Loni Anderson, the legendary actress known for her role as Jennifer Marlowe on the hit CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, is proving that age is just a number. At 78 years old, she looks just as incredible as ever.
Back in the late 70s, Loni became a superstar with her portrayal of the buxom and super-sexy Jennifer. The show, which followed the ups and downs of a struggling fictional radio station in Ohio, earned her three Grammy awards.
“I think women loved the fact that I was sexy and smart,” Loni said. “In 1978, not many women were doing both in comedy.”
Loni’s journey to fame started early on. She had an interest in acting from a young age, but she also developed physically earlier than her peers. Being the first girl in school to wear a bra wasn’t always easy for Loni. She faced some challenges and had to put up with a lot of scrutiny.
But Loni didn’t let that stop her. She made her acting debut in 1966 and never looked back. She appeared in various TV shows and movies, becoming a poster star along the way. One of her most famous posters featured her in a bikini, and it played a big role in her landing the role of Jennifer on WKRP.
“I did a poster because someday my grandchildren will look at it,” Loni explained. “And I’ll be able to tell them that I really looked like that. What you saw is what you got.”
Unfortunately, Loni’s personal life hasn’t always been as glamorous as her on-screen success. She has been married four times, with her most famous marriage being to actor Burt Reynolds. The couple was together for six years and even adopted a son named Quinton.
However, their union ended in a painful and highly publicized divorce. Burt made some harsh remarks about their relationship, and Loni eventually opened up about allegations of physical abuse and missed child support payments.
Despite the rocky marriage and the aftermath, Loni paid her respects when Burt passed away in 2018. She recognized the impact he had on her life and her son’s life, showing that she’s capable of forgiveness and compassion.
Now, at 78 years old, Loni Anderson remains as beautiful as ever. She credits her youthful appearance to a healthy lifestyle, exercising regularly and eating a nutritious diet. She’s determined to challenge the stereotype of what a grandma should look like and wants to change the face of aging.
“I was never really interested in playing the traditional, sensible-shoe-wearing, rocking-chair grandma,” Loni explained. “We’re different from that stereotype, so it’s time to change the face of what grandmas look like!”
In addition to her positive outlook on life, Loni surrounds herself with the right people. She married her soul mate, musician Bob Flick, in 2008, and together they have a wonderful family, including grandchildren.
Despite facing challenges, such as her daughter’s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, Loni Anderson radiates happiness and continues to inspire us with her perspective on life. She shows us that age is just a number and that true beauty comes from within.