Cybill Shepherd

Cybill Shepherd


2/18/1950, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Birth Name

Cybill Lynne Shepherd



Also Known As

Cybil Shepherd
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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 nave sex kitten to liberated, political spokeswoman, Cybill has imbued these…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Cybill was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, Beauty at Every Age section, for age 57, in May 2007.

    • Cybill uses Vaseline on her face, a tip she got from her grandmother who used it herself.

    • Cybill turned down being a co-host with Regis Philbin on the daily talk show, a job that got to Kathy Lee Gifford.

    • Her parents are Patty Shobe and the late William Jennings Shepherd. They divorced when Cybill was a teen.

    • Cybill refused to try out for the part of Daisy in The Great Gatsby because she felt they could see she was perfect for the part. The role got to Mia Farrow.

    • She did a reading for the movie Travels with My Aunt with George Cukor. His response was that she should stay away from comedy because she simply couldn't do it. Cindy Williams got the part.

    • One of the characters in American Beauty was based on Cybill Shepherd. The part was played by Annette Bening and the screenwriter for that movie was Alan Ball who had also written for the Cybill Show.

    • Her most famous appearance on a talk show was when she was on Late Night With David Letterman in 1989. She came out wearing only a white bath towel.

    • When Cybill's youngest children moved away to college, she suffered from the empty-nest syndrome. To cope with it she moved in her things in their bedrooms and spent a lot of time there.

    • Cybill made her TV acting debut with "A Guide For the Married Woman" in 1978.

    • Cybill made her stage debut in New York 1977 with A Shot In The Dark.

    • Cybill started singing in church choirs at age eight and began to study music at age 16.

    • The name Cybill is a contraction of her grandfathers' names, Cy and Bill. Had she been a boy her name would have been Cyrus William.

    • When modelling, Cybill used to have her photos taken from the left. When the photographer insisted on trying to take some from the right, those pictures didn't end up in the magazines anyway. People weren't used to seeing her that way.

    • Cybill's formal training began, at sixteen, studying with the coach of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus when the company was in her home town of Memphis, Tennessee.

    • Cybill appeared in print ads for Ultima II Full Moisture Lipcolour in 1999.

    • Cybill performed in Concert on BBC Radio 2 in 1995.

    • Cybill appeared in print ads for Ultima II Glowtion Skin Brightening Moisturizer in 2000.

    • Cybill appeared in a print ad for Easy Spirit shoes in 2000.

    • Cybill appeared in a print ad for Breck shampoo in 1969.

    • As a cabaret singer and comedienne, Cybill performed for 5 nights, Wednesday 13th March to Sunday 17th March 2002, at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, Soho, London, England.

    • Cybill appeared in a TV commercial for Cover Girl makeup in 1969.

    • Cybill appeared in several TV commercials for Loreal hair products in the 1990's.

    • Cybill appeared in print advertising (billboards) for Mercedes-Benz automobiles in 1997.

    • Cybill appeared in a TV commercial for Mercedes Benz Automobiles in 1997.

    • Cybill appeared in a TV commercial for National Airlines in 1971.

    • Cybill's Star on the Walk of Fame for her contributions to Television is located at 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA.

    • In 1997, Cybill was nominated for the Golden Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
      for: Cybill (1995).

    • In 1972, Cybill was nominated for the Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer - Female for: The Last Picture Show (1971).

    • In 1986, Cybill won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical for: Moonlighting (1985). She tied with Estelle Getty for The Golden Girls (1985).

    • In 1987, Cybill won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical for: Moonlighting (1985).

    • In 1988, Cybill was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical for: Moonlighting (1985).

    • In 1996, Cybill won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical for: Cybill (1995).

    • In 1997, Cybill was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical for: Cybill (1995).

    • In 1996, Cybill won the Golden Apple Award for Female Star of the Year.

    • In 1986, Cybill was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for: Moonlighting (1985).

