Five Fort Wayne Actresses Who Made it on the Big Screen

Julia Barr – Born in Fort Wayne in 1949, Barr’s acting career began at age 13 in “Peter Pan.” She graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne with 25 professional productions on her resume. She’s best known for her long career on the daytime soap opera, “All My Children.”
Shelley Long – Born in Fort Wayne in 1949, this actress made her name on the sitcom “Cheers,” and currently can be found periodically on the ABC show “Modern Family.” Long was active on her high school speech team, competing in the Indiana High School Forensic Association. She graduated frm South Side High School and then studied drama at Northwestern. Her first break as an actress occurred when she began doing commercials in the Chicago area.
Carole Lombard – Born in 1908 in Fort Wayne but then raised in Los Angeles, Lombard had her first film role at age 12 in “A Perfect Crime.” She appeared in numerous other films including “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “My Man Godfrey” and “Nothing Sacred” before her death in 1942 in a plane crash.
Lyn Thomas – Born in 1929 in Fort Wayne, Thomas starred in titles such as “Stage Struck,” “Three Came to Kill,” “Covered Wagon Raid” and “The Missourians.”
Jenna Fischer – Born in Fort Wayne in 1974, Fischer is best known for her stint as Pam Beesley on “The Office,” for which she received an Emmy nomination. She’s also appeared in numerous movies.

From sitcoms to some of the best films in history, these five actresses with ties to Fort Wayne have made or are making their mark on the television and film industry.


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