Gail Edwards

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Gail Edwards
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Edwards at Warner Bros. Fuller House
Born
Gail June Edwards

(1952-09-27) September 27, 1952 (age 66)
Residence Miami, Florida, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1973–1994, 2017
Spouse(s) Robert Decker (1986–present)
Website gailedwards.com

Gail June Edwards (born September 27, 1952) is an American former actress. She is known for her roles as Dot Higgins in ABC's It's a Living , Sharon LeMeure in NBC's Blossom , and Vicky Larson in ABC's Full House .

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Early life

Edwards, a native Floridian, was raised in Coral Gables and caught the performing bug early in life. She had her father hang the curtain and lights while she choreographed, costumed, and starred in her own neighborhood musicals.

Florida State of the United States of America

Florida is the southernmost contiguous state in the United States. The state is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the northwest by Alabama, to the north by Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Straits of Florida. Florida is the 22nd-most extensive, the 3rd-most populous, and the 8th-most densely populated of the U.S. states. Jacksonville is the most populous municipality in the state and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. The Miami metropolitan area is Florida's most populous urban area. Tallahassee is the state's capital.

In the sixth grade, Edwards played Little Mary in The Women at the Coconut Grove Playhouse where famed theatre producer-playwright George Abbott came backstage to single out her performance. [1] This appearance became her launching pad for numerous industrial films and local television commercials in South Florida.

<i>The Women</i> (play) 1936 play by Clare Boothe Luce

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Coconut Grove Playhouse former theater and movie theater in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, United States

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A playwright or dramatist is a person who writes plays.

Career

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Mckenna Grace w/ Gail Edwards on the set of Fuller House September 1, 2017

In 1975, after graduating from the University of Miami cum laude, Edwards wrote, produced, and starred in the off-Broadway musical Becoming. [2] It won the Miami Herald Critics’ Choice award three times before the musical debuted in New York. While in New York, Edwards signed with the LeMond/Zetter Management Group. Soon afterwards, she landed the role of Sandy opposite Peter Gallagher in Broadway's East Coast tour of Grease . After producing and starring in two additional productions, The Good One and Vanities , both earning her the Drama-Logue Critics' Award, Edwards turned her focus toward television.

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Upon moving to Los Angeles in 1976, Edwards signed with the Ro Diamond Agency (later with the Gersh Agency) and immediately began landing guest-star roles on such television series as Happy Days , Lou Grant , M*A*S*H and Taxi .

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<i>M*A*S*H</i> (TV series) American TV series

M*A*S*H is an American war comedy-drama television series that aired on CBS from 1972 to 1983. It was developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film M*A*S*H, which, in turn, was based on Richard Hooker's 1968 novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The series, which was produced with 20th Century Fox Television for CBS, follows a team of doctors and support staff stationed at the "4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital" in Uijeongbu, South Korea, during the Korean War (1950–53). The show's title sequence features an instrumental-only version of "Suicide Is Painless," the original film's theme song. The show was created after an attempt to film the original book's sequel, M*A*S*H Goes to Maine, failed. The television series is the best-known of the M*A*S*H works, and one of the highest-rated shows in U.S. television history.

In 1979, Edwards auditioned for a Witt/Thomas production, in which she landed the role of Dot Higgins on ABC's It’s a Living . The series ran on ABC from 1980 to 1982, and was revived in first-run syndication from 1985 to 1989. Edwards, along with Barrie Youngfellow, Paul Kreppel and the late Marian Mercer, were the only four members of the It's a Living cast who lasted during the network and syndicated runs. After ABC canceled the show in 1982, Edwards' management was informed by the producers of Happy Days that they were offering her the role of new character K.C. Cunningham, the niece of Howard and Marion Cunningham who was moving in with the family. Without informing Edwards of the offer, her management declined the opportunity, reportedly stating that they did not want Edwards "playing a new character on an old show". Crystal Bernard was then hired for the part. Edwards did not learn of the incident until many years later. In 1985, Edwards and Bernard wound up as co-stars on It's a Living, when the latter resumed production for first-run syndication.

