Disney Television Animation
Disney Television Animation is an American animation studio that creates and produces animated television series, films and other projects. It is a division of the Disney Channels Worldwide owned by The Walt Disney Company. Established in 1984 during the reorganization and subsequent re-incorporation of The Walt Disney Company following the arrival of then-Disney CEO Michael Eisner, the entity was known as the Walt Disney Pictures Television Animation Group before being shortened to Walt Disney Television Animation in 1987, was shortened again in 2011 to Disney Television Animation; the Walt Disney Company first ventured into the television industry as early as 1950, beginning with the one-hour Christmas special, One Hour in Wonderland. This was followed by the 1951 Christmas special, The Walt Disney Christmas Show, the long-running anthology series, The Wonderful World of Disney, the children's variety show The Mickey Mouse Club, the 1957-1959 adventure series, Zorro. However, one element was missing from Disney's expansion into television: An original animated television series.
Until the early 80's, the studio had never produced its own original animated shows in-house, because Walt Disney felt it was economically impossible. Nearly all pre-1985 TV animation was wrap-around segments made to bridge the gaps on existing theatrical material on The Wonderful World of Disney. Osamu Tezuka met Walt at the 1964 World's Fair, at which time Disney said he hoped to "make something just like" Tezuka's Astro Boy someday, but nothing came of it. With the hiring of a new CEO for Disney Production in 1984, Michael Eisner, lead him to push to expand Disney into new areas thus the establishment of a television animation division that year; the cartoon would be shop to all markets: Disney Channel and syndication. Eisner held a meeting at his home in which he brought up the concept of doing a series on Gummi bear as his kids like the candy; the staff was told that they could not use the principal Disney cartoon characters in the new shows. The Walt Disney Television Animation department was started in November 1984 with Gary Krisel as president and Michael Webster as senior vice president.
This was considered a risky move, because animated TV series were considered low-budget investments for most of the history of TV cartoons up through the 1980s. Many critics say that Disney's own animation studio had lost most of its luster during the period from Walt Disney's passing through the 1980s. However, the studio took a number of risks; the studio gambled on the idea that a larger investment into quality animation could be made back through both network television and over-the-air in syndication, as well as cable. The final result is a string of higher budgeted animated television productions which proved to be profitable ventures and raised the standard for the TV medium; the Disney television animation cycle began in mid-1985, with The Wuzzles and Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears, both which are based upon funny animal-based conceptions. The final third series in the incidentally so-called "magic animal"-based "trilogy" of original character sets was going to be Fluppy Dogs, itself loosely based a series of children's books and line of toys about a race of anthropomorphic pastel-colored dimension-hopping alien dogs.
It was not a successful hit however, as the proposed series was not picked up after it never went beyond that one pilot episode, the studio instead fell into a routine of adapting its old properties into the new use, which Disney coincidentally did. In 1987, Disney unveiled the newest series yet in its cycle, the first in their successful long-time line of syndicated animated shows, DuckTales; the show was successful enough to spawn a feature film, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, two spin-off series: Darkwing Duck and Quack Pack. 1990 release Treasure of the Lost Lamp was the first movie from TV Animation's Disney MovieToon unit. Disney Television Animation hired a director of specials, Sharon Morrill, in 1993; the success of DuckTales paved the way for a new wave of high-quality animated TV series, including Disney's own The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in 1988. Early that spring, Chip'n Dale Rescue Rangers debuted on March 4, 1989, was paired with DuckTales in an hour-long syndicated show through the 1989-1990 television season.
In the 1990-1991 season, Disney expanded the idea further, to create The Disney Afternoon, a two-hour long syndicated block of half-hour cartoons, which premiered much on September 10, 1990. DuckTales was one of the early flagship cartoons in the block. On August 24, 1994 with Jeffrey Katzenberg's resignation, Richard Frank became head of newly formed Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications, which included WDTA, from units of The Walt Disney Studios. Morrill was in charge of the first Aladdin DTV film launching Disney Video Premiere/Direct to Video unit. Three overseas Disney studios were set up to produce the company's animated television series. Disney Animation Australia was started in 1988. In 1989, the Brizzi brothers sold Brizzi Films to Disney Television Animation and was renamed Walt Disney Animation France; that year, Disney Animation Japan was started. Walt Disney Animation Canada was opened in January 1996 to tap Canada's animator pool and produce direct-to-video; as direct-to-video increased in importance, the overseas studios moved to making feature films.
