LYDIA CORNELL: AFI Best Actress Nominee, People's Choice Award winner; Actor, Writer, Director, Producer; woman and children advocate; teen mentor, comedienne, talk show host, inspirational pubic speaker best known for her starring role on ABC's "Too Close for Comfort" as TV legend Ted Knight's daughter 'Sara'; HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, and over 250 shows, episodes and movies worldwide. Turns tragedy into comedy, life-saving issues for women and equal pay for equal work...
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Lydia Cornell has been Invited to contribute her writings to The International Museum of Peace, which houses letters from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mother Teresa, Maya Angelou & Sir Edmund Hillary
ABOUT LYDIA CORNELL
Turning tragedy into comedy: known for her knife-sharp humor on HBO, in social media, comedy concerts, public speaking and on morning-drive radio, Cornell has been called: “A fresh voice; one of the most original voices in America today. Deeply funny and transformative, she has been called the “female George Carlin” – only younger. And prettier.~ C. Pearlman, Chicago Sun Times syndicate
With 34 million viewers Tuesday nights on ABC primetime, and millions of fans in worldwide syndication, AFI Best Actress nominee and People’s Choice Award winner Lydia Cornell grew up in America’s living rooms as one of of TV’s most popular sex symbols. Best known for her starring role as the daughter of TV legend Ted Knight (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Caddyshack)on the hit ABC series Too Close for Comfort, she is an international celebrity with a fiercely loyal fan following whom she interacts with daily on social media. Starring in over 250 TV shows & films in 27 countries, she was recently on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm; is costarring with Robert Downey, Jr., Steven Tyler, Jon Bon Jovi and Gary Oldman in indie films at Sundance; Variety’s Power of Comedy withRebel Wilson and Russell Brand andThe Kelsey Grammer Comedy Hour. Her fan base exploded last fall when she shot onto Google’s Top Trends and Yahoo! Finance News’ Most Viewed News Stories right behindWilliam Buffet.Yahoo! Finance News: Lydia Cornell interviews World Leaders, Pulitzer Prize Winners, White House and Presidential Candidates for new morning drive AM radio show
Cornell is now a talk-show host; comedienne; teen mentor on suicide prevention; women and children’s advocate, mother, writer, recovery expert and inspirational public speaker. As co-owner of a radio network with Hell’s Kitchen chefs, MTV stars and Sports Radio personalities, she hosts an award-winning radio podcast on Beats and Eats — which was nominated for aStitcher award. She is currently working on a series of humor and spiritual recovery books, which will be out in 2014. She is producing several shows for Discovery and History Channels as well as her own comedy TV series. She wrote and directed the indie short Venus Conspiracy, which will soon be a feature film. Her articles have appeared in Huffington Post; Herald de Paris; A&E Biography, Editor & Publisher, Macon Daily, People, Us, Yahoo, New York Post, Script Frenzy and Lone Star Icon. Too Close for Comfort airs daily on Tribune Broadcasting’s new comedy channel Antenna TV. Cornell disappeared from Hollywood to get sober, raise children, write books, and find her soul in a pornographic world.
Triumph over Tragedy
A children’s advocate, Cornell raised a child with brittle bone disease is an inspirational speaker on domestic violence, and teen suicide prevention — as well as on drug, alcohol and Adderall abuse. She endured a shattering personal tragedy when she found her younger brother’s body after a drug overdose. Sober now for 19 years, she speaks to recovery groups of 200 or more. She spoke at Texas A&M for Domestic Violence Prevention’s 30th anniversary luncheon. Her talks are laced with poignant stories of transformation with an innate sense of humor and comic timing. Cornell speaks at charity fundraisers, hospitals, high schools, colleges and women’s centers on overcoming loss, grief, unemployment, sexism, ageism, depression, self-sabotage, suicide, raising aliens (teenagers) and every imaginable hardship. Her triumph over addiction was the result of a ‘catastrophic spiritual awakening.’ “There is a reason so many celebrities are in rehab these days,” she says. Her experiences in overcoming a string of failures and humiliations inspired her to assist others with their own demons. “My ego was so big, it had an apartment of its own with a walk-in closet.
