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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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Courtney Thorne-Smith

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Famous For:
Melrose Place, Ally McBeal, Two and a Half Men
Networth:
$10 Million
Currently Known For:
Emma Fielding TV Movies
Famous Years:
1988-Present
Birthdate:
November 8, 1967
Courtney Thorne-Smith


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  famous for:
Melrose Place, Ally McBeal, Two and a Half Men

  networth:
$10 Million

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It seems that there are some people that are just destined for success on television. When they appear on one long-running show that comes to an end, they quickly pick up another one that finds success. One of these actors who probably hasn’t gotten the type of credit that she deserves is Courtney Thorne-Smith, who was a staple of network television from 1992 all the way up to 2015 without taking a year off. That’s quite the impressive stretch, and Thorne-Smith is far from finished.

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Thorne-Smith was born on November 8, 1967 in San Francisco to parents that had solid jobs, but weren’t part of the entertainment industry. Even without the connections that could have helped her at a young age, Thorne-Smith was dedicated to acting as a profession. “I always wanted to be an actor,” she said. “I don’t remember ever wanting to be anything else. But I honestly never thought it would happen. I thought that it was too big of a dream.”

After acting throughout her school years and in local productions, Thorne-Smith thankfully didn’t give up the dream, and didn’t have to wait too long before she found success. In 1986, Thorne-Smith landed her first roles, with the movies “Welcome to 18” and “Lucas”, as well as a TV movie and a role on the show “Fast Times”. The show was based on the film “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, and even though it only lasted for seven episodes, it gave Thorne-Smith her first taste of television.

Two years later, she’d appear on the show “Day by Day” as Kristin Carlson for just over 30 episodes, and had guest appearances on a handful of shows when it came to an end the next year. The first big breakout role for Thorne-Smith would really come in 1992, when she was cast as Alison Parker on the hit series “Melrose Place”. It was a role that Thorne-Smith held down for more than 150 episodes, but she left the show in 1997 before the finale.

That’s because another popular show came calling for Thorne-Smith, and she played Georgia Thomas on the series “Ally McBeal” in nearly 70 episodes from 1997 to 2002. Toward the end of her run on that series, Thorne-Smith found yet another successful sitcom to star in, playing the titular character’s wife Cheryl on “According to Jim”. For Thorne-Smith, it was an impressive run of shows that all lasted for a long time by TV standards.

Thorne-Smith would continue her hot streak as a series regular on television following the conclusion of “According to Jim” in 2010 when she joined the cast of “Two and a Half Men”. She played the role of Lyndsey McElroy, a single mother that is introduced in season seven and ends up starting a relationship with Alan (played by Jon Cryer). The two eventually get serious, but in typical “Two and a Half Men” fashion, the relationship comes to an end due to a zany misunderstanding.

The break-up wouldn’t last for long however, as after season nine Thorne-Smith and Cryers’ characters eventually get back together...and then split once again. Thorne-Smith would play the character for more than 50 episodes, and was a big part of the show once Charlie Sheen had been replaced by Ashton Kutcher as the main character in 2011. Since Alan became more of a focal point in the series at that time, his relationships were featured prominently, including the one with Thorne-Smith’s character.

Because of her success on TV, Thorne-Smith has stayed away from the big screen for the most part during her career, and is still on television following the conclusion of “Two and a Half Men”. After making a pair of guest appearances on the ABC series “Fresh Off the Boat”, Thorne-Smith took on the role of Emma Fielding, a mystery-solving character based from a book that’s had two TV films since the beginning of 2017.

For Thorne-Smith, being on TV has been much more enjoyable than working on films. “I like to be in one place. I like to be home,” she said of the schedule that TV allows her. “I remember talking to a friend and her saying, ‘Oh, I get so sick going to the same place for work every day,’ and I said, ‘Oh, I love going to the same place for work every day.’ TV works for me, and I never had the desire to fight my way back into films. I didn’t have that feeling that I wanted to get back into movies...I’m incredibly grateful that I’ve had a few long-running series.”

It’s been a long run for Thorne-Smith, who wanted to get all of the acting “out of my system” when she was a teenager, thinking that it wouldn’t be a career. It was when her local theatre production got a call to do screen testing that helped her to get her first movie roles. “Maybe this is what I’m supposed to do,” she said about looking back at her first roles. “(More than) 33 years later, I’m still doing it, so I guess I was supposed to do it.” As for what show might be next, we’ll have to tune in and find out!