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Cause of death  Leukemia
Name  Deborah Raffin
Children  Taylor Rose Viner

Years active  1973–2011
Occupation  Actress, director
Role  Film actress
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Full Name  Deborah Iona Raffin
Born  March 13, 1953 (1953-03-13) Los Angeles, California, United States
Died  November 21, 2012, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse  Michael Viner (m. 1974–2005), Michael Vine (m. 1974–2005)
Books  Mitzi's World: Seek and Discover More Than 150 Details in 15 Works of Folk Art
Parents  Phillip Raffin, Trudy Marshall
Movies  Death Wish 3, The Dove, Once Is Not Enough, Noble House, Nightmare in Badham County
Similar People  Michael Viner, Trudy Marshall, Joseph Bottoms, Charles Jarrott, Michael Winner

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Deborah Iona Raffin (March 13, 1953  – November 21, 2012) was an American film and television actress who later became an audiobook publisher.


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Raffin appeared in several 1970s Hollywood films. She co-starred with Joseph Bottoms in the Gregory Peck-produced film The Dove (1974). Her 1976 television movie Nightmare in Badham County became a theatrical hit in mainland China, making Raffin a star there and leading to her later becoming the first Western actress ever to undertake a movie promotion tour in that country. She was nominated for both a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama and a Razzie Award for Worst Actress for her performance in Touched by Love in 1981. That same year she starred in the TV series adaptation of the hit 1978 film Foul Play, in which she and Barry Bostwick took over the roles played by Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase.

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In 1988 she starred in James Clavell's Noble House with Pierce Brosnan. In 1991 she appeared as Julie Vale, a telepath, in the cult film Scanners II: The New Order alongside British-born Canadian actor David Hewlett. She later appeared as Julie Camden Hastings on the television show 7th Heaven and as Dr. Hightower in the ABC Family teenager series The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Personal life

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Raffin was born in Los Angeles to Trudy Marshall, a Brooklyn-born former movie actress, and Phillip Jordan Raffin, a restaurateur and business executive. Her father was Jewish and her mother was from a Christian background; Raffin identified with Judaism.

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Raffin married movie producer Michael Viner in 1974. The couple later became audiobook publishers. They had one child and divorced in 2005.


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Raffin died from leukemia in her native Los Angeles on November 21, 2012, aged 59.


  • Nominee Best Actress Golden Globe - Touched by Love (1980)
  • Select filmography

  • 40 Carats (1973) as Trina Stanley
  • The Dove (1974) as Patti Ratteree
  • Once Is Not Enough (1975) as January Wayne
  • God Told Me To (1976) as Casey Forster
  • Nightmare in Badham County (1976, TV movie)
  • The Sentinel (1977) as Jennifer
  • Ransom (aka Assault on Paradise) (1977) as Cindy Simmons
  • Mind Over Murder (1979, TV movie) as Suzy
  • Touched by Love (1980) as Lena Canada
  • Dance of the Dwarfs (1983) as Dr. Evelyn Howard
  • Sparkling Cyanide (1983) as Iris Murdoch
  • Claudia (1985) as Claudia
  • Lace II (1985) (miniseries) as Judy Hale
  • Death Wish 3 (1985) as Kathryn Davis
  • Grizzly II: The Concert (1987) as Samantha Owens
  • Noble House (TV miniseries, 1988) as Casey Tcholock (lead female)
  • Night of the Fox (1990) as Sarah Drayton
  • Morning Glory (1993) as Elly Dinsmore (also co-writer of screenplay)
  • References

    Deborah Raffin Wikipedia