WDTT chair Frank left D
Megan Mullally is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her starring role as Karen Walker on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, for which she received eight Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, winning twice in 2000 and 2006, she received nominations for numerous other accolades for her portrayal, including seven consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, winning three times in 2001, 2002, 2003, as well as receiving four Golden Globe Award nominations. From 2006 to 2007, Mullally hosted. Since she has been a series regular on several television series, such as In the Motherhood, Party Down, Childrens Hospital, Breaking In, she has appeared in guest spots and recurring roles on other comedy series, including Parks and Recreation, Happy Endings, Bob's Burgers, 30 Rock, Up All Night, Boston Legal, The New Adventures of Old Christine. In addition to television, Mullally has ventured into film, with appearances in Smashed, The Kings of Summer and Why Him?.
Mullally was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Martha and Carter Mullally, Jr. an actor, a contract player with Paramount Pictures in the 1950s. Mullally moved to Oklahoma, at the age of six, she is of English and Scandinavian ancestry. She studied ballet from the age of six and performed at the Oklahoma City Ballet during high school studying at the School of American Ballet in New York City. Following her graduation from Casady School in Oklahoma City, Mulally attended Northwestern University in Evanston, where she studied English literature and art history. After her sophomore year, she began acting in theater in downtown Chicago. By junior year, she was performing in eight shows per week, she dropped out of Northwestern to pursue acting. Mullally moved to Los Angeles in 1985. Two weeks she was signed by the William Morris Agency. One of her first acting spots was on a McDonald's commercial that featured John Goodman, she made her series debut in 1986 in The Ellen Burstyn Show. She subsequently guest starred on sitcoms such as Seinfeld, Wings and Stacey, Mad About You, Caroline in the City, Just Shoot Me!.
She played a central character in a season-five episode of Murder, She Wrote, "Coal Miner's Slaughter", recalling in 2012, "I hadn't gotten a job for so long, I was in a complete panic because I didn't know how I was going to pay my rent. So I get a call one day from my agent that I'd gotten offered a guest role, it paid $5,000. I fell down onto my knees and testified and wept. I played some former protégée of Jessica Fletcher. It's one of my favorite things I've shot."In 1989, Mullally tested for the co-starring role of Elaine Benes on Seinfeld. The role was given to Julia Louis-Dreyfus. In 1998, Mullally landed the role of Karen Walker, Grace Adler's sarcastic, pill-popping assistant, in the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in both 2000 and 2006, was nominated in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005. She won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series three times, in 2002, 2003 and 2004, with cast members Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, she shared the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2001.
She is the first of only two actresses to win a SAG Award three years in a row. She was nominated each year from 2000 until 2003 for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film. In 2005, Mullally saw comedian and actor Bill Hader performing with his Second City class in Los Angeles, shortly thereafter brought Hader to the attention of Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels. In 2005, Mullally was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award "in recognition of her innovation in creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television". Following Will & Grace, Mullally hosted her own talk show, The Megan Mullally Show from 2006 to 2007, she has hosted Saturday Night Live, guest-hosted the Late Show with David Letterman, hosted the 2006 TV Land Awards, been a featured performer twice on the Tony Awards. She has been featured in advertisements for M&M's, Old Navy, CheapTickets.com, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Mullally guest-starred as'Bev', an adoption case worker for Liz Lemon in the season-three premiere of the NBC sitcom 30 Rock and returned to play the same character two additional times during the show's run.
