Betty Thomas

Betty Thomas

Known For: Directing · Birthday: 1947-07-27 (74 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

27 Movies · 15 TV shows

Biography

Betty Thomas (born Betty Thomas Nienhauser, July 27, 1948) is an American actress, director, and producer of television and motion pictures. She is known for her Emmy Award-winning role as Sergeant Lucy Bates on the television series Hill Street Blues. As of March 2018, Thomas is one of just two directors (and the only solo director) to have multiple films on the list of seventeen highest-US-grossing female-directed films. Additionally, two of her films are in the top twenty-five highest-US-grossing female-directed films.

Early Life

Thomas was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1948 to Nancy (née Brown) and William H. Nienhauser, Sr. She graduated from Willoughby South High School, Willoughby, Ohio, in 1965. After high school Thomas attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Upon graduating Thomas worked as an artist and taught high school before becoming a part of The Second City Chicago premiere source for improvisational theater.

Movies & TV shows

2015.

1 TV show
TV
Grace and Frankie

Grace and Frankie

6.67
2015
When husbands leave their wives for each other, their lives are turned upside down and permanently intertwined. In a 21st century world, they must face starting over in their 70s.

2009.

1 Movie
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

6.02
2009
Toby is the nephew of Dave Seville and he takes care of the pop sensations. The boys have to put aside their fame to return to school and save the school's music program by winning the $25,000 prize i...

2006.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Loop

The Loop

2006
The loop ran on Fox from March 15, 2006 to July 1, 2007. The show starred Bret Harrison as Sam Sullivan, a young professional trying to balance the needs of his social life with the pressures of worki...
John Tucker Must Die

John Tucker Must Die

9.33
2006
After discovering they are all dating the same guy, three popular students from different cliques band together for revenge, so they enlisted the help of a new gal in town to break the jerk's heart, w...

2005.

1 Movie
Guess Who

Guess Who

8
2005
When a young African-American woman brings her fiancée home to meet her parents, she neglects to mention that he's white.

2004.

1 Movie
Surviving Christmas

Surviving Christmas

1
2004
Drew Latham is an executive who has a lot of money. Facing another lonely Christmas ahead, he revisits his old childhood home in the hopes of reliving some old holiday memories, but he finds that the ...

2002.

1 Movie
I Spy

I Spy

6
2002
The most sophisticated prototype stealth fighter is stolen from the U.S. Alex Scott is one of the United States' top spies. He doesn't expect to be teaming up with Kelly Robinson on a dangerous top se...

2000.

2 Movies
28 Days

28 Days

8.5
2000
After getting into a car accident while drunk on the day of her sister's wedding, Gwen is given a choice between prison or a rehab center. She is resistant to taking part in any of the treatment progr...
Charlie's Angels

Charlie's Angels

7.22
2000
Three women, detectives with a mysterious boss, retrieve stolen voice-ID software using martial arts, tech skills, and sex appeal.

1998.

2 Movies
Doctor Dolittle

Doctor Dolittle

5.58
1998
A successful physician and devoted family man, John Dolittle seems to have the world by the tail, until a long suppressed talent he possessed as a child, the ability to communicate with animals is sud...
Can't Hardly Wait

Can't Hardly Wait

6
1998
The time to party is on graduation day at Huntington Hills High. Not just any party, either. The nerds become studs, the jocks are humiliated, and the freshman crush becomes a grown-up romance in this...

1997.

1 Movie
Private Parts

Private Parts

3.5
1997
The story of Howard Stern, the radio-rebel who is now also a TV-personality, an author and a movie star, is told in an auto-biographical manner.

1996.

1 Movie
The Late Shift

The Late Shift

1996
David Letterman is competing with Jay Leno and his manager to be the next "Tonight Show" host.

1995.

1 Movie
The Brady Bunch Movie

The Brady Bunch Movie

4.97
1995
In the 1990s, the original '70s TV family is out of place.

1994.

1 Movie
My Breast

My Breast

1994
The New York City journalist's real-life struggle with breast cancer inspired the story of hope, courage and redemption. When she receives a troubling diagnosis, she's forced to re-examine her life be...

1993.

1 TV show
TV
Moon Over Miami

Moon Over Miami

1993
Moon Over Miami is a short-lived American comedy series that aired on ABC.

1992.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Arresting Behavior

Arresting Behavior

1992
Arresting Behavior aired on ABC from August 18 to September 2, 1992.
Only You

Only You

1992
A man who was dumped by his fiancée goes on a vacation, only to be torn between a sober party girl and his travel agent.

