• Julia Duffy is an actress from Minnesota with an estimated net worth of $4 million.
• She studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and got her start in soap operas.
• She gained critical acclaim for her role in the sitcom, “Newhart”, and was nominated for Primetime Emmys for her performance.
• After “Newhart”, she worked on “The Mommies”, “Designing Women”, “The Drew Carey Show”, and several Nickelodeon programs.
• She is married to actor Jerry Lacy, and they have two children together.

Known for movies

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SpouseJerry Lacy
FactComing into the show in its second season, she was nominated seven times in the Emmy "supporting actress" category for her work on Newhart (1982), but never won.

Who is Julia Duffy?

Julia Margaret Hinds was born on 27 June 1951, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, and is an actress, perhaps still best known for her work in the 1970s television series “The Doctors” in which she played Penny Davis. She also gained critical acclaim for her role in the sitcom “Newhart”, which helped her get nominated numerous times for Primetime Emmys.

The Riches of Julia Duffy

As of early-2020, Julia Duffy’s net worth is estimated to be over $4 million, earned through a successful career in the entertainment industry as an actress since the 1970s.

While she’s not as active as during her youth, her work still helps in building her current status.

Early Life and Acting Beginnings

Julia grew up in Minneapolis the youngest among three siblings. Her father passed away when she was only seven years old, and after a few years, her mother remarried. Growing up, she developed an interest in acting, particularly theatre, working in various local stage productions as a teenager; one of her first productions in the area was “The Girl in the Freudian Slip”.

In 1970, she desired to take her career further, and enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts which required her to move to New York City.

While studying in the private performing arts school, she worked as a waitress to earn extra income. She completed the program in two years, and began finding work with soap operas which were mostly based in New York. Some of her projects during this period included “Love of Life” and “One Life to Live”. She gained a bit of attention for her work in “The Doctors” which she held for five years through to 1978.

Continued Rise to Fame

After her run in “The Doctors”, Duffy returned to the stage and appeared in a revival of “Once in a Lifetime” which gained critical acclaim. She then went back to on-camera roles, having a string of film projects during the early-1980s, including “Cutter’s Way” and “Night Warning” which had her work alongside Jimmy McNichol. In 1982, she was considered for the lead role in the television program “Cheers” but it was given to Diane Chambers, but she still made an appearance during the first season in a guest spot. The following year she became a regular cast member of the CBS show “Wizards and Warriors”, but which was canceled after a short run.

One of her biggest roles came when she became a main cast member in “Newhart” from its second season. She played the role of Stephani Vanderkellen who is an upper-class maid at the Stratford Inn – the show followed the story of a couple who operate a small inn located in a rural town, with their business often leading them to encounter eccentric people. She held her role for seven seasons, and gained national popularity thanks to her performance, as evidenced by straight nominations for an Emmy Award for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe.

Julia Duffy

After Newhart

After “Newhart”, Julia worked on the sitcom “Baby Talk”, which was short-lived apparently due to problems among the cast members. She was set to work alongside George Clooney, but the actor walked off the set leading her to ask to be released from her role as well. She then worked on “Designing Women” and would later reconcile her relationship with Clooney as the duo worked together in “Intolerable Cruelty”. She replaced Delta Burke in “Designing Women” and her entry in the show would lead to the highest-rated season in the show’s history, but she was later released due to creative conflicts between her and the writers.

In 1993, she was then cast in “The Mommies” as Barb Ballantine, but it was another short-lived affair. Afterward, she found work in “The Drew Carey Show” as the ex-wife of Lord Mercer, Lindsay Mercer. Her next project would lead her to Nickelodeon, as she signed a contract with the company, and appearing in numerous programs in the network, including “True Jackson, VP”, “Drake & Josh”, and “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody”.

Recent Projects

In 2009, Duffy returned to work on stage with a production of “The Little Foxes”, alongside Kelly McGillis. She then appeared in a production of “The Heiress”, and was cast in several television programs in recurring roles.

