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Winifred Freedman (born in Granite City, Illinois, July 23, 1957) is an American actress and singer primarily known for her roles in television.

Life and career


Freedman graduated with a degree in theater from Northwestern University in 1979. During her time at NU, Freedman was "Winnie the Wildcat," the team's co-ed mascot of the late seventies. She was elected homecoming queen in 1978.

Freedman is perhaps best known for playing Annette Mastorelli, Chachi Arcola's cousin and bass guitar playing bandmate in Joanie Loves Chachi, the short-lived spin-off of Happy Days. After Joanie Loves Chachi ended, she was a regular on the equally short-lived syndicated soap opera Rituals as Patty DuPont, a plain-Jane (but very hard working) boarding school student who later became the personal assistant to Taylor Chapin (Jo Ann Pflug; Tina Louise) and would later marry a man named Bernhard Kraus (Cameron Smith).

Between 1986 and 1989, she appeared in six episodes of Mr. Belvedere as Kevin's classmate Wendy. In 1988, she played a woman in a dating service video in You Can't Hurry Love, and Stephanie, the unfortunate driving school student in The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!. Her other film credits include roles in The Last American Virgin (1982), My Man Adam (1985), Reform School Girls (1986), Hero and the Terror (1988), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), The Shrink Is In (2001) and Evolution (2001).

Freedman is married to Scott Harlan and continues to appear on television.

Partial filmography


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