Betty Thomas Nienhauser|
(July 27, 1948 - living) U.S.A.
Known just as Betty Thomas, she was born in St. Louis, Missouri, She graduated from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She worked as an artist and taught school in Chicago before deciding to pursue a career in show business.
Betty joined The Second City comedy group and appeared in the films Tunnel Vision (1975), Chesty Anderson, USN (1976), Used Cars (1980) and Loose Shoes (1980) and on the TV series The Fun Factory (1976).
While Betty had been building her career in comedy, her breakthrough role as an actress came when she was cast in the dramatic role of police officer (later Sergeant) Lucille Bates on the TV series Hill Street Blues (1981-1987). She was nominated for six Emmy Awards for this role and won one for Best Supporting Actress in 1985. Betty's character was paired with Officer Joe Coffey, portrayed by Ed Marinaro.
Following the end of the series, Betty moved into directing. She first worked in TV, directing episodes of several series. She won Emmys for her direction of Dream On in 1990 and My Breast in 1994.
Betty made her feature film directorial debut in 1992 with Only You. She went on to direct several films, including The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), Private Parts (1997), and Dr. Dolittle (1998). She has also produced several films, including Can't Hardly Wait (1998), Charlie's Angels (2000), and Surviving Christmas (2004).
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