Lori Loughlin (born July 28, 1964) is an American television actress, best known for her role as Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis on the ABC comedy series Full House.
Loughlin was born in Queens
and moved with her family to Oceanside, New York
, where she attended Oaks Public Elementary School #3, and then to Hauppauge
, Long Island
, New York
, where she attended Hauppauge High School. She began her career at age 12 as a print model. During her early teen years she appeared in television commercials, and was frequently seen in national print ads like the Sears
catalog and Bradlees
weekly flyers. In 1979, she received her first recognizable national television exposure playing a cheerleader with a cast on her leg in a TaB Cola
commercial. Her last name Loughlin (IPA: laklɪn, pronounced Lock-lin) is derived from the Scottish
At the age of 15, Loughlin was cast on ABC
's soap opera The Edge of Night
, playing the part of Jody Travis, an aspiring dancer. After three-and-a-half years, prompted by the urging of Joel Crothers
, Loughlin decided to try her luck in feature films and television. Her big break came when she was cast on the sitcom Full House
playing the role of Rebecca Donaldson
, which would be her most notable role to date.
After Full House, she starred alongside Bruce Campbell in In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory, which was released in 1997. In 2000, Loughlin co-starred opposite Treat Williams in the Fred Olen Ray-helmed thriller Critical Mass.
She also made cameos on other sitcoms including Spin City, Seinfeld, and The Drew Carey Show. She also played the superhero Black Canary in the short lived Birds of Prey series.
From 2004 to 2005, Loughlin co-created, produced and starred in the WB drama series Summerland. She played Ava, the aunt who raises three children after their parents die in a car accident. The series was cancelled due to low ratings on July 11, 2005. Loughlin starred on the ABC sitcom In Case of Emergency with David Arquette. She appeared in the film Moondance Alexander, co-starring Kay Panabaker.
She will star in the Beverly Hills, 90210 spinoff' 90210 as Debbie Wilson.
Loughlin was in attendance at Comedy Central's The Roast of Bob Saget which was hosted by John Stamos, and premiered on August 17, 2008. At her table were Full House co-stars Dave Coulier and Jodie Sweetin.
Loughlin was married to Michael Burns
from 1989 to 1996. In 1997, Loughlin married fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, the creator of the Mossimo
clothing line. They have two daughters together, Isabella Rose (born September 16
) and Olivia Jade (born September 28