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Popular Stars From The 1970s: Then & Now
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Popular Stars From The 1970s: Then & Now
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Morgan Fairchild

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Birthdate:
February 3, 1950
Famous Years:
1970 - 1980
Famous For:
Search for Tomorrow, Falcon Crest and Flamingo Road
Currently Known For:
Actress
Networth:
$20 Million
Morgan Fairchild


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  birthdate:
February 3, 1950

  famous years:
1970 - 1980

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“I’m about as Baptist as you get in Hollywood.” Praised as one of Hollywood’s earliest soap opera queens from the 1980s, Morgan Fairchild's unique screen presence has captivated audiences over the last five decades. Getting her start in the early 1970s as Jennifer Pace in Search for Tomorrow, she lived up to her Texas roots when she appeared as Jenna Wade in Dallas before starring in Flamingo Road, which earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination. Fairchild hasn't slowed down since she reached middle age, proving her talent to be timeless; the 67-year-old actress has stayed incredibly busy since the 1990s with appearances in hit series like Murphy Brown, Roseanne, Cybill and Friends. Today, she’s even jumped on the social media bandwagon as an outspoken advocate and activist with her tweets turning heads as she proves she’s “not your typical Hollywood Blonde or big Barbie doll.”Advertisements:


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Born as Patsy Ann McClenny on February 3, 1950 in Dallas, Texas, Fairchild got her start in show business in an unlikely way. By the fifth grade, she was so shy that she refused to read her book report aloud in front of her class so her mother, a high school English teacher, enrolled her in acting classes to boost her confidence. Fortunately, the classes worked wonders for the young Patsy as she entered high school and transformed into a confident young woman known for her poise and undeniable acting chops.

Spending her free time with Dallas’ Theatre Three theater company, she modeled for Neimen Marcus and auditioned numerous times for WFAA-TV’s bandstand program called Sump’n Else. She appeared in a series of local commercials in the Dallas-Fort Worth area but didn’t truly realize the power of or her talent until she was named Faye Dunaway’s stand-in for Bonnie and Clyde. During filming, Hollywood’s notorious womanizer Warren Beatty—who played Clyde—courted her off the set and even took her to dinner. By then, she was convinced acting was her destiny and, after ending her brief marriage to a Dallas music promoter, she moved to New York City where she reinvented herself as Morgan Fairchild, a name inspired by the 1966 film Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment.

Fairchild spent the next few years trying to make a name for herself in the Big Apple when she finally caught her first big break and was cast in the daytime soap opera, Search for Tomorrow, in 1973. She spent the next four years playing the part of Jennifer Pace before she moved to Hollywood and was cast as a villain in Search for Tomorrow. Although the part initially disappointed the sweet blonde, producer Charles Fries set the record straight and didn’t shy away from Fairchild’s obvious talent saying, praising her as an antithesis to the typical ingénue.

With Search for Tomorrow putting her on the map in Hollywood, Fairchild appeared in popular series like Happy Days, Kojak, CBS Radio Mystery Theatre, Dallas, Mork & Mindy and Police Woman. By the early 1980s, she landed her first starring role on primetime television when she was cast as Constance Weldon Carlyle on Flamingo Road. Although the show was an instant hit and earned Fairchild a Golden Globe Award nomination, ratings quickly dropped and the show was canceled after its second season. Fairchild went on to appear in Simon & Simon, The Love Boat, Hotel and Magnum, P.I. before making her theatrical debut in the 1982 film The Seduction, which critics deemed a massive flop despite Fairchild’s contribution.

By the 1990s, Fairchild had plenty of experience under her belt with appearances on Saturday Night Live, Blondes vs. Brunettes and Murphy Brown but proved her true niche was still in soap operas after starring as Sydney Chase on The City and later appearing in General Hospital. She appeared as Chandler Bing’s mother on Friends and enjoyed a recurring role on Cybill before being cast in yet another role in 2006 on Fashion House. Since then, she’s returned to both daytime and primetime television on series like The Bold and the Beautiful, Revenge and Hot in Cleveland.

Much like her on-screen roles, Fairchild’s personal life is a soap opera of its own—she married Dallas music promoter Jack Calmes when she was only 17 years old. Looking back on her divorce at 23 years old, Fairchild is quick to admit that the heartache was for the best. “Having the nerve to end my early marriage even though it was frightening and I had no idea what I would do turned out to be a blessing in disguise,” she admitted. “I could never have pursued my career if I hadn’t made the scary choice to break free when I knew in my heart it wasn’t working. It was very hard because I’d gotten married at 17 and really wasn’t sure how I’d support myself. It turned out to be a great decision.”

Never remarrying but finding love with her partner, Mark Seller, since 1980, the 67-year-old Fairchild is still as active and as gorgeous as ever. Most recently, she’s taken a stand for public health issues like environmental protection. Her last film appearance was in the 2016 direct-to-video horror comedy, Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House. Of course, she now devotes most of her time to various causes and serves on the board for the Screen Actors Guild proving she has it all in the notoriously cutthroat world of Hollywood.

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