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Wendie Jo Sperber Dies at 46

Thu Dec 01, 2005 10:19 pm

Actress Sperber loses breast cancer fight


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Wendie Jo Sperber, who starred opposite Tom Hanks on TV's Bosom Buddies and who in his words became "a walking inspiration" after she contracted cancer, has died. She was 46.

Sperber died at home Tuesday after an eight-year battle with breast cancer, publicist Jo-Ann Geffen said Wednesday.

A Los Angeles native, Sperber appeared in dozens of television shows and movies, including all three Back to the Future films.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, the actress became an advocate for cancer care. In 2001, she founded the weSPARK Cancer Support Center, which provides free emotional support, information and social activities for individuals and families affected by cancer.

Sperber helped unveil and promote a breast cancer stamp for the U.S. Postal Service in 1998, Geffen said.

"The memory of Wendie Jo is that of a walking inspiration," Hanks said in a statement. "She met the challenges of her illness with love, cheer, joy and altruism. We are going to miss her as surely as we are all better for knowing her."

I worked on an event for weSPARK in 2002 and Wendie was right in the middle of everything, working tirelessly. She will be missed.


Fri Dec 02, 2005 1:00 am

That's a damned shame. I really enjoyed her work...especially Bosom Buddies & Bachelor Party. She was very visible throughout the '80's.


Fri Dec 02, 2005 1:21 am

I enjoy that movie she did "I Wanna Hold Your Hand", I just trasfered it onto DVDR about a month ago... she is such a hoot in that! RIP

Elvis fan

Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:52 pm

That is sad. She was a very engaging personality on screen and it's terrible to pass so young.

Fri Dec 02, 2005 4:53 pm

Bosom Buddies and any of her other work was / is not on TV where I live. So even though I did not know her, I just want to say damn cancer. I am truly saddened. RIP.


Fri Dec 02, 2005 5:06 pm

I did like the BTTF trilogy


Fri Dec 02, 2005 7:35 pm

I also thought she was great in 1941.


Fri Dec 02, 2005 8:56 pm

Tom in North Carolina wrote:I also thought she was great in 1941.


She might have been.

But even I can't remember that far back.

Fri Dec 02, 2005 9:01 pm

Did you write that one??