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Born Name: Nancy Justine McKeon
Date of Birth: April 4, 1966
Place of Birth: Westbury, New York, United States
Occupation: Actress
Height: 1.68 m
Spouse: Marc Andrus (m. 2003)
Children: Aurora Andrus, Harlow Andrus

Nancy Justine McKeon (born April 4, 1966) is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Jo Polniaczek on the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life and Jinny Exstead on The Division.

Career
McKeon and her older brother Philip appeared in numerous commercials. McKeon also appeared on the soap operas The Secret Storm and Another World. The McKeons moved to Los Angeles in 1975, when Philip won the role of Tommy Hyatt and began appearing on the television series Alice with Linda Lavin.

In 1979 McKeon was discovered by a casting director for The Facts of Life on the basis of her performance in a Hallmark advertisement, in which she was able to cry on cue.

She was cast as tomboy Jo Polniaczek in the fall of 1980 during the show's second season when four of the first season's cast, including Molly Ringwald, left the show. This is her most famous role and she portrayed the character until the show was canceled in 1988. McKeon also provided the voice for many ABC Weekend Special cartoon characters, including the voice for Scruffy.

Following The Facts of Life, McKeon was courted by NBC executives for the title role in the TV sitcom adaptation of the 1988 film Working Girl; the role, played by Melanie Griffith in the movie, instead went to then unknown Sandra Bullock. In 1994 McKeon and Courteney Cox auditioned for the role of Monica Geller on Friends. The role went to Cox. When asked in interviews about the audition, McKeon said, "I have no hard feelings. The role went to the right person. Courteney was brilliant. Now, I can't see anybody playing the role, not even myself." In 1995 she starred in her own series, Can't Hurry Love, which lasted one season. In 1998 she starred with Jean Smart in the sitcom Style & Substance. McKeon portrayed Inspector Jinny Exstead on the Lifetime police drama The Division from 2001 to 2004, with her pregnancy incorporated into the storyline of the last year of the series. From 2009 to 2010 she appeared in a recurring role in the Disney Channel Original Series Sonny with a Chance, as Connie Munroe, the mother of Demi Lovato's title character.

McKeon also starred in numerous made-for-TV movies in the 1980s and 1990s, including A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story, in which she portrayed the title role of Tracey Thurman, and The Wrong Woman, portraying a woman framed for killing her boss. In 2003 McKeon starred in the film Comfort and Joy.

In 2018 McKeon was announced as one of the celebrities to compete on season 27 of Dancing with the Stars. She was partnered with professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy, and was the third celebrity eliminated, on October 8.

Personal life
While McKeon was on The Facts of Life, she and her parents were granted a private audience with Pope John Paul II.

McKeon and her husband, Marc Andrus, have two daughters, Aurora and Harlow Andrus.

Her older brother is actor Philip McKeon.

McKeon dated actor Michael J. Fox for three years after they met on the set of High School U.S.A. (1983).

McKeon married Andrus in 2003, after meeting on the set of the Hallmark movie ''A Mother’s Gift'' in 1995. They live on a ranch in Austin, Texas, with their daughters.

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