Sure, you’ve only got one mom. But you grew up with a whole host of female role models on TV. If you’re of the generations who enjoyed classics like Growing Pains, Bewitched, Gilmore Girls and the Cosby Show, you’d know these family matrons anywhere. But you might not know as much about these leading ladies as you think; in fact, these facts might entice you to get to know your own mother a little better.
You remember her from Growing Pains, but this 1980s mom-to-all was actually a star in her own right. In fact, Joanna Kerns, was a great gymnast. While she didn’t make it to the games, Joanna made it as far as the 1968 Olympic trials for gymnastics. Her sister, Donna, fared better; she won two Olympic gold medals for swimming.
Oh, Samantha. You loved watching this witchy mom take care of Tabitha while sprinkling spells around the household. But after she starred in the beloved Bewitched, Elizabeth Montgomery played opposite O.J. Simpson in a crime-based romance called A Killing Affair. Creepy!
If you’re a Gilmore Girls superfan, it might surprise you that star Lauren Graham once had to sink pretty low to cover her bills. In fact, she made appearances dressed as a dog while trying to make it as an actress. Obviously, the story has a happy ending. Guess it is a “ruff” business!
She was supermom; loving mother, tough attorney and supportive wife. But did you know that Phylicia Rashad was also a supportive wife to a disco-legend hubby? If you know songs like “Macho Man” and “Y.M.C.A.”, you’d recognize the writing work of Victor Willis, her husband.
You’ll never forget her big red hair and tight outfits, but in real life, the Married… With Children matron played backup. In fact, before she made it on TV, Katey Segal sang backup for the likes of Bob Dylan, Gene Simmons and Bette Middler.