Sunday, January 9, 2011

Lauren Tewes who played Julie McCoy on the TV show "The Love Boat"

Lauren Tewes was born on October, 1954 in Braddock, Pennsylvania.  She is best know as the cruise director on "The Love Boat".  A '70s TV show about a fun and adventures on a cruise boat featuring an array of guest hosts.  She co-starred with Gavin MacLeod, the Captain of "The Love Boat".

Lauren Tewes who played cruise directory Julie McCoy on "The Love Boat"

Lauren got her start in television in 1977 guest starring on the show "Family" co-starring Sada Thompson, James Broderick, Kristy McNichol, Meredith Baxter and Gary Frank.  That same year she appeared in "Starsky and Hutch" starring David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser and Bernie Hamilton.  Also in 1977, Tewes landed the role of cruise directory Julie McCoy on the TV show "The Love Boat" co-starring Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Fred Grandy, Jill Whelan, and Ted Lange.  After almost 200 episodes with the show Lauren was removed from the set in 1984.  The stress of Hollywood overcame her and struggled with a cocaine addiction.  After battling for a while, the addiction over took her and in 1984 she was replaced by Pat Klous.  She returned later for a few episodes in '85, '86, and '87.

The cast of "The Love Boat", Front: Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing) 2nd row: Fred Grandy("Gopher" Smith), Lauren Tewes (Julie McCoy) Back: Ted Lange (Isaac Washington), Bernie Kopell (Doctor Adam Bricker)
Lauren Tewes in 1981
Gavin MacLeod (Captain Merrill Stubing), Lauren Tewes (Julie McCoy), and Bernie Kopell (Doctor Adam Bricker) of "The Love Boat"

During her run on "The Love Boat", Lauren appeared in "Vega$" with Robert Urich, Bart Braverman, Greg Morris, Tony Curtis, Naomi Stevens, Judy Landers, and Phyllis Davis (1978); the film "Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders" co-starring Jane Seymour, Laraine Stephens, Bert Convy, Pamela Susan Shoop, Jenifer Shaw, Kathrine Baumann, and Ellen Bry (1979); "Charlie's Angels" starring Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Cheryl Ladd, and David Boyle (2 episodes, 1976-79); "New Years Rockin' Eve 1980" co-starring Randy Jones (1979); "Eyes of a Stranger" co-starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and John DiSanti (1981); and "Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize and Carol Lynley (2 episodes, 1978-84).  

Lauren Tewes in 1983
Lauren Tewes and Claudia Lonlow on the set of "The Love Boat" 1983

During Tewes' comeback years in addition to an occasional appearance on "The Love Boat", she appeared in  "The New Mike Hammer" starring Stacy Keach, Gail Ramsey and Colleen Morris (1985); "Finder of Lost Loves" co-starring Anthony Franciosa, Deborah Adair, Anne Jeffreys, and Richard Kantor (1985); "T.J. Hooker" starring William Shatner, Heather Locklear, James Darren, and Adrian Zmed (1985); she landed the lead role in "Anything for Love" co-starring Vicki Lawrence, Joaquin Phoenix, and Christa Denton (1985); "Murder, She Wrote" starring Angela Lansbury, William Windom and Ron Masak (1985); "Hunter" starring Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer and Charles Hallahan (1986); and 2 episodes of "Hotel" starring James Brolin, Connie Sellecca and Shari Belafonte (1984-86).  It was also in the early '80s that Tewes made her on-stage debut performing in such plays as "Arsenic and Old Lace" and "Crimes of the Heart".

