Just Shoot Me!
American actress Wendie Malick is best remembered for her role as Judith Tupper Stone on the HBO series Dream On (1990-1996) and Nina Van Horn on the NBC sitcom “Just Shoot Me!” (1997-2003). She picked up four CableACE Awards for the first show and two Emmy nominations and a Godlen Globe nomination for the latter. More recently, she landed the starring role of Victoria Chase on the 2010 TV Land sitcom “Hot in Cleveland” (2010-?). Malick also had regular roles on the short lives series “Trauma Center” (1993), “Jake in Progress” (2005) and “Big Day” (2006-2007), where she nabbed a Gracie Allen Award for her supporting turn as Jane, and recurring roles on “Kate & Allie,” “Baywatch,”“NYPD Blue,” “Frasier” and “The Ex List,” not to mention one episodic part on various other TV shows. She has also acted in a number of films and TV films, including “Funny About Love” (1990), “Perfect Body” (1997), “Trojan War” (1997), “Raising Genius” (2004), “Adventureland” (2009), “Confessions of a Shopaholic” (2009), “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (2009), “Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer” (2010) and “What Happens Next” (2010). Malick started her acting career in the late 1970s after briefly working for a congressman in Washington, D.C. and a five year tenure as a fashion model in New York and Paris.
Currently, Ms. Malick lives on a ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains, with husband Richard Erickson. The couple are active in their charity, A Drop in the Bucket, through which they support a medical center in the Congo and help build homes for poor families in Mexico. Malick also helps operate Adopt-A-Family to assist the homeless and supports the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). She donates to Democratic political candidates, organizations and causes. Malicks is a Buddhist and a vegetarian. An animal lover, she keeps a cat, three dogs, and two horses as her pets.
Childhood and Family:
Wendie Malick was born Wendy Malick on December 13, 1950, in Buffalo, New York. Her father, Ken Malick, worked in sales, while her mother, Gigi, was a former model. She graduated from Williamsville South High School in Williamsville, New York, a suburb of Buffalo, New York. She went on to study art with a minor in theater at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, graduating in 1972.
Wendie has been married twice. She married first husband movie producer, writer, and actor
Mitch Glazer in 1982, but they later divorced in 1989. She married second husband Richard Erickson in 1995.
After college, Wendie Malick began modeling with the Wilhelmina modeling agency and traveled to Europe and Asia for many gigs. After five years, she quit and moved to Washington D.C. to work for then-Congressman Jack Kemp. She, however, quickly left politics as a profession in order to become an actress. Malick moved to New York City and found early works in summer stocks and off-off Broadway productions. In 1978, she made her television acting debut as Stephie on the made for TV film “How to Pick Up Girls!” (ABC), starring Desi Arnaz Jr., Bess Armstrong and Fred McCarren. Her first film role arrived four years later when she landed the small role of Philomena, a musician who embarks on an affair with Tim Matheson in the comedy “A Little Sex” (1982), which was directed by Bruce Paltrow and written by Robert De Laurentiis. Co-stars in the film also included Kate Capshaw, Edward Herrmann, John Glover, Joan Copeland and Susanna Dalton. She has since worked steadily on both the small and big screen.
Malick relocated to Los Angeles in 1982. A year later, she became a regular cast member of the ABC drama series “Trauma Center,” along side James Naughton, Jack Bannon and Lou Ferrigno. She played Dr. Brigitte Blaine. Premiered on September 22, 1983, the show, however, was canceled after nine episodes, leaving four episodes unaired. Malick then made guest appearances in many television series, such as “Paper Dolls (1984, as Taylor), “The New Mike Hammer” (1984, as Louise Jordan), “Scarecrow and Mrs. King” (1986, as Jennie Stetson), “Highway to Heaven” (1987, as Donna Burke), “The Highwayman” (1988), “Hunter” (1988, as Paula Banyon), “Christine Cromwell” (1989, as Trudy Baron). In 1985 saw her make her first of several appearances on the CBS show “Kate & Allie,” playing Claire Lowell, and the following year, she appeared as Henchwoman on the soap opera “Another World.” Later in 1989, she was cast as David Hasselhoff's former wife, Gayle Buchannon, on the pilot of the NBC hit series “Baywatch,” a role she would reprise in six more episodes until 1994. The same year, she also played the role of Alice on two episodes of ABC's “ Anything But Love” (1989). Meanwhile, in 1988, Malick had a small role on “Scrooged,” a comedy film helmed by Richard Donner and starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum, Michael J. Pollard and Alfre Woodard.
In 1990, Malick landed a recurring role as Becky Goldblume on NBC's “The Fanelli Boys” and also played the principal role of Nurse Nancy on the romance/comedy film “Funny About Love,” opposite Gene Wilder, Christine Lahti and Mary Stuart Masterson. However, she did not experience a big breakthrough until she was cast as Judith Tupper Stone on the HBO adult themed sitcom “Dream On,” starring Brian Benben as Martin Tupper. She stayed with the show throughout its six seasons run from 1990 to 1996 and won a total of four CableACEs in the category of Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance.
While working on the series, Malick also appeared in other television shows and in several films. She portrayed Carol Marshall on the TV movie reunion “Dynasty: The Reunion” (1991), was featured in the Barry Levinson crime/drama film “Bugsy” (1991), starring Warren Beatty as the title role, and co-starred with Terumi Matthews and Jeff Yagher on the Emmy Award nominating biopic “Madonna: Innocence Lost” (Fox, 1994). She played Sarah Poweel on the NBC telepic “Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart” (1995), starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers, Pat Lafferty on a reunion NBC TV film, “The Return of Hunter” (1995), and Susan Sloan on “The American President” (1995), a romantic comedy film directed by Rob Reiner , written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox and Richard Dreyfuss. In addition, Malick appeared in episodes of “MacGyver,” (1991), “The Human Factor” (1992), “NYPD Blue” (2 episodes, 1993; as Susan Wagner), “Family Album” (1993), “Love & War” (1993), “Viper” (1994), “L.A. Law” (1994), “Empty Nest” (1994), “Good Advice” (1994), “The Commish” (1994), “Mad About You” (1994), “Tales from the Crypt” (1994), “Seinfeld” (1995), “ Cybill” (1995) and “Champs” (1996).
After “Dream On,” Malick had a regular role on the short lived series “ Good Company” (1996), playing Zoe Hellstrom, guest starred in “Goode Behavior” and “ Mr. Rhodes” (both also 1996), played Pat Collins in in the TV film “ Apollo 11” (1996) and starred with Richard Eden and Rolanda Mendelle on the independent film “Just Add Love” (1997), playing Charlotte. 1997 also found roles on the TV films “North Shore Fish” and “Perfect Body” and in the comedy film “Trojan War,” which was directed by George Huang and starring Will Friedle, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Marley Shelton, as well as on episodes of “The Single Guy,” “Boston Common” and “Life's Work.”
It was also in 1997 that Malick gained another success on television when she landed the comical role of Nina Van Horn, a former model working at a magazine, on the NBC sitcom “Just Shoot Me!,” along side Laura San Giacomo, George Segal, Enrico Colantoni and David Spade. In 1999, she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture for her performance. She received an additional Emmy nomination in 2002. The role also brought her a 2001 Golden Satellite nomination in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical. She remained with the show until it ended in August 2003.
In 1998, Malick appeared in two films: “ Divorce: A Contemporary Western” and “Jerome,” in which she co-starred with Drew Pillsbury and Scott McKenna, and guest starred in an episode of “The X-Files” called “The Beginning,” where she played the role of A.D. Maslin. She went on to guest starred in other TV shows like “The Secret Files of the SpyDogs” (1999), “Batman Beyond” (1999, as the voice of Dr. Price), “ Strange Frequency” (2001) and “ Oliver Beene” (2003). After “Batman Beyond,” she did other voice overs such as the Disney animated film “The Emperor's New Groove” (2000, a Chica), “Kim Possible” (2003, as Elsa Cleeg) and the ABC animated spy kids series “Fillmore!,” where she had a recurring role as Principal Folsom from 2002 to 2004. Malick's film credits in the early 2000s included “Cahoots” (2001, helmed by Dirk Benedict), “On Edge” (2001), “Manna from Heaven” (2002, starred Shirley Jones, Cloris Leachman and Seymour Cassel) and “My Life with Men” (2003, TV).
