Few women in the past three decades have lit up the American imagination like Cybill Shepherd. From wholesome beauty queen to captivating cover girl, from heartbreaking movie star to one of television’s most beloved comediennes, and from naïve sex kitten to liberated, political spokeswoman, Cybill has imbued these roles with an indomitable spirit that has made her, at fifty, a female icon to an entire generation. Last year, in 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’ (Harper Collins), she tells her remarkable story as only she can - with humor, pathos, and in insatiable lust for life.
Recently Cybill is starred as Martha Stewart in ‘Martha Stewart, Inc’ for NBC. Cybill also appeared in the feature film ‘Marine Life’ directed by Anne Wheeler and written by Robert Forsyth III and Lori Lansens. Cybill portrayed ‘June’, a middle-aged lounge singer and mother. Marine Life revolves around the chaotic family life of ‘June’ as she tries to hold on to her career, her beauty, her children and her love- a tender but slightly confused younger man.
From 1995-1998 she starred as ‘Cybill Sheridan’, in the CBS sitcom ‘Cybill’ where she played a forty-something actress trying to keep her career afloat in an industry that worships youth. This ground breaking show poked fun at topics such as plastic surgery, menopause, sex in your 40’s, divorce and grandmotherhood. Serving as Executive Producer, Cybill was also involved in the editing, casting and script development for the show. Last year Cybill hosted the one-hour television program ‘Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus’, inspired by John Gray’s best selling book by the same name.
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Shepherd 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’, ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘Daisy Miller’, ‘Alice’, ‘Married To It’, ‘Once Upon a Crime’, ‘Texasville” and ‘Chances Are’, just to name a few.
Shepherd’s theatrical experience include starring roles in ‘Shot in the Dark’, ‘The Seven Year Itch’, ‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’, ‘Lunch Hour’, ‘Vanities’ and ‘Picnic’. For television, Shepherd has starred in the series ‘Yellow Rose’, ‘Moonlighting’ and has hosted the Emmy and Golden Globe awards. In addition to winning four Golden Globe Awards for best actress in a television comedy, she won four People’s Choice Awards and was honored with Bruce Willis as ‘Woman and Man of the Year in Broadcasting’ by the Hollywood Radio and Television Society.
Shepherd has starred in numerous acclaimed television productions, including ‘Journey of the Heart’, ‘While Justice Sleeps’, ‘Baby Brokers’, “There Was A Little Boy’, ‘Stormy Weathers’ (which she also executive produced) ‘Which Way Home for TNT’, the mini-series ‘The Long Hot Summer’ and ‘Telling Secrets’. Additionally, Shepherd executive produced, co-wrote and starred in ‘Memphis’, based on Shelby Foote’s novel ‘September, September’.
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 nine albums, including ‘Cybill Getz Better‘ with Stan Getz, ‘Vanilla‘ with Phineas Newborn Jr., ‘Somewhere Down the Road‘ featuring a title cut with Peabo Bryson, ‘Cybill Does It To Cole Porter‘, ‘At Long Last Love‘, ‘Talk Memphis to Me‘, and ‘Songs from the Cybill Show‘. Her most recent album ‘Live at the Cinegrill‘ was released in 2001.
Cybill also established her own Internet web site, www.cybill.com, where fans can visit, keep updated on her myriad projects and interests, and purchase her CDs “Talk Memphis to Me” and “Cybill, Songs from the Cybill Show.”