Question: Who played Christine on Coach? Bob C., Louisville Ky.
Televisionary: That was Shelley Fabares playing Christine Armstrong Fox on the hit ABC sitcom. When the show kicked off in February 1989, Christine was the newscaster girlfriend of football coach Hayden Fox (Craig T. Nelson). By the time the series left the air in August 1997, she was his wife and the mother to their adopted child.
By the time Fabares showed up on Coach, she was already a veteran of the entertainment biz. From 1958-63, when she was but a teen, she played the eldest child in the Stone family on ABC's The Donna Reed Show and scored a No. 1 hit in '62 with the song "Johnny Angel," which was introduced on the show and went on to sell more than a million copies. She also cozied up to a host of music notables in a plethora of '60s teen movies, co-starring in feature films with Elvis Presley (Girl Happy, Spinout, Clambake), Herman's Hermits (Hold On!), Fabian (Ride the Wild Surf) and Hank Williams Jr. (A Time to Sing), and appeared on such shows as Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Mork and Mindy.
A niece of actress Nanette Fabray (with whom she worked on CBS's One Day at a Time), Fabares is married to actor Mike Farrell (M*A*S*H, Providence).