Cybill Shepherd

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Cybill Lynne Shepherd (born February 18, 1950 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American actress.

At age sixteen Cybill Shepherd won the 1966 "Miss Teenage Memphis" contest that landed her modelling work through high school and after. Film director Peter Bogdanovich spotted her on the cover of a magazine and offered her a role in The Last Picture Show (1971), impressed by what he described as her "fresh, sexual threat".

During the filming, the then 20-year-old began an affair with Bogdanovich but left him in 1972 and went to Las Vegas, where she rekindled a relationship with Elvis Presley that began after an introduction in their hometown of Memphis.

Years later, in an interview with E! television, Shepherd spoke of the relationship with Presley, saying, "He was a wonderful lover, very sexy." However, in a candid 2002 interview on Larry King Live, she told King, "the Elvis that I got to know in Memphis was very different than the Elvis that I got to know later, like in Las Vegas. I just noticed that he was unavailable in a way. And then later on, and years, years later, I would read and find out that he had like two other women there at the same time."

During Shepherd's time with Presley, Bogdanovich continued to pursue her, and when the relationship with Presley ended, the infatuated Bogdanovich gave her the starring role in his 1974 film, Daisy Miller. Based on the Henry James novella, the nature of Shepherd's role required a seasoned actress, and both her performance and the film were panned by the critics. It proved to be a box office failure. Unfortunately, before Daisy Miller was released, filming was already underway on At Long Last Love, and the second Bogdanovich production with Shepherd in the lead role proved a major and humiliating disaster that seriously impaired both of their careers.

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Robert De Niro as Travis, gets to know Betsy (Cybill Shepherd) in this scene from Taxi Driver.

Shepherd received good reviews for her work in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976), a role in which she "she appeared like an angel, out of this filthy mass", in the words of Robert De Niro's character. According to Shepherd, Martin Scorsese had requested a "Cybill Shepherd type" for the role. She portrayed an ethereal beauty with whom De Niro's title character becomes enthralled.

After a series of less successful roles, including the remake The Lady Vanishes she left show business in 1978 and moved back to Memphis, where she quickly married. Her return to the screen in 1980s The Return was another catastrophe that seemed to spell the end of her acting career.

As Maddie Hayes in Moonlighting (parody scene of The Taming of the Shrew)

After an absence of several years, however, Shepherd auditioned for and won a co-starring role opposite Bruce Willis in the television series, "Moonlighting". A lighthearted combination of mystery and comedy, the hour-long detective show won Shepherd two Golden Globe awards for her role as Maddie Hayes. Shepherd married her second husband and then gave birth to twins during the series's run, which helped precipitate its demise.

In the 1990s, she won her third Golden Globe award, for CBS' "Cybill" (1995-1998), a television sitcom, in which the title character -- Cybill Sheridan, an actress struggling with hammy parts in B movies and bad soaps -- was roughly modeled on herself.

In 2000, Shepherd's autobiography was published, titled: Cybill Disobedience: How I Survived Beauty Pageants, Elvis, Sex, Bruce Willis, Lies, Marriage, Motherhood, Hollywood, and the Irrepressible Urge to Say What I Think. — written in collaboration with Aimee Lee Ball.

She has played Martha Stewart in two TV movies: Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart (2003) and Martha: Behind Bars (2005).



