American actress Cathy Lee Crosby gained TV and film success in the early 1970s, and is maybe best-recalled by TV viewers as a co-host of the popular series “That’s Incredible” (1980-1984). She starred as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince in the TV movie Wonder Woman (1974).
Off camera, Cathy stands 5’ 7½” and has measurements 35-23-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine). In 1979, she joined the Church of Scientology and undertook their notorious Purification Rundown detoxication regimen in 1980. Though she departed the Church in the early 1990s, Cathy is still registered as a member in their Hall of Fame at the Los Angeles Celebrity Centre. A humanitarian, she is active in numerous pro-social organizations and charitable. As for her romantic life, the lofty beauty was once involved with football star Joe Theismann, but they separated after health problems occurred both of them (Cathy with Epstein-Barr syndrome and Theismann with a career-ending damage).
Childhood and Family:
Cathy Lee Crosby was born on December 2, 1944, in Los Angeles, California to Hollywood actress Linda Hayes and Lawrence Welk Show announcer Lou Crosby. She has two sisters, Linda Lou and Lucinda Sue, who both were accomplished athlete.
Like her sisters, Cathy emerged as an excellent athlete in her youth. Before reaching age 21, she was a professional tennis player, playing Wimbledon twice and at one time was No. 4 in doubles and ranked No. 7 in singles in the United States. Also, she was a fun swimmer, skydiver and windsurfer.
Daughter of entertainers, Cathy Lee Crosby entered showbiz at the age of 5 by appearing on her father’s local L.A television series. After thriving stints in professional tennis, she did early television jobs with guest roles in such shows as “It Takes a Thief” (1968), “Marcus Welby, M.D.” (1972), “Barnaby Jones” and Cannon” (both 1973). Cathy made the leap to the big screen with the supporting role of Kay Butler in the 20th Century Fox crime/drama The Laughing Policeman (1973), which starred Louis Gossett, Jr., Walter Matthau and Bruce Dern.
The following year, Cathy won the title role in Wonder Woman, a loose made-for-TV version of the comic book (a year before Lynda Carter played the role to greater result) directed by Vincent McEveety. She then returned to athletics and made a few films in Europe. In 1980, Cathy enjoyed huge triumph as one of the co-hosts of the well-liked ABC series “That’s Incredible,” a gig she restrained until 1984.
Next, Cathy had recurring roles in “Hardcastle and McCormick” (1984) and “Hotel” (1983, 1987), co-starred in television movie Intimate Strangers (1986) and made her off-Broadway debut in 1988’s production “Almost Perfect.” After disappearing from the small screen for many years, Cathy appeared as Judith Main in the miniseries “Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III” (1994) and as Margaret in television film Untamed Love (1994). She continued with roles in telepics Lost Treasure of Dos Santos and When the Cradle Falls three years later, and closed the decade with small parts in the made-for-TV films A Memory in My Heart (1999, starred Jane Seymour and Bruce Davison) and director’s Armand Mastroianni’s Final Run (1999, opposite Robert Urich).
Cathy guest starred as Samantha Munson in an episode of “Touched by an Angel” (2000), took on the supporting part of Elizabeth Sherman in the thriller film Ablaze (2001), joined Roma Downey, George Newbern and Scott Terra in the drama Sons of Mistletoe (2001, TV) and appeared in the romance Dancing at the Harvest Moon (2002), which starred Jacqueline Bisset.
The 62-year-old performer is scheduled to play supporting roles in the upcoming films The Last Guy on Earth (2006, pre-production) and Soulmates (2007, filming).