Debra Jo Rupp (born February 24, 1951) is an American film and television actress, known for her role as Kitty Forman on the Fox sitcom, That '70s Show. She is also known for playing the role of Alice on the third, fourth and fifth seasons of Friends. She starred on the ABC sitcom Better with You from 2010–2011.
Rupp was born in Glendale, California, and raised in Boxford, Massachusetts, where she attended Masconomet Regional High School, graduating in 1969. She has two sisters. She went on to attend the University of Rochester, graduating with a B.A. degree in 1974. On campus, she was an active member of Drama House, a small theatre club and venue.
Rupp left her home state of Massachusetts in 1979 to pursue an acting career in New York City. She frequently performed on stage and appeared in commercials before winning her first television role in 1980 as Sheila, a topless dancer, on the daytime drama All My Children. Earlier in the same year, Rupp played Helen, the wife of a cheating husband, in Sharon Tipsword's one-act comedy Second Verse, which was produced as part of a play festival at New York's Nat Horne Theater. Another notable stage performance was as the young bride Eleanor in the 1985 production of A. R. Gurney's The Middle Ages at the Whole Theater Company, established by Olympia Dukakis in nearby Montclair, NJ. She received praise from Walter Goodman in a New York Times review of one of her many off-Broadway performances: as June Yeager, a young wife who feels she is never "loved enough", in the 1986 York Theater Company production of Arthur Laurents' dramatic play The Time of the Cuckoo staged at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York's Upper East Side neighborhood (Manhattan)...
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