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.
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.
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Grace and Frankie
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.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
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...
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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
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
Three women, detectives with a mysterious boss, retrieve stolen voice-ID software using martial arts, tech skills, and sex appeal.
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
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...
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...
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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...
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 ...
The show is based on the 1989 film of the same name. The series was executive produced by Ron Howard and aired on NBC.
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Troop Beverly Hills
In the middle of a divorce, a Beverly Hills housewife takes over her daughter's Wilderness Girls troop.
A Peaceable Kingdom
A Peaceable Kingdom was a television show that aired in 1989. The series only lasted seven episodes.
Doogie Howser, M.D.
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...
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...
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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...
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
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
Guy and Edith are trying to get the license renewed.
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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...
When Your Lover Leaves
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...
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Hill Street Blues
There is a realistic glimpse into the daily lives of the officers and detectives.
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...
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...
Chesty Anderson U.S. Navy
"CHESTY" puts her deadly weapons into action and it's a tidal wave of laughs.
The Last Affair
The wife of a sterile man is trying to have a baby with a gigolo.
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
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
A young woman stumbles into a nightmare land of hijacking and humiliation while driving cross-country from California to New York.
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Saturday Night Live
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 ...