Lori Loughlin got her start as a young soap star and became big on network TV – but her time in the spotlight wasn’t all positive.
The New York native became interested in acting at a young age after falling into the modeling world at the age of 11. “My mom had a friend who went to Manhattan to meet a modeling agency,” she recalled in a 2004 interview with the Washington Post. “My mom reluctantly let me go, but I don’t think she ever thought anything would come of it. And I went in and they gave me a contract and said, “We’ll take you.” ‘
When she was fifteen she scored her first TV appearance with a role in the popular ABC soap, The Edge of Night. She appeared in the series from 1980 to 1983 and five years later she was cast in her most recognizable role to date: Aunt Becky in Full House.
Loughlin played alongside John Stamos, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for eight seasons on the family’s beloved sitcom. The series ran from 1987 to 1995 and still held a special place in the heart of Loughlin after it went off the air.
“I keep in touch with everyone on that show,” she told the Washington Post. “We really are a family and I think that’s a big reason why we were just as successful as we are.”
Loughlin looked back on her time working on it Full House while talking to Us weekly in February 2019, admitting that she kept all her ‘wrapping gifts’ before the end of each season.
“My favorite memory of Full House used to be [during] my first week with Bob, Dave and John, ”she revealed at the time. ‘[We] all laughed at something and David said, “I think Lori will be around for a long time.” It was so sweet and he was right! ‘
More than 20 years after that Full House Netflix announced that a sequel series, Fuller House, was officially in the making. Much of the original cast returned to repeat their roles on the streaming platform for five seasons. However, Loughlin was left out of the show’s final season after her involvement in the nationwide college admission scandal, which made headlines in March 2019.
The Summerland star and her husband, Mossimo Giannulliwere among several people involved in bribery scams to help their children go to college. Loughlin and the fashion designer reportedly spent a large amount of money to ensure that their daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade, would be admitted to the University of Southern California as crew recruits. It was later revealed that neither student had ever played the sport.
As further details of the case emerged, Loughlin and Giannulli faced charges of fraud, money laundering and bribery. The pair initially pleaded not guilty, but changed their tunes in May 2020 when they accepted a plea deal, including the consequences of community service, jail time, and secured release.
Despite the major media frenzy caused by the actress’s alleged involvement in the scandal, the family hopes to put it all out of their minds one day.
“They all long for the day when they can move on and officially leave this nightmare behind,” said a source U.S exclusively in May 2020.
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