CYBILL SHEPHERD Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Cybill Lynne Shepherd                                                       
Born: 18 February 1950 Memphis, Tennessee, United States                         
Cybill Lynne Shepherd (born 18 February 1950) is a Golden Globe Award-winning     
American actress, singer, and former fashion model.                               
Her best known roles include starring as Jacy in The Last Picture Show, Maddie   
Hayes in Moonlighting, as Cybill Sheridan in Cybill, as Betsy in Taxi Driver and 
as Phyllis Kroll in The L Word.                                                   
Shepherd was born in Memphis, Tennessee to William Jennings Shepherd and Patty   
Shobe. Named after her grandfather Cy and her father Bill, Shepherd won the 1966 
"Miss Memphis" contest at age 16, resulting in fashion modeling work through     
high school and after.                                                           
She quickly made a name for herself as a curvy 'real woman', which was a         
departure from the trend at the time of Twiggy-type waifs. This led to regular   
work as a magazine cover girl, and it was a 1970 Glamour magazine cover that     
caught the eye of film director Peter Bogdanovich. Upon seeing the cover in a     
supermarket check-out line, Bogdanovich was reported to have said "That's Jacy", 
referring to the role he was casting - and ultimately offered to Shepherd - in   
The Last Picture Show (1971). Her role as the sexual ingenue would prove to be   
one of the most explosive and promising debuts of any film actress.               
During the filming, the then 21-year-old was required to film a nude scene in a   
pool. Still photos obtained from that nude scene appeared in Playboy magazine     
without Shepherd's consent. She sued and ultimately she and Playboy reached an   
out-of-court settlement, setting a precedent regarding public figures.           
Also during the filming of The Last Picture Show, Shepherd began an affair with   
Bogdanovich that would last on and off for eight years. In her autobiography,     
she also acknowledged that she had affairs with her co-star Jeff Bridges, the     
screenwriter Larry McMurtry, and with location manager Frank Marshall, whom she   
gives the pseudonym of "Producer."