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Wendie Malick

Nina Van Horn

Wendie Malick stars as former soap star actress Victoria Chase in TV Land’s hit sitcom, "Hot in Cleveland," which premieres its fourth season on Wednesday, November 28 at 10pm ET/PT. The series follows three fabulous friends from Los Angeles (Valerie Bertinelli), Jane Leeves and Malick) whose plane, bound for Paris, is forced to make an emergency landing in Cleveland. After discovering that they’re still "hot" in Cleveland, they decide to move there and start over together, renting a Victorian home that comes with a sharp-tongued caretaker, played by Betty White.

For seven seasons, Wendie Malick starred as Nina Van Horn, the outrageous ex-model and fashion editor, on the hit NBC sitcom "Just Shoot Me!" a role that earned her a Golden Globe(R) nomination and two Emmy(R) nominations. She then joined the final season of "Frasier" as Ronnie Lawrence (Frasier’s stepmother). Other series roles include "Big Day," "Good Company" and HBO’s groundbreaking comedy, "Dream On" (for which she received four CableACE Awards). Malick has also guest starred on "CSI," "The X-Files," "LA Law," "NYPD Blue," "Seinfeld," "Cybil" and "Law And Order," to name just a few. She starred in many movies for television, including "Take My Advice" (playing both Ann Landers and Abby Van Buren), "Hello Sister," "Goodbye Life," "Will You Merry Me?," "Apollo 11," "Dynasty: The Miniseries," "Paper Dolls" and "North Shore Fish," in a role she originated on stage.

Malick’s feature film credits include "Adventureland," "Confessions of a Shopaholic," "Racing Stripes," "The American President," "The Emperor’s New Groove," "Jerome," "On Edge," "Trojan Wars," "Bugsy," "A Little Sex," "Funny About Love," the cult classic, "Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video," "The Goods," "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," "Adventures of a Teenage Dragon Slayer" and "Fifty-Nothing." In 2012, Malick filmed "After All the Years" for the Hallmark Channel.

Malick’s theatrical Off-Broadway credits include "North Shore Fish" and "Burleigh Grimes." In Los Angeles, Malick appeared in Victor Bumbalo's "Questa" and Oliver Hailey's "Round Trip," for which she received an Artistic Director's Award nomination as Best Lead Actress. Also in Los Angeles, she appeared in "The Vagina Monologues," "Santaland Diaries," and Steve Martin’s "The Underpants." Her regional theatre credits include "The Guys" (Studio Arena), "Don’t Blame Me, I Voted For Helen Gahagan Douglas" (Wooly Mammoth) and "Blithe Spirit" (Williamstown).

Malick has shared in many honors. In June 2011, Malick – along with co-stars Bertinelli, Leeves and White – was presented with the key to the city of Cleveland by the mayor. "Hot in Cleveland" was also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award(R) for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2011.

In 2000, Malick was honored by Women in Film as "A Woman of Vision" along with Tipper Gore, Gwen Ifills and Roseanne Barr. She is on the board of directors of both the Environmental Media Association and the Creative Coalition (which lobbies for the Arts), the Board of Advocates for Planned Parenthood (who honored her in 2006 as a “Champion of Choice”) and the Advisory Board of The Humane Society through their charitable gift fund, "A Drop in the Bucket." In addition, she and her husband, Richard Erickson, support a medical center in the Congo. They live in the Santa Monica Mountains with two horses and a dog.

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Character Bio

Nina Van Horn is Blush magazine's fashion editor. Like some of her other co-workers, she has ulterior motives. Unlike her fellow co-workers, her motives have little or nothing to do with her status at the magazine. At one time, she asks Jack about his magician assistant: "He comes in late, he accomplishes nothing, takes long lunches. Be straight with me Jack. Are you grooming him for my position?"

Nina's sporting life is a cocktail of, well, cocktails, and vanity that is off the charts. She is driven by the desire to fit into fabulous clothes and shoes. In one episode, she wonders aloud if it's worth cutting off a toe to fit into a beautiful pair of shoes. Ostensibly, this off-the-charts ego comes from her days as a former model. Her computer's screen saver features nude photos of herself. Nina has a string of handsome assistants with whom she has her way.

In the 1970s and 80s Nina had been a top model and partied hard with New York's "in"' crowd. She married Robert Evans for a month and was responsible for the closing of Studio 54, a popular nightclub. Nicknamed the "Gothcha Girl," Nina graced the covers of Vogue, Mademoiselle and Redbook magazines as well as the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She was once British supermodel Twiggy's roommate.

Before becoming a top model, Nina was adopted as a child by the Noddleman's who owned a farm in Kansas. They named her Claire after the family's missing cat. On the farm, the then Claire, calmed the horses. As Nina Van Horn, she takes pride in this skill and calls herself a "Horse Calmer-Downer." She gets to test her skills on Jack's race horse, Tax Dodge.

Contrary to what one might predict, Nina does get acknowledged as a prominent editor in the business and wins a Femmy for her work. Nina's greatest fear in life is losing her looks. But nothing brightens Nina's day like hearing about the failure of others.