Other appearances include Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Campus Ladies, director/actor David Wain's "Wainy Days," an episode of HBO's Funny or Die, the Funny or Die web video "That's What She Said." Mullally has guest-starred seven times as Tammy Swanson on the NBC series Parks and Recreation, in the episodes "Ron and Tammy," "Ron & Tammy: Part Two," "Li'l Sebastian," "Ron and Tammys," "The Trial of Leslie Knope," "Ron and Diane," and "Ron and Jammy". Mullally plays the role of the second ex-wife of the character Ron Swanson, played by her real-life husband, Nick Offerman. Offerman had a part on one episode of Mullally's show Will & Grace where he played a plumber who came to Will's mother's house while Will, Karen and Jack were visiting. In 2009, Mullally starred in the ABC sitcom In the Motherhood. Based on the original web series, the television adaptation focuses on three mothers, she played Rosemary opposite Jessica St. Clair; the series was
South Florida is a geographic and cultural region that comprises Florida's southernmost counties, including Miami-Dade and Palm Beach. It is the fourth most populous urban agglomeration in the United States, it is one of Florida's three most common "directional" regions, the others being Central Florida and North Florida. It includes the populous Miami metropolitan area, the Everglades, the Florida Keys, Treasure Coast, other localities. South Florida is the only part of the continental United States with a tropical climate; as with all vernacular regions, South Florida has no official boundaries or status and is defined differently by different sources at different times. A 2007 study of Florida's regions by Ary Lamme and Raymond K. Oldakowski found that Floridians surveyed identified "South Florida" as comprising the southernmost sections of peninsular Florida; that area includes the Miami metropolitan area, the Florida Keys included in Monroe county, the interior region known as the Glades.
Additionally, Southwest Florida, representing the state's southern Gulf Coast, has emerged as a directional vernacular region. Some respondents from as far northwest as the southern Tampa Bay area identified their region as being in South Florida rather than Southwest or Central Florida. However, the University of South Florida, founded in 1956, is located in Tampa. At that time, prior to the changes brought by the Florida Constitution of 1968, south Florida was much less important politically, the term was used more loosely. Tampa is not considered part of south Florida. Enterprise Florida, the state's economic development agency, identifies "Southeast Florida" as one of eight economic regions used by the agency and other state and outside entities, including the Florida Department of Transportation; some entities alternately designate this region "South Florida". Its definition includes much of the same territory as Lamme and Oldakowski's report as well as additional area, it includes Monroe County and the three metropolitan counties of Miami-Dade and Palm Beach.
The demographics of South Florida residents can be segmented as following: Over 87.2% of all foreigners residing in South Florida come from Latin America. Largest cities in South Florida by population: The Miami accent is a regional accent of the American English dialect spoken in South Florida in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Monroe counties; the accent was born in central Miami, but has expanded to the rest of South Florida in the decades since the 1960s. The Miami accent is most prevalent in American-born South Floridian youth; the Miami accent is based on a standard American accent but with some changes similar to dialects in the Mid-Atlantic Unlike Virginia Piedmont, Coastal Southern American, Northeast American dialects, the "Miami accent" is rhotic. Lamme and Oldakowski identify several demographic and cultural elements that characterize South Florida and distinguish it from other areas of the state. Many of its differences appear to be driven by its proportionately higher level of migration from the northern U.
S. states and from the Caribbean and Latin America in the densely populated Miami area. Politically, South Florida is more liberal than the rest of the state. While less than 10% of people in either North or Central Florida felt their area was liberal, over a third of South Floridians described their region as such. 38% characterized the area as conservative. This tracks with South Florida's demographics, Lamme and Oldakowski's findings parallel Barney Warf and Cynthia Waddell's research on Florida's political geography during the 2000 Presidential election; the economy in South Florida is similar to that in Central Florida. Compared to the more diversified economy in North Florida, tourism is by far the most significant industry in South and Central Florida, with a much smaller but vibrant agricultural industry. Lamme and Oldakowski's survey found some cultural indicators distinguishing South Florida. South Florida is the only region of the state where ethnic foods are as popular as general American cuisine.
Additionally, while there was little geographical variation for most styles of music, there was regional variation for both country and Latin music. Country was less popular in South Florida than in North or Central Florida, while Latin was more popular than in the other regions; the Anthony J. Catanese Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University notes the unusual growth pattern of South Florida. Unlike many areas with centralized cities surrounded by development, most of South Florida is preserved natural area and designated agricultural reserves, with development restricted to a dense, narrow strip along the coast; the developed area is urbanized and continuous and decentralized, with no particular dominant core cities. The center projects this pattern to continue in the future. Over time, there have been numerous proposals for partitioning the state of Florida to form a separate state of South Florida; such proposals have been made as political statement rather than serious attempts at secession.
