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Betty Thomas is a Actor, Director and Producer American born on 27 july 1947 at St. Louis (USA)

Betty Thomas

Betty Thomas
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Birth name Betty Lucille Nienhauser
Nationality USA
Birth 27 july 1947 (72 years) at St. Louis (USA)

Betty Thomas (born July 27, 1948) is an American actress, director of television, and motion pictures. She is known for her Emmy-award winning role as Lucy Bates on the television series Hill Street Blues.

Best films

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)
(Director)
Doctor Dolittle (1998)
(Director)
Charlie's Angels (2000)
(Executive Producer)
Guess Who (2005)
(Executive Producer)
The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)
(Director)
Private Parts (1997)
(Director)

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Filmography of Betty Thomas (20 films)

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Actress

Troop Beverly Hills, 1h43
Directed by Jeff Kanew
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure
Actors Shelley Long, Craig T. Nelson, Betty Thomas, Mary Gross, Jenny Lewis, Stephanie Beacham
Roles Velda Plendor
Rating57% 2.8500852.8500852.8500852.8500852.850085
On the last day of school in 1988, Phyllis Nefler (Shelley Long) is a Beverly Hills wife recently separated from her husband, Freddy (Craig T. Nelson), a wealthy owner of an auto shop chain. Freddy feels Phyllis has become a self-absorbed "shopaholic" who never follows through on her commitments, and that she has drifted from the caring, imaginative personality that made him marry her. To prove him wrong, Phyllis decides to become the new den mother of their daughter, Hannah's (Jenny Lewis) unruly, leaderless local girl scout troop of Wilderness Girls. While Phyllis is boutique-hopping along Rodeo Drive, the council is overlooking her application, then approving it as they believe Phyllis has the makings of an excellent den leader. Although Phyllis severely lacks the skills found in most troop leaders, she resolves to teach the girls how to survive in "the wilds of Beverly Hills," even customizing new merit badges for her troop. One campout results in the troop getting hit by a rain squall, which Phyllis and the girls flee to the Beverly Hills Hotel. Despite her unorthodox ways, Phyllis demonstrates an unwavering commitment to the girls' well-being and acts as a surrogate mother/friend to the girls, who are often neglected by their own wealthy and distracted parents. However, during an award ceremony on a yacht, a woman gets knocked overboard and asks for a life saver and Phyllis responds which flavor. Fred remarks he was hoping to see Hannah learn a few outdoors and civil defense skills, such as first aid, and he is unsure about that under Phyllis' mentorship. Her unorthodox methods also run afoul of another scout leader, Velda Plendor (Betty Thomas), a mean-spirited, retired army nurse who runs her troop, the Culver City "Red Feathers" (of which her own daughter, Cleo (Dinah Lacey) is a member), like a military unit. Because Velda has considerable pull at the regional council level, she declares Phyllis' customized merit badges ineligible and sends her assistant troop leader, Annie Herman (Mary Gross), to infiltrate Troop Beverly Hills.
Used Cars
Used Cars (1980)
, 1h53
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action
Actors Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae, Deborah Harmon, Joe Flaherty
Roles Bunny
Rating66% 3.348523.348523.348523.348523.34852
Rudy Russo (Kurt Russell) is a young and cunning used car salesman in Phoenix with aspirations of running for senate. He works at the struggling New Deal used car lot owned by the elderly Luke Fuchs (Jack Warden), who agrees to help invest $10,000 in Rudy's campaign if he promises to keep the business alive. Meanwhile, across the street, Luke's younger brother Roy L. Fuchs (also played by Warden) is desperate to keep his used car lot from being demolished and replaced by a proposed freeway exit. Wanting to collect life insurance money and New Deal from Luke, Roy hires his mechanic, ex-demolition derby driver Mickey (Michael Talbott), to recklessly drive Luke's 1957 Chevrolet Two-Ten coupe around the block with Luke in the passenger's seat. After the Chevy crashes back into the lot, Luke dies of a heart attack, but leaves Rudy with evidence that Roy staged the "accident". In an attempt to prevent Roy from gaining any inheritance, Rudy has his superstitious co-worker Jeff (Gerrit Graham) and mechanic Jim (Frank McRae) help him bury Luke in the lot's backyard in an Edsel that was once New Deal's sign ornament. They explain to Roy that Luke went on a vacation to Miami.
Jackson County Jail, 1h25
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Prison films, Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction, Erotic films, Sexploitation films, Women in prison films
Actors Yvette Mimieux, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary Woronov, Howard Hesseman, Nan Martin, Robert Carradine
Roles Waitress
Rating61% 3.0973453.0973453.0973453.0973453.097345
Dinah Hunter (Mimieux) works for a Los Angeles advertising agency and has been involved in a two-year romantic relationship. After she catches the man being unfaithful to her, Dinah quits her job and drives to New York for a fresh start.
Tunnel Vision, 1h10
Directed by Neal Israel
Genres Comedy
Actors Roger Bowen, Chevy Chase, John Candy, Howard Hesseman, Joe Flaherty, Laraine Newman
Roles Bridgit Bert Richards
Rating51% 2.563782.563782.563782.563782.56378
The plot of the movie revolves around a new television network called TunnelVision which is notably free of censorship and has thus become the most-watched channel in television history. In the then-future year of 1985, the president of TunnelVision (Proctor) is under Senate investigation led by a Senator (Hesseman) who wishes to shut down the channel due to its perceived widespread negative effects on the population of the United States. The bulk of the movie consists of commercials, shorts, and trailers for fictional movies that are usually not connected to one another. These are being shown during a Congressional Oversight Committee hearing as a representative day of TunnelVision programming. At the end of the film, the committee finds in favor of TunnelVision, but the network president is shot and killed by a crazed French chef who had been a running gag throughout the segments.