Some of her projects during the next few years included “Scream Queens” and “Shameless”. In 2014, she appeared in the film “Camp X-Ray”, starring alongside Kristen Stewart.

In this latter part of her career, she has focused more on theatre, with some of her most recent projects including “Rancho Viejo” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”; her performance in the latter gained her gain a nomination for an IRNE Award. She was also the lead character in “Sex and Education”, and starred in “The Outsider”, with her performances have attracted praise from various critics.

She’s also been doing a lot more independent film work, and one of her latest on-screen projects is a guest appearance in “The Cool Kids” which airs on FX, starring David Alan Grier and Martin Mull. She also recently released the book “Bad Auditions”, which as the name denotes, covers a little about her past in the entertainment industry.

Personal Life

Julia met actor Jerry Lacy on the set of “Dark Shadows”, and the two would work together once more in “Love of Life”. They began dating shortly afterwards, and married in 1984. He is best known for his work in “Dark Shadows” as various characters, and also made a name for himself in sitcoms such as “As the World Turns” and “The Young and the Restless”. The two had two children together, the youngest of whom passed away in 2019 when he committed suicide.

General Info

Full NameJulia Duffy
Height1.52 m


SpouseJerry Lacy
ChildrenKerry Kathleen Lacy, Danny Lacy
ParentsMary Katherine Hinds, Joseph Hinds


NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television
MoviesIntolerable Cruelty, Camp X-Ray, Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, Night Warning, On Strike for Christmas, Wacko, Together Again for the First Time, Battle Beyond the Stars, Children in the Crossfire, Kidz in the Wood, Bed & Breakfast, Love Boat: A...
TV ShowsSocial Studies, The Mommies, Designing Women, Baby Talk, Newhart, Wizards and Warriors, The Doctors, The Blue and the Gray

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1[Who enjoyed working with Bob Newhart]: It was an incredible formative time for me (comedically) to work with Bob, all those years and it wasn't just during rehearsal... he's funny all the time. And I think I learned, 'If you're going to do comedy, you'd better be having fun,' and that sort of lightness that he kept all the time, through rehearsal, really showed on-screen, showed between us, because we were having so much fun, but the joke was king, we were always trying to make the joke, as good as we could, and that feeling has just permeated me.
2[on Bob Newhart] I know he used to always stop--in the first year of the show [Newhart (1982)] I was always on the phone, because my character had left home, she was on the phone with her parents, and I would do these phone calls, so they were very funny. And he would always stop and watch, [when I was] doing the phone calls. Bob Newhart is watching me do a comedy phone call--it was unnerving and one day, I looked over him and I said, "Stop watching me!" and he said, "It's a lot harder than it looks, isn't it?". I said, 'Yeah, it is".
3[on her on- and off-screen chemistry with Bob Newhart] I think the main thing he would tell people is that he's a bit whack here and wilder in person than you might think. He has sort of a bad boy sense of humor.
4[on why Bob Newhart's comedy career has endured for so long] I'm trying to figure that out, so that I can steal that. I think it's just because his comedy is timeless and he has a flawless ear for what's funny. If he thinks it's funny, it's funny, and he looks for the funny and finds it. He reads the paper every day and then does a routine of what was in the paper.
5[on getting the role of Birdie in "The Little Foxes" by the time she was old enough] I lobbied hard to be seen for the role, and eventually they let me.
6Again because I'm kind of a history nut I find myself fascinated by women like Abigail Adamsm who made their lives mean something to the larger world despite having no path to any way of being heard as a separate person. And I think of Katharine Hepburn, and well, Lillian Hellman, who simply did what they felt was their destiny, with a clear idea of what their worth was, and made it possible for millions who came after to follow their destinies.
7[About her character in "The Little Foxes"] Playing a victim doesn't interest me, so I can't think of Birdie like that, even though it would be an easy way to gain sympathy from the audience. Instead, I think of her as a woman who keeps hoping people will behave in a more gracious manner. She brings up the spirit of the way life was before she married into this family.
8[about "The Little Foxes"] I am finding there are more, better roles in theater for a woman my age than there are on TV and in movies, and this is one of them. I had been a fan from reading the play and seeing the movie. When I heard a couple of months ago they were doing it here, I reread the script and was even more impressed than before with the brilliance of the writing. I could see myself in the part, which doesn't always happen. But I knew it would take some effort to prove I was right for it, because I don't look like other wonderful women who have played her.
9One of the main pleasures of doing stage is when you can work on material such as this ["The Little Foxes"], which has stood the test of time. It already works in front of an audience, that's a given-if done well-and that's something you don't know when working on a film or television script. And the collaboration that happens during the rehearsal period and then a long run is just priceless.


