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Courtney Thorne-Smith (born November 8, 1967) is an American actress. She was born in San Francisco, California.
Her most notable television credit was playing Alison Parker on the nighttime drama Melrose Place (1992-1997). Other notable TV roles included Georgia Thomas on Ally McBeal (1997-2000) and, currently, wife Cheryl on According to Jim.
Courtney made her first movie appearance in the 1986 feature film drama, Lucas. She has also starred in movies such as Summer School (1987), Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987), and Side Out (1990).
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She was born in San Francisco, California. Wood married magician Geoffrey Durham in March 1980, but they separated in October 2002. Courtney Thorne-Smith (born November 8, 1967) is an American actress. Her sitcom Dinnerladies in particualar is often regarded along with The Royle Family as one of the prime example of dialogue-based TV comedy, shows in which the focus is more on discussion between characters than story or action, though Dinnerladies episodes usually did have a strong storyline also. Wood is often regarded as among the top sitcom writers in Britain due to her understanding of British culture and high command of the English language. Her first play, Talent (1978) won her an award for Most Promising New Writer, and she has since won many awards for her light entertainment performances.
Wood was born in Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and studied drama at the University of Birmingham, beginning her show business career during her time as an undergraduate. Her first big break was as a novelty act on the BBC's consumer affairs programme, That's Life in 1976. She has written and starred in sketches, plays and sitcoms, and her live stand-up comedy act is interspersed with songs of her own composition, which she accompanies on piano. Victoria Wood (born May 19, 1953) is a British comedienne, actress, singer and writer. Dinnerladies (sitcom) (1999).
A television film, Pat and Margaret starring Wood and Julie Walters as long-lost sisters with very different lifestyles. Victoria Wood As Seen On Television (1984). Wood and Walters (1981) (with Julie Walters).