Fast Facts

  • Was discovered in an elevator by a talent agent.
  • With her husband, founded Dove Audio Inc., which produced books on tape.
  • Was considered for the role of Sandy in the film Grease, after Susan Dey turned it down.
  • Her role in the 1976 made-for-TV movie Nightmare in Badham County made her a huge star in China.
  • Toured China promoting the Hollywood film industry.
  • Passed away at 59 of leukemia.


  • 1981, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1993, Grammy — Best Spoken Word Album For Children: Winner


  • Michael Viner — Ex-husband
  • Trudy Marshall — Mother
  • Taylor Rose Viner — Daughter
  • William Raffin — Brother
  • Phillip Raffin — Father
  • Judy Holston — Sister


  • Attended L.A. Valley College, Valley Glen, CA


  • Birth Name: Deborah Iona Raffin
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
  • Birthday: March 13, 1953, Pisces
  • Died: November 21, 2012
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer

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