1990.

3 TV shows
TV
Dream On

Dream On

6
1990
Brian Benben is playing a divorced New York City book editor in a comedy. clips from older shows were used to show Tupper's feelings. The team that created Friends created it. It ran on the cable chan...
TV
Shannon's Deal

Shannon's Deal

1990
Shannon's Deal is a legal drama. Jack Shannon was a successful Philadelphia corporate lawyer who lost his family and job to a gambling habit. Shannon left a prestigious law firm and opened a low-rent ...
TV
Parenthood

Parenthood

2
1990
The show is based on the 1989 film of the same name. The series was executive produced by Ron Howard and aired on NBC.

1989.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
Troop Beverly Hills

Troop Beverly Hills

1989
In the middle of a divorce, a Beverly Hills housewife takes over her daughter's Wilderness Girls troop.
TV
A Peaceable Kingdom

A Peaceable Kingdom

1989
A Peaceable Kingdom was a television show that aired in 1989. The series only lasted seven episodes.
TV
Doogie Howser, M.D.

Doogie Howser, M.D.

5.35
1989
M.D. by Doogie Howser. Neil Patrick Harris is a doctor who is also a normal teenager in a comedy-drama. The creators are Steven Bochco and David E. From 1989 to 1993 the show was aired by Kelley and A...
TV
Mancuso, F.B.I.

Mancuso, F.B.I.

1989
Mancuso is F.B.I. NBC aired a crime drama as part of its 1989-90 schedule. Veteran actor Robert Loggia plays Nick Mancuso, a hardened veteran of the Bureau now assigned to Washington, D.C., where he w...

1988.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Midnight Caller

Midnight Caller

6
1988
Midnight Caller is a dramatic NBC television series created by Richard DiLello, which ran from 1988 to 1991. It was one of the first television series to address the dramatic possibilities of the then...
TV
Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

1988
An un-scripted comedy show in which four guest performers improvised their way through a series of games, many of which relied on audience suggestions.
The Best of SCTV

The Best of SCTV

1988
Guy and Edith are trying to get the license renewed.

1987.

1 TV show
TV
Hooperman

Hooperman

1987
The series ran on ABC from September 23, 1987 to July 26, 1989. The show centered around the professional and personal lives of a detective in San Francisco. Terry Louise Fisher was part of the team t...

1984.

1 Movie
E. Nick: A Legend in His Own Mind

E. Nick: A Legend in His Own Mind

1984
A spoof of adult magazines.

1983.

1 Movie
When Your Lover Leaves

When Your Lover Leaves

1983
Comedy about a woman dumped by her married boyfriend who gets involved in a short-lived relationship with a neighbor. When that also doesn't work out, she decides she must first do something to please...

1982.

1 Movie
Homework

Homework

1982
A teenager sees a school psychologist and his girlfriend's mother.

1981.

1 TV show
TV
Hill Street Blues

Hill Street Blues

6
1981
There is a realistic glimpse into the daily lives of the officers and detectives.

1980.

2 Movies
Used Cars

Used Cars

3.5
1980
When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the dealership's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival...
Loose Shoes

Loose Shoes

1980
The trailers were satire and buffoonery. "The Howard Huge Story", "Skate-boarders from Hell", and "The Invasion of the Penis Snatchers" are some of the titles. The source of the title is presented abo...

1978.

1 Movie
Outside Chance

Outside Chance

1978
A woman accused of raping and murdering a jailer escapes from jail and becomes a fugitive.

1976.

5 Movies
Chesty Anderson U.S. Navy

Chesty Anderson U.S. Navy

1976
"CHESTY" puts her deadly weapons into action and it's a tidal wave of laughs.
The Last Affair

The Last Affair

1976
The wife of a sterile man is trying to have a baby with a gigolo.
Tunnel Vision

Tunnel Vision

1976
A committee investigating TV's first uncensored network looks at a typical day's programming, which includes shows, commercials, news programs and more. The careers of some of the greatest comedians o...
A Labor of Love

A Labor of Love

1976
In 1975, Chicago filmmakers Flaxman and Goldman got carte blanche to film the shooting of a local film called THE LAST AFFAIR. Neither AFFAIR's director (who envisioned the film as "a combination of F...
Jackson County Jail

Jackson County Jail

6
1976
A young woman stumbles into a nightmare land of hijacking and humiliation while driving cross-country from California to New York.

1975.

1 TV show
TV
Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

6.36
1975
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...
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