Deborah Winters

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Deborah Winters
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Deborah Winters (Chaney) in March 2011
Born Deborah Brace Winters
(1953-11-27) November 27, 1953 (age 69)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, Businesswoman, Real Estate Agent
Years active 1962–present
Spouse(s) Warren Chaney

Deborah Winters is an American actress who appeared in the films Kotch, The People Next Door, Class of '44, and television miniseries The Winds of War.

Early life

Deborah Winters was born on November 27, 1953 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Ralph Winters, head of television casting for Universal Studios for 28 years and actress Penny Edwards.[1][2]Template:Failed verification She began her film and television career at age five after moving to New York where she attended the Professional Children's School. She later commenced professional training at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, New York. She returned to Los Angeles in 1968, where she studied acting under Lee Strasberg at the Lee Strasberg Institute. Winters continued working, appearing in commercials for Kinney Shoes, Gulf Oil, Lincoln-Mercury, Quaker Oats and others. In 1966, she received her first major screen role in the Fred Coe comedy-drama, Me, Natalie.[no citations needed here]

Film and television career

Winters was first cast in the 1968 motion picture Me, Natalie, opposite Patty Duke, James Farentino and Martin Balsam. She followed shortly afterwards with a second co-starring role opposite Michael Douglas in his first film, the 1969 Hail, Hero!, directed by David Miller. This was followed by a starring role in the CBS Playhouse production of The People Next Door which led to the motion picture remake the following year.

The People Next Door (1970 film) received positive reviews. Roger Ebert said in his Chicago Sun-Times review, "Deborah Winters, is disturbing at first because you think she's too mannered. Gradually the mannerisms become indispensable to the characterization."[3]

Jack Lemmon cast Winters as the female lead opposite Walter Matthau in his sole directorial debut, Kotch in 1971. Time wrote of Winters in its October 11, 1972 review, “Winters is one of the few young actresses with comic timing.” [4] Winters continued acting with starring roles in film and episodic television including the Lottery (TV series), Days of Our Lives and Matt Houston.

Selected filmography

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