Cathy Lee Crosby

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Cathy Lee Crosby
File:Cathy Lee Crosby1984.jpg
Crosby in 1984
Born (1944-12-02) December 2, 1944 (age 74)
Kansas City, Missouri
Occupation Actress

Cathy Lee Crosby (born December 2, 1944) is an American actress. She achieved TV and film success in the 1980s and was a co-host of the television series That's Incredible!.[1][2]

Early life

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Crosby was, at one time, a professional tennis player[2] who was ranked as high as #7 in singles[3] in US junior tennis competition and #4 in doubles.[4]


Cathy Lee graduated cum laude from University of Southern California in pre-med.

Her first TV appearance was as Susan in the episode 'The Lay of the Land' in the first season of It Takes a Thief (1968).

Her first movie role was as Kay Butler in the 20th Century Fox crime drama The Laughing Policeman (1973) starring Walter Matthau, Bruce Dern, and Louis Gossett, Jr.[3]

In 1974, she starred as Wonder Woman in a made-for-TV movie[3] of the comic book, (a year before Lynda Carter would popularize the role in a weekly series).

She starred in the movie Trackdown (1976) with James Mitchum, and Coach (1978) with The Terminator star Michael Biehn, in which she played the coach of a high school basketball team who falls for one of her players. She also starred in the horror movie The Dark (1979), opposite William Devane, and appeared in the 1982 TV miniseries World War III, with Rock Hudson and David Soul.

Crosby was a co-host of the TV series That's Incredible![2] from 1980 to 1984 on ABC, which remains in world-wide syndication.

In 1986, she was a guest commentator for the nationally televised special of World Wrestling Federation (WWF)'s WrestleMania 2.

Crosby starred in the Lifetime movie Untamed Love (1994), based on Torey Hayden's One Child, and appeared in the film Ablaze (2001), opposite Ice-T and Tom Arnold.

Personal life

She was in a relationship with football star Joe Theismann[5] throughout the early 1980s. They split up in 1991. After the split she sued him for $4.5 million because he "abandoned his promise to financially support her." [6] Joe Theismann responded by counter-suing her, which ultimately led to an out-of-court settlement between the two. [7]According to her autobiography, Let the Magic Begin, when Theismann sued for half of her assets, Crosby declared bankruptcy to stop his litigation, although these allegations have not been confirmed by other sources and the lawsuit documents were kept confidential.


  1. "Cathy Crosby Talks About Drugs". The Evening Independent. 26 Sep 1980. Retrieved 17 May 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Lewis, Dan (15 Aug 1981). "Cathy Lee Crosby has an 'Incredible' job". The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 May 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Lewis, Dan (17 Mar 1974). "She Played Wonder Woman". Lakeland Ledger. Retrieved 17 May 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Cathy Lee's Resume
  5. "Crosby, ex-friend file cross lawsuits". The Press-Courier. 2 Feb 1991. Retrieved 17 May 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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