  • Martha: Behind Bars (2005) (TV)
  • Detective (aka Arthur Hailey's Detective) (2005) (TV)
  • Open Window (2005)
  • Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart (aka Driven to Succeed) (2003) (TV)
  • Due East (2002) (TV)
  • Marine Life (2000)
  • The Muse (1999)
  • Journey of the Heart (1997) (TV)
  • The Last Word (aka Cosa Nostra: The Last Word) (1995)
  • "Cybill" (1995) TV Series
  • While Justice Sleeps (1994) (TV)
  • Baby Brokers (1994) (TV)
  • There Was a Little Boy (1993) (TV)
  • Telling Secrets (aka Contract for Murder) (1993) (TV)
  • Stormy Weathers (1992) (TV)
  • Once Upon a Crime... (1992)
  • Memphis (1992) (TV)
  • Married to It (1991)
  • Which Way Home (1991) (TV)
  • Alice (1990)
  • Texasville (1990)
  • Chances Are (1989)
  • The Long Hot Summer (1985) (TV)
  • Seduced (1985) (TV)
  • "Moonlighting" (1985) TV Series
  • Secrets of a Married Man (1984) (TV)
  • Masquerade (1983) (TV)
  • "The Yellow Rose" (1983) TV Series
  • The Return (aka The Alien's Return aka Earthright) (1980)
  • Americathon (1979) (minor appearance)
  • The Lady Vanishes (1979) (remake of a Hitchcock classic)
  • A Guide for the Married Woman (1978) (TV)
  • Silver Bears (aka Fool's Gold) (1978)
  • Aliens From Spaceship Earth (1977)
  • Special Delivery (aka Dangerous Break) (1976)
  • Taxi Driver (1976)
  • At Long Last Love (1975)
  • Daisy Miller (1974)
  • The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
  • The Last Picture Show (1971)


  • Journey of the Heart (1997) (TV) (co-executive producer)
  • "Cybill" (1995) TV Series (executive producer)
  • Stormy Weathers (1992) (TV) (executive producer)
  • Memphis (1992) (TV) (executive producer)


  • Memphis (1992) (TV) (teleplay)

As Herself

  • Unforgettable Moments in Television Entertainment (2005) (TV)
  • Signs and Voices (2004)
  • The Second Annual TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV (2004) (TV)
  • A&E Biography: Cybill Shepherd (2004) (TV)
  • 101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment (2003) (TV)
  • Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003)
  • "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" (2000) TV Series (host 2000-2001)
  • "Dale's All Stars" (2000) TV Series
  • Making 'Taxi Driver' (1999) (V)
  • The Last Picture Show: A Look Back (1999) (V)
  • The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1995) (TV) (host)
  • "Hollywood Women" (1994) (miniseries) (TV)
  • A Party for Richard Pryor (1991) (TV)
  • Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas (1991)
  • The 61st Annual Academy Awards (1989) (TV)
  • Elvis: Memories (1985) (V)
  • The 44th Annual Academy Awards (1972) (TV)

Archive Footage

  • The Ultimate Hollywood Blonde (2004) (miniseries)

Notable Television Guest Appearances

  • "Cinema mil" (archive footage) (episode #1.11) 24 September 2005
  • "The Tony Danza Show" (episode #2.10) 23 September 2005
  • "The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch" 22 September 2005
  • "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (episode #2.6) 19 September 2005
  • "Corazon de..." 16 June 2005
  • "The Jane Pauley Show" 5 November 2004
  • "The Tony Danza Show" (episode #1.29) 21 October 2004
  • "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross" (episode #7.4) 24 September 2004
  • "GMTV" 21 September 2004
  • "I'm with Her" playing "Suzanne" in episode: "Winners & Losers & Whiners & Boozers: Part 2" (episode #1.17) 2 March 2004
  • "I'm with Her" playing "Suzanne" in episode: "Winners & Losers & Whiners & Boozers: Part 1" (episode #1.16) 24 February 2004
  • "8 Simple Rules...for Dating My Teenage Daughter" playing "Maggie" in episode: "Sort of an Officer and a Gentleman: Part 2" (episode #1.28) 20 May 2003
  • "8 Simple Rules...for Dating My Teenage Daughter" playing "Maggie" in episode: "Sort of an Officer and a Gentleman: Part 1" (episode #1.27) 13 May 2003
  • "GMTV" 8 March 2002
  • "So Graham Norton" (episode #5.15) 1 March 2002
  • "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn" 15 November 2000
  • "Larry King Live" 6 April 2000
  • "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" 6 April 2000
  • "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" 6 November 1997
  • "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" 5 November 1997
  • "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" 12 September 1996
  • "Aspel & Company" (episode #7.5) 24 February 1990
  • "Late Night with David Letterman" 3 March 1989
  • "Masquerade" playing "Carla" in episode: "Pilot" (episode #1.1) 15 December 1983
  • "Fantasy Island" playing "Liz" in episode: "Return to the Cotton Club/No Friends Like Old Friends" (episode #6.15) 26 February 1983
  • "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" 28 October 1977

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