Courtney Thorne-Smith Biography
Courtney Thorne-Smith, born November 8, 1967, is a famous American actress and TV personality. She is also widely known for her role as Lyndsey McElroy on Two and a Half Men. Courtney Thorney is popularly known for her first impression in Melrose Place as Alison Parker and, according to Jim, as Cheryl.
Early Life & Education
Courtney Thorne-Smith was raised in Menlo Park, a neighborhood south of San Francisco, and was born in San Francisco, California. Her mother, Lora Thorne, was a therapist, while her father, Walter Smith, worked as a computer market researcher.
Courtney had various periods of time living with both parents after their divorce when she was seven years old. Jennifer, her older sister, is an executive in the advertising industry.
She graduated from Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California, in 1985 after attending Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, California. While in high school, she also played with the Ensemble Theater Company in Mill Valley.
Thorne-Smith made her debut in the 1986 drama movie Lucas, which also starred Winona Ryder, Corey Haim, and Charlie Sheen. Additionally, she appeared in a variety of films in the late 1980s, including Side Out (1988), Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987), and Welcome to 18 (1986).
She co-starred alongside Carrot Top in the box office dud Chairman of the Board in 1998. She had an appearance in Sorority Wars in 2009.
Before landing a regular role in the brief-lived sitcom Day by Day with Douglas Sheehan, Linda Kelsey, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, she made appearances on a few mid-1980s television series, including Growing Pains and the short-lived Fast Times, as well as made-for-television movies, including The Thanksgiving Promise and Infidelity. She appeared as Laker Girl Kimberly Dugan in six episodes of L.A. Law in 1990.
From 1992 through 1997, she played Alison Parker on Melrose Place, which was her first prominent leading part on television. She appeared in the made-for-television film Beauty’s Revenge at this time, which was also sold as “Midwest Obsession” on CD and DVD.
After that, from 1997 to 2000, she played Georgia Thomas on Ally McBeal. The show’s lead part, which ultimately went to Calista Flockhart, was the one for which Thorne-Smith initially went in for an audition.
At the start of season four of Ally McBeal in 2000, her role was deleted; nonetheless, she afterwards made sporadic guest appearances.
Later, she admitted that one of the reasons she quit the show was the pressure to maintain her weight. According to her interview with US Weekly, “I started undereating, over-exercising, pushing myself too hard, and brutalizing my immune system.” I spent an absurd amount of time worrying about food and feeling depressed about my appearance.
She played Cheryl on According to Jim from 2001 until 2009. Her actual pregnancy in 2007 was initially concealed on the program before being woven into the storyline.
She committed to the role of Lyndsey McElroy, Alan Harper’s (Jon Cryer) girlfriend, on February 18, 2010, for season seven of Two and a Half Men. 52 episodes from seasons seven through twelve featured her.
Thorne-Smith began appearing in the Emma Fielding Mysteries, a series of television movies based on the Dana Cameron novels, in 2017. As of 2019, three episodes have been broadcast on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel.
She has had two marriages. In June 2000, she got married for the first time to geneticist Andrew Conrad. The marriage was doomed from the start and ended in divorce after a short period of time. A few years later, in 2007, the actress wed Roger Fishman.
The president of the marketing company Zizo Group is her second husband. In 2008, the couple welcomed a son, Jacob Emerson Fishman.
Courtney Thorne-Smith is a talented American actress and television personality with an estimated net worth of $8 million. She is one of the richest American actresses.