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Andrea Elson

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Nationality  American
Spouse  Scott Hopper (m. 1993)
Years active  1983–1998
Children  Claire Hopper
Name  Andrea Elson
Siblings  Samantha Elson
Role  Actress

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Born  March 6, 1969 (age 54) (1969-03-06) New York, New York
Occupation  ActressModel (profession)
Parents  Stephen Elson, Elinor Elson
Movies and TV shows  ALF, Whiz Kids, Frankenstein: The College Y, Class Cruise
Similar People  Anne Schedeen, Max Wright, Benji Gregory, Paul Fusco, John LaMotta

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Andrea Elson (born March 6, 1969) is an American former actress. Beginning her professional career as a child actress and model, Elson is perhaps best known for her television roles; as Alice Tyler on the CBS science-fiction adventure series Whiz Kids and as Lynn Tanner on the NBC comedy series ALF, which garnered the teenage actress two Youth in Film Award nominations in 1986 and 1989.


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Early life

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Elson was born in New York City on March 6, 1969. She grew up in New York City with her parents and an older sister named Samantha (born circa 1966). While Elson was still a child, the family moved to San Diego, California for a period of four years before returning to Westchester County, New York.


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Elson began her professional career as a child actress and model, appearing in a number of commercials and print advertorials. She also appeared in several community theatre productions as a child while living in San Diego.

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In 1983, Elson made her television debut at the age of 14 with a co-starring role on the CBS mystery-adventure series, Whiz Kids. On the series, Elson portrayed Alice Tyler, co-starring alongside Matthew Laborteaux, Todd Porter and Jeremy Jacquet as a group of teenage detectives who solve crimes and bring perpetrators to justice with the help of a talking computer.

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Although Whiz Kids lasted only one season, Elson's role as Alice established the 14-year-old and her teenage co-stars as prominent fixtures in the various teen magazines of the era, including 16 magazine, Bop and Teen Beat, among others. The role also led to Elson and the rest of the teenage Whiz Kids cast to make a crossover appearance on the 1983 episode of Simon & Simon entitled "Fly the Alibi Skies".

In 1986, Elson landed a co-starring role on the NBC science-fiction situation comedy ALF. On the series, Elson portrayed Lynn Tanner, the teenage daughter in a typical middle-class suburban family who adopt a friendly extraterrestrial, performed by puppeteer Paul Fusco. The series lasted four seasons and Elson's portrayal earned the teenage actress two Youth in Film Award nominations, before the series' cancellation in 1990.

After the cancellation of ALF, Elson continued to appear in a variety of television roles, guest starring on numerous popular television series of the time, including Who's the Boss?, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, ABC Afterschool Special, Married... with Children, Mad About You, Step by Step and The Young and the Restless, as well as appearing in the television films Class Cruise and Frankenstein: The College Years.

As of 2016, Elson was working as a yoga instructor.

Personal life

During her years as a teenage actress, the teen magazines reported that Elson had attended high school in Westchester County, New York. Her extra-curricular interests at the time included horseback riding, softball, soccer and swimming, as well as playing piano, which she reportedly began studying at the age of seven.


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