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Overview (3)

Born in Portland, Oregon, USA
Nickname D
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Debra Lamb was born on November 24, 1963 in Portland, Oregon, and moved to Los Angeles, California with her family when she was fifteen years old. Known for portraying a variety of authority figures, Debra has worked with acclaimed directors Kathryn Bigelow, David Lynch, Katt Shea, Paul Verhoeven, and the iconic John Hughes.

Since early childhood, Debra expressed herself through art, writing, and dance. She wrote children's stories and poetry, as well as illustrating them, and wrote a children's play when she was nine years old. At the age of seven, her mother enrolled her in ballet with the Portland Parks and Recreation Ballet Company, where her love for the theater and performing blossomed. Over the next seven years Debra danced in over a dozen theatrical productions with the company.

In the summer of 1979, Debra's mother moved her and her younger sister to Los Angeles, and despite having a very rough start, at times facing homelessness, found a small guest house for rent in Beverly Hills. Attending Beverly Hills High School later that year was a major culture shock, but she found familiar ground by enrolling in modern dance and drama. It was the following year while attending Santa Monica High School, taking dance and drama classes there, that she firmly made up her mind to pursue an acting career.

Her years right out of high school were faced with many challenges, but she remained determined, and a few short years later became a student at the Van Mar Academy of Motion Picture and Television Acting in West Hollywood. After taking acting classes there for over two years she moved on, but continued her studies with other acting teachers, including Victoria Wells, for the next several years.

Debra got her first real break by being cast as a dancer in John Hughes' Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987). A natural comedienne, Debra was chosen from more than a dozen dancers to improvise a scene with John Candy and Steve Martin. The scene was ultimately cut from the film, but that comedic role got Debra her SAG card. Debra went on to perform stand up comedy at The Comedy Store on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles and was a member of Sam Longoria's The Wild Side Theater improv comedy troupe in Hollywood.

An accomplished author, Debra's stories have been published in Dark Beauty magazine since its second issue in 2010 to 2015 during her stint as a writer/contributor for the magazine, and in the anthology "Creepies 2: Things That go Bump in the Closet", available on Amazon. Debra is also a screenwriter with several scripts in development.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Biographer

Spouse (1)

Eric Archuleta (7 July 2007 - present)

Trade Mark (11)

Long black hair
Often wears her hair up
Full lips
Big expressive eyes
Seductive voice
Hearty laugh
Often plays maniacal characters
Often stars in period pieces
Known for portraying strong, female characters
Large brown eyes
Known for portraying authority figures

Trivia (12)

Graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1982.
Debra was a student at the Van Mar Academy of Motion Picture and Television Acting with classmates Traci Lords and Tommy 'Tiny' Lister.
Debra was in a history class with Rob Lowe during her senior year at Santa Monica High School.
Danced with the Portland Parks and Rec. Ballet Company from the age of 7 to 14, and performed in over a dozen theatrical productions with the company.
Started writing poetry and plays when she was 9 years old.
Debra was a regular performer at the famous Peanuts Night Club, located in West Hollywood, during the late 80's and early 90's.
Performed stand up comedy at The Comedy Store on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles and was a member of Sam Longoria's The Wild Side Theater improv comedy troupe in Hollywood during the early 1990's.
During her audition for director Mark Pirro, Debra suddenly jumped up on the desk and started to dance. Her zany antics won her the role of Shanna Shallow in Deathrow Gameshow (1987).
3D CGI animator Mark Kochinski used photos of Debra to create the nose-art for some of the fighter ships in Babylon 5 (1994). One of the fighter ships was named "Earth Angel", which features a nude Debra with large angel wings.
Got her first real break by being cast as a dancer in John Hughes' Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987). A natural comedienne, Debra was chosen from several dancers to improvise a scene with John Candy and Steve Martin. The scene was ultimately cut from the film, but that comedic role got Debra her SAG card.
Went to 11 schools in 12 years.
Was named after Debbie Reynolds.

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