1Good friends with Peter Scolari.
2Credits Bob Newhart as her favorite acting mentor/best friend.
3Acting mentor was Bob Newhart.
4Best known by the public for her role as Stephanie Vanderkellen on Newhart (1982).
5Coming into the show in its second season, she was nominated seven times in the Emmy "supporting actress" category for her work on Newhart (1982), but never won.
6Daughter of Joseph (a real estate agent) and Mary Katherine Hinds, her mother's maiden name is Duffy.
7Married her Love of Life (1951) co-star Jerry Lacy in 1984. The matchmaker who brought them together was Laurette Spang.
8Reprised her on screen relationship on Newhart (1982) with Peter Scolari for Jason Alexander's TV show Listen Up (2004).
9The original "Maggie Campbell" on Baby Talk (1991), a sitcom takeoff on Look Who's Talking (1989), starring Kirstie Alley. Julia Duffy was the original choice for the role of "Diane Chambers" on Cheers (1982). After losing the part to Shelley Long, Duffy was soon cast in a first season episode as a friend of Diane's named "Rebecca Prout", not to be confused with Kirstie Alley's character who replaced "Diane Chambers" as the nemesis/love interest of "Sam Malone", a character also later played by Kirstie Alley.
10One of 5 sisters of Irish Catholic extraction.
11She has two children, Kerry Lacy (Kerry Kathleen Lacy) and Danny Lacy, with husband Jerry Lacy.




