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Deborah Winters

Deborah Winters
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Deborah Winters (Chaney) in March 2011
Born Deborah Brace Winters
(1953-11-27) November 27, 1953 (age 62)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, Businesswoman, Real Estate Agent
Years active 1962–present
Spouse(s) Dr. Warren Chaney

Deborah Winters is an American actress and businesswoman. Winters is probably most remembered for her roles in Kotch, The People Next Door, Class of '44, and The Winds of War.[1][2]

Early life

Deborah Winters was born on November 27, 1953 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Ralph Winters, head of television casting for Universal Studios for 28 years and actress Penny Edwards.[3][4] She began her film and television career at age five after moving to New York where she attended the Professional Children's School. She later commenced professional training at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, New York.[5] She returned to Los Angeles in 1968, where she studied acting under Lee Strasberg at the Lee Strasberg Institute. Winters continued working, appearing in commercials for Kinney Shoes, Gulf Oil, Lincoln-Mercury, Quaker Oats and others. In 1966, she received her first major screen role in the Fred Coe comedy-drama, Me, Natalie.[6] [7]

Film and television career

Winters was first cast in the 1968 motion picture Me, Natalie, opposite Patty Duke, James Farentino and Martin Balsam.[8][9] She followed shortly afterwards with a second co-starring role opposite Michael Douglas in his first film, the 1969 Hail, Hero!, directed by David Miller.[10] This was followed by a starring role in the CBS Playhouse production of The People Next Door which led to the motion picture remake the following year.[11][12][13]

The People Next Door (1970 film) received positive reviews. Roger Ebert said in his Chicago Sun-Times review, "Deborah Winters, is disturbing at first because you think she's too mannered. Gradually the mannerisms become indispensable to the characterization."[14]

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Walter Matthau and Deborah Winters star in Kotch, directed by Jack Lemmon.
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Deborah Winters (left) and Gary Grimes (right) star in the Warner Bros production Class of '44, directed by Paul Bogart

Jack Lemmon cast Winters as the female lead opposite Walter Matthau in his sole directorial debut, Kotch in 1971. Time wrote of Winters in its October 11, 1972 review, “Winters is one of the few young actresses with comic timing.” [15] Winters continued acting with starring roles in film and episodic television including the Lottery (TV series), Days of Our Lives and Matt Houston.[16]

Winters had one of the starring roles in the 1983 television mini-seriesThe Winds of War.[17][18]

In 1986, she was cast as the female lead in The Lamp and its edited alternate version The Outing, in which she played three separate roles.[19] The Outing initially opened to weak reviews but has since achieved a substantial cult following as had an earlier starring role in Blue Sunshine.[20][21]

In 1994, Winters appeared in Little Girl Lost with Tess Harper.[22] She followed with a starring role in Intercontinental Releasing Corporation’s Behind the Mask.[23]

Winters was given the female lead opposite actors Hugh O'Brian, Dick Van Patten, Richard Roundtree, and Richard Anderson in the 1999 documentary television series, Y2K – World in Crisis and in the follow-up series, The Road Ahead.[24][25]

After completing work in the two documentary television series, Winters decided to leave the film industry once more, permitting her to remain close at home.[26][27] However, when her son reached high school age, Deborah decided to return to work. Only this time, it was not to be in film or television. It was real estate.[28]

Real estate and business life

Throughout her life, Winters was a businesswoman. She was a co-owner of a restaurant in Malibu, California[citation needed] and frequently worked behind the cameras and in business departments for film and television productions.[29][30][31] Winters studied for the Texas State Realtor's exam in 2000 and received her license October 1, 2000.[32] She joined Keller Williams Realty, Clear Lake/Nasa in October 2000.

Personal life

Winters grew up in New York and Los Angeles, the daughter of a film and television family. She later relocated to Houston, Texas where she continued her film and television career while starting a new one in real estate. Throughout her career, Winters frequently alternated between her careers and that of raising a family.[33][34][35]

Winters maintains membership in numerous professional associations including the Screen Actors Guild, National Association of Realtors, Texas Association of Realtors, Houston Association of Realtors and Kiwanis International.

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Deborah Winters stars in the American docudrama, America: A Call to Greatness (1995)




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