Real name: Cybill Shepherd
Birthdate: February 10, 1950
Partner: Robert Martin
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Cybill Lynne Shepherd (born 18 February 1950) is a Golden Globe Award-winning American actress, singer, and former fashion model.
Her best known roles include starring as Jacy in The Last Picture Show, Maddie Hayes in Moonlighting, as Cybill Sheridan in Cybill, as Betsy in Taxi Driver and as Phyllis Kroll in The L Word.
Shepherd was born in Memphis, Tennessee to William Jennings Shepherd and Patty Shobe. Named after her grandfather Cy and her father Bill, Shepherd won the 1966 "Miss Memphis" contest at age 16, resulting in fashion modeling work through high school and after.
In 1974, Shepherd again teamed with Peter Bogdanovich for a starring role in Daisy Miller, based on the Henry James novella. The role - a period piece set in Europe - was a challenging one, especially for a relatively inexperienced Shepherd. It proved to be a box office failure.
Back from Memphis, Shepherd won the role of Colleen Champion in the night-time drama The Yellow Rose (1983), opposite Sam Elliott. Although critically acclaimed, the series lasted only one season.
She starred in Chances Are (1989) with Robert Downey Jr. and Ryan O'Neal, receiving excellent reviews. She then reprised her role as Jacy in Texasville (1990), the sequel to The Last Picture Show (1971), as the original cast (including director Peter Bogdanovich) reunited 20 years after filming the original. She also appeared in Woody Allen's Alice (1990), and Eugene Levy's Once Upon a Crime (1992), as well as several television movies.
In her autobiography, she revealed that in 1978, she called her mother, crying, unhappy with the way her life and career were going, to which her mother replied, "Cybill, come home." She went home to Memphis, where she met and began dating local auto-parts dealer and nightclub entertainer David M. Ford. She became pregnant and they married that year. Their daughter Clementine Ford was born in 1979, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1982.
She was engaged to musician Robert Martin and lived with him from 1994-1998. In her autobiography, she gave him the pseudoynm "Howard Roark" and claimed that he ended the relationship during the couples' therapy session.
"If you look at what we know about men, women and our sexuality, a great majority of people are bisexual. So what's wrong with that?" .
She has confessed to having a longtime crush on Salma Hayek and admits she has been smitten with Hayek's looks for years. She said :
She agreed to a date with actor Jack Nicholson to make Peter Bogdanovich jealous. Later, she canceled the date and Nicholson would not speak to her again, except to say "hi" at a party many years later.
She had a sexual encounter with her co-star Don Johnson that lasted several intense minutes during the making of the television miniseries The Long Hot Summer (1985).
The jazz musician Stan Getz came on to her during a recording session for her album, but she declined and he did not speak to her.
Unsuccessful nominations were :
- 1986 - Outstanding Lead Actress - Drama Series - Moonlighting
- 1995 - Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series - Cybill
- 1996 - Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series - Cybill
- 1997 - Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series - Cybill
Unsuccessful nominations were :
- 1997 - Best Actress in a TV series, Comedy/Musical - Cybill
- 1988 - Best Actress in a TV series, Comedy/Musical - Moonlighting
- 1972 - Most Promising Newcomer (Female) - The Last Picture Show