Kay Lenz is an American actress who has worked primarily on television. Born in a family with a history in the show business, she first appeared on television as a baby in a show produced by her father, Ted Lenz. She continued appearing in her father’s shows throughout her childhood. At the age of 14, Lenz started working as a child artist, beginning with appearances in the American Christian dramatic series ‘This Is the Life.’ She later went on to star in numerous television programs as well as films. Till date, the talented actress has won many awards and nominations including an Emmy Award for her supporting role in NBC’s ‘Midnight Caller’ and a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer in 1973. Lenz, who was once married to actor-singer David Cassidy, is currently single and has no children. Besides acting, she has been working with the Sea Save Foundation which strives to protect water sources by raising awareness among the public about the beauty and the value of oceans.
Kay Lenz started working as a child actress at the age of 14, beginning with the sitcom ‘This Is the Life’. In 1973, she had minor roles in the movies ‘American Graffiti’ and ‘Breezy’. A year later, she made a guest appearance in the western series ‘Gunsmoke’ and also played Dorie in the anthology series ‘The ABC Afternoon Playbreak,’ for which she won a Daytime Emmy Award. Soon after this, the actress was cast as Jerri Kane Hummer in the American-Canadian action flick ‘White Line Fever’.
In 1976, Lenz starred as Kate Jordache in the miniseries ‘Rich Man, Poor Man’. Two years later, she featured alongside Gregg Henry in Mel Stuart’s ‘Mean Dog Blues’. In the ensuing years, she had guest appearances in a number of TV programs including ‘Escape’, ‘The Fall Guy’, ‘Murder She Wrote’, ‘Hunter’, ‘Charles in Charge’ and ‘Starman’, to name a few. During this time, Lenz also featured as Sandy Sinclair in the comedy horror flick ‘House’ and garnered a Saturn Award nomination for her performance. After this, she played Tina Cassidy in three episodes of ‘Midnight Caller’ in 1988 and won another Emmy Award for her role.
She began the 1990s with a recurring role in season 1 of the police drama series ‘Reasonable Doubts’. She next had a voice role in the animated television series ‘Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa’. In 1994, Lenz lent her voice to the character of “American Maid” in the animated series ‘The Tick’.
During the 2000s, the actress appeared in guest roles in various TV dramas including ‘ER’, ‘Cover Me’, ‘Once and Again’, ‘NCIS’, ‘The Closer’ and ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’, to name a few.
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Family & Personal Life
Kay Lenz was born on March 4, 1953, in Los Angeles, California, to Ted Lenz, a producer, and Kay Miller, a model cum radio engineer. Talking about her love life, the actress married actor/singer David Cassidy in April 1977. After a few years, the couple divorced in 1983. They had no kids. Lenz is the former daughter-in-law of actors Jack Cassidy and Evelyn Ward.