Reasons stated are cultural, ethnic and financial frustrations with the state government in Tallahassee, in North Florida. In 2008, the North Lauderd
Pamela Fionna Adlon is an American actress, voice actress, screenwriter and director. She voiced Bobby Hill on the animated comedy series King of the Hill, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award, Ashley Spinelli on the animated comedy series Recess, the title character from the Pajama Sam video game series. Adlon is known for her role as Dolores in the musical film Grease 2, for her roles on the comedy-drama series Californication and Louie, on which she was a writer and producer, her work on Louie garnered her four Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Adlon stars as Sam Fox on the FX comedy-drama series Better Things since 2016, which she co-created, writes and directs; the series won a Peabody Award, she has been nominated twice for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Adlon was born in New York, she is the daughter of Marina L. and Donald Maxwell "Don" Segall, a television comedy writer-producer, author of comic books and science fiction pulp novels. Her father produced The Dave Garroway Show, which became AM New York, The Today Show.
He was a page at NBC with Gil Cates, wrote erotic fiction under various pseudonyms, including Troy Conway. Adlon's father was from Boston and her mother is English, her father was born to a Jewish family, her mother an Anglican, converted to Judaism. Adlon has said; as a child, Adlon lived in the Carnegie House at 100 West 57th Street. She has said that she and her family lived bi-coastally, moving between Los Angeles and New York because her father was a journeyman writer and producer for TV, she started performing at age nine. While in Los Angeles, she did film acting work, she attended Sarah Lawrence College for a semester. After moving to Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, she shared a house with Anna Gunn. Adlon said; as successful as her child-actress years had been, she struggled to find parts in her 20s. Adlon's best known role is playing Bobby Hill on the animated TV show King of the Hill, for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 2002. Though she is known for voicing young boys, Adlon has voiced two girl characters: Margaret "Moose" Pearson in Pepper Ann and Ashley Spinelli in Recess.
Notable live-action roles include Girl Joey in the 1984 teen film Bad Manners, Kelly Affinado on The Facts of Life, Marcy Runkle on Showtime's Californication, Pamela on FX's Louie. Adlon was nominated for an Annie Award for her role as Otto Osworth on Cartoon Network's Time Squad. In 2006–07, she played the voice of Andy in Cartoon Network's Squirrel Boy animated series. Adlon's professional relationship started with Louis C. K. when she played his wife in the short-lived HBO sitcom Lucky Louie. She stars as the friend of Louie in his FX single-camera show, Louie, she appears in every season but the third. Adlon co-wrote seven episodes of Louie, became a consulting producer on the show, she earned a total of 4 Primetime Emmy Award Nominations for her work on Louie. She earned two nominations as a Producer for Best Comedy Series, one nomination for co-writing, "Daddy's Girlfriend Part 1" in season 3 and for Guest Actress in a Comedy in Season 5. In 2015, FX gave a pilot order for Better Things, a comedy created by and starring Adlon.
She plays an actress raising three daughters. The pilot was written by Adlon and Louis C. K. who directed it. It was picked up to a 10-episode series on August 7, 2015; the show, which premiered on September 8, 2016, is semi-autobiographical. Adlon received an Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Seasons 1 and 2 of Better Things. Adlon was represented by manager Dave Becky until November 2017, when she fired him following his involvement in the Louis C. K. sexual harassment scandal. In 1996, Adlon married the son of German director Percy Adlon, they divorced in 2010 and he subsequently moved to Germany. They have three daughters who are actresses: Gideon Adlon, Odessa Adlon, Valentine Adlon, to whom Adlon has said she is a single parent. Adlon splits her time between the Upper West Side of Los Angeles. Pamela Adlon on IMDb Pamela Adlon on Twitter Pamela Adlon on Instagram
Paul Reubens is an American actor, film producer, game show host, comedian, best known for his character Pee-wee Herman. Reubens joined the Los Angeles troupe The Groundlings in the 1970s and started his career as an improvisational comedian and stage actor. In 1982, Reubens put up a show about a character; the show was called The Pee-wee Herman Show and it ran for five sold-out months with HBO producing a successful special about it. Pee-wee became an instant cult figure and for the next decade, Reubens would be committed to his character, doing all of his public appearances and interviews as Pee-wee. In 1985 Pee-wee's Big Adventure, directed by the then-unknown Tim Burton, was a financial and critical success, soon developed into a cult film. Big Top Pee-wee, 1988's sequel, was less successful than its predecessor. Between 1986 and 1990, Reubens starred as Pee-wee in the CBS Saturday-morning children's program Pee-wee's Playhouse. Thereafter, Reubens decided to take a sabbatical from Pee-wee.
