Few women in the past four 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, Shepherd has imbued these roles with an indomitable spirit that has made her, at 67, a female icon to an entire generation.
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, she tells her remarkable story as only she can—with humor, pathos, and in insatiable lust for life.
Most recently Shepherd has guest starred in many shows, including Drop Dead Diva, Psych, The Client List, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. From 1995-1998 she starred as “Cybill Sheridan,” in the CBS sitcom Cybill (for which she also served as executive producer) where she played a 40-something actress trying to keep her career afloat in an industry that worships youth. Shepherd also 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 several other acclaimed series. She has also 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 started singing with her church choir at age eight, and began studying voice at sixteen. She has recorded nine albums, including Cybill Getz Better, Somewhere Down the Road, 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.
Shepherd has used her fame to raise awareness about causes she’s passionate about. She has been a decades long advocate for LGBT equality and was awarded a GLAAD Media award by her daughter, Clementine Ford, in 2010 for her work in increasing the visibility and understanding of issues, like HIV/AIDS, in the LGBT community.
"We thoroughly enjoyed her performance and want you to know Orchestra Hall (2400 seats) seemed to be filled--at least the main floor and side balconies. Her presentation opened with a lip synch of a song that she's recorded and continued with an autobiography/commentary on her life.
Cybill showed that she has a quick wit (maybe from her acting) and a willingness to be quite frank of her assessments of former lovers and co-stars! A couple of audience commentators requested that she sing, but she declined I suppose as those songs weren't prerecorded.
I hope you have been able to book her for several presentations as I think she would be a success!"
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