Debra Jo Rupp was born on 24 February 1951, in Glendale, California, USA, and is an actress, best known for being a part of the sitcom entitled “That ‘70s Show”, in which she played the character Kitty Forman. She was also a cast member of the show “Friends” during its third to fifth seasons.
The Riches of Debra Jo Rupp
How rich is Debra Jo Rupp? As of early-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is at $5 million, earned through a successful career in acting. She’s also done film and voice acting work throughout her career. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
While Debra Jo was born in Glendale, her family moved to Boxford, Massachusetts when she was young and she was raised there with two sisters, attending Masconomet Regional High School. After matriculating, she enrolled at the University of Rochester, and during her time there discovered her passion for acting, and was a member of a small theatre called Drama House. She completed her bachelor’s degree in 1974.
She didn’t pursue acting immediately after graduating, but stayed and worked in Massachusetts, until in 1979 she decided that she wanted to pursue a career in acting, and moved to New York City to pursue her dream. She started out doing commercials, then got her first role as a topless dancer in the series “All My Children” the following year. Later the same year she appeared in the one-act theatrical comedy “Second Verse”, and continued doing stage productions over the next few years, including “The Middle Ages” and “The Time of the Cuckoo”.
Rise to Prominence
Other stage credits Rupp had include “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”, and “Wall of Water”. She was gaining a lot of attention from theater critics, but had yet to make her on-screen breakthrough. In the meantime she worked part-time as a bookkeeper to make ends meet, but also gained guest roles in television projects such as “Kate & Allie”, and “Spenser for Hire”. In 1988, she made her film debut as the secretary of Tom Hanks’ character in the comedy “Big”.
She frequently traveled to and from New York to participate in Broadway productions while also doing television work. Some of her projects during the 1990s include “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, “Family Matters”, and “ER”. In 1995, she played the role of Jeff Foxworthy’s sister-in-law in “The Jeff Foxworthy Show”, and also appeared in “Seinfeld”, before also participating in the miniseries “The Invaders”, and her fame also increased thanks to her appearance in the show “Friends”, in which she played a home economics teacher who marries Phoebe Buffay’s much younger half-brother. In 1998, she became a regular cast member of the comedy series “That ‘70s Show” which would become her most iconic role.
Concurrently in the early 2000s, Debra Jo voiced the character Mrs. Helperman in the animated series “Teacher’s Pet”, and reprised her role for the film version. She also won numerous awards for her work in the independent film “The Act”, and was then cast in another independent project entitled “Lucky 13”. She continues to perform in stage productions including “Noises Off”, “Ring Round the Moon”, and “The Butcher of Baraboo”.
After the end of “That ‘70s Show” in 2006, she appeared as a guest in the crime series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, then in 2007 she was cast in “Kickin It Old School” playing the role of Jamie Kennedy’s mother, and the following year appeared in the musical “Jackson”, before returning to television as a guest in “As the World Turns”. In 2008, she appeared in a stage production of “A Flea in Her Ear” and followed it up with “To Kill a Mockingbird”. She continued to so independent projects too, including “She Wants Me”. She also played a character with a similar name in “Dr. Ruth – All the Way”, which she reprised in “Becoming Dr. Ruth”. A few of her latest projects include shows such as “The Ranch” and “This Is Us”.
For her personal life, it is known that Rupp has never married nor has any children. She has two homes, one in Lee, Massachusetts where she stays when she is doing theatrical projects in New York. She also has a home in Los Angeles where her television and film projects are often done. She has mentioned through an interview that she is a Methodist.
One of the reasons why there is very limited information about her personal life is due to the lack of any social media presence. She does not have accounts on any of the major social media websites. She initially had her hair done for every episode of “That ‘70s Show”, but after extensive damage to her hair, she asked producers to just let her wear a wig for the rest of the series. She is a Democrat, and has been in that political stance for her entire life. She also mentioned that she really enjoys doing theater projects and believes that every role should always have a piece of that character tied in to who you are, so that you can produce more believable performances.