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10 of Our Favorite Wendie Malick Movies and TV Shows

The sitcom star’s mark in Hollywood spans generations

Her quick-witted quips and sharp humor have made Wendie Malick, 73, a fan favorite in sitcoms and movies for the last 40+ years. The 5’10” actress initially began her career as a fashion model, working for various designers and appearing in magazines. After a stint in politics, she decided to become an actress. 

After transitioning into acting in the late 1970s, one of her early notable roles was as Judith Tupper Stone in the sitcom Dream On, which aired from 1990 to 1996. She received critical acclaim for her performance in this series.

Malick is perhaps best known for her role as the hilarious Nina Van Horn in the sitcom Just Shoot Me! (1997–2003), for which she earned two Primetime Emmy Awards nods and a Golden Globe nomination. Malick’s portrayal of the eccentric and vain fashion editor garnered her widespread recognition and contributed to the show’s success. TV Land has even referred to her as “the queen of physical comedy.” 

But Malick has proven she’s more than just a funny girl, seamlessly transitioning from big to small screen with comedic and dramatic parts repeatedly. She’s a familiar face to fans across generations, having guest-starred in more than 50 shows over the years. 

In her 70s, she’s still gracing our TVs and cinema screens today, with recent parts in the film Endings, Beginnings, Billions, Hot in Cleveland, and the Lifetime thriller Deranged Granny. “I always describe myself as a work in progress. There are still so many things I don’t know and so much that I want to get better at, including being a good actress,” the star shared with Closer Weekly in 2018. 

Here, we take a trip down memory lane and look back at her ten most memorable roles and our favorite Wendie Malick movies and TV shows. 

10. Frasier (1993-2004): Wendie Malick movies and TV shows

After her stint on Just Shoot Me ended, Malick joined the cast of Frasier for its 11th and final season as Ronee Lawrence, a divorced lounge singer who used to babysit Frasier (Kelsey Grammar) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce). In one memorable episode, she sings Sunny Side of the Street with Martin (John Mahoney), who’s fighting with Frasier over her affections. 

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9. Baywatch (1989-2001)

Wendie Malick joined the long-running cult-fave show about a group of sexy lifeguards helmed by David Hasselhoff for its first five seasons. Malick portrays Gayle, Mitch’s (Hasselhoff) ex-wife, who doesn’t like his job as a lifeguard as she thinks he should be saving their family and not strangers. 

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8. This Is Us (2016-2022): Wendie Malick movies and TV shows

NBC’s family drama This is Us had fans captivated by its riveting storylines and catapulted its stars to fame. Malick joined in season 2 for an episode titled ‘The Wedding’ as Toby’s (Chris Sullivan) mother. 

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7. Law & Order (1990-Present)

Malick appeared in two episodes of the long-running crime drama, portraying two different characters. In Season 3, Episode 8, she portrayed defense attorney Denise Grobman. Then, in Season 5, Episode 14, she appeared as defense attorney Dana Grobman. Both characters were lawyers, but they were not related in the storyline. She also appeared in an episode of the spinoff Law & Order: SVU in 2016. 

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6. Family Guy (1999-Present): Wendie Malick movies and TV shows

Like many talented actors, Malick also lent her voice to animated characters, most notably in the hit show Family Guy. In Family Guy, Malick voiced the character of Dr. Amanda Rebecca, who was Stewie Griffin’s therapist in the season 9 episode ‘Excellence in Broadcasting.’ 

5. The X-Files (1993-2018)

A switch from her usual comedy, Malick shows her versatility in the sci-fi supernatural drama The X-Files. In yet another guest-starring role, Malick appears in the show’s fourth season as Bambi Berenbaum, a tattoo artist who has a significant interaction with Agent Mulder. 

4. Scrooged (1988): Wendie Malick movies and TV shows

In the hit holiday film Scrooged, Wendie Malick plays Wendie Cross, the sister-in-law of Bill Murray’s character Frank. Cross, the other main players, and the three ghosts of Past, Present, and Future all help to teach Cross a lesson about the true meaning of Christmas. 

3. Young Sheldon (2017-2024)

Wendie appears as University President Hagemeyer in the spin-off prequel to The Big Bang Theory. She is a recurring character in several episodes, primarily interacting with Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) and his academic endeavors. 

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2. Hot in Cleveland (2010-2015) : Wendie Malick movies and TV shows

In TV Land’s first original series, Malick joined a legendary all-star cast that included Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, and Jane Leeves. Malick shines as Victoria Chase, a five-time-divorced soap opera actress who’s reached the end of her run and is contemplating her next move as a means to avoid being washed up. 

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1. Just Shoot Me (1997-2003) 

In the David Spade vehicle, Just Shoot Me! Malick plays the role of narcissistic fashion editor Nina Van Horn from 1997 to 2003. Like in her real life, her character was a former model. This show earned Malick some much-deserved accolades, as she was nominated for two Emmys and a Golden Globe.

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