Who Is Lucy Lee Flippin?
The American national Lucy Lee Flippin was born on July 23, 1943, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, under the sign of the Leo. She is an actress best remembered for playing Eliza Jane Wilder, the series’ primary heroine, in the American western historical drama “Little House on the Prairie,” in which Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, and Karen Grassie also played. It is based on the popular “Little House” book series and depicts the 1880s life of a family living on a farm in Walnut Grove, Minnesota.
Since 2008, Lucy Lee Flippin has not worked in the film industry and is rumored to be leading a quiet life in a rural area.
Childhood And Education
Lucy was reared by her mother, a homemaker, and her postal father as the only child in Douglassville, Pennsylvania. While in high school, she developed an interest in acting and started participating in school plays, usually playing the lead roles. She spent her entire childhood concentrating on her education. She graduated in 1961, enrolled in Northwestern University, and earned a bachelor’s degree in arts there in 1965. She began ice skating after graduating and spent a year touring the US with “Holiday on Ice” while they performed.
She began acting exercises after the trip under the guidance of the late German-American actress Uta Hagen.
Lucy began her acting career in 1971 with a role in the film “The Telephone Book,” and five years later, after taking a sabbatical from the industry, she played a nurse in the comedy “The Front.”
She made an uncredited cameo in the American sports comedy film “Slap Shot” in the year 1977, and she played a waitress in the romantic comedy “Annie Hall.” She portrayed Agata Franklin in “The One and Only” the following year, and Diane Haber in the western comedy “Goin’ South,” starring Jack Nicholson, Mary Steenburgen, and Christopher Lloyd. The plot of the latter film follows a bachelorette who marries a horse thief who has been sentenced to death; the two then have to battle the man’s former gang, the sheriff, and the bank.
After taking a five-year hiatus from acting in motion pictures, Lucy was asked to play a supporting role in the love story “Flashdance” in 1983. The following year, she had an appearance in “Young Lust.” She made a cameo appearance in the 1985 comedy “Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment,” and some of her later roles were in the films “Private Resort,” “Summer School,” and “Bulletproof,” all of which were released in 1987. She received attention for her performance as Grace La Della in the mystery slasher film “Lady in White,” which also starred Lukas Haas and Len Cariou. In 1988, she also starred in “Hero and the Terror” and “Earth Girls Are Easy” among other films.
She appeared in the underwhelming 1989 film “My Mom’s a Werewolf” aina supporting role, and in the crime drama “A Perfect World,” starring Kevin Costner, she was one of the main protagonists. Rowan Atkinson and other well-known actors costarred in the highly praised comedy “Rat Race” in 2001, and some of Lucy’s more recent film performances have been in “Whigmaleerie” in 2005, the horror “Urban Decay,” in 2007, and the western “Prairie Fever,” in 2008.
Television Show Roles
She made her television series debut in 1976 on “The Bob Newhart Show,” where she played Darva in the episode “The Slammer.” She went on to make notable TV series appearances in “The Edge of Night,” which she also did in 1976, “The Ropers,” and “Flo,” where she played Fran Castleberry in 23 episodes between 1980 and 1981.
In the years that followed, Lucy made appearances in several shows as a guest performer, including “Philip Marlowe, Private Eye” in 1983 and “The Scarecrow and Mrs. King” in 1985. She also had eight appearances in the sitcom “The Last Precinct.” Lucy went on to make appearances in shows including “The Golden Girls,” “Small Wonder,” and “Full House”; she was most frequently asked to participate in comedic series since she reportedly had a natural gift for making the audience laugh. She had an appearance in the Mr. Belvedere episode “A Happy Guy’s Christmas” in 1989, and she made guest appearances in “Adam-12,” “The Hogan Family,” and “The Munsters Today” in 1990.
She played Becky in the “Hello, Dolly” episode of the sitcom “Babes” and Nurse Nancy in the “Just Say No Fun” episode of the science fiction horror series “Eerie Indiana” both in 1991.
The legal thriller “Judging Amy” in 2002, the sitcom “Still Standing,” and “The Mind of the Married Man” are a few of Lucy’s most recent TV performances.
Although nothing is known about the men that Lucy may have dated due to her intense secrecy, it is well known that she was married to Tom Tarpey, a New York City actor who is arguably best known for his appearances in “FM” in 1978, “9 to 5” in 1980, and “Murder, She Wrote” in 1984.
They first connected when they were chosen to play identical characters in a film in 1972, and three years later, on October 25, 1975, they were wed in a private ceremony in front of just their closest loved ones. Lucy gave birth to their son Christopher in 1978, however Tom and Lucy eventually got divorced for unspecified reasons; neither of them gave interviews to discuss their split.
Lucy was once married and has a son as of August 2020.
Hobbies And Passions
Since she started taking ice skating lessons, Lucy has been interested in sports, and even though she no longer participates in any of them, she used to be extremely good at tennis, soccer, and golf.
She enjoys traveling and has visited several countries for both business and pleasure. Tokyo, Japan, and Paris, France are two of her ideal vacation spots. She has owned multiple cats and dogs as pets and has donated money to numerous animal shelters because she loves animals. She has also participated in numerous charity events and given to the needy.
The late Robin Williams, Will Smith, and Nicole Kidman are some of Lucy’s favorite performers and actresses, and “The Last Samurai,” “Patch Adams,” and “I, Robot” are some of her favorite films.
77 years of age are Lucy. She stands 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall, has green eyes and brown hair, and weighs about 134lbs (61kgs).
Her projected net worth as of August 2020 is more than $1 million.