After “Just Shoot Me!” left the airwaves, Malick had a recurring role as Ronee Lawrence, Niles and Frasier's old babysitte on the NBC hit sitcom “Frasier” between October 2003 to May 2004. In 2004, she provided the voice of Victoria the Tiger on the NBC animated sitcom “Father of the Pride.” The same year, she also guest starred in “The Stones,” “Static Shock” (as the voice of Dr. Karen Roberts/Omnara), “Wild Card” and “Reba” and played the role of Nancy Nestor on the comedy film “Raising Genius,” opposite Justin Long, Ed Begley, Jr., Stephen Root, Danica McKellar, Mark DeCarlo, Tippi Hedren, Shirley Jones, Clint Howard, and Sam Huntington.
In 2005, Malick joined the cast of the ABC short lived comedy series “Jake in Progress,” starring John Stamos. There she portrayed Naomi, Jake's boss at the Magnum PR Agency. The same year, she also co-starred as Mrs. X on the animated comedy series “The X's,” which broadcast on Nickelodeon from November 25, 2005 to December 13, 2006. Apart from the two series, Malick also was cast as Clara Dalrymple on the animated movie “Racing Stripes” (2005), guest starred on “ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2005, as Donna Eiger), “Law & Order” (2005, as Defense Attorney Dressler), “ Out of Practice” (2005, as Lois Turner), portrayed Monty's Mom on “the film “Waiting” (2005) and worked with Lacey Chabert, Adam Kaufman and Sammi Hanratty on the ABC family TV film “Hello Sister, Goodbye Life” (2006). Her voice could be heard in episodes of “ American Dragon: Jake Long” (2005, as Aunt Patchouli), Bratz” (2006) and “The Emperor's New School” (2006-=2007, as Chica) as well as in the direct to video releases “The Emperor's New Groove 2: Kronk's New Groove,” “ Brother Bear 2” and “ Bratz: Passion 4 Fashion – Diamondz” (all 2006). She played the regular role of Jane on the short lived sitcom “Big Day,” which appeared on ABC from November 28, 2006 to January 30, 2007. The role earned her a 2007 Gracie Allen for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
In 2008, Malick appeared as Fiona Bloom on two episodes of the CBS comedy series “The Ex List” called “ Daphne's Idealized Wedding” and “The Spark,” and as Dr. Friedman in an episode of “ 'Til Death” called “Sob Story.” In addition, she played Laura on the film “Eavesdrop,” which was written and directed by Matthew Miele, Suzie Fine on the made for TV film “ Will You Merry Me” and Yvette on the short film “Waiting for Yvette.” In the following year, she was cast in several films like Greg Mottola's “Adventureland” (starred Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Martin Starr, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig), the film adaptation of “Confessions of a Shopaholic” (directed by P. J. Hogan and starred Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy) , “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard,” a comedy directed by Neal Brennan and starring Jeremy Piven and Ed Helms, and the Betty Thomas directed comedy “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (as Dr. Rubin). She also provided the voice of Coral Ramora in an episode of “Kerplunk” (2009).
In 2010, Malick landed the regular role of soap opera star Victoria Chase on the sitcom “Hot in Cleveland,” opposite Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Betty White. The show debuted on the TV Land on June 16, 2010. She co-starred with Jon Lindstrom and Chris Murrah on the comedy film “What Happens Next” (2010), was cast as Vice Principal Metz on the adventure film “Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer” (2010), opposite Lea Thompson and Hunter Allan, and portrayed a nun in the comedy/drama film “Knucklehead” (2010), starring Mark Feuerstein, Melora Hardin and Paul Wight. The same year, she also guest starred in “ True Jackson, VP” and “ The Life & Times of Tim” (as the voice of ublishing House Executive).
Recently, in 2011, she co-starred with Martin Grey and Drew Pillsbury on the comedy film “Fifty-nothing.” She also appeared as Gertie Stein in the soap “All My Children.”
Gracie Allen: Gracie, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, “Big Day,” 2007
CableACE: Actress in a Comedy Series, “Dream On,” 1995
CableACE: Actress in a Comedy Series, “Dream On,” 1994
CableACE: Actress in a Comedy Series, “Dream On,” 1993
CableACE: Actress in a Comedy Series, “Dream On,” 1992