Debbe Dunning is a famous American model, spokesperson, host, executive producer, and actress best known for playing the character Heidi Keppert in the ABC comedy Home Improvement. Some people might recognize her from the Taco Bell commercials in which she played the iconic ‘Run for the Border Girl’ named Louise. This commercial brought her national fame and acclaim; there was hardly any family in America who didn’t know her face. The gorgeous woman has also appeared in other advertising campaigns for companies such as Ford Motors, and Miller Beer.
Since she scored her debut acting role with a cameo in the movie Dangerous Curves, she has gone on to feature in other films and television series such as Leprechaun 4: In Space, The Spiral Staircase, Wicked Wicked Games, and American Gladiators Celebrity Challenge. She has won the hearts of millions of viewers and fans with her spectacular performances, and many people consider her an American sweetheart. A lot of people who grew up while she was in her prime had a giant crush on the actress and model, and that passion has not waned as the years passed on.
Debbe Dunning: Biography
Debra “Debbe” Dunning was born in Burbank, California on July 19, 1966, to Diane and Bob Dunning. She was the only child born to her parents so Debbe grew up fully catered to. She loved dolls as a child and would spend a lot of time dressing them up and playing house. She attended John Burroughs High School where she was a member of the cheerleading team. She was also named Homecoming Queen before going to college.
Ever since she was a little girl, Debbe wanted to be a star like in the movies, and she certainly had the good looks to back up that ambition, if nothing else. She began her career in the modeling industry when she got signed by the prestigious Judith Fontaine Modelling and Talent Agency in Los Angeles. With their help, she booked numerous modeling gigs, appearing in photo shoots, and ad campaigns for brands like Foot Locker, Ford Motors and Miller Beer.
At 18, she contested in a local pageant and got named Miss Burbank in 1984. Around the same time, Debbe Dunning got featured in the Tool Time Girl and as the Tool Assistant. As her modeling career flourished, Debbe decided to diversify her portfolio by becoming an actress. She landed her first role in Dangerous Curves in 1988. This was followed by a small role in the series Married… with Children. Eventually, she scored a breakthrough role in the Golden Globe-winning series Home Improvement, which ran from 1991 to 1999. The show was also nominated for multiple Emmys and won a TV Guide Award and 12 People’s Choice Awards. Debbe received a TV Land Award for her role in the show, along with the remainder of the cast.
Some of Debbe’s other acting credits include appearances in The Misery Brother, The Last Guy On Earth, Tales from the Crypt, Spring Break Blast, Off the Camera with Dean Cain, and Now You Know. She has also scored roles in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Debbe Dunning’s Dude Ranch Roundup, Boy Meets World, Burke’s Law, Vinnie & Bobby, The Eddie Files, Santa vs. the Snowman, and Charlie Hoover.
Is She Married?
The famous actress married her boyfriend, the sports celebrity and volleyball player, Steve Timmons. The couple dated for a long time before they decided to tie the knot. Steve and Debbe’s union was blessed with three children.
They welcomed their first child, a girl they named Spencer Schae on December 2, 1996. Their second child, a boy named Stoney was born in 2000, and their third child Sysco was born in 2008.
Unfortunately, happily ever after would not be how the couple’s love story ends. They officially divorced on May 19, 2018.
Debbe Dunning has managed to garner a considerable amount of wealth from her modeling and acting career, as well as the lucrative endorsement deals she has managed to secure. Although her current salary figure is unknown at the time, she is estimated to be worth $4 million today.
Facts To Know About Debbe
1. Debbe’s ex-husband, Steve Timmons=, has represented America in not one, but three Summer Olympics tournament, all back to back.
2. For two consecutive years, Debbe participated and got crowned the champion of the American Gladiators Celebrity Challenge, which saw her partake in gruesome athletic activities.
3. Debbe played the Sun Goddess in Jeff Anderson’s 2002 film, Now You Know.