Andrea F. Friedman

Actress
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KNOWN FOR 
Family Guy (2010) | Baywatch (1993) | Walker, Texas Ranger (1999)
AKA 
Andrea Fay Friedman | Andrea Friedman
HEIGHT 
4' 10" (1.47m)
AGE RANGE *
Performs ages 16-30
GUILDS *
SAG
ETHNICITY *
Caucasian
HAIR *
Blond(e) (Shoulder Length)
EYES *
Blue
WEIGHT *
135 lbs
PHYSIQUE *
Average
UNIQUE TRAITS *
Down Syndrome
INSTRUMENTS *
Piano
DANCE *
Ballroom | Club/Freestyle | Swing | Waltz | Disco | Tap | Hip Hop | Line | Tango | Salsa  Less
WORK HISTORY *
Theater | Film | Voice Over | Television  Less
JOB TYPES *
Acting
CITIZENSHIP *
us (with valid passport) (Authorized to work in United States)
UNPAID WORK *
Not willing to work unpaid
* Starred info submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume (has not been verified by IMDb).

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Past Television (12 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for Family GuyFamily Guy (TV Series) Ellen (1 episode, 2010)  Less 2010 1
    • Extra Large Medium (Feb 14, 2010) Ellen (voice) (as Andrea Fay Friedman)  Less
  • Primary photo for Saving GraceSaving Grace (TV Series) Nell Ada (1 episode, 2008)  Less 2008 1
    • You Are My Partner (Aug 25, 2008) Nell Ada (as Andrea Fay Friedman)  Less
  • Primary photo for The DivisionThe Division (TV Series) Irene Basso (2 episodes, 2002)  Less 2002–2004 2
    • A Death in the Family (Feb 15, 2004) Irene Basso (as Andrea Fay Friedman)  Less
    • Illusions (Apr 28, 2002) Irene Basso (as Andrea Fay Friedman)  Less
  • Primary photo for ERER (TV Series) Mindy (1 episode, 2003)  Less 2003 1
    • Finders Keepers (Apr 3, 2003) Mindy (as Andrea Fay Friedman)  Less
  • Primary photo for Law & Order: Special Victims UnitLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series) Katie Tolliver (1 episode, 2002)  Less 2002 1
    • Competence (May 10, 2002) Katie Tolliver (as Andrea Fay Friedman)  Less
  • Primary photo for 7th Heaven7th Heaven (TV Series) Molly Connelly (1 episode, 2000)  Less 2000 1
    • Hoop Dreams (Apr 10, 2000) Molly Connelly (as Andrea Fay Friedman)  Less
  • Primary photo for Walker, Texas RangerWalker, Texas Ranger (TV Series) Sally (1 episode, 1999)  Less 1999 1
    • Special Witness (Jan 16, 1999) Sally (as Andrea Fay Friedman)  Less
  • Primary photo for Chicago HopeChicago Hope (TV Series) Georgia Sardos (1 episode, 1997)  Less 1997 1
  • Primary photo for Touched by an AngelTouched by an Angel (TV Series) Jeannie (1 episode, 1997)  Less 1997 1
  • Primary photo for SmudgeSmudge (TV Movie) Cindy  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for BaywatchBaywatch (TV Series) Sammy (1 episode, 1993)  Less 1993 1
  • Primary photo for Life Goes OnLife Goes On (TV Series) Amanda Swanson (9 episodes, 1992)  Less 1992 9
    • Happy Holidays (Dec 20, 1992) Amanda Swanson (as Andrea Friedman)  Less
    • Windows (Nov 22, 1992) Amanda Swanson  Less
    • Love Letters (Nov 8, 1992) Amanda Swanson (as Andrea Friedman)  Less
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Education & Training (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

FORMAL EDUCATIONYEARCITY/STATE
  • Santa Monica College * Santa Monica CA

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NAMEPHONE
  • Dianne Hull * – Drama Teacher 310 828 0632

Prior Job Titles (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

TITLE
  • Saving Grace *
  • The Division *
  • Family Guy *

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RESUME DETAILS
  • * When Andrea Fay Friedman was born in Los Angeles on June 1,1970, nobody would have predicted that she would become a well-known actress and public speaker, go to college, hold a job, drive a car and live a full and independent life. Because Andrea was born with Down syndrome, the pediatrician told her parents to send her straight to an institution because she would not develop beyond the mental age of four or five. Her parents, Harold and Marjorie Friedman, ignored the doctor's advice, took Andrea home, loved her, taught her and worked to help her develop to her full potential.

    Most of Andrea's education took place in regular schools where she was mainstreamed in regular classes (see attachment, 'Education' for details). She participated in a wide range of activities with other children: piano, guitar, dance and drama classes among them. Without
    anyone's realizing it, Andrea was being trained for her future acting career. (See attachment 'Acting Training' for details.)

