauren’s life turned around after she landed her short performance as Sharon Freemont an Assistant Attorney, in Spelling’s “Starsky & Hutch.”

According to producer Aaron Spelling, Lauren was not their first choice for the role of Julie McCoy in “The Love Boat,” as they had already assembled a cast for the cruise adventure series a year before.

Lauren Tewes

Lauren was among the many blondes that turned up for the auditions for the role. The series was first screened on 5 May 1977.

In 1979 Lauren appeared in “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders,” then made her feature-film debut in 1981 in “Eyes of a Stranger” alongside Jennifer Jason. However, in 1984, her contract wasn’t renewed, and Pat Klous replaced her as Judy, Julie’s younger sister. Her departure was highly publicized, which brought Lauren’s cocaine addiction and unprofessional behavior into the spotlight. Her acting career came to an abrupt stop, and besides some campy movies such as “Attack of the 5’2’’ Women” and “It Came from Outer Space II,” she didn’t land any significant roles.

In 1985, Lauren was cast in “Anything for Love,” a CBS sitcom which never transformed into a series. She also made a last time appearance in “The Love Boat” the same year.

In the 1990s, Lauren decided to renew her stage career, and this time she also worked as a director. In 1990, Lauren appeared in “Independence” at the Burbank Little Theater, and the same year directed “The Head,” a William S. Leavengood’s dark comedy at the Attic Theater, before it was run in the Matrix Theater.

In the later years, Lauren moved to regional theater, where she performed with the Tacoma Actors Guild, A Contemporary Theater, and the Seattle Repertory Theater.

Birthday greetings to actress LAUREN TEWES; she’s 62 years old today. She is known for her role on the television comedy anthology series The Love Boat, which originally aired on ABC from 1977 to 1986.

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Lauren appeared in various plays, including “Side Man,” “My Fair Lady,” “A Delicate Balance,” “Prayer for My Enemy,” “The O’Conner Girls,” “Good People,” and “The Prisoner of Second Avenue.”

Lauren has also voiced characters in various video games, including “Pajama Sham3: You Are What You Eat from Your Head to Your Feet,” “Police Quest: SWAT 2,” and “Putt-Putt Travels through Time.”

Lauren attended a culinary school and became a cheese specialist, so when she’s not acting, Tewes works as a sous-chef for a Seattle catering company.

Lauren Tewes Personal Life, Husband, and Children

In 1977, Lauren met ad director John Wassel during the casting of the Hickory Farms dairy commercial.

The two were in a long-distance relationship for three months before John asked for Lauren’s hand in marriage, while at his parents’ place in Ohio. They married in November of the same year. However, their relationship didn’t last long as they divorced in 1982.

While working in “The Love Boat,” Lauren met Paolo Nonnis, a drummer, while she was still married to Wassel. When she divorced her first husband, Lauren disclosed her love for Nonnis, and the two walked down the aisle in 1986. A year later, Lauren gave birth to a premature baby girl, and lost the baby when she was one month old. This apparently brought an end to her marriage with Nonnis.

Lauren met her third husband, co-actor Robert Nadir in 1993, and the two remained in a long-distance relationship for a year. In 1994, Lauren joined Robert in Seattle, and on 1 May 1996, the couple walked down the aisle. They remained married until Nadir’s demise on 25 April 2002 from Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Lauren doesn’t have any children.

In the past, Lauren has struggled with cocaine addiction which led to her being fired from her then cast. However, she was able to beat the addiction and continue with her acting career.

Lauren Tewes Net Worth

Lauren has earned her net worth as an actress as well as a sous chef. According to reputable sources, Lauren Tewes net worth is around $2 million as of mid-2020.

General Info

Full NameLauren Tewes
Date Of BirthOctober 26, 1953
Height1.67 m
EducationUniversity of California, Riverside, Rio Hondo College


SpouseRobert Nadir, John Wassel
ParentsJoanne Woods, Joseph Tewes
SiblingsEd Tewes


AwardsTV Land Fan Favorite Award
MoviesThe Doom Generation, Magic Kid, Camp Cucamonga, The China Lake Murders, Eyes of a Stranger
TV ShowsThe Love Boat, Sky Commanders

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1Her paternal grandfather, Joseph Frederick Tewes, was a German immigrant, and her paternal grandmother, Mildred Gertrude Marie Franklin, was of German descent. Lauren's mother's family was of Irish and English origin.
2Performing in the world premiere of the Craig Lucas play "Prayer for My Enemy" with the Intiman Theatre Co. in Seattle. [July 2007]
3She now works in Seattle, Washington as a cheese steward following her completion of culinary arts studies. [2004]
4She has played the same character (Julie McCoy) in four different series: The Love Boat (1977), Charlie's Angels (1976), Martin (1992) and Love Boat: The Next Wave (1998).
5Sideline: gourmet cooking.
6Made her stage debut in "Arsenic and Old Lace" at the Pacific Conservatory Theatre in California. Other plays include "Born Yesterday" and "Crimes of the Heart" which were performed during the early 1980s.
7Also studied at the University of California at Riverside, California where she won the 1st Annual Chancellor's Award for Excellence in the Theatre.
8Father, Joseph Robert Tewes, was a wood pattern maker; mother is the former Joanne Woods.
9Attended Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California.
10Last name is pronounced "Tweeze".
11Following Lauren's dismissal from The Love Boat (1977) in 1984, she spiraled into drug addiction. She has now been sober for many years and presently makes her living doing voice-overs and radio commercials. She says she used to spend 16 hours a day caring for her sick husband.




