Raffin, Deborah 1953–

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Raffin, Deborah 1953–

(Debra Raffin)


Full name, Deborah Iona Raffin; 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), August 4, 1974 (divorced, 2005). Education: Attended Valley College; studied under Kate Fleming at London's National Theatre; studied acting with Milton Katselas.


Manager—Benedetti Management, 13400 Moorpark St., Studio City, CA, 91602.


Actress and producer. Dove Audio (later Dove Entertainment), (with Michael Viner) cofounder and co-owner, 1985-97, executive vice president and head of spoken-word audio division,?-1997; New Millennium Entertainment, (with Viner) cofounder and co-owner, c. 1998—. Previously worked as a model.


Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Awards, Honors:

Emmy Award nomination, best actress, 1977, for Nightmare in Badham County; Golden Globe nomination, best motion picture actress—drama, 1981, Bronze Halo Award, Southern California Motion Picture Council, Gold Horse Award, Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards, and Christopher Award, all for Touched by Love.


Film Appearances:

(Film debut) Trina Stanley, 40 Carats, Columbia, 1973.

Patti Ratteree, The Dove, Paramount, 1974.

January Wayne, Once Is Not Enough (also known as Jacqueline Susann's "Once Is Not Enough"), Paramount, 1975.

Casey Forster, God Told Me To (also known as Demon), New World, 1976.

Jennifer, The Sentinel, Universal, 1977.

Cindy Simmons, Ransom (also known as Assault on Paradise, Maniac, and The Town That Cried Terror), New World, 1977.

Hanging on a Star, 1978.

Lena Canada, Touched by Love (also known as To Elvis, with Love), Columbia, 1979.

Dr. Evelyn Howard, Dance of the Dwarfs (also known as Dance of the Dwarves and Jungle Heat), Panache, 1983.

Kathryn Davis, Death Wish III, Filmways, 1985.

Ranger's girlfriend, Predator: The Concert, 1987.

Title role, Claudia (also known as Claudia' Story), 1989.

Julie Vale, Scanners II: The New Order, Media Home Entertainment, 1992.

Elly Dinsmore, Morning Glory, Academy Entertainment, 1993.

Herself, Superman Screen Tests (documentary short), 2001.

Also appeared in The Predator.

Film Executive Producer:

Wilde (also known as Oscar Wilde), Dove International, 1997.

Television Appearances; Series:

Gloria Munday, Foul Play, ABC, 1981.

Julie Camden Hastings, 7th Heaven (also known as Seventh Heaven), The WB, 1996-2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Chris Farris, The Last Convertible, NBC, 1979.

Casey Tcholok, Noble House (also known as James Clavell's "Noble House"), NBC, 1988.

Television Appearances; Movies:

The American Sportsman, ABC, 1965.

Cathy Phillips, Nightmare in Badham County (also known as Nightmare), ABC, 1976.

Lee Larson, Ski Lift to Death (also known as Snow-blind), CBS, 1978.

Cynthia Miller, How to Pick Up Girls!, ABC, 1978.

Willa Barnes (title role), Willa, CBS, 1979.

Suzy, Mind over Murder (also known as Deadly Vision), CBS, 1979.

Brooke Hayward, Haywire, CBS, 1980.

Barbara Gibbons, For the Love of It, ABC, 1980.

Anna Medley, Killing at Hell's Gate, CBS, 1981.

Lilah Ward, For Lovers Only, ABC, 1982.

Iris Murdoch, Sparkling Cyanide (also known as Agatha Christie's "Sparkling Cyanide," CBS, 1983.

Elisabeth St. Claire, Running Out, CBS, 1983.

Barbara Jones, Threesome, CBS, 1984.

Last Video and Testament (also known as Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense: "Last Video and Testament"), 1984.

Judy Hale, Lace II, ABC, 1985.

Attitudes, Lifetime, 1989.

Sara, Night of the Fox (also known as Le complot du renard), syndicated, 1990.

Sister Megan, The Sands of Time (also known as Sidney Sheldon's "The Sands of Time"), syndicated, 1992.

Emily Allison, A Perry Mason Mystery: "The Case of the Grimacing Governor," NBC, 1994.

Monica Arins, Home Song (also known as LaVyrle Spencer's "Home Song," CBS, 1996.

Amelia Hartland, Book of Days, PAX, 2003.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Margie, "Margie Passes," Of Men, Of Women, ABC, 1973.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Presenter, The 47th Annual Academy Awards, NBC, 1975.

Performer, Circus of the Stars, CBS, 1977.

The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards, CBS, 1981.

Night of 100 Stars II, 1985.

Hollywood Women, 1994.

The Golden Globe's 50th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1994.

Intimate Portrait: Diane Lane, Lifetime, 2002.

Look, Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman, Arts and Entertainment, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Gloria Munday, Foul Play, 1981.

Sharon Miles, "Something in the Walls," The Twilight Zone, syndicated, 1988.

Carolann "Punky" Dunhurst, "Carolann," B. L. Stryker, ABC, 1989.

Maia Graves, "Clock," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2006.

Also appeared in Dinner Date.

Television Work; Miniseries:

Coproducer, Windmills of the Gods, CBS, 1988.

Television Work; Movies:

Producer and director, Family Blessings (also known as LaVyrle Spencer's "Family Blessings," CBS, 1996.

Producer, Home Song (also known as LaVyrle Spencer's "Home Song," CBS, 1996.

Producer, Unwed Father, ABC, 1997.

Executive producer, Futuresport, ABC, 1998.

Television Director; Episodic:

"The Kid Is Out of the Picture," 7th Heaven (also known as Seventh Heaven), The WB, 2003.

"The Anniversary," 7th Heaven (also known as Seventh Heaven), The WB, 2004.

Stage Appearances:

Appeared as Ophelia, Hamlet, National Theatre of Great Britain, London; in Bus Stop and Taken in Marriage, both produced by the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre, Jupiter, FL; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Come Blow Your Horn; Social Security; Beau Jest.


Taped Readings:

Forever, Dove Entertainment, 1986.

Morning Glory, Dove Audio, 1989, New Millennium Audio, 2003.

(With others) American Rhapsody, New Millennium, 2000.

Shrink Rap, Recorded Books, 2003.

Also read other audio books including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.



(With Charles Jarrott) Morning Glory, Academy Entertainment, 1993.


(And editor) Sharing Christmas: Cherished Memories from 100 Celebrated Men and Women All Over the World, Warner Books, 1990.

Sharing Christmas, Volume 2, 1992.

(Editor) A Gift of Sharing: A Celebration of Christmas and Chanukah, Dove Books, 1996.



Hollywood Reporter, February 22, 1988.

Publishers Weekly, June 16, 1997, p. 10; November 8, 1999, p. 19; April 17, 2000, p. 18.