Morgan Fairchild (born February 3, 1950) is an Emmy Award nominated American actress. Fairchild achieved prominence during the late 1970s and early 1980s with continuing roles in several television series, in which she usually conveyed a glamorous image. She has extended her range to include stage work, and has played guest roles in a number of television comedies. She is a board member of the Screen Actors Guild. Fairchild was born Patsy Ann McClenny in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of Martha Jane (née Hartt), a high school English teacher, and Edward Milton McClenny. Her first job was as a double for Faye Dunaway during location filming for the movie Bonnie and Clyde (1967). She took her new first name, Morgan, from the 1966 David Warner film, Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment. Moving to New York City, she secured her first on-screen role, appearing as maniacal Jennifer Pace in the daytime soap opera Search for Tomorrow from 1973 until 1977. As a child, she suffered a bout of scarlet fever, which left her partially deaf.
In 1982, she played Jamie Douglas, a newscaster, in the sexy thriller The Seduction, and in 1984 she starred in Paper Dolls, where critics considered her the only bright spot, but poor ratings doomed the series. By this time she was established as a leading television actress and appeared in the series Falcon Crest, playing a season long character named Jordan Roberts, her name appeared in the closing credits through the series' fifth season (1985-1986). In the early 1980s she appeared in off-Broadway plays such as Geniuses and garnered rave reviews from Time magazine and The New York Times. Tommy Flanagan, Jon Lovitz's popular recurring character on Saturday Night Live in the mid-1980s, was a pathological liar (catchphrase: "Yeah, that's the ticket") who often claimed to be married to Fairchild ("....with my wife, Morgan Fairchild, whom I've seen naked.")
Fairchild garnered an Emmy Award nomination for her role in a Murphy Brown episode and in the early 1990s Roseanne producers cast her in a role as Sandra Bernhard's bisexual girlfriend.
In 1995, Fairchild returned to soaps as catty Sydney Chase on The City, for a year. She also made guest appearances on Friends (as Chandler Bing's mother, Nora) and was a recurring guest star on Cybill as Andrea, the rival of Cybill Shepherd's character. Through the years, she also maintained a career in independent films and theater productions. More recently, Fairchild has starred in the role of Mrs. Robinson in the play adaptation of the film The Graduate. This role drew media attention, as it includes a scene in which Fairchild appeared nude on stage.
In 2006, she was a charter cast member of the My Network TV series Fashion House, playing Sophia Blakely, a rival to Bo Derek's character, Maria Gianni. In addition to her work as an actress Fairchild has long maintained a strong role within the Screen Actors Guild. Currently Fairchild is a three year board member of the Guild and has served on several diverse committees, including co-chair Legislative Committee, National Executive Committee, SAG-AFTRA Relations Committee, Commercials Contracts Committee, Honors and Tributes Committee (HATS), and Guild Governance and Rules Committee. In recognition of her political work Esquire magazine said of Fairchild: "She looks like a centerfold but sounds like a senator".
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