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Ann Jillian (born Ann Jura Nauseda on January 29, 1950 in Cambridge, Massachusetts) is an American actress. She was born to Roman Catholic Lithuanian immigrant parents and speaks Lithuanian fluently.

Early life and career:
Ann Jillian was born January 29 1950, though many sources say 1951 is her birth year. Jillian has been acting since 1960 when she played "Little Bo Peep" in the Disney film "Babes In Toyland". She appeared in the Rosalind Russell-Natalie Wood 1962 movie version of "Gypsy" as "Dainty June". She later became a regular on the 1960s sitcom "Hazel" and appeared in "The Twilight Zone" episode "Mute" as the mute telepathic Ilse Nielson in 1963. She also did voice acting for "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?" and "Sealab 2020" in the early 1970s.

1980s notoriety:
She is best known for her early 1980s series "It's a Living", a sitcom that elevated Jillian to sex symbol status. She was last to be signed onto this series and received last place billing. During her time on the series for the ABC run, she portrayed Mae West in a made-for-TV film. When the series was revived in syndication, Ann returned for a season, but then departed because of health problems.

Jillian appeared in more than 25 films, mostly for TV. She also starred in two short-lived sitcoms, a 1983-1984 effort entitled "Jennifer Slept Here" in which she played a ghost in a variation of "The Ghost & Mrs. Muir" and a 1989 series entitled, simply "Ann Jillian".

Personal life:
Jillian married Andy Murcia, a Chicago police sergeant, in 1977 and shortly thereafter Murcia retired to manage his wife's career. Earlier in her career she had been managed by Joyce Selznick. In the mid-1980s, the then 35-year-old actress made headlines when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and she became a vocal advocate for cancer research and prevention. Her own cancer was beaten following a double mastectomy and her battle with the disease was chronicled in the top-rated 1988 made-for-TV film, The Ann Jillian Story in which Jillian portrayed herself.

Jillian has continued to act and had a son in 1992. Her TV and film credits have been sporadic since the late 1990s, as she decided to devote herself to raising her son Andrew Joseph and to promoting breast cancer issues. Today, she mostly works as a motivational speaker and also performs as a singer in corporate and symphony pops circles. The family resides in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.

Selected filmography:
* The Ann Jillian Story (1988) TV
* Alice in Wonderland (1985)
* Ellis Island (1984) TV mini-series
* Mr. Mom (1983)
* Mae West (1982) TV
* Gypsy (1962)
* Babes in Toyland (1961)

ANN JILLIAN = BEAUTY that should be worshipped by EVERY man.

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9 years ago

sort-of-NEW lazygirl / actress turned breast cancer motivational speaker

nice job on that Carey