Director

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, 1h28
Directed by Betty Thomas
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Zachary Levi, David Cross, Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Wendie Malick
Rating45% 2.2700852.2700852.2700852.2700852.270085
During a benefit concert in Paris, France, David Seville (Jason Lee) is injured. Having to recuperate there, Dave asks his aunt (Kathryn Joosten) to look after the Chipmunks, Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney). Arrangements are also made for them to go to school at West Eastman High School. After another accident, the Chipmunks are left in the care of Toby (Zachary Levi), Jackie's grandson. Meanwhile, Ian Hawke (David Cross) lives in the basement of JETT Records. Three singing female chipmunks, Brittany (Christina Applegate), Jeanette (Anna Faris) and Eleanor (Amy Poehler), also known as The Chipettes, emerge and Ian hires them as plot to get back at the Chipmunks and revive his career.
John Tucker Must Die, 1h29
Directed by Betty Thomas
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Sports films, Basketball films
Actors Jesse Metcalfe, Brittany Snow, Ashanti, Sophia Bush, Arielle Kebbel, Jenny McCarthy
Rating57% 2.8516552.8516552.8516552.8516552.851655
The movie begins with Kate (Brittany Snow) discussing her mother Lori's (Jenny McCarthy) series of bad relationships which always causes the family to move to a new town. She and her mother move to a suburb of Portland, Oregon and Kate gets a job as a waitress. While at work, she sees popular local boy John Tucker (Jesse Metcalfe) on dates with three different girls: Carrie (Arielle Kebbel), a chronic overachiever; Heather (Ashanti), who is head cheerleader; and Beth (Sophia Bush) a promiscuous vegan activist. Kate learns from a co-worker that he dates girls from different cliques at his school so that they never interact and convinces the girls he dates to keep their relationships secret.
I Spy
I Spy (2002)
, 1h37
Directed by Betty Thomas
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Spy, Crime
Themes Spy films, Buddy films
Actors Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, Famke Janssen, Malcolm McDowell, Gary Cole, Tate Taylor
Rating53% 2.6996152.6996152.6996152.6996152.699615
At the Bureau of National Security headquarters, BNS Special Agent Alex Scott is accosted by his rival, Carlos, before being briefed on his next mission. Scott is assigned to recover a stolen fighter plane sold to arms dealer Arnold Gundars. The plane is known as the "Switchblade" and is invisible to both radar and the naked eye. The BNS learns that Gundars is sponsoring Middleweight world boxing champion Kelly Robinson's next match, and is using the event to auction off the plane. The agency has contacted Robinson and assigned him to be the civilian cover for Scott's mission. Scott and Robinson travel to Budapest, where Scott plans to penetrate Gundars' compound during a pre-fight party.
28 Days
28 Days (2000)
, 1h45
Directed by Betty Thomas
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about alcoholism, Medical-themed films, Films about drugs
Actors Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen, Dominic West, Elizabeth Perkins, Diane Ladd, Steve Buscemi