Witt/Thomas Productions is an American television and movie production company run by TV producers Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas. The company was consistently productive between its founding in 1975 and 1999, but is still active, producing the occasional film and TV series project. It has produced more than 25 American primetime television series, mostly half-hour sitcoms. Witt/Thomas is perhaps best known for producing the popular sitcoms Soap, Benson, It's a Living, The Golden Girls, Empty Nest, Blossom and Brotherly Love. Witt and Thomas have also produced many cinematic works, including the 1989 box office success Dead Poets Society.

Barrie Youngfellow is a retired American voice-over, film and television actress. She is the wife of stage and screen actor Sam Freed.

Paul Kreppel is an actor and director. On television, he was best known as pianist Sonny Mann in the show, It's a Living. In his work as theater director-producer-creator, he received the 2007 Tony Award for Jay Johnson: The Two and Only.

Edwards also appeared in many movies-of-the-week during the 1980s, along with numerous other guest-star appearances in such series as Benson , Buffalo Bill , Doogie Howser, M.D. , Knight Rider , Night Court and the premiere episode of Amazing Stories , directed by Steven Spielberg.

In 1990, Edwards was reunited with former Happy Days producers Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett, when she was cast as divorced mother Hilary Kozak on their single-season CBS sitcom The Family Man . Upon the series' cancellation in the summer of 1991, Edwards was asked by Miller and Boyett to join the cast of their hit ABC series Full House . They felt Edwards was right for the role of Vicky Larson, a talk show host who strikes up a relationship with Danny Tanner. Edwards made her Full House debut late that year, when the Vicky character first appeared as a substitute host for Rebecca Donaldson, who was on maternity leave, on (the fictional) Wake Up, San Francisco. Vicky and Danny soon embark on a long-term relationship, and are engaged in the show's seventh season. Edwards' co-star on The Family Man, Scott Weinger, was transferred over to Full House along with her, playing Steve Hale, the high school boyfriend of D.J. Tanner.

During her tenure on Full House, Edwards also had the recurring guest role of Sharon LeMeure, the fast-talking mother of Six on NBC’s Blossom . Edwards' work on Blossom reunited her with former It's a Living producers Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas, who produced both series. [3]

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Romero Britto and Gail Edwards

Edwards concluded her roles on Full House (with Vicky Larson having a mutual breakup with Danny Tanner) and Blossom in the spring of 1994. She retired from show business at that time and moved to the Southwest.

In September 2017, it was announced that Edwards would return to acting by reprising her role as Vicky Larson in the third season of the Full House sequel series Fuller House . [4] She appears in the Season 3 finale, "Here Comes the Sun".

Retirement

Edwards has used her celebrity to support/participate in many charities – one of which is performing for the Veterans Administration playing her Ukulele that she learned just for this purpose. While in Miami, Edwards had an impromptu visit with Romero Britto who generously painted her beloved ukulele, [5] for which she thanked him in song via YouTube. [6]