Night Warning1982Julia
Cutter's Way1981Young Girl
Lou Grant1981TV SeriesCharlene
Battle Beyond the Stars1980Mol
Breaking Away1980TV SeriesDesk Clerk
Eight Is Enough1979TV SeriesCindy
The Doctors1977TV SeriesPenny Davis
One Life to Live1968TV SeriesKaren Wolek Wolek
Love of Life1951TV SeriesGerry Braylee (1972)
Adoptable2016TV Series post-productionSarah Steinberg
Fair Market Value2016Isabel
Hitting the Breaks2016TV SeriesAbigail Dochard
Scream Queens2015TV SeriesBunny Radwell
Looking2014-2015TV SeriesDana Murray
All She Wishes2015Grace
Key and Peele2014TV SeriesMom
Suburgatory2014TV SeriesEmmaline
Anger Management2014TV SeriesPhyllis
Camp X-Ray2014Cole's Mother
Shameless2011-2013TV SeriesCandace Lishman
The League2012TV SeriesMartha
Bed & Breakfast: Love is a Happy Accident2010Mrs. Harvey (as Julia Duff)
On Strike for Christmas2010TV MovieErna
Melissa & Joey2010TV SeriesMyrna Sherwood
True Jackson, VP2010TV SeriesMs. Watson
Career Advice2010ShortPage
Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh2008TV MovieMrs. Hayfer
Together Again for the First Time2008VideoAudrey Wolders Frobisher
Wizards of Waverly Place2008TV SeriesMs. Angela
7 Things to Do Before I'm 302008TV MovieVanessa Madison
Be My Baby2007Doris
Campus Ladies2007TV Series
Drake & Josh2004-2006TV SeriesMrs. Hayfer
7th Heaven2006TV SeriesMrs. Porter
Passions2005TV SeriesMother Superior
Listen Up2005TV SeriesJane McKillop
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody2005TV SeriesMartha Harrington
Joey2005TV SeriesKimberly
CSI: NY2005TV SeriesMillie Hanford
Intolerable Cruelty2003Sarah Sorkin
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd2003Jessica's Mom
Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure2003VideoCharlotte (voice)
The Big G2002ShortCindy Parker
Reba2001-2002TV SeriesMrs. Hodge
The Drew Carey Show2002TV SeriesLindsay Mercer
Men, Women & Dogs2001TV SeriesDr. Fletcher
Chicken Soup for the Soul2000TV SeriesHelen Peterson
Twice in a Lifetime2000TV SeriesSophie Price / Barbara Nash
Diagnosis Murder1999TV SeriesLorraine Kay
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch1999TV SeriesLucy Kraft
Histeria!1998TV SeriesLizzie Borden
Love Boat: The Next Wave1998TV SeriesFran Dettweiler
Grace Under Fire1998TV SeriesBev Henderson
Pepper Ann1997TV SeriesAunt Fanny
George & Leo1997TV SeriesJulia
Social Studies1997TV SeriesFrances Harmon
The Blues Brothers Animated Series1997TV SeriesKendall
Pinky and the Brain1996TV SeriesDelilah
Kidz in the Wood1996TV MovieMs. Felicia Duffy
The Mommies1993-1995TV SeriesBarb Ballantine
Basic Values: Sex, Shock & Censorship in the 90's1993TV MoviePolitically-Correct Mom
Designing Women1991-1992TV SeriesAllison Sugarbaker
Baby Talk1991TV SeriesMaggie Campbell
Menu for Murder1990TV MovieSusan Henshaw
Newhart1983-1990TV SeriesStephanie Vanderkellen
The Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage1990TV MovieMyrna Foley
The Cover Girl and the Cop1989TV MovieJackie Flanders
Maybe Baby1988TV MovieCasey
Hotel1985TV SeriesArlene Greenspan
The Adventures of Alexander Hawkins1985TV Movie
Children in the Crossfire1984TV MovieDee Malone
The Love Boat1979-1984TV SeriesSandy / Paula
Voyagers!1983TV SeriesNellie Bly
Wizards and Warriors1983TV SeriesPrincess Ariel
Simon & Simon1983TV SeriesJody Carmichael
The Blue and the Gray1982TV Mini-SeriesMary Hale
Wacko1982Mary Graves
Cheers1982TV SeriesRebecca Prout


Pioneers of Television2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
TV Land Confidential2007TV Series documentaryHerself - Interviewee
The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
A Look Inside 'Intolerable Cruelty'2004Video documentary shortHerself / Sara Sorkin
Pet Star2003TV Series documentaryCelebrity Judge #2
Biography2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Entertainment Tonight Presents: The Real Designing Women2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
Larry King Live1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries or a Special
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1991TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series & Presenter: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards1990TV SpecialHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1990TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
D.C. Follies1987TV SeriesHerself
The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1985TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Archive Footage

Confessions of a Horror Baby2011TV SeriesJulie
Imps*2009Marjorie (segment "Soap")
TV's Greatest Sidekicks2004TV Special
Setting the Bar: A Conversation with Ted Danson2003Video documentary shortRebecca Prout (uncredited)


Won Awards

1988Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy SeriesNewhart (1982)
1987Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy SeriesNewhart (1982)
1986Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy SeriesNewhart (1982)

Nominated Awards

1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNewhart (1982)
1990American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV SeriesNewhart (1982)
1989Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNewhart (1982)
1988Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionNewhart (1982)
1988Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNewhart (1982)
1987Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNewhart (1982)
1987American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Female Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or SyndicationNewhart (1982)
1986Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNewhart (1982)
1985Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNewhart (1982)
1984Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNewhart (1982)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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