American actress, Debra Jo Rupp, is best known for her performance in the popular sitcom: That '70s Show and Friends. Moreover, she has guest appeared in numerous television shows as ER, The Tracy Morgan Show, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Hart of Dixie, This Is Us, and most recently, Grey's Anatomy.
Recently, Rupp reunited with her former co-stars from That '70s Show for the Netflix sitcom, The Ranch. Here are seven facts to know about Debra Jo Rupp.
Rupp is 69 years old as of 2020; she was born on February 24, 1951. Talking about Debra's height, she is 5 feet and 3 inches tall (1.6 m).
She grew up in Boxford, Massachusetts, with mother, Margaret A. Williams Rupp, and father, John E. Rupp Jr. Debra has two sisters: Robin Lee Rupp and Rebecca Louise Rupp.
Debra had a penchant for acting from an early age. She grew up wanting to become a professional actress, but that was the last thing her parents wanted for her. They sent her to the University of Rochester, partly because the college did not offer theatre classes at the time.
Interestingly, when Rupp was in her freshman year, the college added a drama department, helping her experience theatre life. After graduation, she eventually moved to New York and started her acting career.
The 69 years old actress appeared as Alice Knight-Buffay, a Home Economics teacher in Friends. She starts a romantic relationship with her former student, Frank Buffay, who is Phoebe’s half-brother.
With Entertainment Weekly, Rupp talked about being uncomfortable filming the first scenes in the show because of the age gap, stating,
"The first episode we did, all we did was make out. I was horrified. I was absolutely horrified. Every time we got a rewrite in the script, there would be more making out! I would just go, ‘Oh my god. Oh my god! I just gotta close my eyes and do it. What else am I gonna do?’”
Her character was initially intended to appear in one episode only. However, the real-life pregnancy of Lisa Kudrow caused a story change, and Rupp ended up appearing in six episodes. "They had to figure out what to do, and they came up with this storyline with me and Giovanni,” she further added.
Debra Jo Rupp played as Linda in the comedy-drama, This Is Us. She appeared as a recurring cast in the second season of the show. She is shown as a social worker who works with Randall and Beth.
Debra Jo Rupp has a net worth of $5 million, as reported by Celebrity Net Worth. After earning significant recognition from her performance in the Broadway production of A Girl's Guide to Chaos in 1986, she made her television debut with crime drama Spenser: For Hire.
In addition to guest-starring on shows and films, she continued to work in theatre productions at the time. Rupp appeared as Kitty Forman on the popular sitcom That '70s Show for eight seasons. Moreover, she is also prominent for playing as Alice Knight in another popular show, Friends. Debra's works in television shows and movies can be credited to her net worth of $5 million.
Debra Jo Rupp has never been married and has no children as well. Rupp and her co-star Kurtwood Smith played as the much-loved married couple in That '70s Show.
To fans delight, the on-screen spouses will reunite for a new ABC comedy pilot as per Entertainment Weekly. In real life, Smith is married to actress Joan Pirkle and has two children: daughter, Laurel Garner, and son, Shannon Smith.
Debra Jo Rupp played as Janice Phillips in the television sitcom The Ranch. Rupp's character was introduced in the second season of the show as Abby Phillips-Bennett's mother. The 69 years old appeared in altogether 12 episodes of The Ranch.
Along with Rupp, the sitcom features actors Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger, Sam Elliott, Elisha Cuthbert, Barry Corbin, Bret Harrison, Megyn Price, Kelli Goss, Molly McCook, Nancy Travis, Lou Diamond Phillips, and many more.