Filmography

Television and film roles
YearTitleRoleNotes
1977 Lou Grant KarenEpisode: "Hooker"
1978 Taxi DeniseEpisode: "Men Are Such Beasts"
1978 Danny Thomas: Young & Foolish GailCBS movie
1979 Barnaby Jones Karen WebsterEpisode: "Girl on the Road"
1979 Starting Fresh GaleCBS movie
1979 The Last Resort BeverlyEpisode: "Here Comes the Bride"
1979 Working Stiffs SandyEpisode: "Looking for Mr. Goodwrench"
1980 When the Whistle Blows Jolene JenningsEpisode: "Love Is a Four-Letter Word"
1980 Blinded by the Light ZoraCBS movie
1980 Happy Days LorettaEpisode: "A Potsie Is Born"
1980–82
1985–89
It's a Living/
Making a Living
Dot HigginsABC/
Syndication
1980 Celebrity Family Feud HerselfIt's a Living vs. Dallas
1981 M*A*S*H Marina RyanEpisodes: Parts 1 & 2 "That's Show Biz"
1983 Buffalo Bill ReporterEpisode: "The Interview"
1983 Get Crazy Willy Loman Film
1983 Jennifer Slept Here Pam WilsonEpisode: "The Tutor Who Came to Dinner"
1983 Knight Rider Flannery RoeEpisode: "Nobody Does It Better"
1984 Benson JillEpisode: "Double Date"
1984 Brothers LizaEpisode: "Liza"
1985 Three's a Crowd DorothyEpisode: "A Friend in Deed"
1985 Amazing Stories JoleenEpisode: "Ghost Train"
1985 J.O.E. and the Colonel • Humanoid Defender Dr. Lena GantABC movie
1986 Tough Cookies Diane TaylorEpisode: "Ships in the Night"
1986 You are the Jury Maggie HenshawEpisode: "The State of Arizona vs. Dr. Evan Blake"
1986 TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes HerselfGuest Host
1986 New Love, American Style LucyEpisode: "Love and the End"
1987 In Self Defense Alice MillerNBC movie
1989 Night Court Tracy KnightEpisode: "Attack of the Mac Snacks"
1989 Duet Dr. DellertonEpisode: "On the Nose"
1990 A Quiet Little Neighborhood, A Perfect Little Murder Judy LiptonABC movie
1990–91 The Family Man Hilary Kozak3 episodes
1991–93 Blossom Sharon Lemure10 episodes
1991–94 Full House Vicky Larson 17 episodes
1992 Doogie Howser, M.D. Mrs. FukesEpisode: "The Big Sleep... Not!"
1994 Touched by an Angel Barbara ArchibaldEpisode: "Manny"
2004 E! True Hollywood Story Herself Blossom Interview
2017 Fuller House Vicky LarsonEpisode: "Here Comes the Sun"

TV commercials

YearProductRoleNotes
1976 Johnson's Baby Shampoo [7] Teenager
1978 Bold Detergent [8] Mother
1984 Dr. Pepper [9] Esmeralda Clio Award
1984 Kodak [10] Pitchwomanwith David Copperfield
1986 Sizzler [11] Secretary
1988 Canon Copiers Executivewith Jack Klugman

Theatre

YearTitleRoleNotes
1963 The Women Little Mary [12] Coconut Grove Playhouse
1973 Cabaret Sally Bowles Olympia Theater (Miami)
1975 Jacques Brel Woman 1 Parker Playhouse
1975–76BecomingWoman 1 Miami / Off-Broadway
1977 Grease Sandy East Coast Tour
1979 Vanities Joanne Drama-Logue Critic's Award
1983 All About Eve EveDirected by Dalton Cathey
1985 The Good One Tura Drama-Logue Critic's Award
1985 To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday Kevin West Coast Premiere
1996 Mame Mame Jerry Herman Ring Theatre (Christening)

Awards and honors

Points of Interest

See also

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References

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  2. "Gail Edwards in Becoming".
  3. "The New York Times". The New York Times.
  4. "'Fuller House' Season 3 Will Include a Musical Number, Wedding and Trip to Japan (Watch)". Variety.
  5. "Romero Britto paints Gail Edwards' ukulele". 26 August 2016.
  6. "Gail Edwards thanks Romero Britto in song". 18 August 2016.
  7. Gail Edwards appearing in Johnson's Baby Oil commercial. 16 June 2009 via YouTube.
  8. Bold 3 Detergent Commercial (Circa '80s). 6 May 2007 via YouTube.
  9. Gail Edwards appearing in Clio-Award-winning Dr. Pepper commercial. 14 June 2009 via YouTube.
  10. Gail Edwards appearing in Kodak commercial. 21 June 2009 via YouTube.
  11. Gail Edwards appearing in Sizzler commercial. 15 June 2009 via YouTube.
  12. Gail Edwards: "The Women" w/ Audio Commentary. 1 July 2011 via YouTube.