Who is Nancy McKeon?

Born under the fire sign of Aries on 4 April 1966, in Westbury, New York State USA, Nancy Justine McKeon is a 53-year-old American actress, voice actress, director, producer and writer. She is best known for her iconic role in NBC’s “The Facts of Life”, which many consider one of the best sitcoms of all time. Her first foray into the world of acting occurred when she was just a child, and mostly involved appearances in commercials and small-time roles in popular shows. After “The Facts of Life” was discontinued, her career slowed down, as she couldn’t land any significant roles in the mid-2000s. After years away from the public eye, she resurfaced in 2018, as a competitor in the 27th season of “Dancing with the Stars”, but from which she was soon eliminated.

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Early Life and Education: Destined for Stardom

Nancy was born into a devoutly religious family, meaning that she grew up with strict Catholic values. Despite her parents’ piousness, she was brought up in a loving environment and never lacked anything. Nancy made her acting debut at the tender age of two, when she starred in several regional and national commercials. Her father was a travel agent by profession, but he loved watching various shows and movies, which drew young Nancy towards considering acting as a vocation. She has a brother, Phillip, who also became a notable actor. At the age of 13, the entire McKeon family moved to Los Angeles, California, so that Phillip and Nancy could pursue their acting careers to the fullest. In 1984, she matriculated from Bellarmine-Jefferson High School in Burbank, California, after which, as a result of her early success, Nancy decided to forego a college education and focus on acting.

Career Beginnings: From a Toddler to a Young Star

Prior to becoming a notable television actress, Nancy mostly appeared in commercials. Some of these roles involved her brother Phillip co-starring alongside her, which drew a lot of attention to the McKeon family. In her prepubescent years, Nancy appeared in “Another World” and “The Secret Storm”, both notable soap operas, however, for unspecified reasons, she was uncredited for these roles. Officially, her debut was as Vicki Mayer in an episode of “Starsky and Hutch” in 1977. A year later, she appeared in “Fantasy Island” and “A Question of Love”, the latter of which was a highly rated TV movie of the 1970s. She even tried her hand at voice acting, lending her vocal chords to several characters in the animated series “Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo”. After “The Love Boat”, she succeeded in landing her first recurring role as Jill Stone in “Stone”, appearing in three episodes. This wasn’t something usual for a 13-year-old, but Nancy was already on her way to becoming a true child star.

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The Crown Jewel of Her Career: The Facts of Life

In 1979, when the McKeon family moved to Los Angeles, young Nancy was called for an audition for a role in “Alice”. The audition went well, but she had another lined up – for a greetings card advertisement on the Hallmark Channel. During the audition, she was noticed by a casting director who offered her the role of Jo Polniaczek in “The Facts of Life”. Even though the offer was compelling, Nancy had second thoughts, mostly because four of the show’s original cast members left, and people predicted that the show’s rating would plummet. However, this was not the case, and she became one of the central characters in many plotlines, having an instrumental influence on the show’s success throughout the 1980s, appearing in a total of 189 episodes. ‘We went through puberty on camera. The audience saw us go through our ugliest times and come out all right.’, she said of the experience. Even though this was a breakthrough for Nancy, things were about to go downhill.

Struggles: Missing Out on Friends, Working Girl and More

While on ABC, Nancy continued to develop her voice acting career, notably as Scruffy in “Scruffy: The Tuesday Dog”. Even though she earned a lot of money and attracted a lot of attention due to her time in “The Facts of Life”, she didn’t know which direction to take to develop her career. It seemed as if she was always just a second way from landing another big role. She auditioned for the main part in the sitcom adaptation of “Working Girl”, but lost out to a relatively unknown actress by the name of Sandra Bullock. In 1994, she was on the cusp of greatness yet again, as she was on the shortlist of candidates for the role of Monica Geller in “Friends”, but as we all know, she lost to Courteney Cox.  In an interview about the subject, she had the following to say: ‘I have no hard feelings. The role went to the right person. Courteney was brilliant. Now, I can’t see anybody playing the role, not even myself.’ Things were looking bleak for Nancy until she surprised everyone.

Her Own Creation: Can’t Hurry Love

In 1995, the acting world was shocked when Nancy announced that she would be producing “Can’t Hurry Love”, in which she would also be the lead star. The plot revolves around Annie, a single woman in her thirties, who has no luck when it comes to finding Mr. Right. Despite the show being the 24th most watched series in the entire country, CBS decided to cancel it. Even though it attracted positive reviews, a lot of critics described the show as an “all-female version of “Friends””.

Later Works and Dropping Off the Grid

After her failed experiment, McKeon refused to give up. In 1998 she appeared in 13 episodes of “Style and Substance” as Jane Sool. Around this time, she was ready to take it easy, but still wanted to land another role as grand as in “The Facts of Life”.

She came close to achieving that as Inspector Jinny Extead in the hit cop drama “The Division”, appearing in 88 episodes of the show from 2001 to 2004. ‘I hope we’re put in the same league as other cop shows.’, she said during the first season. ‘Hopefully, we will be able to hold our heads up high and be considered among the best shows, like “NYPD Blue”.’ Shortly after being in five episodes of “Sonny with a Chance” in 2010, she dropped out of the public eye. Apparently she grew tired of show business, and wanted to lead a peaceful life. In 2018, she returned as a contestant in season 27 of “Dancing with the Stars”. Her partner was legendary Ukrainan dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy, but they were the third couple eliminated.

Personal Life: Is Nancy McKeon Married? Does She Have Any Children?

Nancy married her husband, actor and TV presenter,Marc Andrus, on 8 June, 2003; they started daring way back in 1993. Together they have two daughters, Aurora born on 5 March 2004, and Harlow who came into this world in December of 2006.

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Today, Nancy resides in Austin, Texas with her family. Previously, she was in a relationship with Mark Holmes, the frontman of Canadian glam rock/punk rock band Platinum Blonde,  and from 1982 to 1985, she was with Michael J. Fox, whom she met while shooting “High School USA”. Not many people know this, but at the height of her stardom, she arranged to meet Pope John Paul II together with her parents. Nancy is also fond of martial arts.

Net Worth: How Rich is Nancy McKeon?

Have you ever wondered how affluent Nancy really is? According to credible sources, she has a net worth of approximately $6 million, as of August 2019, accumulated largely by being the star of one of the highest rated sitcoms of all time. Afterwards she focused on voice acting, and took on more recurring roles in “Style and Substance” and “The Division”. Given the fact that she’s not active anymore, this amount of money is more than enough to last her for an entire lifetime.

Body Measurements: How Tall is Nancy McKeon?

Nancy McKeon is 5ft 6in (168cm), weighs 134lbs (61kg) and maintains a slim figure. Her eyes are green, while her hair is dark brown.

Social Media Presence

Thanks to the ever expanding grasp that social media has on worldwide audiences, it is in the best interests of most celebrities to keep their fans informed about their activities and thus maintain and potentially increase their ratings and profit. However, it doesn’t appear as though Nancy is at all preoccupied with maintaining her involvement in this trend, seeing as her presence on social networks is all but ubiquitous at the moment. She only has an Instagram account, but which is followed by over 36,000 fans.

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Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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