Ann Jillian is best known for her role as the sultry Cassie Cranston on the 1980s sitcom It's a Living.
16 Facts About Ann Jillian
Ann Jillian began her career as a child actress in 1960 when she played Little Bo Peep in the Disney film Babes in Toyland.
Ann Jillian had several television appearances in the 1960s and 1970s, becoming a regular on the 1960s sitcom Hazel and appearing in the 1963 Twilight Zone episode "Mute" as the mute telepath Ilse Nielson.
In 1983, Ann Jillian was honored by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement" Award recognizing her achievements within the entertainment industry as a child actress.
Ann Jillian took a department store job and studied psychology, but heeded the advice of casting director Hoyt Bowers and Walt Disney who had told her, "Whatever you do, keep working at your craft".
Ann Jillian married Andy Murcia, a Chicago police sergeant, on March 27,1978, and shortly thereafter Murcia retired to manage his wife's career.
Ann Jillian starred in I Love My Wife at the Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago.
Ann Jillian appeared in more than 25 films, mostly for television.
Ann Jillian was the last to be signed onto this series and received last place billing.
Ann Jillian was nominated for a lead actress Emmy and Golden Globe for her performance.
Ann Jillian displayed her athletic abilities on three Battle of the Network Stars specials and a Circus of the Stars special and appeared in the charity extravaganza Night of 100 Stars.
Ann Jillian gave birth to her only child, a son, Andrew Joseph Murcia, in 1992.
Ann Jillian continued to act, with ten TV movie roles throughout the 1990s, although her television and film credits became sporadic since the late 1990s, as she decided to devote herself to raising her son and to promoting breast cancer issues.
Ann Jillian is an occasional guest columnist for the website TheColumnists.
On September 12,2015, Ann Jillian was inducted into the National Lithuanian American Hall of Fame.
Ann Jillian received her third Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special and won a 1989 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV.