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Tina Yothers
Kristina Louise Yothers

(1973-05-05) May 5, 1973 (age 50)
Years active1981–2013

Tina Yothers /ˈjʌðərz/ (born Kristina Louise Yothers; May 5, 1973) [2] is an American actress and singer. Beginning a career as a child actor at the age of three, she is best known for her role as Jennifer Keaton on the hit NBC series Family Ties , as well as for her roles in numerous television films throughout the 1980s and early 1990s including The Cherokee Trail, Crash Course , and Spunk: The Tonya Harding Story among others.



Yothers began her acting career in television advertisements at age three. Her first cinema role was in the 1981 television film The Cherokee Trail. She also appeared in the 1982 feature film Shoot the Moon . Her most famous role was that of Jennifer Keaton, the younger daughter in the television comedy Family Ties [3] that aired from 1982 to 1989. She also competed in the Battle of the Network Stars in December 1988. When Family Ties ended, Yothers abandoned her blonde hair color and has mostly worn it black since, with the notable exception of a 1996 appearance on the Married... with Children sitcom.[ citation needed ]

Yothers wrote the book Being Your Best: Tina Yothers's Guide for Girls and formed the band Jaded with her brother Cory. She provided the lead vocals while Cory played keyboard. In 1998, Jaded released their self-titled CD, which was co-written by Cory Yothers, Michael Anderson, Tina Yothers and performed by Tina Yothers (lead vocals), Michael Anderson (guitars/vocals), Jerry France (guitars/vocals), Larry Rosales (drums), Mike Wilson (bass) and Phil Jordan from No Doubt on trumpet, along with a DJ. Previously, Yothers sang a cover of The Raes song "Baby I'm Back in Love Again", which she later recorded as a single, in the "Band on the Run" episode of Family Ties that aired February 26, 1987.[ citation needed ]

After a nine-year absence from acting, Yothers was given the lead role in Lovelace the Musical, a 2004 stage show based on the life of former pornographic film star Linda Lovelace. She followed that up with a stint as a stock player in the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater in Boca Raton, Florida from 2005 to 2007.

She also appeared as herself on a special TV child stars edition of The Weakest Link in 2001 where she was voted off in round 5.

Yothers appeared on the fourth season of the VH1 reality television show Celebrity Fit Club , which began on August 6, 2006. After Yothers's second pregnancy, she appeared on Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp to try get back to her post-Fit Club weight. On January 17, 2012, she was featured on the ABC show Celebrity Wife Swap , where she traded places with Niecy Nash of Reno 911! .

In February 2013, Yothers appeared on an episode of the TLC series What Not To Wear .


Film and television

1981 The Wonderful World of Disney Peg Breydon"The Cherokee Trail"
1982 Shoot the Moon Molly DunlapFeature film
Father Murphy Beatrice"The Dream Day"
1982–1989 Family Ties Jennifer Keaton176 episodes
1983Your Place... or MineTelevision movie
1984 Domestic Life Sally Dwyer"Harold in Love", "The Candidates"
1985 Family Ties Vacation Jennifer KeatonTelevision movie
1988 Crash Course Alice Santini
Mickey's 60th Birthday Jennifer Keaton
1990Laker GirlsTracy
Family Double Dare HerselfCelebrity contestant
1993 Spunk: The Tonya Harding Story Tonya Harding Television movie
1995 A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester Claire Howard
1996 Married... with Children Herself"Kelly's Gotta Habit"
2001 The Weakest Link HerselfChild TV stars special edition
2006 Celebrity Fit Club HerselfReality Television
2006 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
2012 Celebrity Wife Swap
2013 What Not to Wear

Awards and nominations

1983 Young Artist Award NominatedBest Young Actress in a New Television SeriesFamily Ties
1984Best Young Actress in a Comedy Series
1985WonBest Young Supporting Actress in a Television Comedy Series
1989NominatedBest Young Actress - Starring in a Television Comedy Series

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