Amy Yasbeck (born on September 12, 1963, in Cincinnati, Ohio) is an
American film and television actress.
As a child, Yasbeck was featured on the package art for the Betty Crocker Easy-Bake Oven. Years later, in 2000, she was presented with a new Easy-Bake Oven on the show I've Got a Secret for which she was a regular panel member.
Amy Yasbeck spent her elementary, middle and high school years at two different Catholic schools: Summit Country Day School and Ursuline Academy. She is noted for her long red hair and is of Irish and Lebanese heritage. After losing both of her parents, her father from a heart attack and her mother from emphysema, Yasbeck moved to New York.
Amy Yasbeck has had starring roles in the sitcoms Wings, Alright Already, and Life on a Stick and in movies such as The Mask, Pretty Woman, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
Amy Yasbeck is the widow of actor John Ritter, whom she had worked with in several projects. She first met him at director Dennis Dugan's house during a read-through of their 1990 movie Problem Child. According to Yasbeck, Ritter forced her to eat a bagel and cream cheese because he thought she was too thin. He also thought she was too young to play his wife in the movie (Ritter was almost 15 years Yasbeck's senior).
Amy Yasbeck and Ritter also starred together in the second Problem Child and guest-starred together in an episode of The Cosby Show that aired in 1991. The couple married in 1999 and had a daughter, Stella, in 1998.
On September 11, 2003, Ritter died after collapsing on the set of his sitcom, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. The cause of death was an aortic dissection stemming from a previously undiagnosed congenital heart defect. The date of his death was their daughter's fifth birthday, the day before Yasbeck's fortieth birthday, and six days before their wedding anniversary. Yasbeck eventually filed a lawsuit against the hospital where Ritter died. She and her stepchildren, from Ritter's previous marriage to Nancy Morgan, claimed that the doctors at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Burbank, California misdiagnosed the heart condition that cost Ritter his life. The suit was settled out of court in March 2006.
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