American actress Anne Ramsay is most popular for playing the character of Lisa Stemple on the NBC sitcom, Mad About You. For this role, the actress and other cast members of the show earned a nomination for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series from the Screen Actors Guild.
Anne began acting in the 1980s. She decided to go into this field of entertainment after she saw the feature film, Funny Girl. She was further inspired to study theatre as a result of Barbra Streisand’s performance in the project. Things, however, did not quickly turn out as she had hoped and the aspiring actress was said to have contemplated quitting entirely. She managed to keep at it, specifically after listening to a few words from another Hollywood female icon, Jane Fonda, who visited her school and said during a speech that she will do all the things she has ever wanted to do before she dies. Anne held on to Fonda’s words and continued to strive to establish herself as an actress.
Anne Ramsay’s Early Years and Education
Anne Ramsay was born Anne Elizabeth Ramsay on September 11, 1960, in Los Angeles County, California. She, however, grew up in La Habra, a city situated in the northwestern corner of Orange County, California.
Following the inspiration she received by watching the legendary Streisand strut her stuff in Funny Girl, Ramsay attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she studied theatre and bagged a bachelor’s degree. She went on to join an acting group called The Continuum which featured other UCLA alumni before getting cast in her very first professional role in an industrial film.
In 1987, Anne and The Continuum wrote and starred in a play titled Waiting at the Carpet Company Stage (now known as Playwrights’ Arena). According to a Times reviewer, the play was a show with a future. Being a masterpiece, it ran at the Carpet Company Stage for five months, thus attracting the attention of both critics and Hollywood agents, opening the door to Hollywood for the actress.
Breakdown of Some of Her Most Popular Projects
In 1992, Anne Ramsey landed her career-launching role of Helen Haley in the sports comedy-drama film, A League of Their Own. In that same year, she appeared as Dr. McCormick in the film Critters 4 before landing her first main role in the television series, Mad About You. She played the role of Lisa Stemple in 93 episodes of the show from 1992 to 1999. Prior to this time, she had appeared in small roles in films like A Taste of Hemlock and Class Action. She also appeared in television shows like A Year in the Life, Mr. Belvedere, Something Is Out There, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Hunter, Booker, Doctor Doctor, and The Man in the Family.
After Mad About You came to an end, Anne had no problems finding roles. She appeared in a variety of television movies and short films, finding success with a minor role in the series The L Word. The show portrays the lives of a group of lesbians and their friends, connections, families, and lovers in West Hollywood.
In 2005, Anne Ramsay became a part of the cast of Six Feet Under, appearing as Jackie Feldman in six episodes. After the show, she played Trish in ten episodes of The WB network comedy-drama series titled Related, from 2005 to 2006.
In 2008, Anne portrayed the character of Ellen Wolf in six episodes of Dexter before appearing in the medical drama Hawthorne all through the show’s run on the TNT television network from 2009 to 2011. Anne was also cast as Nora Underwood in the teen drama television series The Secret Life of the American Teenager which aired on ABC Family from July 1, 2008, until June 3, 2013.
Other films and TV shows Anne Ramsay has appeared in include Woman on Top, Planet of the Apes, Heart of the Beholder, The Human Contract, Wild About Harry, and Tanner Hall. You will also find the actress in Off the Ledge, The Last Rites of Ransom Pride, Maze of Crime, Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, The Taking of Deborah Logan, Close to Home, Ghost Whisperer, Drop Dead Diva, and Hart of Dixie.
Details of Anne Ramsay’s Personal Life are not Known to the Public
Anne Ramsay has successfully kept every single detail of her love life away from the media. She is currently assumed to be single, has never been married and has no children. Although her present relationship status is usually compared to that of the character Lisa Stemple in Mad About You who is always looking for love, Anne has clearly stated that she is not as desperate as that.
There is no available record of her being in any relationship but some sources have reported that she might be married but simply decided to keep details of that aspect of her life private. On the other hand, there are also speculations that she might be gay, which may be the reason why she has not been in any relationship with any man, at least openly. Either way, none of these assumptions has ever been addressed by Anne Ramsay.
The Truth About Her Sexuality
To a large extent, people have come to assume that Anne Ramsay is gay because of the type of roles she chooses to play. A good example of this was her role as Robin in The L Word even though it was a minor role as she appeared in just four episodes. Her character Robin dated Jenny Schecter (Mia Kirshner) and Marina Ferrer (Karina Lombard) in the American-Canadian drama series that made history as the first time American television had an ensemble cast to play bisexual and gay women.
Other reasons why she is suspected to be attracted to people of her own gender is due to the fact that she always attends Dyke Day LA and has a huge interest in sports. When the actress is not working, she spends her spare time playing softball and beach volleyball.