Who is Marcy Lafferty?
American actress Marcy Lafferty was born in New York City, USA on 21 June 1946, meaning that her zodiac sign’s Cancer. She’d appeared in 29 movies and TV series before retiring in 2002, and is perhaps still best known for playing Chief DiFalco in the critically acclaimed 1979 mystery adventure science fiction movie “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”, directed by Robert Wise, and which starred William Shatner, Leonardo Nimoy and DeForest Kelley. It follows Admiral James T. Kirk and the crew of his spaceship as they’re intercepting an alien spacecraft approaching Earth; the movie won four of its 27 award nominations, including three Oscar nominations for Best Music-Original Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction – Set Decoration.
Marcy’s been living in New York City since her retirement, and nowadays prefers to stay away from media.
Education and early life
Marcy was raised alongside her brother in New York City, by their father Perry Francis Lafferty who was a TV producer, and who passed away on 25 August 2005, aged 87, and their mother Frances Carden who was a radio actress, and who died in 1999.
Marcy grew up being focused on her studies, as she was urged by her parents to pursue a college degree, and not think about her career before that. It was when she was 13 that she fell in love with acting, after having watched a theatre play with her parents, and she then went on to practice acting, dancing and singing at high school.
Marcy matriculated in 1965, and then enrolled at college from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1969.
Roles in TV series
Marcy’s debut TV series appearance was her playing of Vicky in the 1969 episode “Panic in the Sand” of the drama “The New People”, and she could then have been seen appearing in an episode of the crime mystery “Hawaii Five-O”, the crime drama “Dan August”, and the drama “Medical Center”.
In 1971, Marcy was cast to play Janice in the drama “The Bold Ones: The New Doctors”, created by Steven Bochco and Richard H. Landau, and which starred David Hartman, E. G. Marshall and John Saxon. It follows the work of neurosurgeon Dr. David Craig, and the series was nominated for two awards. Marcy was then cast to appear in an episode of the crime mystery “The F. B. I.”, the comedy “The Sandy Duncan Show” and the western “Barbary Coast”.
In 1975, she played both Marci and Mayor’s Secretary in the crime drama “Bronk”, created by Carroll O’Connor and Ed Waters, and which starred Jack Palance, Henry Beckman and Tony King. It follows detective Alex Bronkov as he’s working for the California Police Department, and the series was nominated for six awards.
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The year 1976 saw Marcy appear in the episode “The Lonely Victims” of the crime mystery “Barnaby Jones”, and she then played Mackay in the 1976 episode “Brainwash” of the crime action “Police Woman”, and Susan Barlow in the 1977 episode “Graduation Eve” of the adventure “Big Hawaii”.
Marcy had only three other TV series roles – in 1983 and 1984, she appeared in an episode of the family adventure “Fantasy Island” and the crime mystery “The New Mike Hammer”, and between 1982 and 1986, she played four characters in four episodes of the crime action “T. J. Hooker”. Ricky Husky created the series, which starred Adrian Zmed, Heather Locklear and William Shatner, and follows the lives of Sergeant T. J. Hooker and his partner Vince Romano.
Roles in movies
Marcy’s debut film role was her playing of Secretary in the 1971 mystery science fiction “Paper Man”, while she could then have been seen appearing in the thriller “Hunter”, the comedy “Stat!”, and another comedy “Coffee, Tea or Me”, all released in 1973.
In 1974, she played a supporting character in the drama “Tell Me Where It Hurts”, directed by Paul Bogart, and which starred Maureen Stapleton, Paul Sorvino and Doris Dowling. It follows a housewife who’s grown bored with her life, and has organized a discussion group with her closest friends; the movie won two Primetime Emmys for Writer of the Year – Special, and Best Writing in Drama – Original Teleplay.
In 1977, Marcy played Terry Hansen in the popular science fiction horror “Kingdom of the Spiders”, and was then cast to appear in the 1978 drama “Crash” and the 1979 adventure science fiction horror “The Day Time Ended”.
She portrayed First Woman in Line in the popular 1982 science fiction comedy “Airplane II: The Sequel”, written and directed by Ken Finkleman, and which starred Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty and Lloyd Bridges. It follows Ted Striker who has to help fly a passenger space shuttle now that a computer mistake is trying to take it to the Sun.
Marcy had only three other movie roles: in the 1994 comedy “Rave Review”, the 1996 romantic comedy “Wedding Bell Blues”, and the 2002 drama “Vivien Leigh”.
Marcy wrote and produced the 2002 drama movie “Vivien Leigh”.
She’s been featured in a number of documentaries, including the 1984 TV special “Circus of the Stars #9”, the 1989 series “This Is Your Life”, and the 2003 series “Living Famously”.
Awards and nominations
Marcy was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress at the 1980 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Awards, for her performance in “The Day Time Ended”.
Love life and marriages
Marcy has been married twice. She married her first husband, non-celebrity American Lawrence Hayes Brown on 8 June 1968, in a rather small ceremony attended by less than 100 of their family members and friends; their divorce was finalized in June 1970.
Marcy then married William Shatner on 20 October 1973, a famous Canadian actor, screenwriter and producer, with more than 250 acting credits to his name, while he’s probably still best known for his playing of Kirk in the 1989 action adventure fantasy movie “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier”. Marcy and William divorced on 11 December 1996.
Actor William Shatner and date Marcy Lafferty arrive at the 1987 Academy Awards.
She hasn’t spoken of other men whom she’s been with, and Marcy seems to be unattached as of November 2022, was married twice and doesn’t have children.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Marcy isn’t a big fan of Instagram, but her Twitter account was created in January 2013, and there are today nearly 150 people following her, while she’s tweeted close to 1,000 times; she usually tweets once every a couple of months.
Marcy’s a philanthropist and has worked with a number of charity organizations, mostly with those that aim to help war veterans and underprivileged children; she’s also active with the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
She was once into travelling and has been to many countries around the world, but she today prefers to stay at her home in New York City.
Marcy’s favorite actresses are Angelina Jolie and Julianne Moore, and some of her favorite movies are “Those Who Wish Me Dead”, “Salt” and “Maleficent”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Marcy’s age is 76. She has brown eyes and hair, her weight is 115lbs (51kgs), and she’s 5ft 4ins (1.62m) tall.
Marcy’s net worth’s been estimated at more than $1 million, as of November 2022.