In July 1991, Reubens was arrested for indecent exposure in an adult theater in Florida. The arrest set off a chain reaction of national media attention that changed the general public's view of Reubens and Pee-wee; the arrest postponed Reubens' involvement in major projects until 1999 when he appeared in several big-budget projects including Mystery Men and Blow and started giving interviews as himself rather than as Pee-wee. Since 2006, Reubens has been making cameos and guest appearances in numerous projects, such as Reno 911!, 30 Rock, Pushing Daisies, The Blacklist. Since the 1990s, he has worked on two possible Pee-wee films: one dark and adult, dubbed The Pee-wee Herman Story, one a family-friendly epic adventure called Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Movie. In 2010, he starred on Broadway in The Pee-wee Herman Show. In 2016, Reubens helped write and starred in the Netflix original film Pee-wee's Big Holiday, reprising his role as Pee-wee Herman. Reubens was born Paul Rubenfeld in Peekskill, New York, grew up in Sarasota, where his parents and Milton Rubenfeld, owned a lamp store.
His mother was a teacher. His father was an automobile salesperson who had flown for Britain's Royal Air Force and for the U. S. Army Air Forces in World War II becoming one of the founding pilots of the Israeli Air Force during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Paul has two younger siblings, a dog trainer, Abby, an attorney, board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee. Reubens spent a significant amount of his childhood in New York; as a child, Reubens frequented the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, whose winter headquarters was in Sarasota. The circus's atmosphere sparked Reubens' interest in entertainment and influenced his work. Reubens loved to watch reruns of I Love Lucy, which made him want to make people laugh. At age five, Reubens asked his father to build him a stage, where he and his siblings would put on plays. Reubens attended Sarasota High School, where he was named president of the National Thespian Society, he was accepted into Northwestern University's summer program for gifted high-school students and joined the local Asolo Theater and Players of Sarasota Theater, appearing in several plays.
After graduation, he began auditioning for acting schools. He was turned down by several schools, including Juilliard, twice by Carnegie-Mellon, before being accepted at the California Institute of the Arts and moving to California, where he worked in restaurant kitchens and as a Fuller Brush salesman. In the 1970s, Reubens performed at local comedy clubs and made four guest appearances on The Gong Show as part of a boy–girl act he had developed with Charlotte McGinnis, called The Hilarious Betty and Eddie, he soon joined the Los Angeles–based improvisational comedy team The Groundlings and remained a member for six years, working with Bob McClurg, John Paragon, Susan Barnes, Phil Hartman. Hartman and Reubens became friends writing and working on material together. In 1980, he had a small part as a waiter in The Blues Brothers; the character of "Pee-wee Herman" originated during a 1978 improvisation exercise with The Groundlings, where Reubens came up with the idea of a man who wanted to be a comic but was so inept at telling jokes that it was obvious to the audience that he would never make it.
Fellow Groundling Phil Hartman would afterwards help Reubens develop the character while another Groundling, John Paragon, would help write the show. Despite having been compared to other famous characters, such as Hergé's Tintin and Collodi's Pinocchio, Reubens says that there is no specific source for "Pee-wee" but rather a collection of ideas. Pee-wee's voice originated in 1970 when Reubens appeared in a production of Life with Father, where he was cast as one of the most obnoxious characters in the play, for which Reubens adopted a cartoon-like way of speaking that would become Pee-wee's. Pee-wee's name resulted from a one-inch Pee Wee brand harmonica Reubens had as a child, Herman was the surname of an energetic boy Reubens knew from his youth; the first small gray suit Pee-wee wore had been handmade for director and founder of the Groundlings Gary Austin, who passed it on to Reubens, while "someone" handed him the "little kid bow tie" before a show. Reubens auditioned for Saturday Night Live for the 1980–1981 season, but Gilbert Gottfried, a close friend of the show's producer and had the same acting style as Reubens, got the place.
