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Actress Joely FIsher is best known for her work on the popular 1990s sitcom Ellen.
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That same year, Fisher was called back to television by what would end up being her biggest break. Cast as Paige Clark on the sitcom Ellen, Fisher played the title character's best friend from 1994-98. This groundbreaking show was the first to feature its main character coming out of the closet on prime time television, bringing national attention to the issue of gay rights. In 1998, the last year of the show,
Fisher was also nominated for her first Golden Globe.
Always intrigued with the stage, she found time during her tenure on Ellen to play replacement roles on Broadway in both Grease (1994) and Cabaret (1998). Switching back to the big screen in 1999, she starred opposite Matthew Broderick as Dr. Brenda Bradford in the feature film Inspector Gadget.
From 2003 to 2005, Fisher returned to TV for a chance to star in Wild Card, a Lifetime series about an insurance investigator. Later she would make repeated cameos on Desperate Housewives and also star in a 2006 Fox sitcom called 'Til Death.
Apart from her acting, Fisher has spent time as a Celebrity Ambassador for both Save the Children and The Dream Foundation, a wish-granting organization for the terminally ill.
In 1996, Fisher married cinematographer Christopher Duddy, and in 2001 they had their first daughter, Skylar Grace. In 2006, they had another girl, True Harlow. Duddy's two sons from a previous marriage, Cameron and Collin, were also part of the family, which was completed in 2008 when the couple adopted Olivia Luna Fisher-Duddy. After her personal experience with the adoption process, Fisher became a vocal advocate for local adoption, remarking: "There are 70,000 children in foster care in the state of California. That's 7-0. It's unbelievable! There are many children in our own city that need parents."
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