Rating60% 3.0000553.0000553.0000553.0000553.000055
Gwen Cummings (Sandra Bullock) spends her nights in a drunken haze with her boyfriend, Jasper (Dominic West). She ruins her sister (Elizabeth Perkins) Lily's wedding by showing up late and disheveled, delivering a drunken, rambling speech, and knocking over the wedding cake. Intoxicated, Gwen steals a limousine from the reception, tries to locate a cake store, and winds up losing control of the car and crashing into a house. She is given a choice between 28 days in jail or in a rehab center, and she chooses rehab.
Doctor Dolittle, 1h25
Directed by Betty Thomas
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Films about animals, Children's films
Actors Eddie Murphy, Sandra Bullock, Ossie Davis, Eileen Ryan, Oliver Platt, Candice Bergen
Rating54% 2.7020652.7020652.7020652.7020652.702065
Young John Dolittle talks to his dog (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres), who explains dogs sniff each other's butts as a way of greeting, and John does so when meeting his new principal. This behavior concerns his father (Ossie Davis), who hires the local minister to perform an exorcism. When John is scared his dog attacks the minister, and his father gives the dog up for adoption. The incident greatly upsets John and he stops talking to animals.
Private Parts, 1h49
Directed by Betty Thomas
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy
Actors Mary McCormack, Howard Stern, Fred Norris, Paul Giamatti, Carol Alt, Allison Janney
Rating68% 3.4492853.4492853.4492853.4492853.449285
Howard Stern boards a flight home following an appearance at the MTV Music Video Awards as his alter-ego, "Fartman". He finds himself seated next to Gloria (Carol Alt), who is visibly repulsed by him. He begins to tell his life story in his mind from his childhood, explaining the verbal abuse he received from his father Ben (Richard Portnow). Stern dreams of being on the radio after going to work with his father, a recording engineer, and grows up to be a quiet, socially awkward teenager. He then studies communications at Boston University, where he becomes a disc jockey at WTBU, the college radio station. He meets and becomes close to Alison (Mary McCormack), the girl of his dreams before graduating. It is 1977, and Howard works at WRNW in Briarcliff Manor, New York. He gets promoted to program director, where his increase in salary allows him to marry Alison. After being forced to fire a fellow DJ, he quits the station.
The Brady Bunch Movie, 1h30
Directed by Betty Thomas
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Gary Cole, Shelley Long, Henriette Mantel, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Christine Taylor, Jennifer Elise Cox
Rating60% 3.000453.000453.000453.000453.00045
The film opens with a montage of scenes reflecting life in the 1990s, with heavy traffic, rushing commuters, and homeless people on the street. Larry Dittmeyer (Michael McKean), an unscrupulous real estate developer, explains to his boss that almost all the families in his neighborhood have agreed to sell their property as part of a plan to turn the area into a shopping mall. The only exception is one family, which prompts his angry boss to ask, "What's their story?" which leads into the opening blue-box credits of The Brady Bunch.