Lydia has been invited to speak in Florida on Osteogenesis Imperfecta or brittle bone disease. A mother of boys, she raised a stepson whose bones broke every time he stumbled. “Raising a child with britlle bone disease has been one of the most precious gifts of my life.” she says of her stepson.
PUBLIC SERVICE AND ONGOING CHARITY WORK
In April 2014, Lydia is going to Lincoln, Nebraska to support the troops for the Big Red Challenge. She will be in Santa Barbara for a celebrity golf tournament on April 9 & 10 to benefit “Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People.” She has worked with the Red Cross, Firefighters, Autism Awareness, and High HopesRyan’s Reach — Pat Boone’s charity for traumatic spinal cord injury. She hosted a documentary for Safe Passage Home, an organization that gives extreme life makeovers to victims of domestic violence, for Oxygen network. She housed domestic abuse victims and cared for their children throughout the school year. With the help of the police, Cornell helped rescue a battered woman from a predator.
As a teen mentor, Lydia works with L.A. Team Mentoring (after school programs for underprivileged kids) and is developing a site for troubled teens called “The Answer Room.”
Lydia raised boys — and their girlfriends, who still confide in her about the most horrifying things. “I had three boys and two dogs, including my husband, and they were all going through puberty at the same time. Then my husband left me for Gene Simmons (he went on the road with the rock band KISS!) But only the good remains in a broken marriage.”
Currently in talks with Dancing with the Stars,
Recently on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm; costarring with Robert Downey, Jr., Steven Tyler, Jon Bon Jovi and Gary Oldman in indies at Sundance; Kelsey Grammer Comedy Hour; Host of Variety’s Power of Comedywith Rebel Wilson, Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Melissa Etheridge, Aziz Ansari, Lake Bell, Dylan McDermott, Patton Oswalt and Sarah Silverman; co-stars in director Jordan Alan’s Cats Dancing on Jupiter with star of The Mentalist.
With 34 million viewers Tuesday nights on ABC primetime, and millions of fans in worldwide and first-run syndication, her fan base exploded last fall when she shot onto Google’s Top Trendsand Yahoo! Finance News’ Most Viewed News Stories right behindWilliam Buffet. Yahoo! Finance News: Lydia Cornell interviews World Leaders, Pulitzer Prize Winners, White House and Presidential Candidates for new morning drive AM radio show
Too Close for Comfort is back daily on Tribune Broadcasting’s comedy channel Antenna TV, on WGN and in top markets nationwide. The show has been in worldwide syndication for over 25 years.
She has her own hit radio show and is co-owner of a network Beats and Eats on itunes with Hell’s Kitchen chefs, Sports Radio and MTV stars, and was nominated for a Stitcher Award.
A transformational comedienne, Cornell has been called the “female George Carlin” — but prettier and younger J
She is currently working on a series of humor and spiritual recovery books, which will be out in 2014.Cornell is now a mother, teen mentor, comedy writer, author, women and children’s advocate, talk show host, award-winning blogger, Cornell is in development on a new TV series and feature film.
Despite rumors on TMZ and in the tabloids, Cornell did not sue Kelsey Grammer. Cornell is currently helping the FBI alongside Kelsey Grammer in a major criminal investigation. This will be revealed in an upcoming expose.
Lydia Cornell’s blog is a triple Koufax nominee for best writing, recipient of the Thinking Blogger Award and winner of the Freedom Award and three World Report Awards, is “a consistently thought-provoking firecracker of pointed socio-political commentary and observant, caustic wit.” (Yahoo News; Shotgun Reviews.)
Has been invited to contribute her writings to The International Museum of Peace,which houses letters from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mother Teresa, Maya Angelou & Sir Edmund Hillary.
Received the USO Distinguished Service Award for Middle East and Beirut war zone trip to visit the troops.