    In 1991, she auditioned for and won the continuing part of
    Amanda, Corky's (Chris Burke) girlfriend in the TV series 'Life Goes On' and became a permanent member of the cast for two seasons.

    In addition to 'Life Goes On,' Andrea has been a featured guest star on episodes of 'Baywatch,' 'Touched By An Angel,' 'Chicago Hope,' 'Walker, Texas Ranger,' '7th Heaven,' 'The Division,' 'Law and Order, SVU' and the star of her own Christmas Special, 'Smudge.'

    Because of her television activities, Andrea is often invited to be a motivational speaker and supporter of causes that help other challenged people. She has spoken to many local, statewide, national and international organizations, including the students and faculty at the
    Harvard University Graduate School of Education, on the subject of the advantage of a 'mainstream' education for people with learning disabilities.

    Andrea's life is certainly very different from that which was predicted when she was born. She lives independently in her own apartment. When she is not acting, she works in the accounting department of a major law firm. She drives her own car and manages her own schedule, budget, housekeeping and social life. Andrea says she has 'Up' syndrome, not Down syndrome and wages a personal battle
    against the words 'retarded' and 'disabled.' 'I am challenged, not disabled," she insists. 'Disabled' means 'cannot do', but my challenged friends and I can do. Some things are hard for us, some things take longer to learn; but if we work hard, we can do.' Andrea does work hard and every morning announces, 'I love my life. I wonder how many new friends I'll make today.'

    EDUCATION

    Pre-School: Santa Monica Presbyterian Nursery School, Santa Monica

    Elementary: Seeds University Elementary School at UCLA, Los Angeles

    Junior High: Fernald School at UCLA
    ERAS School, Los Angeles

    High School: West Los Angeles Baptist High School, Los Angeles

    College: Santa Monica College, Santa Monica

    ACTING TRAINING

    Stagecoach Theatre Group
    Kay Howell, Director, Los Angeles, CA
    How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying: Secretary
    Bye Bye Birdie: Teeny bopper and camera girl
    Marmalade & Gumdrops

    Santa Monica Playhouse
    Evelyn Rudie and Chris DeCarlo, Directors
    Where Do We Go From Here
    Happily Ever After

    Santa Monica College
    C.H. McMurray, Director, Theatre Arts Class
    Andrea performed scenes from:
    'The Miracle Worker'
    'Loss of Roses'
    'Bad Seed'
    'Glass Menagerie'

    English Shakespeare Co., London, England
    Michael Bogdanov and Michael Pennington, Directors

    The Adderly School
    Janet Adderly, Director
    'The Joint Is Jumpin', a musical revue

    ADDITIONAL ENGAGEMENTS

    'Opening Doors, OCEAN, Orange County Employment Network, May 1993, Guest Speaker.

    Self Advocacy Conference, San Diego, CA, May 1993, Keynote Speaker.

    Los Angeles County Early Intervention Expo and Faire, Harbor Regional Center, Long Beach, CA, June 1993, Keynote Speaker.

    Self-Advocacy Conference for the Developmental Disabilities Board, Area IX,Buellton, California, June 1993, Keynote Speaker.

    National Down Syndrome Congress Conference, Anaheim, CA, August 1993, Keynote Speaker.

    Canadian Down Syndrome Society Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March 1994, Keynote Speaker.

    Ventura County Ninth Annual Supported Living Connection Conference: Promoting Quality Lives and Community Connection, Ventura, California, March 1994, Guest Speaker.

    National Down Syndrome Congress/Marcus Center Facility Dedication, Atlanta, Georgia, April 1994.

    Parent/Family Outreach Conference for the University of San Francisco, East Los Angeles, California, May 1994, Guest Speaker.

    San Gabriel Valley Down Syndrome Parents Group, Pasadena, California, July 1994, Guest Speaker.

    National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 1994, Keynote Speaker, Panel Participant, Workshop Participant.

    Vocational and Rehabilitation Research Institute 25th Anniversary Opening Doors Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 1994, Keynote Speaker.

    Self-Advocacy Conference of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, Keynote Speaker, September 1994.

    Los Angeles Down Syndrome Society Annual Convention, October 1994, Keynote Speaker.

    Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 1994, Guest Speaker.

    St. Alban's Episcopal Church Youth Group, Los Angeles, California, October 1994, Guest Speaker.

    Students of North High School, Newton, Massachusetts, October 1994, Guest Speaker.

    CAPC Adult Services Annual Meeting, Buena Park, California, November, 1994, Guest Speaker.

    Etta Israel Center, Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles, California, December 1994, Panel Discussion.

    Students of Campbell Hall School, Studio City, California, January, 1995. Addressed junior high school and senior high school students.

    Possibilities Unlimited Inclusion Conference, Dare to Dream, Provo, Utah, March 1995, Keynote Speaker.

