Lori Loughlin

Lori Anne Loughlin (/ˈlɒklɪn/; born July 28, 1964) is an American actress, model, and producer. She is known for her role as Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House (1988–1995) and its Netflix sequel Fuller House (2016–present). Loughlin has also had success playing the roles of Jody Travis in The Edge of Night (1980–1983), Debbie Wilson in The CW series 90210 (2008–2011, 2012), Jennifer Shannon in the Garage Sale Mystery television film series (2013–present), and Abigail Stanton in When Calls the Heart (2014–present). Loughlin was a co-creator, producer and actor through the two seasons of The WB series Summerland (2004–2005).



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Lori Loughlin
Loughlin in 2008
Lori Anne Loughlin

(1964-07-28) July 28, 1964 (age 54)
Queens, New York, U.S.
  • Actress
  • model
  • producer
Years active1979–present
Michael R. Burns
(m. 1989; div. 1996)


Lori Anne Loughlin (/ˈlɒklɪn/; born July 28, 1964)[1] is an American actress, model, and producer. She is known for her role as Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House (1988–1995) and its Netflix sequel Fuller House (2016–present). Loughlin has also had success playing the roles of Jody Travis in The Edge of Night (1980–1983), Debbie Wilson in The CW series 90210 (2008–2011, 2012), Jennifer Shannon in the Garage Sale Mystery television film series (2013–present), and Abigail Stanton in When Calls the Heart (2014–present). Loughlin was a co-creator, producer and actor through the two seasons of The WB series Summerland (2004–2005).[2]

Early life and education

While different sources list her birthplace as either Queens, New York City,[3] or Hauppauge, New York on Long Island,[1][4] Loughlin explained, "I grew up in Hauppauge but I was born in Queens," moving with her family when "I was a year old."[5] She is the daughter of Lorellee and Joseph Roy Loughlin,[6] a foreman for the New York Telephone Company.[7] She has one younger brother, Roy.[8]

She attended Oaks School #3 Elementary School in Oceanside, NY. She would go on to graduate from Hauppauge High School.[7] Loughlin is of Irish descent.[9]

Loughlin at a 1986 shoot for the TV movie Brotherhood of Justice


After becoming interested in acting as a young child,[2] Loughlin began her career at age 11 as a print model,[3] recalling:

My mom had a friend that was going into Manhattan to meet with an agency for modeling. She was taking her teenage daughters in and she asked my mom if I wanted to go along. My mom reluctantly let me go, but I don't think she ever thought anything would come of it. And I went in and they handed me a contract and said, "We'll take you."[2]

At 15, she was cast in the ABC soap opera The Edge of Night, playing the part of Jody Travis, an aspiring dancer,[3] appearing in the series from 1980 to 1983.[1] From 1983 to 1988, Loughlin appeared in a number of feature films and television guest spots.

From 1988 to 1995, Loughlin was cast as Rebecca Donaldson, Danny Tanner's (Bob Saget) co-host and later Jesse Katsopolis's (John Stamos) wife in the ABC sitcom Full House. Initially set for a six-episode arc, she became a regular for the remainder of the series.[1] Within months after Full House ended, Loughlin co-starred with Tony Danza in the ABC sitcom Hudson Street (1995–96). The series was cancelled after one season.[10]

In 1993, she starred in the television adaptation of Sidney Sheldon's novel A Stranger in the Mirror, which is a roman à clef on Groucho Marx and Erin Fleming,[11] with Loughlin playing Fleming's role. In 1997, she starred alongside Bruce Campbell in the film In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory. In 2000, Loughlin co-starred opposite Treat Williams in the Fred Olen Ray-directed thriller film Critical Mass. She also guest starred in Suddenly Susan, Spin City, Seinfeld, The Drew Carey Show, and as the superhero Black Canary in the Birds of Prey series in 2002.

From 2004 to 2005, Loughlin co-created, produced and starred in The WB drama series Summerland. She played Ava, the aunt who raises three children after their parents die in a car accident. The series was canceled after two seasons due to low ratings on July 11, 2005. In 2007, Loughlin co-starred in the ABC sitcom In Case of Emergency with David Arquette. She appeared in the film Moondance Alexander (2007), co-starring with her former Summerland castmate Kay Panabaker. Loughlin also was in attendance at Comedy Central's The Roast of Bob Saget which was hosted by John Stamos and premiered on August 17, 2008. At her table were Full House co-stars Dave Coulier and Jodie Sweetin. In 2010, Loughlin starred in the television film Meet My Mom, which premiered on the Hallmark Channel on Mother's Day.[12]

She co-starred in seasons one through three of the Beverly Hills, 90210 spin-off 90210 as Debbie Wilson from 2008 to 2011. She reprised her role in the season five premiere episode in 2012.[13]

Loughlin made a brief appearance as Rebecca Donaldson, alongside John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis, on a July 2013 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, following a reunion performance by Jesse and The Rippers.[14] She has since made several appearances as Rebecca on the Full House sequel series Fuller House, which premiered its first season on Netflix on February 26, 2016.[15]