Venus Conspiracy – written and directed by Lydia Cornell, costarring Deborah Van Valkenburgh, who played her sister on Too Close for Comfort
Pain is Inevitable, Sex Optional – on stage in her original three-woman show
Political Voices of Women Best Writing Awards ~ World Report Award, Thinking Blogger Award; Weblog Award and Double Koufax Nominee.
Standup: Improv, Laugh Factory, Las Vegas at the Riviera, Sahara; opening for Paul Rodriguez at Pechanga 1500 seat theater
Cornell has written over 350 articles on politics, women’s issues, pop culture, spirituality, religion, sex, divorce. Has written an international thriller on the Trotsky assassination
Known for her knife-sharp humor on HBO, in standup comedy concerts, and on morning-drive radio, Cornell has been called: “A fresh voice; one of the most original voices in America today. The “female George Carlin” – only prettier, and sexier. And younger.”
Credits: Guest starred in Quantum Leap, Full House A-Team, Knight Rider, Dukes of Hazzard, Full House, Quantum Leap; Hunter; Simon & Simon; Love Boat Fantasy Island; Hotel ; Hardball;The Red Tide with Oscar winners James Earl Jones and Jose Ferrer and Lila Kedrova.
Teen Mentor – Mentors teens; Hosts “The Answer Room” for troubled youth. Volunteers with sons for Red Cross, Imagine L.A., homeless children, and houses a domestic abuse survivor.
Raised sons, including a special-needs child with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bone disease)
Public speaker on Domestic Violence; hosting Oxygen Network Safe Passage documentary on battered women.
TMZ: Lydia Cornell was profiled in several new and recent articles.
Too Close for Comfort has been in worldwide syndication for over 25 years and recently began airing again on WGN and in top markets nationwide.
Celebrity profile on TMZ. “In the ’80s, Lydia Cornell became famous as Ted Knight’s blonde daughter on the TV series Too Close for Comfort. Guess what she looks like now? “Fergie from Black Eyed Peas!”
Had a feud with Ann Coulter; Interviewed Elizabeth and John Edwards.
Lydia interviewed Pulitzer Prize Winners, White House advisers, presidential candidates, Senators, Congressmen and women, and bestselling authors for her award-winning radio show
Founder of Comedy Dance Film Festival co-sponsored by Saturday Night Live alum Jon Lovitz, in conjunction with CityWalk Universal in 2011 (*TBA)
Her classic TV credits include: Full House,Knight Rider, A-Team, Dukes of Hazzard, Hunter, Quantum Leap, Love Boat Hotel ; T.J.Hooker, Simon & Simon, Charlie’s Angels; Hardball;The Red Tide with Oscar winners James Earl Jones and Jose Ferrer and Lila Kedrova.
“Lydia Cornell is an award-winning actress, writer, comedienne, and talk-radio host best known for her role as “Sara Rush” – Ted Knight’s dazzlingly beautiful yet stereotypically dumb blonde daughter on ABC’s ‘hit sitcom, “Too Close for Comfort.” Lydia starred in over 250 TV shows & films including Curb Your Enthusiasm, Full House, Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider, A-Team, Hunter, Hardball, Hotel , Love Boat , Fantasy Island, T.J. Hooker and the pilot of the cult series Quantum Leap with Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell. She signed hundreds of autographs at their convention earlier this year in Los Angeles. She co-starred with three Oscar winners James Earl Jones, Jose Ferrer and Lila Kedrova in The Red Tide, shot in the Greek Isles.
John Conley, a disabled Marine combat vet, sent her his Purple Heart for her courage in standing up to Ann Coulter’s ‘extermination speak’ in her article “Death is Sexier than Sex.”
Cornell is a Synesthete and has Synesthesia, artists, musicians and writers (including V. Nabokov, John Mayer and David Hockney) who see colors when hearing sounds, and see numbers and letters in color. The World Symposium on Synesthesia convened in Belgium last year.
She started experiencing 11:11 in 1994, when she got sober, and had a “catastrophic spiritual awakening and transformation.