Twin Peaks2017TV Series post-production
Locally Grown2013TV MovieGigi Granger
The Fugitive2000-2001TV SeriesLinda Westershulte
Pajama Sam 3: You Are What You Eat from Your Head to Your Feet2000Video GameGranny Smythe (voice)
Gorky 171999Video Game English version, voice
The X-Files Game1998Video GameJoan Truitt
Love Boat: The Next Wave1998TV SeriesJulie McCoy
Police Quest: SWAT 21998Video GameDispatch / Terrorist / Tammany's Wife / ... (voice)
Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell1998Video Game voice
Putt-Putt Travels Through Time1997Video Game voice
Nowhere1997Julie The Newscaster
Martin1997TV SeriesJulie McCoy
It Came from Outer Space II1996TV MovieCarolee Minter
The Doom Generation1995TV Anchorwoman
Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 Women1994TV MovieHostess
Weird Science1994TV SeriesMs. Tankey
Magic Kid1993VideoMom
Dark Justice1992-1993TV Series
Who's the Boss?1991TV SeriesLavonne
Camp Cucamonga1990TV MovieMrs. Scott
The China Lake Murders1990TV Movie
My Two Dads1988TV SeriesKaren Kupkus
The Love Boat1977-1987TV SeriesCruise Director Julie McCoy
Sky Commanders1987TV SeriesRed McCullough
Hotel1984-1986TV SeriesEllen Pierson / Paula Todd
Hunter1986TV SeriesSheila Burke
Murder, She Wrote1985TV SeriesBetty Jordan
Anything for Love1985TV MovieDot Bailey
T.J. Hooker1985TV SeriesCynthia Randolph
Finder of Lost Loves1985TV SeriesDorothy Keating
The New Mike Hammer1985TV SeriesChastity
The Love Boat Fall Preview Special1984TV MovieCruise Director Julie McCoy
Fantasy Island1978-1984TV SeriesBebe DeForrest / Jane Howell
Eyes of a Stranger1981Jane
Charlie's Angels1976-1979TV SeriesJulie McCoy / Christine Hunter
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders1979TV MovieJessie Mathews
Vega$1978TV SeriesCindy Smalley
Starsky and Hutch1977TV SeriesAsst. D.A Sharon Freemont
ABC Weekend Specials1977TV SeriesSharon
Family1977TV SeriesJill Redfield
Police Story1976TV SeriesKathy


Home & Family2015TV SeriesHerself
Today2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Sidewalks Entertainment2014TV SeriesGuest / Herself
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself - The Love Boat
Oprah: Where Are They Now?2014TV SeriesHerself
The Talk2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 8th Annual TV Land Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
Whatever Happened To?2009TV SeriesHerself
The Love Boat: TV Tales2002TV SpecialHerself
Weakest Link2001TV SeriesHerself
Biography2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Entertainment Tonight Presents: The Love Boat - Secrets from the Ship2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcom Scandals 32000TV Movie documentaryHerself
All-Star Party for Aaron Spelling1998TV SpecialHerself
You Don't Know Jack: Volume 21996Video GameHerself - Celebrity Guest Appearance (voice)
Showbiz Today1991TV SeriesHerself
The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards1982TV Special documentaryHerself
The John Davidson Show1980TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Co-Host
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1979TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1979TV SeriesHerself - Co-Host
Good Morning America1979TV SeriesHerself
The 21st Annual TV Week Logie Awards1979TV SpecialHerself
All-Star Family Feud Special1979TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
Family Feud1978-1979TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Contestant
Rockin' New Year's Eve 19791978TV SpecialHerself - Host
The Hollywood Squares1978TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself - The Love Boat


Nominated Awards

1982Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Love Boat (1977)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia


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  1. Cynthia Lauren Tewes is only human, and she’s built a second career working hard in the culinary industry. Let’s be kind.

    • Lauren, or Cindy as she was called as a child was totally adorable. A real Shirley Temple personality. Everyone in town loved her to pieces and were sad to learn of her tròubles w cocaine addiction.
      We are wondering what happened to her sister, Taffy, and brother, Eddie.

  2. If her net worth were that much, I doubt she’d lost much to a cocaine habit, done minor acting after that and would have a job cooking in Seattle.

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