Vicki Lewis

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Vicki Lewis
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Vicki Lewis in 2011
Born (1960-03-17) March 17, 1960 (age 59)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)
Philip Allen(m. 2008)
Website vickilewis.com

Vicki Lewis (born March 17, 1960) is an American singer and actress of film, stage, and television. She is best known for her role as Beth in the NBC sitcom NewsRadio .

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Personal life

Lewis was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Marlene, a nursing administrator, and Jim Lewis, an air traffic supervisor. [1] She has a sister, Denise. Lewis graduated from Anderson High School in Cincinnati in 1978. She studied musical theater at the University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music. [2] After receiving her diploma she moved to New York City. She proceeded to work in various on and off-Broadway shows.

Lewis was in a long-term relationship with Nick Nolte. [3] The two met during the filming of I'll Do Anything . She is married to sound designer Philip G. Allen. [4]

Career

Lewis's film appearances include roles in Finding Nemo , Finding Dory , Mouse Hunt , Godzilla , Pushing Tin , 2007's California Dreaming with NewsRadio co-star Dave Foley, and 2010's Den Brother . On television, Lewis starred for 5 seasons on the NBC sitcom NewsRadio , followed by Three Sisters and the WB animated comedy Mission Hill . She made guest appearances on Seinfeld (in the episodes "The Secretary" and "The Race") and Murphy Brown . In a recurring role on Home Improvement , she played Maureen Binford, producer of the show-within-a-show Tool Time . On How I Met Your Mother , she had the recurring role of Lily Aldrin's doctor, "Dr. Sonya".

She appeared on Caroline in the City , The Norm Show , Grace Under Fire , Phenom and The 5 Mrs. Buchanans . Most recently, she made guest appearances on Surviving Suburbia , ABC's Grey's Anatomy , Disney Channel's Sonny with a Chance as Ms. Bitterman, the social worker on The Middle , and FX's Dirt .

Aside from Mission Hill, her voice acting career includes characters in Justice League Heroes , Rugrats Pre-School Daze , King of the Hill , Hercules: The Animated Series , An Extremely Goofy Movie , Finding Nemo , Phineas and Ferb , and Justice League: The New Frontier . Most recently, she voiced Eve in the 2010 film Alpha and Omega and its sequel. [5]

On stage, Lewis has appeared in City of Angels and My One and Only in Los Angeles, and has performed as a soloist with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. Her Broadway credits include I Can Get It For You Wholesale , Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? , Snoopy!!! The Musical , Damn Yankees , Chicago , The Crucible , and she was the final actress to play Countess Lily in Anastasia . She also appeared with Peter Gallagher and Patti LuPone in Pal Joey at the New York City Center. Lewis won the 2007 Ovation Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for the world premiere of Michael John LaChiusa's Hotel C'est L'amour.

She was part of the one-night celebrity-performed staging of Howard Ashman's unproduced musical Dreamstuff. The musical was re-imagined by Ashman's partners Marsha Malamet and Dennis Green and performed one night only at Los Angeles's Hayworth Theatre as part of the Bruno Kirby celebrity reading series. Her debut solo album East of Midnight was released in May 2010. The eclectic rock album has songs penned by Lewis as well as three cover songs. Lewis says this about the writing of the album: "The words and music of these songs unfolded before me like a foreboding window into a chapter of my life that would prove to be dauntingly destructive and spiritually bereft. Locked in my office in Malibu, California I wrote what would become a self-fulfilling prophecy – it would also prove to be the making of me." [6]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1994 I'll Do Anything Millie
1995 Bye Bye Birdie Gloria RasputinTelevision film
1997 Mouse Hunt April Smuntz
1998 Godzilla Dr. Elise Chapman
1999 Breakfast of Champions Grace Le Sabre
Pushing Tin Tina Leary
2000 An Extremely Goofy Movie Beret Girl in CaféVoice / Direct-to-video
2003 Finding Nemo Deb / FloVoice
2007 California Dreaming Teensie Porter
The Last Day of Summer PaigeTelevision film
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Iris West Allen Voice, Direct-to-video
Roadside Romeo MiniVoice, Uncredited
2009 Wonder Woman PersephoneVoice, Direct-to-video
Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts ChubsterVoice, Direct-to-video
The Ugly Truth Saleswoman
2010 Alpha and Omega EveVoice
Den Brother Dina ReamsTelevision film
2012 I Married Who? VivienneTelevision film
2014 Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon DrizeldaVoice, Direct-to-video
2016 Finding Dory Deb / FloVoice