Reubens was so angry and bitter that he de
Eugenie Ann Francis Frakes is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Laura Spencer on the ABC Daytime soap opera General Hospital. Francis was born in New Jersey, her father was actor Ivor Francis. Her mother, Rosemary Daley, is a former actress/model of Lithuanian descent. Genie has an older brother, Ivor Jr.. Francis began acting in the two part episode titled "Jury Duty" on the television series Family, her biggest role came in 1977 with Laura Spencer on General Hospital. It would bring her instant stardom in the late 1970s; the television couple of Luke and Laura wed on November 17, 1981, with 30 million viewers tuning in to make the episode the highest-rated hour in soap opera history. At the peak of her success, Francis left the series in 1982 to try her hand at prime-time television. Soon afterward, she landed a starring role in her own series, Bare Essence, unsuccessful, she returned to General Hospital in 1983 for a limited run, to coincide with the departure of Luke when Anthony Geary decided to leave the series.
Francis was offered the lead role for the movie Splash but turned it down because she thought the script was silly. In 1984, 1987 and 1990, Francis guest starred on Murder, She Wrote as Jessica Fletcher's niece Victoria. In 1985, she starred in the miniseries South as Brett Main Hazard. Francis would reprise her role of Brett Main Hazard in 1986 and 1994 in the miniseries North and South: Book II and Heaven and Hell: North and South Book III respectively. In 1993, she starred in the made-for-TV movie Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss as Kris Buckner, based on the CBS television series of the same name. Through the years, Francis has appeared on numerous other daytime soaps, she starred on Days of Our Lives as Diana Colville from 1987 to 1989 and on All My Children as con artist and incest victim Ceara Connor Hunter from 1990 to 1992. She reprised her role as Ceara on Loving in a crossover storyline in November 1991. Ceara was "killed off" when her character prepared to move to that soap's town of Corinth, years Genie was once again in Corinth on General Hospital when ex-husband Luke found her tied up in the Alden family basement.
She returned to General Hospital in 1993. In 1994, when Francis became pregnant with her first child, the pregnancy was written into the show and she took six weeks off for maternity leave. However, in early 1997, when she was pregnant again, she took a much longer absence from the show, staying away for nearly a year and a half. Francis abruptly left General Hospital in 2002 due to contract issues. In 2004, Francis Thunderbirds. In June 2006, she began negotiating with the casting directors on the show to return to the role of Laura Spencer for a limited run through November. Francis returned with spectacular fanfare to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Luke and Laura's wedding. Though she reprised the role for only one month, Francis' stint garnered her a Daytime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, which she won in June 2007. Francis returned to General Hospital in August 2008 to reprise her role, appearing until November 12. In December 2007, she had a starring role in the Hallmark Channel movie, The Note, which earned her critical acclaim.
On January 31, 2009, Francis reprised her role of Peyton MacGruder in the Hallmark Channel movie, Taking a Chance on Love. In 2012, she again reprised her role as Peyton MacGruder in the Hallmark Channel movie Notes from the Heart Healer. In March 2011, it was announced that Francis would join The Young and the Restless as Genevieve Atkinson, the long-absent birth mother of Cane Ashby. With her appearance, she was reunited with former General Hospital co-star Tristan Rogers, who portrayed Colin Atkinson, Cane's estranged biological father, she received her second Daytime Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Genevieve in May 2012. On September 13, 2012, it was announced that Francis had been let go from her role on The Young and the Restless due to budget cuts. On January 8, 2013, executive producer Frank Valentini and Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Francis would return to General Hospital, first airing on February 11. However, she remained with the series for only five months, as Laura departed for medical treatment in France, returning on June 5, 2015 as part of a storyline to help facilitate Anthony Geary's departure from the show and would sign a contract to remain with the show.