Personal life

Loughlin was married to investment banker Michael R. Burns from 1989 to 1996.[4] On Thanksgiving 1997, Loughlin eloped with fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, the creator of the Mossimo clothing line, whom she had met in 1995.[3] They have two daughters together, Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade.[1] Olivia has a YouTube channel of beauty tips.[16] Loughlin also is a stepmother to Gianni, Giannulli's son from a previous relationship.[17] In 2014, Loughlin and Giannulli put their Aspen, Colorado home on sale for $8.9 million. The home sold in July 2015 for $7.6 million.[18] In 2017, Loughlin and Giannulli put their Los Angeles mansion on the market for $35 million.[19]

Loughlin and her husband were among dozens charged by the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office on March 12, 2019, in a large-scale nationwide college entrance exam cheating scandal.[20][21] Specifically, the indictment alleged that she and her husband had paid $500,000, disguised as a donation to the Key Worldwide Foundation, so that the University of Southern California's admissions committee would be led to believe that their two daughters would be joining the school's women's rowing team if admitted, when in fact neither young woman had ever trained in the sport and had no plans to do so.[22]



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Amityville 3-D Susan Baxter
1985 The New Kids Abby McWilliams
1985 Secret Admirer Toni Williams
1986 Rad Christian Hollings
1987 Back to the Beach Sandi
1988 The Night Before Tara Mitchell
1997 Casper: A Spirited Beginning Sheila Fistergraff Video
2000 Critical Mass Janine
2001 Suckers Donna Deluca
2006 Farce of the Penguins Melvin-Smacking Penguin (voice) Video
2007 Moondance Alexander Gelsey Alexander
2009 Old Dogs Amanda
2013 Crawlspace Susan Gates


Year Title Role Notes
1971 Family Affair Mary Ann Episode: "Buffy's Fair Lady"
1980–1983 The Edge of Night Jody Travis Regular role: June 1980 to December 1983
1982 Matt Houston Sue Landa Episode: "Shark Bait"
1983 The Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour Linda Craig Television film
1985 North Beach and Rawhide Candy Cassidy Television film
1986 Brotherhood of Justice Christie Television film
1986–1987 The Equalizer Jenny Morrow Episodes: "Prelude", "First Light"
1986, 1988 CBS Schoolbreak Special Kelly / Sally 2 episodes
1987 A Place to Call Home Jenny Gavin Television film
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Tammy Episode: "Old Money"
1988 Great Performances Kay Cork 2 episodes
1988–1995 Full House Rebecca "Becky" Donaldson–Katsopolis Recurring role (season 2), Regular role (season 3–8)
1992 Doing Time on Maple Drive Allison Television film
1993 Empty Cradle Jane Morgan Television film
1993 A Stranger in the Mirror Jill Castle Television film
1994 One of Her Own Toni Stroud Television film
1995 Abandoned and Deceived Gerri Jensen Television film
1995–1996 Hudson Street Melanie Clifford Main role
1997 In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory Jill Erickson Television film
1997 Tell Me No Secrets Jess Koster Television film
1997 The Larry Sanders Show Lori Loughlin Episode: "The Prank"
1997 Suddenly Susan Paula Episode: "With Friends Like These"
1997 The Price of Heaven Leslie Television film
1997 Seinfeld Patty Episode: "The Serenity Now"
1997 Medusa's Child Dr. Linda McCoy Television film
2001 Cursed Natalie Keith Episode: "...And Then They Tried to Make Some Rules"
2001 Spin City Michelle 3 episodes
2002 Birds of Prey Caroline Lance / Black Canary Episode: "Sins of the Mother"
2002 The Drew Carey Show Robin 2 episodes
2002 Eastwick Sukie Ridgemont Television film
2004 Justice League Unlimited Dr. Tracy Simmons (voice) Episode: "The Greatest Story Never Told"
2004–2005 Summerland Ava Gregory Lead role
2005 Missing Dr. Joy Gribben Episode: "Anything for Baby: Parts 1 & 2"
2006 Jake in Progress Lindsay Episode: "The Two Jakes"
2006 Ghost Whisperer Christine Greene Episode: "Demon Child"
2007 In Case of Emergency Dr. Joanna Lupone Regular role
2008–2012 90210 Deborah "Debbie" Wilson Regular role
2010 Meet My Mom Dana Marshall Television film
2013 A Mother's Rage Rebecca Mayer Television film
2013 Psych Dr. Joan Diamond Episode: "Nip and Suck It"
2013 Major Crimes Rebecca Slater Episode: "The Deep End"
2013 Addicts Anonymous Mrs. Goldberg Episode: "Choices"
2013–present Garage Sale Mystery Jennifer Shannon Television film series
2014 The Neighbors Tina Giannulli Episode: "High School Reunion"
2014–present When Calls the Heart Abigail Stanton Main role
2015 Northpole: Open for Christmas Mackenzie Warren Television film
2016 Blue Bloods Grace Edwards Episode: "The Greater Good"
2016 Every Christmas Has a Story Kate Harper Television film
2016–present Fuller House Rebecca "Becky" Donaldson–Katsopolis Recurring role
2018 Homegrown Christmas Maddie Finley Television film

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1982 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actress in a Daytime Series The Edge of Night Won
1987 Michael Landon Award[citation needed] CBS Schoolbreak Special Won
1989 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special CBS Schoolbreak Special Nominated
2006 PRISM Awards Best Performance in a Drama Series Storyline[23] Summerland Won
2009 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Parental Unit 90210 Nominated


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