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1985 CBS Schoolbreak Special Diane KaplanEpisode: "The Day the Senior Class Got Married"
1992 Home Improvement Maureen Binford2 episodes
1993 Murphy Brown Secretary No. 59Episode: "One"
Grace Under Fire WandaEpisode: "Say Goodnight, Gracie"
1994 Phenom BetsyEpisode: "Angela's Fifteen Minutes"
Seinfeld Ada2 episodes
1995 The 5 Mrs. Buchanans DonnaEpisode: "Viv'acious"
1995–1999 NewsRadio Beth94 episodes
1996 Caroline in the City Merle HellerEpisode: "Caroline in the Cereal"
1997, 1999, 2001–2003, 2005 Rugrats Miss Carol, Miss Weemer, Witch, Mother Cat (voice)6 episodes
1998 Hercules Arachne (voice)Episode: "Hercules and the Tapestry of Fate"
1999 The Wild Thornberrys Weasel (voice)Episode: "Lost and Foundation"
The Norm Show KyraEpisode: "Drive, Norm Say"
2000 King of the Hill Kate (voice)Episode: "Movin' on Up"
The Huntress Myrna FactorEpisode: "Pilot"
1999–2000, 2002 Mission Hill Posey Tyler, Natalie Leibowitz-Hernandez (voice)13 episodes
2001–2002 Three Sisters Nora Bernstein-Flynn18 episodes
2005 Rugrats Pre-School Daze Ms. Weemer (voice)4 episodes
2007–2008, 2010 Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures Molly (voice)17 episodes
2007 Come on Over Actress VickiEpisode: "Thespians"
Grey's Anatomy HarrietEpisode: "Physical Attraction... Chemical Reaction"
2008 Dirt The BeauticianEpisode: "What Is This Thing Called?"
Phineas and Ferb Lulu (voice)Episode: "Greece Lightning/Leave the Bustin to Us"
Ben 10: Alien Force Serena (voice)Episode: "X = Ben + 2"
'Til Death Melissa3 episodes
2009 Bones Helen BridenbeckerEpisode: "The Skull in the Sculpture"
2009–2010 Sonny with a Chance Ms. Joy Bitterman5 episodes
2009 Surviving Suburbia Clerk2 episodes
Curb Your Enthusiasm StaceyEpisode: "The Table Read"
The Middle Ms. BarryEpisode: "The Scratch"
2011 Melissa & Joey Alexis McKennaEpisode: "The Settlement"
Batman: The Brave and the Bold Wonder Woman, Star Sapphire (voices)2 episodes
2011–2012 How I Met Your Mother Dr. Sonya3 episodes
2011 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Agent Locke (voice)Episode: "The Widening Gyre"
2012Checked OutLisa3 episodes
2013 Doll & Em Carla2 episodes
Austin & Ally DonnaEpisode: "Family & Feuds"
2014 Turbo FAST Arctic Hare, Rich Lady No. 1 (voices)Episode: "A Tale of Two Turbos/The Escargot Affair"
See Dad Run Kat2 episodes
Complete Works Ashley Spitzer
Doc McStuffins Dr. Tundra (voice)Episode: "McStuffins School of Medicine/The Super Amazing Ultra Hoppers"
2015 Modern Family Erica2 episodes
2016 Angie Tribeca Dog trainerEpisode: "Fleas Don't Kill Me"
2017 Making History Mrs. ChadwickEpisode: "Battle of the Basement"
2019 The Blacklist Marie MortelEpisode: "The Third Estate"
2020 Upside-Down Magic Headmaster Knightslinger Disney Channel Original Movie [7]

Video games

YearTitleVoice Role
2003 Finding Nemo Deb
"Flo"
2009 Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks Serena

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References

  1. Vicki Lewis Film Reference biodata, filmreference.com; accessed February 25, 2016.
  2. Everett, Carole J. (2009). "University of Cincinnati College—Conservatory of Music". College Guide for Performing Arts Majors: The Real-World Admission Guide for Dance, Music, and Theater Majors. Peterson's. p. 325. ISBN   9780768926989. Faculty, Resident Artists, and Alumni ... Alumni continue to hold key positions in the performing and media arts. Numbered among them are ... musical theatre stars Faith Prince, Lee Roy Reams, Michele Pawk, Jason Graae, Jim Walton, Vicki Lewis, and Ashley Brown.
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