Lauren Tewes then

In 1987, Tewes lent her voice to "Sky Commanders" co-starring Charles Adler, Richard Doyle, Sherry Lynn, and Paul Eiding (1987); "My Two Dads" starring Paul Reiser, Greg Evigan, Staci Keanan, and Florence Stanley (1988); "The China Lake Murders" co-starring Tom Skerritt, Isaac Allan, Nancy Everhard, and Michael Parks (1990); "Camp Cucamonga" co-starring John Ratzenberger, Chad Allen, Jennifer Aniston, Danica McKellar, Josh Saviano, Jaleel White, and Sherman Hemsley (1990); "Who's the Boss?" starring Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano, and Danny Pintauro (1991); "Dark Justice" starring Clayton Prince, Dick O'Neill, Janet Gunn, and Bruce Abbott (2 episodes, 1992-93); "Weird Science" starring Michael Manasseri, John Mallory Asher and Vanessa Angel (1994); "Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 Women" co-starring Julie Brown, Newell Alexander, Priscilla Barnes, and Lisa Arch (1994); and "The Doom Generation" co-starring James Duval, Rose McGowan, Parker Posey, and Johnathon Schaech (1995).

Tewes finished out the '90s starring in "It Came from Outer Space II" co-starring Brian Kerwin, Elizabeth Peña, Adrian Sparks, and Jonathan Carrasco (1996); "Martin" starring Martin Lawrence, Carl Anthony Payne II and Tisha Campbell-Martin (1997); "Nowhere" co-starring James Duval, Rachel True, Chiara Mastroianni, Kathleen Robertson, Nathan Bexton, Debi Mazar, Jordan Ladd, and Christina Applegate (1997); "The X Files Game" co-starring David Duchovny, Jordan Lee Williams, Gillian Anderson, and Mitch Pileggi (game, 1998); and "Love Boat: The Next Wave" co-starring Robert Urich, Phil Morris, Joan Severance, and Randy Vasquez (1998).

Lauren Tewes circa 1990s

In her latest known television or film role, Lauren Tewes played Linda Westershulte in the series "The Fugitive" co-starring Tim Daly, Mykelti Williamson and Stephen Lang.  In 2004 she completed a series of culinary arts studies in Seattle, Washington to pursue a career as a cheese connoisseur.

Lauren Tewes today

In 2003 Tewes was on-stage again in the off Broadway production of "My Fair Lady" and again in 2007 in "Prayer for My Enemy" with the Intiman Theatre Co. in Seattle.

Lauren Tewes and Gavin MacLeod in 2008
Lauren Tewes in 2010


  1. Still want to do her

  2. Still want to do her

  3. I'm curious if she has a condition that has her on Prednisone? I was on high doses for years and she looks as if she is.

  4. Nope, just off the cocaine

  5. I still love and admire her. Love boat wasn't the same without her.

  6. I still love and admire her. Loveboat was never the same when.she left.

  7. Sad the mentality of the above comments. She was a sweetheart. I grew up watching her.

  8. A true sweetie who faced her demons and won. I'm proud of you, Lauren. You'll always be a superstar to me!

    1. Who is that woman and why did she eat Julie McCoy?

  9. Still enjoy watching her on The Love Boat!

  10. people are so crule if you don't know anything about her and her struggles in life then shut up you don't have the right to judge people anyway see how you would look in her shoes and yes she was a great actress she had her demons to deal with and she did just that you are a great person lauran. people like this have nothing better to do then prey upon other people and try and nock them down instead of trying to help them up.

  11. Cute and all, but too old for me. At least at this point.

  12. The episode where she falls for Tony Roberts (Julie Falls Hard) is my favorite episode of any TV show of all time.

  13. oh man .... she got me thru my high school years! hubba hubba

  14. Love Boat died when you left, Lauren. Like Disney,you were irreplaceable. Sorry but Pat Klous did not do the part justice, but really now,who could ever replace you!We love you and miss you,Lauren.

  15. I would love to write to lauren somehow I got to meet lauren when she came to Sydney with the cast and I got to present her with some Australian goodies to take home and had lunch with her to I had the biggest crush on lauren a guy could ever have and loved laurens character Julie

  16. Really enjoyed the Love Boat, and still do on DVD and re-runs. As others stated, the show was never the same after Julie McCoy left the cast.

  17. Lauren, you are a smart cookie for taking culinary classes and starting out with a fresh marketable skill!! Good for you!! I bet your cheese and other foods are great:). You go girl :). I admire that!

  18. I'd hit it, still...