Candy Clark

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Candy Clark
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Born Candace June Clark
(1947-06-20) June 20, 1947 (age 71)
Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.
Occupation Actress and model
Years active 1972–present
Spouse(s)
Marjoe Gortner
(m. 1978; div. 1979)

Jeff Wald
(m. 1987; div. 1988)

Candace June Clark (born June 20, 1947) is an American actress and model. She is well known for her roles as Debbie Dunham in the 1973 film American Graffiti, for which she received a nomination for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Mary Lou in the 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth.

Early life

Born in Norman, Oklahoma to Ella (née Padberg) and Thomas Clark, a chef, she grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. She attended Green B. Trimble Technical High School.[1][2]

Career

Clark's first acting role was the character of Faye in John Huston's film Fat City in 1972. Clark starred or acted in The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), The Big Sleep (1978), Blue Thunder (1983), Amityville 3-D (1983), Cat's Eye (1985) and At Close Range (1986). Clark played the role of Francine Hewitt in The Blob (1988).

Clark appeared in the 2009 film The Informant! as the mother of Mark Whitacre, played by Matt Damon. In 2011, Clark went to Berlin to work on the play Images of Louise Brooks, directed by Sven Mundt.

She also has made guest appearances on television series, including Dating Game, Magnum, P.I., Banacek, Simon & Simon, Matlock, Baywatch Nights and Criminal Minds.

Personal life

She dated Jeff Bridges for several years after they met on the set of Fat City in 1972.[3] She was married to Marjoe Gortner from 1978 to 1979. She married Jeff Wald in 1987 and divorced him in 1988.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1972 Fat City Faye
1973 American Graffiti Debbie Dunham
1976 I Will, I Will... for Now Sally Bingham
1976 The Man Who Fell to Earth Mary-Lou
1977 Handle with Care Electra
1978 The Big Sleep Camilla Sternwood
1978 Starcrash Stella Star (voice)
1979 When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? Cheryl
1979 More American Graffiti Debbie Dunham
1982 National Lampoon's Movie Madness Susan Cooper "Growing Yourself"
1982 Q Joan
1983 Blue Thunder Kate
1983 Hambone and Hillie Nancy Rollins
1983 Amityville 3-D Melanie
1985 Cat's Eye Sally Ann
1986 At Close Range Mary Sue
1988 The Blob Fran Hewitt
1988 Blind Curve Mimi
1991 Cool as Ice Grace Winslow
1992 Deuce Coupe Jean Fitzpatrick
1992 Original Intent Jessica Cameron Video
1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Buffy's Mom
1997 Niagara, Niagara Sally
2000 Cherry Falls Marge Marken
2002 The Month of August Tina
2007 Zodiac Carol Fisher
2008 Dog Tags Deb Merritt
2009 The Informant! Mrs. Whitacre
2009 Cry of the Mummy Jane Torquemada Short
2011 Bob's New Suit Aunt Tootie
2016 Cold Moon Evelyn Larkin
2018 5 Weddings Claudia Burrell Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1972 Room 222 Andrea "The Witch of Whitman High"
1973 The New Perry Mason Julie Potter "The Case of the Prodigal Prophet"
1973 Banacek Gretel "No Stone Unturned"
1973–74 Insight Ginny "Celebration in Fresh Powder", "Ginny"
1974 The New Dick Van Dyke Show Pamela Sherry "The Hickey"
1976 James Dean Chris White TV film
1979 Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill Sharee TV film
1980 Where the Ladies Go Charlene TV film
1980 Rodeo Girl J.R. Patterson TV film
1982 Faerie Tale Theatre Queen Gwynneth / Candy "The Tale of the Frog Prince"
1982 Johnny Belinda Julie Sayles TV film
1983 Cocaine and Blue Eyes Ruthann Gideon TV film
1984 I Gave at the Office Julie TV film
1985–86 Magnum, P.I. Leslie "Scooter" Emory "The Hotel Dick", "Straight and Narrow"
1986 Simon & Simon Cotton "Act Five"
1986 Popeye Doyle Corinne Evans TV film
1986 Starman Shannon McGovern "Like Father, Like Son"
1986 Hunter Jody Stone "Crime of Passion"
1987 The Hitchhiker Cheryl Barnes "Secret Ingredient"
1987 Brothers Candy "There's a Lid for Every Pot"
1987 Matlock Kitty Carroll "The Country Boy"
1988 St. Elsewhere Harry "Their Town"
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries Iris Blackman "The Passionate Painter Mystery"
1992 The Price She Paid Marlene TV film
1995 The Wright Verdicts Eileen Cates "Ex-Corpus Delicti"
1995 Baywatch Nights Julie Young "Just a Gigolo"
2006 Mystery Woman: Redemption Kathy Starkwell TV film
2012–14 Criminal Minds Sandy Jareau "Run", "If the Shoe Fits"
2016 Roadside Stars Grandma Lambert TV film
2017 Twin Peaks Doris Truman 2 episodes

Radio and podcast appearances

Clark appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor podcast on January 20, 2017.

References

  1. ^ "Candy Clark Tech Revolution" – Fort Worth Weekly
  2. ^ "Candy Clark Biography (1947-)". www.filmreference.com.
  3. ^ Edward Guthmann (2007-08-23). "The ride of her life". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-08-23.

External links

  • Candy Clark on IMDb
  • AllMovie.com
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