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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