In January 2018, Francis was dropped to recurring status and in late July 2018 signed a contract to return to General Hospital full-time. Francis owned, it was located at 31 Searsport Avenue, Maine 04915, they sold items online. The store sold cottage furnishings and home accessories. Francis sold the store in August 2012, due to her workload on The Young and the Restless; the store closed in the fall of 2012. In May 2007, Francis began appearing in magazine advertisements as a spokesperson for the Medifast Diet, claiming she lost 30 pounds as of December 2007, using the diet. In November 2009, Francis along with her brothers, Ivor Jr. and Kenneth released It's Christmas Time Again. They decided to donate a part of all record sales to the Sisters of Saint Francis Children's Mission in Cuernavaca. Francis decided to donate all of her proceeds/sales to this mission; this endeavor was a project involving various members of her family. Francis first met actor/
Lauren Tom is an American actress and voice actress. Her roles include Lena St. Clair in The Joy Luck Club, Julie in the NBC sitcom Friends, Dot in the final season of Grace Under Fire, the voices for both mother and daughter characters on two animated TV comedy series: on Futurama she voiced Amy Wong and her mother Inez, on King of the Hill as Minh and Connie Souphanousinphone, she portrays Celia Mack in the Disney Channel series Andi Mack. Tom was born in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, the daughter of Nancy and Chan Tom, Jr. who worked in the frozen food business. She has a brother named Chip, their parents were born in Chicago, their grandparents came from Kaiping, China. Raised in Highland Park, Tom was bullied as a child about her Chinese heritage, making her introverted and inspiring her to study dance. At the age of 17, Tom landed a spot with a touring company of A Chorus Line and was cast in the Broadway production of the show less than a year in the role of Connie, she won an Obie Award for her Off-Broadway acting and was cast in the Broadway shows Hurlyburly and Doonesbury.
In Chicago she starred. Tom had several small roles in movies including Nothing Lasts Forever, Wall Street, See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Blue Steel, her biggest role up until that point was as a waitress in the Robin Williams/Tim Robbins film Cadillac Man. This role led to being a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Tom landed a lead role in the film The Joy Luck Club in 1993, which led to roles in other films such as When a Man Loves a Woman and North. Since the mid-1990s, Tom has focused her work in voiceover roles, she has appeared in a few live-action films, including the 2003 comedy Bad Santa and the critically acclaimed 2004 film In Good Company. Lauren Tom's first role in television was that of Miko Wakamatsu on The Facts of Life, she subsequently appeared on The Equalizer, Catfish With Black Bean Sauce, Quantum Leap, Chicago Hope, Homicide: Life on the Street, Grace Under Fire, The Nanny, The Middle, DAG, The Division, Monk, My Wife and Kids, Barbershop: The Series, Grey's Anatomy, The Closer and Men in Trees.
She had an acting role in a bonus feature on the Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder DVD. She had a supporting role on the 8th and 9th season of the drama series Supernatural as prophet Kevin Tran's mother, Linda Tran. in 2018, she appeared in the second season of the Amazon Prime drama series Goliath. Tom began vocal work in the animated series Superman: The Animated Series playing Angela Chen. From there on, she voiced Dana Tan in Batman Beyond and had minor roles on Pinky and the Brain, Extreme Ghostbusters, The Zeta Project before landing her regular roles on King of the Hill, where she voiced Minh and Connie Souphanousinphone and Futurama, where she voices Amy and Inez Wong. Since first playing the character on stage in the 1983 Doonesbury musical, Tom has periodically voiced the character Honey Huan in media related to Doonesbury, most notably in a series of animated shorts satirizing the 2000 U. S. presidential election. She has lent her voice to All Grown Up!, Rocket Power, Max Steel, Handy Manny as Mrs. Lee and Nelson, Samurai Jack, Johnny Bravo, Justice League Unlimited, Kim Possible and Legion of Super Heroes.
She has voiced the villains Gizmo and Jinx on Teen Titans, Yan Lin, Alchemy on W. I. T. C. H. Tasumi on The Replacements, Jake's mom, Counselor Chang on American Dragon: Jake Long, as Joo Dee on Avatar the Last Airbender, she guest-starred in The Penguins of Madagascar as Chuck Charles's co-anchor, Bonnie Chang, in "Gator Watch" and "All Tied Up With a Boa". In 2010, she did the voice of Song, Bai Li and Ming on the animated series, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and played the role of Jessica in the animated film, Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare. Other animated movies Tom has voiced include Mulan II, Kim Possible: The Secret Files, Kim Possible Movie: So The Drama, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and the four Futurama movies: Bender's Big Score, The Beast with a Billion Backs, Bender's Game and Into the Wild Green Yonder, she voiced Li Li Stormstout in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria and played Hayaku on an episode of Turbo FAST. Tom married Glenn Lau-Kee on October 23, 1982. Following the end of that marriage, she wed actor Curt Kaplan in October 1999.
She and Kaplan have Oliver Kaplan. Official website Lauren Tom on IMDb Lauren Tom at the Internet Broadway Database