    • In 1995, Cybill was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for: Cybill (1995).

    • In 1996, Cybill was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for: Cybill (1995).

    • In 1997, Cybill was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for: Cybill (1995).

    • In 1988, Cybill won the TV Prize for Best Foreign TV Personality - Female (Bästa utländska kvinna) at the Aftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden.

    • During an appearance at the 1985 Emmy Awards, Cybill wore orange Reebok Freestyle hitop sneakers. This appearance gained her some fashion critism for wearing orange Reeboks with a black formal strapless gown. Even on the Moonlighting set, Cybill would switch from pumps into comfortable Reebok sneakers. Sometimes the sneakers would get caught in scenes during filming.

    • Cybill was the subject of a cover story, along with her lover Peter Bogdanovich, in the May 13, 1974 issue of "People Magazine." It was the 10th issue of the magazine, which was first published on March 4, 1974.

    • Cybill's early salaries:

      The Yellow Rose (1983) $1,000/episode

      The Last Picture Show (1971) $5,000

    • Cybill gave her former lover and artistic mentor Peter Bogdanovich a signed photograph that hangs in his New York City apartment in which she addresses him as "Sven," short for "Svengali." Svengali was a musician in George du Maurier's Bohemian novel Trilby who, through hypnosis, teaches the eponymous heroine to sing and controls her singing for his own purposes.

    • As a fashion model in the early 70s, Cybill was discovered for films when director Peter Bogdanovich spotted her on the cover of Glamour magazine while standing in a supermarket checkout line.

    • In 2002, Cybill was treated for a serious melanoma which will require monitoring for the remainder of her life.

    • Cybill's look-alike daughter, Clementine Shepherd-Ford is a budding actress who was named Miss Golden Globe, handed to celebrity off-spring.

    • Cybill once had a longterm relationship with director Peter Bogdanovich.

    • Cybill is the mother of three children. Her daughter Clementine Ford was born in 1980, and twin sons Ariel and Zachariah Oppenheim were born on October 6, 1987.

    • Cybill has been married and divorced twice. First to David Ford, an auto parts dealer, from 1978 to 1982, then to doctor Bruce Oppenheim from 1987 to 1990.

    • Cybill revealed in her autobiography Cybill Disobedience that her engagement to Robert Martin (in the book given the fake name "Howard Roark") ended on October 24, 1998 when he told her in their couples' therapy session.

    • Cybill graduated from Memphis East High School in 1968.

    • Cybill was the winner of Miss Teenage Memphis 1966 .

    • Cybill won the 1968 Model of the Year Award.

    • When Cybill was 19, she dated Elvis Presley a few times. Cybill didn't care much for the posse surrounding him, she liked him better when he was relaxed, home alone in Memphis. She also claims he wore more make-up than she did.

    • Cybill was named after her grandfather, Cy, and her father, Bill.

    • Cybill is 5' 8" (1.73 m) tall.

    • Cybill has released 8 albums:

      Cybill Does It To Cole Porter

      Mad About The Boy


      Somewhere Down The Road

      Talk Memphis To Me

      Songs From The Cybill Show

      Live At The Cinegrill

      At Home With Cybill

      She also contributed two songs to the Moonlighting soundtrack: Blue Moon and I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get Out.

  • Quotes

    • Cybill Shepherd: I think to infringe on anybody's civil rights is a crime, and I absolutely believe they (lesbians and gays) should have the right to marry. I think it's none of the government's business, frankly.

    • Reporter: What would you do if you were granted a wish to be invisible for a day?
      Cybill Shepherd: Just people watch- that's my favorite thing. That's why I love New York because I feel kind of invisible there. If you don't draw attention to yourself you can remain anonymous.