    South Carolina Down Syndrome Family Conference, Columbia, South Carolina, April 22, 1995, Keynote Speaker.

    Supported Living Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 17, 1995, Keynote Speaker.

    Century City Rotary Club, Los Angeles, California, June 14, 1995, Guest Speaker.

    Denver Down Syndrome Society, Denver, Colorado, July 16, 1995, Guest Speaker.

    Inland Valley Down Syndrome Parents Group, Pomona, California, July 20, 1995, Guest Speaker.

    Ohr Eliyahu Academy, Culver City, California, December 14, 1995, Guest Speaker.

    The Reach Foundation, Los Angeles, California, April 21, 1996, Moderator for Kid's View, KABC Television.

    Public Appearance at TASK Festival, Anaheim, California, April 27, 1996

    Quality of Life Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 7, 1996, Guest Speaker.

    Home and Family, Family Channel, June 1996, Interview for Television.

    San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools' Teacher Conference, Fontana, California, August 27, 1996, Keynote Speaker.

    Speaker at John Langdon Down Foundation's Second International Symposium on Biomedical and Psychoeducational Aspects of Down Syndrome, Mexico City, Mexico, April 1997.

    April 16, 1997 The 50th Anniversary of the Television Academy TV Special (Film Clip from 'Life Goes On' of Andrea Friedman and Chris Burke.)

    'Touched by Angel', guest star on episode entitled 'An Angel By Any Other Name', initial air date May 10, 1997 on CBS.

    Self-Advocacy Conference, Westside Regional Center, Los Angeles, CA, September 1997.

    Starring role in a half-hour Christmas drama produced by Hilary Jones-Farrow Productions Ltd. and Merit Motion Pictures, Inc. entitled 'Smudge', filmed in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The film was initially
    released in the United States on Turner Network Television on November 30, 1997 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

    Interview for television by Steve Hartman of CBS, Channel 2, Los Angeles, June 6, 1997.

    August, 1997: National Down Syndrome Congress President's Award in recognition of Andrea Friedman's achievement in television and film portraying a positive image of people with Down syndrome.

    Westside Regional Center Annual Workshop, September 20, 1997, Keynote Speaker.

    Iranian Parents Group, Beverly Hills, California, October 1997, Guest Speaker.

    November 5, 1997: Guest star on 'Chicago Hope', CBS.

    November 7, 1997: Charity premiere of 'Smudge' starring Andrea Friedman, sponsored by The Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles at the Warner Bros. Studio.

    November 17, 1997: Guest speaker at MUSKAAN, the Parents Association for the Welfare of Children with Down syndrome, New Delhi, India.

    December 2, 1997: Guest speaker for Nehru Centre sponsored by Indus International, the Indian Merchants Chamber and Verve magazine, Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India.

    December 12, 1997: Guest speaker for Mathru Mandir (The Institute for Down Syndrome), Chennai (formerly Madras), India.

    December 12, 1997: Guest speaker for The Spastics Society of India, Chennai, India.

    December 13, 1997: Addressed members of the Chennai medical profession on the subject of 'Living with Down Syndrome,' Chennai, India.

    December 16, 1997: Speaking engagement at the Down Syndrome Society of Japan in Tokyo, Japan

    December 17, 1997: Speaking engagement and celebrity appearance at the I. G. Clinic Christmas party in Tokyo, Japan

    May, 1998: Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Children's Television Special, Yorkton Film Festival, Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada

    July 9, 1998: Guest speaker at Humanitas Prize ceremony.

    July 21, 1998: National Theatre Workshop for the Disabled, Dublin, Maine.

    September 26, 1998: Keynote speaker at Westside Regional Center Conference, Los Angeles, California

    October 15, 1998: Guest speaker at Up for Downs Conference, Pomona, California.

    October 1998: Child Psychology Class, Santa Monica Community College, Santa Monica, California, Guest Speaker.

    January 16, 1999: Guest Star on 'Walker, Texas Ranger', 'Special Witness' episode.

    February 24, 1999: Guest speaker S.H.A.R.E., Inc., Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, California.

    April 9, 1999: Keynote speaker, Tierra del Sol annual meeting.

    April 29, 1999: Honored by the National Down Syndrome Society and the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles at the Annual National Down Syndrome Society Professional Women's Luncheon.

    May 20, 1999: Keynote speaker at Canadian Down Syndrome Society Annual Conference.

    June 1, 1999: Speaker at meeting of Very Special Arts Conference.

    June 12, 1999: Guest celebrity for Harbor Regional Center 'Tell Me A Story' family event.

    April 10, 2000: Guest Star on '7th Heaven', 'Hoop Dreams' episode.

    April 14, 2000: Speaker, Annual National Down Syndrome Society Professional Women's Luncheon.

    April 29, 2000: Keynote speaker, 7th Annual Self-Advocacy Conference sponsored by Self-Advocacy Board of Los Angeles County.

