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The Series Finale Group Hug

Nina says goodbye to Jack

Finally in 2003, Jack Gallo, who had done so much for Nina through the years, announced he was going to retire. In a touching moment of affection, Nina and other staff offered their love and hugs as their fearless leader walked off into the sunset. With Jack going, Nina, now had to decide whether she would stay on at Blush magazine or pursue a new life elsewhere.

Some Nina Quotes

Nina Van Horn:

Denial is not just a river in England.

Nina Van Horn: I like to think of my body as a temple.
Dennis Finch: Which explains why there's a line to get in on Friday nights.

Nina Van Horn: Guess what I have!
Dennis Finch: Why? Are they baffled down at the clinic?

Nina Van Horn:

Tommy Hilfiger... He's, like, a president of the things I care about.

Nina Van Horn: Who told you that?
Dennis Finch: You, at your 10th annual 39th birthday party.

TRIVIA NOTE: On the sitcom THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES, there was a movie star character named Dash Rip Rock who romanced Miss Ellie Mae Clampett. His real name was Homer Noodleman (from Peoria, Illinois). Could this possibly be one of Nina's distant cousins? Hmmm?

Wendie Malick was born in Buffalo, NY on Dec. 15, 1950. In 1972, she graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. Various sources attribute her family heritage to being English-French-German-Egyptian as well as Irish and Lebanese. At the age of 23, Malick worked for then congressman Jack Kemp.

 In the 1970s she was discovered by the Wilhelmina Agency and spent five years as a fashion model in New York, Paris and Madrid. She left modeling in the ’80s.

Pursuing an acting career, Malick got her first TV acting break on the daytime soap LOVE OF LIFE. Her first big role came as Brian Benben's neurotic ex-wife, Judith Tupper Stone on the HBO comedy DREAM ON (1990-96), which won her 4 CableACE Awards. Wendie also auditioned for the part of Diane Chambers on CHEERS.

Her other television series work includes starring roles in TRAUMA CENTER, GOOD COMPANY, and MY LIFE WITH MEN; recurring roles on NYPD BLUE, ANYTHING BUT LOVE, BAYWATCH and KATE & ALLIE; and guest roles on THE X-FILES, CYBILL, and NBC’s SEINFELD, L.A. LAW, MAD ABOUT You” and recently on NBC's FRASIER. For her role as Nina Van Horn, Malick was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1999 and again in 2002 for her performance in the series.

In 1999, Malick received critical acclaim for her dual roles as famous advice columnists Abigail Van Buren and Ann Landers in the TV movie Take My Advice: The Ann and Abby Story. She also starred in the television movies Paper Dolls, Dynasty: The Miniseries, Apollo 11, Perfect Body and Israel Horovitz’s North Shore Fish, in a role she originated on stage.

Her film credits include her film debut in A Little Sex (1981), Scrooged (1988), Funny About Love (1990), Bugsy (1991), The American President (1995), Jerome (1999), Mann from Heaven (2002), Raising Genius (2004). Wendie can also be heard in the Disney animated film “The Emperor’s New Groove” as the voice of Chicha.

Malick’s stage background includes “Guys and Dolls,” “Mame,” “Bah! Humbug,” and the Los Angeles productions of Oliver Hailey’s “Round Trip,” for which she was nominated for the Artistic Directors Award as Best Lead Actress in a Play in 1995, and “The Vagina Monologues” in 2001.

Malick was honored in 2001 by Women in Film as “A Woman of Vision,” and in 2002, she and her husband, Richard Erickson, received the “Hope Through Empowerment” award from St. Joseph’s Center in Venice, California. Wendie is on the board of directors of the Environmental Media Association (EMA), and through their charitable gift fund “A Drop in the Bucket,” support a medical center in the Congo and share an ongoing commitment to an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. Malick lives in the Santa Monica Mountains in California.

The Cast of JUST SHOOT ME!

JUST SHOOT ME!/NBC/1997-2003

Laura San Giacomo as Maya Gallo
George Segal as Jackson "Jack" H. Gallo
Wendie Malick as Nina Van Horn/
Claire Noodleman      
Enrico Colantoni as Elliott DiMauro
David Spade as Dennis Quimby Finch
Rena Sofer as Vicki Costa
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos as Adrienne Barker Finch
Brian Posehn as Kevin Liotta
Paula Marshall  as Chloe, Nina's daughter
Alexandra Barrese as Tess, Nina's grand-daughter
Chris Hogan as Wally

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