Raffin, Deborah 1953-
RAFFIN, Deborah 1953-
Born March 13, 1953, in Los Angeles, CA; daughter of Trudy Marshall (an actress); married Michael Viner (a producer, writer, actor, musical director, and manager); children: a daughter. Education: Studied drama in college. Hobbies and other interests: Playing with her dogs, doing charity work for challenged children.
Agent—SDB Partners, Inc., 1801 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 902, Los Angeles, CA 90067.
Actress, producer, director, and writer; fashion model as a teenager; founder and former owner, with husband Michael Viner, of audio books and television production company Dove Audio; owner, with Viner, of audio books and television production company New Millennium Entertainment. Actress in films, including (as Trina Stanley) 40 Carats, Columbia, 1973; (as Patti Ratteree) The Dove, Paramount, 1974; (as January Wayne) Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough,Paramount, 1975; (as Casey Forster) God Told Me To (also known as Demon), New World, 1976; (as Jennifer) The Sentinel, Universal, 1977; (as Cindy Simmons) Ransom (also known as Assault on Paradise, Maniac, and The Town That Cried Terror), New World, 1977; Hanging on a Star, 1978; (as Lena Canada) Touched by Love (also known as To Elvis, with Love), Columbia, 1979; (as Dr. Evelyn Howard) Dance of the Dwarves (also known as Jungle Heat), Panache, 1983; (as Kathryn Davis) Death Wish III, Filmways, 1985; (as Claudia) Claudia, 1989; (as Julie Vale) Scanners II: The New Order, Media Home Entertainment, 1992; and (as Elly Dinsmore) Morning Glory, Academy Entertainment, 1993.
Actress in television series, including (as Gloria Munday) Foul Play, American Broadcasting Companies (ABC), 1981; and (as Julie Camden Hastings) 7th Heaven, The WB, 1996—. Actress in television miniseries, including (as Chris Farris) The Last Convertible, National Broadcasting Company (NBC), 1979; and (as Casey Tcholok) James Clavell's Noble House, NBC, 1988. Played Margie in the television pilot Of Men, of Women, ABC, 1973; performer in Circus of the Stars and Circus of the Stars #2, CBS, 1977. Actress in made-for-television movies, including (as Cathy Phillips) Nightmare in Badham County (also known as Nightmare), ABC, 1976; (as Lee Larson) Ski Lift to Death (also known as Snowblind), Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), 1978; (as Cynthia Miller) How to Pick up Girls!, ABC, 1978; (as Willa Barnes) Willa, CBS, 1979; (as Suzy) Mind over Murder (also known as Deadly Vision), CBS, 1979; (as Brooke Hayward) Haywire, CBS, 1980; (as Barbara Gibbons) For the Love of It, ABC, 1980; (as Anna Medley) Killing at Hell's Gate, CBS, 1981; (as Lilah Ward) For Lovers Only, ABC, 1982; (as Iris Murdoch) Agatha Christie's Sparkling Cyanide, CBS, 1983; (as Elisabeth St. Claire) Running Out, CBS, 1983; (as Barbara Jones) Threesome, CBS, 1984; Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense: Last Video and Testament, 1984; (as Judy Hale) Lace II, ABC, 1985; (as Sara) Night of the Fox, syndicated, 1990; (as Sister Megan) Sidney Sheldon's The Sands of Time, syndicated, 1992; (as Emily Allison) A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor, National Broadcasting Company (NBC), 1994; (as Monica Arins) LaVyrle Spencer's Home Song, CBS, 1996; and (as Amelia Hartland) Book of Days, 2003. Guest star on television programs The Twilight Zone, syndicated, 1988, and B. L. Stryker, ABC, 1989. Also appeared in television programs The American Sportsmas, ABC, 1965; Attitudes, Lifetime, 1989; and Dinner Date.
Producer of made-for-television movies, including (also director) LaVyrle Spencer's Family Blessings, CBS, 1996; LaVyrle Spencer's Home Song, CBS, 1996; Unwed Father, ABC, 1997; and (executive producer) Futuresport, 1998. Coproducer of television miniseries Windmills of the Gods, CBS, 1988. Executive producer of film Wilde (also known as Oscar Wilde), Dove International, 1997.
Actress in stage productions, including (as Ophelia) Hamlet, National Theatre of Great Britain, London; Bus Stop and Taken in Marriage, both Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Come Blow Your Horn; Social Security; and Beau Jest. With others, performer of audio book American Rhapsody, New Millennium, 2000. Reader of audio books, including Shrink Rap, Morning Glory, Forever, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
(Editor) Sharing Christmas, Warner Books (New York, NY), 1990.
(Abridger) Peggy Noonan, What I Saw at the Revolution (book-on-tape), Dove Books on Tape (Studio City, CA), 1990.
(With Charles Jarrott) Morning Glory (screenplay; based on the book by LaVyrle Spencer), Academy Entertainment, 1993.
(Editor) A Gift of Sharing: A Celebration of Christmas and Chanukah, Dove Books (Los Angeles, CA), 1996.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television, Volume 37, Gale (Detroit, MI), 2002.
Good Housekeeping, April, 1992, Lawrence Eisenberg, interview with Raffin, pp. 108-111.
Los Angeles Magazine, April, 1983, Denise Zweben, "What Would You Do with a Second Life?," p. 159.
Los Angeles Times, March 22, 1983, Roderick Mann, "Raffin Is First over the Great Wall," p. 2.
New York Times, September 17, 1993, Janet Maslin, review of Morning Glory, section C, p. 12.
PR Newswire, May 16, 1989, Women's Enterprise Magazine Seeks Stronger Voice in Small Business Publishing.
Publishers Weekly, April 17, 2000, Jim Milliot, "New-Star in Deal with Viner/Raffin," p. 18; September 4, 2000, review of American Rhapsody (audiobook), p. 44.
Redbook, March, 1988, Alan W. Petrucelli, "Talking with Deborah Raffin: From Troubles to Triumph," pp. 16-17.
Senior Scholastic, February 18, 1983, Margaret Ronan, interview with Raffin, p. 11.
Total Health, October, 1990, "Total Health Celebrity: Deborah Raffin," pp. 30-31.
TV Guide, September 6, 1980, Dwight Whitney, "The Word Got Around That She Was Difficult," pp. 18-20; May 23, 1981, Betty Goodwin, "The New Hollywood Svengalis," pp. 8-11.
Wall Street Journal, April 27, 1995, Patrick M. Reilly, "Tabloid Books Make Publisher a Star," section B, p. 1.
Weight Watchers, November, 1983, Trisha Thompson, "Deborah Raffin: Natural Beauty Doesn't Always Come Naturally," p. 20.
Internet Movie Database,http://www.imdb.com/ (April 21, 2003), "Deborah Raffin."
MSN Entertainment,http://entertainment.msn.com/ (April 21, 2003), "Deborah Raffin."*