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Candy Clark

Candy Clark

American film and television actress
Candy Clark
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Intro American film and television actress
A.K.A. Candace June Clark
Is Actor Television actor Model
From United States of America
Type Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 20 June 1947, Fort Worth
Age 73 years
Spouse: Marjoe Gortner
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Candace June "Candy" Clark (born June 20, 1947) is an American film and television actress, well known for her role as Debbie Dunham in the film American Graffiti (1973), for which she received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She reprised the role in the sequel More American Graffiti (1979).

Early life

Born in Norman, Oklahoma, to Ella (née Padberg) and Thomas Clark, a chef, she grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. She attended Green B. Trimble Technical High School.

Clark was a fashion model in New York where she moved at age 18.


Clark's first acting role was the character of Faye in John Huston's film, Fat City, in 1972. Clark starred or acted in such films as: The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), The Big Sleep (1978), Blue Thunder (1983), Amityville 3-D (1983), Cat's Eye (1985) and At Close Range (1986). Clark played the role of Francine Hewitt in The Blob (1988).

Clark appeared in the 2009 film The Informant! as the mother of Mark Whitacre, played by Matt Damon. In 2011, Clark went to Berlin to work on the play Images of Louise Brooks directed by Sven Mundt.

She has also made guest appearances on television series including Dating Game, Magnum, P.I., Banacek, Simon & Simon, Matlock, Baywatch Nights and Criminal Minds.

Personal life

She dated Jeff Bridges for several years after they met on the set of Fat City in 1972. She was married to Marjoe Gortner from 1978 to 1979. She married Jeff Wald in 1987, and divorced him in 1988. As of 2007, she attended many hot rod shows, and enjoys gardening, collecting antiques, and trading memorabilia on eBay.

Selected filmography

  • Fat City (1972)
  • American Graffiti (1973)
  • The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
  • I Will, I Will... for Now (1976)
  • Handle With Care (1977)
  • The Big Sleep (1978)
  • More American Graffiti (1979)
  • When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (1979)
  • Q (1982)
  • National Lampoon's Movie Madness (1982)
  • Blue Thunder (1983)
  • Amityville 3-D (1983)
  • Hambone and Hillie (1983)
  • Cat's Eye (1985)
  • The Blob (1988)
  • At Close Range (1986)
  • Popeye Doyle (1986)
  • Cool as Ice (1991)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
  • Radioland Murders (1994)
  • Niagara, Niagara (1997)
  • Cherry Falls (2000)
  • The Big Empty (2005)
  • Zodiac (2007)
  • Dog Tags (2008)
  • The Informant! (2009)
  • Cold Moon (2016)
  • Twin Peaks (2017)
  • 5 Weddings (2017)

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