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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO LONI ANDERSON?



Byline: Greg Hernandez

Staff Writer

Based on her looks, time seems to have stood still for Loni Anderson Loni Kaye Anderson (born August 5, 1946) is an American actress, best known for her role as "Jennifer Marlowe" on the television sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati and as a former wife of Burt Reynolds (from 1988 to 1993). .

But believe it or not, the sultry co-star of the classic sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982) is an American situation comedy that featured the misadventures of the staff of a struggling radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio. The show was created by Hugh Wilson, and premiered September 18, 1978 on the CBS television network. " is now 62 and even has a teenage grandaughter.

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 Jennifer Marlowe Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe is a character on the television situation comedy WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-82). She was played by actress Loni Anderson, who received two Emmy nominations for playing the character.  on "WKRP WKRP Worldwide Keypunch Replacement Program " for five seasons made Anderson a star. Her high-profile marriage and subsequent divorce from third husband Burt Reynolds Burt Reynolds (born February 11, 1936) is an Oscar-nominated Emmy Award-winning American actor. Some of his memorable roles include Lewis Medlock in Deliverance, Paul Crewe in the original version of The Longest Yard, Bo 'Bandit' Darville in  further enhanced her fame.

Anderson, who lives in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. , still acts and appeared in two short- lived series in recent years: "The Mullets" and as Tori's Spelling's self-absorbed mom in the autobiographical comedy "So NoTORIous."

"That was a great comedy that we did, and I wish we were still doing because what a great character to play," she said. "I've been a Goody Two-shoes all my life, I don't like to play one. I really like being the naughty person, I like the evil, I like the left of center and I like comedy.

"Comedy is my favorite thing to do."

In the post-"WKRP" decade, she co-starred with Lynda Carter in the detective series "Partners in Crime" and in the sitcoms "Easy Street" and "Nurses."

The role in "Nurses" came in 1993, about at the same time that Anderson underwent a very bitter and public divorce from Reynolds, whom she had been with since the early 1980s and married in 1988.

Reynolds and Anderson adopted a son, Quinton, who is now 19. And Deidra, Loni's daughter from her first marriage, has given her two granddaughters.

"I love being me," she said. "I've loved it through the good and the bad because it took all of that to make you who you are. I love my family, my children. I've just had a very blessed life, a great career -- and now, the man of my dreams."

The man is Bob Flick, whom she met in her native St. Paul, Minn.

"We met a long time ago when I was a senior in high school," Anderson said. "We were in love then but we lost contact with one another until just recently. So, it's a love story through the ages."

"We're planning on getting married," she added. "We've moved into a new house, and we're having a wedding and it's all very exciting."

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 of her work to be placed into a time capsule, she wouldn't choose "WKRP."

"As far as just an individual performance that I loved was 'The Jayne Mansfield Story."'

In that movie, Anderson starred opposite future California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who played Mansfield's husband, bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay.

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(1 -- 2 -- color) Loni Anderson, left and above with fiance Bob Flick at The Academy of Magical Arts The Academy of Magical Arts is an organization devoted to the promotion and development of the art of magic.

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 Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 5, starred in "WKRP in Cincinnati."

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