    • Reporter: What is the most hurtful thing you've ever read about yourself?
      Cybill Shepherd: That I was jealous of how funny Christine Baranski (who played Marianne Thorpe) was on the Cybill Show and tried to hold her back. We did that show together for more than four years- do you honestly think we would've lasted that long if I was jealous of her? I call it 'blame-the-blonde'- the press made me out to be some sort of tyrant, when actually, as producer of the show, I made sure it was a real collaborative process, I wanted all actors around me to shine, which I believe they did. You never hear that negative stuff when a man stars of produces his own show.

    • Cybill Shepherd: (on kissing Bruce Willis during filming of the series, "Moonlighting") "When we first started out, he would just kiss like a big ol' camel. And then he got involved with Demi Moore, and she taught him some.

    • Cybill Shepherd(on her kids seeing her in The L Word): After shooting my first sex scene I said to my daughter Ariel, "Don't worry, it won't be embarrassing." She said, "Mom, I don't want to know!"

    • Cybill Shepherd: (on being a lesbian) I have wondered about it. To me, sexy is sexy. At various times in my life I wanted to be open to the possibility of having a woman as a lover. I am not actively pursuing it. But it is not over yet.

    • Cybill Shepherd(2007): I don't do nudity. The last time I did it was for The Last Picture Show. I don't want to scare anybody.

    • Cybill Shepherd: (on her film debut) When a film wraps, the actors often like to keep some of their props or wardrobe as mementos. I wanted the heart-shaped locket and brown and white saddle shoes that Jacy wore, but (Bogdanovich's wife) Polly was in charge of costumes and wouldn't give them to me. I guess she figured I had enough of a souvenir: her husband.

    • Cybill Shepherd: (about why she's participating in human rights marches) You can't decide that someone is less of a human being because of any leanings.

    • Cybill Shepherd: Your policeman are such wonderful hunks.

    • Cybill Shepherd:I had the serendipity of modeling during a temporary interlude between Twiggy and Kate Moss, when it was actually okay for women to look as if we ate and enjoyed life.

    • Cybill Shepherd: (on the late Marilyn Monroe) She had curves in places most other women don't even have places.

    • Cybill Shepherd: I think the measure of your success to a certain extent will be the amount of things written about you that aren't true.

    • Cybill Shepherd: I never wanted to be Jane. I always wanted to be Tarzan. I didn't want to vacuum the tree house. I wanted to swing from the vines.

  • Cybill Shepherd:My favorite actress.

    Cybill Shepherd has been my favorite actress since I was 9 years old.I was reading the Fall Preview issue of the TV Guide in 1983 when I saw a photo of the cast of The Yellow Rose,I showed it to my mother and said "she's pretty".I watched the show and loved it, unfortunately it only lasted one season.At this time and at this age I did not realize what a long and winding career Cybill had. Next up Moonlighting, I was 11 when it came on in March 1985.I thought this was the most brilliant and exciting series I had ever seen, 25 years later I still believe that.It was an amazing time to be a fan of hers, she was everywhere talk shows, award shows, magazines it was a phenomenon.It was at this time I discovered she had been a successful model and had been in movies like The Last Picture Show,The Heartbreak Kid and Taxi Driver.I read everything about her. Then came Cybill, her comedy series where Cybill brought so much attention to women's issues that up until that time had been too taboo to talk about.It was a groundbreaking show. She has done so much amazing television and movie and yes even music you could never list it all here.She is an activist for civil rights and equal rights.Because from Cybill I learned there is always a real and caring person and a very talented one behind a pretty face. She is a legend and one of the best.moreless
  • I just love her!

    I primarily know this woman from Moonlighting, the role of Maddie Hayes played to perfection (that's why noone has managed to do a recast, you know). Once she got me hooked on that show I've had the fortune of seeing her in other movies and tv shows, including her own show <i>Cybill</i>. She is so darn funny in everything she does, I admire that she isn't afraid of making fun of herself to create some hilarious comedy. Looking very good while doing it too, and I know I can't wait to see her in the L word! That's yet another thing I love about her, she's not afraid to do something new, no matter what age.moreless