Wendie Malick's Biography:
Wendie Malik was was born with the name of Wendy Malik on December 13, 1950 in Buffalo, New York but is known professionally as Wendie Malik.
She is the daughter of Gigi, a former model, and Ken Malick, who worked in sales. Her father is Egyptian. Wendie graduated from Williamsville South High School.
She attended Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio and graduated in 1972. She was tall (5'10") and beautiful and thus became a Wilhelmina model during the 1970s. She decided to give up her budding modeling career to become involved in politics, which was short lasting. She left her work in Washington, D.C. for Congressman Jack Kemp and return to the entertainment world to act in theater.
Wendie began working as an actress in 1982 in the film A Little Sex and has worked steadily since. In 1982, she auditioned unsuccessfully for the role of Diane Chambers in the NBC sitcom Cheers.
She is best known for her work as the beautiful fashion editor Nina Van Horn in TV's long running "Just Shoot Me". She appeared on 149 episodes of the show which ran from 1997-2003. Wendie was a fan favorite in the role of Nina who was a neurotic ex-model struggling with aging. She was hilarious in the role and established herself as a great comedienne with spectacular timing.
For her work on Just Shoot Me, Wendie won a Golden Globe and two Emmy Award nominations as Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Wendie's first leading role on a TV series was on the HBO series Dream On in 1990. She appeared as Judith Tupper Stone. She remained on this show until 1996, winning four CableACE awards for best actress in a comedy series.
Over the course of her career she has also had recurring roles in the series "Trauma Center" (1983) and "Good Company" (1996) as well as various recurring roles on "NYPD Blue" (1993), "Anything But Love" (1989), "Baywatch" (1989) and "Kate & Allie" (1984).
Wendie has also starred in several made for TV movies, including Paper Dolls (1982) (TV), Dynasty: The Reunion (1991) (TV) and Perfect Body (1997) (TV).
Wendie starred in North Shore Fish (1997) (TV) on cable TV, based on a role in which she originated on-stage. Wendie's work has included roles in the movies The American President (1995), Scrooged (1988), and _Bugsy_.
Wendie has a very distinctive voice and is in constant demand for voice-over work. She provided the voice of Principal Folsom for the Disney animated series Fillmore! until its end in 2004.
Wendie starred in the made-for-TV movie Take My Advice: The Ann and Abby Story, in which she played the dual roles of identical twin sibling advice columnists Ann Landers (Esther Lederer) and "Dear Abby" Abigail Van Buren (Pauline Phillips).
From early 2005, she has portrayed Naomi on the John Stamos television series Jake in Progress. Wendie was to be part of the cast of the series Modern Men but due to a Jake in Progress renewal, her role on Modern Men was recast with Jane Seymour. Both Jake in Progress and Modern Men were quickly cancelled in 2006. She is currently providing the voice of Burdine Maxwell in the animated series Bratz.
Starting in the summer of 2006, Malick did voice work on radio and television ads for Marshall's department stores. In August 2006, Maxim magazine named her #8 on their Best Nymphos list for her role as Nina Van Horn.[
Malick has made over 80 guest appearances on television shows, including:
5 appearances on Kate & Allie
9 appearances on Baywatch
8 appearances on Frasier as Ronee Lawrence
5 appearances on Father of the Pride
3 appearances on The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius as Beautiful Gorgeous
...as well as appearances on MacGyver, The X-files, Mike Hammer, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Highway to Heaven, NYPD Blue, L.A. Law, Empty Nest, Mad About You, Tales From the Crypt, Seinfeld, Cybill, Kim Possible, Reba, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 'Til Death, and Law & Order.
In 2000, Wendie was honored by Women in Film as A Woman of Vision, along with Tipper Gore, Gwen Ifill, and Roseanne Barr. She is on the board of directors of the Environmental Media Association, the board of advocates for Planned Parenthood and the advisory board of the Humane Society.
Wendie was given a special award by the Screen Actors Guild for her accomplishments in film and television. She has appeared in no fewer than five television programs or films every year for the past 23 years.
Wendie has been married twice: from 1982 to 1989 to actor and screenwriter Mitch Glazer, and currently since 1992 to Richard Erickson. Through their charity, A Drop in the Bucket, she and Erickson support a medical center in the Congo and share an ongoing commitment to a women's shelter in Tijuana, Mexico. They live in the Santa Monica Mountains with three dogs, two horses and a cat. Wendy is a vegetarian.
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