Few women in the past three decades have lit up the American imagination like actress, musician, author, producer, model, and beauty queen Cybill Shepherd. From wholesome beauty queen to captivating cover girl, from heartbreaking movie star to one of television’s most beloved comediennes, from naïve sex kitten to liberated, political spokeswoman, Cybill has tackled these roles with an indomitable spirit that has made her a female icon to an entire generation.
Currently, Cybill appears in the hit Lifetime series The Client List playing Jennifer Love Hewitt’s mother; she previously appeared in the 2010 TV film of the same name. Cybill’s other projects within the last year include her return as a guest on the USA hit series Psych.
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Cybill won Model of the Year in 1968 from Stewart Models and has appeared on the covers of Life, Vogue, Glamour, and People, among others. She made her film debut in 1971 in the highly acclaimed The Last Picture Show, which led to starring roles in The Heartbreak Kid (1972), Daisy Miller (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), Chances Are (1989), Texasville (1990), Alice (1990), Married to It (1991), Once Upon a Crime (1992), and Marine Life (2000), just to name a few. Cybill has starred in number of independent features, the most recent of which include Magnolia Pictures’ Barry Munday, Expecting Mary and Listen to Your Heart, which were all released in 2010.
Cybill has starred in three television series including, The Yellow Rose, Moonlighting, for which she won two Golden Globes and an Emmy nomination, and the self-titled show Cybill, for which she not only won a Golden Globe but also served as the show’s executive producer. Cybill’s recent credits include The Hallmark Channel’s Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith (2009) and a recurring role on the ABC television series Eastwick. She portrayed Phyllis Kroll on the Showtime original series The L Word for three seasons and has also made guest appearances on Psych, Samantha Who? and Criminal Minds. Other film credits include Showtime’s Open Window (2006), the NBC tele-films, Martha Stewart, Inc. and Martha Behind Bars for CBS and Lifetime’s High Noon.
Shepherd’s theatrical experience includes starring roles in Shot in the Dark, The Seven Year Itch, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Lunch Hour, Vanities and Picnic.
Cybill started singing with her church choir at age eight and began studying voice at sixteen. She has performed sold-out concerts around the world blending rock, blues, ballad and standards as well as her own compositions. She has recorded eleven albums; her most recent, At Home with Cybill was released in 2004 and is available on her website (www.cybill.com).
In 2000, she released her hilarious, gutsy, and insightful memoir, Cybill Disobedience: How I Survived Beauty Pageants, Elvis, Sex, Bruce Willis, Lies, Marriage, Motherhood, Hollywood, and the Irrepressible Urge to Say What I Think, in which she tells her remarkable story as only she can, with humor, pathos, and an insatiable lust for life.