    May 1999: Guest Speaker, Tierra del Sol annual dinner, San Fernando Valley, California.

    June 11, 2000: Keynote speaker, 5th Annual California Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference sponsored by Supported Life Institute, Sacramento, California.

    November 8, 2000: Speech to Yeshiva University High School, Los Angeles, California.

    November 13, 2000: Keynote speaker, Far Northern Regional Center, Redding, California.

    November 15, 2000: Guest Star, '7th Heaven' 100th episode.

    May 19, 2001: Keynote Speaker and Workshop, Fifth Special Education Parent Conference sponsored by Los Angeles Unified School District - Division of Special Education.

    June 10, 2001: Keynote Speaker and Workshop, 6th Annual California Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference sponsored by Supported Life Institute, Sacramento, California.

    October 3, 2001: Presenter at Media Access Awards Ceremony.

    October 26, 2001: Speech to Yeshiva University High School, Los Angeles, California.

    November 2001: Performing scene from 'Romeo and Juliet' at Galaxy Ball, a fundraiser for Down Syndrome Association.

    April 13, 2002: Keynote speaker at 'Kids With Dreams' conference held at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.

    April 21, 2002: Guest Star on 'The Division', 'Illusions' episode, Lifetime Television.

    May 10, 2002: Guest Star on 'Law and Order, Special Victims Unit', 'Competence' episode, NBC.

    June 2002: Name placed into consideration for nomination for Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series for performance on 'Law and Order, Special Victims Unit', 'Competence' episode.

    June 15, 2002: Workshop speaker, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Down Syndrome Association Conference.

    July 13, 2002: Guest speaker for Chinese Parents Association for the Disabled, San Gabriel, California.

    August 22, 2002: Guest speaker for Up for Downs Parent Group, Pomona, California.

    September 21, 2002: Keynote speaker at National Self-Advocacy Association Conference held in Buffalo, New York

    March 21, 2003: Keynote speaker for Special Children's League, Whittier, CA

    April 3, 2003 - Guest Star on 'ER'.

    May 10, 2003: Keynote speaker - People First Conference, San Diego, CA

    May 14, 2003: Keynote speaker, Agencies for Developmentally Disabled, Buffalo, New York.

    May 2003: Interview by Good Morning, Buffalo, Buffalo, New York.

    June 2003: Keynote speaker, Annual California Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference sponsored by Supported Life Institute, Sacramento, CA

    July 2003: Keynote Speaker and Workshop Participant, National Down Syndrome Society National Conference, St. Louis, MO

    July 2003: Panelist on American Film Market/Lanterman Regional Center, Perspectives Media Forum.

    October 5, 2003: Grand Marshall, Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles Up For Down Buddy Walk, Upland, California

    November 5, 2003: Keynote Speaker, Lanterman Center Conference on 'Inclusion and Social Acceptance'.

    November 2003: Keynote Speaker, Best Buddies Convention,

    December 2003: Honored Guest at MERCI, Fundraiser.

    February 2004: Guest Star, 'The Division', Lifetime Television.

    November 2004: Keynote Speaker, People First of Kern County, Bakersfield, California.

    April 2005: Guest Speaker, Students of Cathedral High School, Washington D.C.

    August 28, 2005: Guest Star, 'Strong Medicine', 'Broken Heart' episode, Lifetime Television.

    August 2006 - Keynote Speaker, Down Syndrome Ninth World Congress, Vancouver, BC, Canada

    December, 2006 -- "Up Syndrome" – Television documentary on the life of Andrea Fay Friedman, Narration by: Joanne Woodward

    February 26, 2007 – Guest Star, “Rescue Me” Fx Channel

    April 19-21, 2007 – Speak to The Prep Program of Calgary, Canada at meeting in Cranmor

    April 23-June 18, 2007 – “Critical Thinking Through Improvisation” course at UCLA Extension. Assistant Instructor

    October, 2007 – Keynote Speaker; Grand Marshall Sarasota, Florida, Fund Raiser

    December, 2007 -- Celebrity appearance: Southern Nevada (Las Vegas) Fund Raiser

    May 29-31, 2008 – Oregon Disability Megaconference, Bend, Oregon

    August 25, 2008 – Guest Star, “Saving Grace” – TNT Channel

    May 2, 2009 - Sprout Film Festival, New York – Amazing Women Featured Speaker

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    Dates to be announced:

    “The Undesirables” (feature)
    “Sarah & Mr. Charlie” (movie-of-the-week)
    “I Run and Feel Rain” (feature)
    “Smudge” (mini series)

    CONTACT: Harold Friedman
    11377 W. Olympic Boulevard, Suite 624
    Los Angeles, California 90064
    Telephone:(310) 312-3104 Fax:(310) 231-8304
    Email: HHF@MSK.COM
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