|Debra Jo Rupp Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 3 in|
|Date of Birth||February 24, 1951|
Debra Jo Rupp is an American theatre and screen actress who started her performance career as an active member of her on-campus small theatre club and venue, Drama House. Debra Jo Rupp’s iconic starring role in That ’70s Show as the quirky Kitty Forman is her most famous performance. She has appeared in numerous sitcoms and movies, including the TV Series The Equalizer, the legal drama L.A. Law, and as the character Beth Avery on The Office. She has several voice roles in her repertoire of works such as the mom rat on Garfield. Some of her movie credits include the Kickin’ It Old Skool, The Opposite S*x, and Fair Market Value.
Debra Jo Rupp
Glendale, California, United States
- Los Angeles, California, United States
- Lee, Massachusetts, United States
Debra Jo Rupp attended Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, Massachusetts and graduated in 1969. She later went to the University of Rochester, New York and graduated with a B.A. degree in 1974.
Actress, Theatre Performer, Voice Actress
- Father – John E. Rupp Jr. (Deceased)
- Mother – Margaret A. Williams Rupp (Deceased)
- Siblings – Robin Lee Rupp (Sister), Rebecca Louise Rupp (Sister)
Debra Jo Rupp is managed by Stone Manners Salners Agency, Talent and Literary Agency, Los Angeles, California, United States.
5 ft 3 in or 160 cm
50 kg or 110 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
Debra Jo Rupp has endorsed brands such as –
- Polysporin First Aid Antibiotic Spray (1987)
- Fred Meyer
Best Known For
- Appearing in theatre productions such as on a stage revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Second Verse, A Girl’s Guide To Chaos, among other stage appearances
- Acting in the films She’s Out Of My League, Fair Market Value, The Opposite S*x, Death Becomes Her, among others
- Appearing in TV shows such as Friends, Seinfeld, Empty Nest, That ‘70s Show, Better With You, among others
Debra Jo Rupp made her theatrical film debut playing the role of Miss Patterson in Big in 1988.
As a voice actress, she made her theatrical film debut as the character Mrs. Helperman in the animated film, Teacher’s Pet in 2004.
First TV Show
Debra Jo Rupp made her TV show debut as Helen on Spenser: For Hire in 1987.
As a voice actress, she made her TV show debut as Ms. Mary Lou Moira Angela Darling Helperman on the animated series, Teacher’s Pet in 2000.
Debra Jo Rupp Facts
- She is a lifelong Democrat.
- She was brought up in Boxford, Massachusetts, and was a product of the 1950s.
- Debra taught Sara Rue, an American actress, and producer, how to drive a car.
- She appeared as a contestant on The $10,000 Pyramid show in the late 1970s.
- Debra suffered extensive hair damage on That ’70s Show when she had her hair done for every episode. She asked the producers to allow her to wear a wig instead and was wearing wigs for the rest of the series.
- She has a belief that every performer has to find a piece of their self in every role they play. If the performer does not believe what they are doing, they cannot expect anyone else to believe it.
- Her parents did not approve of her desire to be an actress, so, they sent her to The University of Rochester because it did not offer theatre classes. However, in her freshman year, the school added a drama department.
- She was an active participant of the small theatre club, Drama House.
- She began her acting career in New York after she graduated in 1974 from the University of Rochester.
- Debra Jo Rupp had promised her mother that she would never wait tables, so she worked part-time as a bookkeeper when she moved to New York to pursue her acting career. She had also learned computers for a while, as a fail-stop measure.
- Between 1974 and the late 1980s, for a period of about twelve years, there is almost no information about Rupp’s life. She also does not talk about that time and tends to deflect details about it during her interviews and on her stage bios.
- Debra will not accept any role which requires her to have a sense of rhythm. Her most dreadful audition was soon after arriving in New York and required a dance performance from her. She felt it was dreadful as the casting agents just watched her in complete silence, and ran out of the audition once she was done.
- For her character as Kitty Forman on That ‘70s Show, where she acts as a harried but loving wife and mother, the Boston Herald praised Rupp’s performance as “Best Sitcom Mom” on television.
- She has a niece and a nephew.
- Debra Jo Rupp was a regular on 5 different TV series that were canceled quickly in the 1990s.
- She performed at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas as the cast of the play Boeing, Boeing in 2017.
- She performed at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts in the play Noises Off, in 2004.
- Debra Jo Rupp has been on 3 on-screen matchups, in She’s Out of My League in 2010, on the hit sitcom Friends in 1994, and That ’70s Show in 1998.
- She received a nomination for the 2016 Indie Series Awards in the “Best Guest Actress – Comedy” category for her role in the comedy series, He’s With Me.
- She received a nomination for the 1999 Online Film & Television Association Award, in the category of “Best Actress in a New Comedy Series” for That ’70s Show.
- Debra has acted with Lisa Kudrow on Friends and on the independent film Clockwatchers in 1997.
- She has performed voice roles in various productions. She provided the voice of Mrs. Helpman for Teacher’s Pet, an animated TV series.
- Her role as Cynthia on A Girl’s Guide To Chaos in 1986 had her critically acclaimed as ‘a real find’.
- She acted consistently in various regional stage productions during the 1980s.
- Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
Featured Image by Debra Jo Rupp / Instagram