Faith Ford : Leila

Date Of Birth: September 14th, 1964  City: Alexandria, Louisiana

Her classic beauty, combined with her wit and comedic talent, earned Faith Ford five Emmy nominations and two consecutive Golden Globe nominations for her ten-year portrayal of reporter Corky Sherwood on “Murphy Brown.” More recently she starred for three seasons in the ABC hit comedy series “Hope & Faith,” with Kelly Ripa, and co-starred opposite Vin Diesel in Touchstone Pictures’ “The Pacifier.”

Ford’s television credits include the ABC Family Channel feature “Moms on Strike,” opposite Tim Matheson, Florence Henderson and Spencer Breslin. She also starred for two seasons as Shelly Kilmartin, a probation officer who is the object of Norm Macdonald’s affection on the ABC series “Norm.” Between “Murphy Brown” and “Norm,” Ford headlined her own series, “Maggie Winters.”

In addition to her acting career, Ford made her writing debut in 2004 with an exciting cookbook, “Cooking with Faith,” co-written with Melissa Clark. This multi-generational Southern cookbook draws on Ford’s childhood in Louisiana, where she learned how to cook down-home food at the knees of her grandmother and mother. Along with the traditional family recipes, the cookbook includes updated healthier versions, sprinkled with familial anecdotes of good ole’ Southern hospitality and charm.

In high school Ford acted in school plays, and in her senior year she was a finalist in Teen Magazine’s annual model search. She moved to New York City when she was 17, working in commercials, taking acting classes and doing some modeling. At age 18 she landed a role on the soap “Another World.” After a year on the show, she decided to move to Los Angeles to further pursue her career as an actress.

Relocating to Los Angeles in 1985 and continuing her acting studies, Ford began acquiring primetime television credits. She was a regular on the series “Popcorn Kid” and a recurring character on “thirtysomething,” before meeting “Murphy Brown” executive producer Diane English.

Ford also starred in the Rob Reiner feature “North,” the sci-fi action thriller “Night Visitors,” and in the M.O.W. “Her Desperate Choice.”

She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband.

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