Who is Lauren Tewes? Net Worth, Partner, Biography

Lauren Tewes
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Lauren Tewes, Who Is She?

Lauren Tewes is an American actress best known for her performance as Julie McCoy in “the Love Boat,” an ABC comedy anthology series.

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Lauren Tewes’s Age, Childhood, Family Life, And Educational Background

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Cynthia Lauren Tewes was born on October 26, 1953, in Braddock, Pennsylvania, USA, as a Scorpio, making her 67 years old in 2020. She is an American of the white race, the fourth child of Joseph Robert Tewes and Joan Woods; her father is a German immigrant, and her mother is of Irish origin. Lauren’s father was a pattern maker in wood.

Tewes was born in the industrial Trafford borough near Pittsburgh and spent her first eight years of life there before her family relocated to Whittier, California. Lauren and her three siblings were raised in a humble household.

Lauren went to Ada S. Nelson Elementary School and then Pioneer High School, where she studied drama for three years and won Best Actress three times. Lauren later enrolled at Rio Hondo College to pursue an associate of arts degree in theater arts. Tewes received The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Theater while in college. Lauren also received a one-year scholarship and transferred to the University of California, Riverside as a sophomore.

Lauren Tewes’ Professional Life And Ascension To Stardom

Lauren left the university after her scholarship expired in 1973 to work as an apprentice at the Pacific Conservatory Theater in Santa Maria. She made her stage debut in “The Happiest Fella” and “Arsenic and Old Lace” before joining the Birdcage Theater Company at Knott’s Berry Farm, an entertainment park on the outskirts of Los Angeles. The move positioned her with other well-known theatrical actors such as Dean Jones and Steve Martin. In the company’s theatre presentations, she played two characters: a heroine and a villain.

Lauren moved to Burbank, California to try her luck on television after four months with the company in 1974. Lauren worked as a waitress to make ends meet while continuing to attend film and television seminars and auditions. Lauren filmed a Lipton Ice Tea commercial the following year, which allowed her to gain a talent agency and join the Screen Actors Guild.

Lauren had to wait a while before her presence in Hollywood was felt. Lauren worked in the hospitality industry until 1977 when she became a celebrity after starring in 20 television ads.

At the same time, she was dealing with a major personal tragedy, as her mother died in 1975.

Lauren began her acting career with modest roles in Aaron Spelling films such as “Family” and “Charlie’s Angels.” Her major break, however, came in 1975 with ABC’s “The Wide World of Mystery.” Lauren’s life changed after landing a brief role as Sharon Freemont, an Assistant Attorney, in Spelling’s “Starsky & Hutch.”

Lauren was not the first choice for the character of Julie McCoy in “The Love Boat,” according to producer Aaron Spelling, because they had already assembled a cast for the cruise adventure series a year prior.

Lauren was one of many blondes that showed up for the part tryouts. The series premiered on May 5, 1977.

Lauren made her feature film debut in 1981 in “Eyes of a Stranger,” alongside Jennifer Jason, after appearing in “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders” in 1979. Her contract was not renewed in 1984, and Pat Klous took over as Judy, Julie’s younger sister. Lauren’s resignation was widely reported, bringing her cocaine addiction and unprofessional behavior to light. Her acting career came to an abrupt halt, and aside from a few campy films like “Attack of the 5’2″ Women” and “It Came from Outer Space II,” she never landed any big roles.

Lauren was cast in “Anything for Love,” a CBS sitcom that never became a series, in 1985. The following year, she made her final appearance in “The Love Boat.”

Lauren opted to restart her theatrical career in the 1990s, this time as a director. Lauren starred in “Independence” at the Burbank Little Theater in 1990, and the same year directed “The Head,” a dark comedy by William S. Leavengood, at the Attic Theater before it moved to the Matrix Theater.

Lauren later moved to regional theater, appearing with the Tacoma Actors Guild, A Contemporary Theater, and the Seattle Repertory Theater.

Lauren’s stage credits include “Side Man,” “My Fair Lady,” “A Delicate Balance,” “Prayer for My Enemy,” “The O’Conner Girls,” “Good People,” and “The Prisoner of Second Avenue.”

Lauren has also provided voice work for characters in computer games such as “Pajama Sham3: You Are What You Eat from Your Head to Your Feet,” “Police Quest: SWAT 2,” and “Putt-Putt Travels Through Time.”

Lauren Tewes, who attended culinary school and became a cheese specialist, works as a sous-chef for a Seattle catering firm when she is not performing.

Personal Life, Husband, And Children Of Lauren Tewes

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Lauren met ad director John Wassel in 1977 when casting the Hickory Farms dairy advertisement.

The two had been in a long-distance romance for three months before John proposed to Lauren while visiting his parents in Ohio. They married the following November. Their marriage, however, did not last long, as they divorced in 1982.

Lauren met Paolo Nonni, a percussionist while working on “The Love Boat” while still married to Wassel. Lauren revealed her feelings for Nonni after divorcing her first husband, and the two married in 1986. Lauren had a premature baby girl a year later, but she died when she was one month old. This appears to have ended her marriage to Nonni.

Lauren met her third husband, co-actor Robert Nadir, in 1993 and they had a year-long long-distance relationship. Lauren moved to Seattle with Robert in 1994, and the couple married on May 1, 1996. They were married until Nadir died of Lou Gehrig’s disease on April 25, 2002. Lauren is a single mother with no children.

Lauren has previously fought cocaine addiction, which resulted in her dismissal from her previous cast. She was able to overcome her addiction and resume her acting career.

Lauren Tewes Net Worth

Lauren’s net worth comes from her work as an actor and a sous chef. Lauren Tewes’s net worth is estimated to be around $2 million as of mid-2020, according to reliable sources.