Born in Mill Valley, California, Thorne-Smith realized her love of acting in her kindergarten production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. She was discovered in high school when 20th Century Fox was searching for a new face to play Charlie Sheen's girlfriend in their feature film Lucas. Soon after, she cancelled her plans to attend Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, moved to Los Angeles, and hasn't looked back since.
Her combination of talent and beauty has enabled her to build a long acting resume. In addition to Lucas, her film credits include featured roles in Summer School, Revenge of the Nerds II, Side Out, and Chairman of the Board. She has also starred in several theatrical productions, including Masking, Rainbow, Don't Be Cruel, and Sincerely Confused.
But it is her substantial work on television that has given Thorne-Smith her most notable recognition. She played Alison Parker for five seasons on Melrose Place, starred in the short-lived series Day By Day, and had a recurring role as Harry Hamlin's Laker Girl girlfriend on the hit series L.A. Law. She has also appeared in the series Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Anything But Love, and the television films Beauty's Revenge, Tour of Duty, First Flight, and Infidelity. She also guest starred as the the object of Norm Macdonald's desire on Norm.
Recently she has also donned the hat of professional writer. Having started with a feature article in SELF Magazine, she is now a contributing editor for that that publication and has also written for InStyle and for Allure Magazine.
Thorne-Smith currently resides in Los Angeles, where she enjoys relaxing with her dogs, Ed and George. She spends her free time reading, working out, and hanging out with friends.
Courtney Thorne-Smith Facts
|November 8, 1967 (56)
|San Francisco, California, USA
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