From 1981 to 1987, viewers tuned in to Gimme a Break! to check out the antics of the Kanisky family. The show followed Nell Harper, Carl Kanisky’s housekeeper, and their three teenage daughters, Katie, Julie, and Sam. Sadly, Nell Carter, who played Nell, and Dolph Sweet, who played Carl, have now passed away. But the actors who played the teenagers in their care are now in their 50s and 60s. Kari Michaelsen, Lauri Hendler and Lara Jill Miller have gone in different directions with their lives since the Kanisky family came to an end. Read on to learn more about today’s actors.
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Michaelsen, who played Katie, stopped acting in the late 1980s, with her final roles in the movie Girl Talk and an episode of Full House. The 60-year-old is now a motivational speaker and consultant. According to his website, she began public speaking and presenting educational seminars in 1990. She has also worked in broadcasting and interviewed celebrities for morning shows and a series called In the Spotlight. As for her personal life, she has a 17-year-old son Nick with her ex-husband.
Hendler, who played middle sister Julie, is still an actor. She has appeared on many popular television shows including The West Wing, Becker, Without a Trace, ER and Veep. Some of her more recent roles have been in Young Sheldon, The Goldbergs and Animal Kingdom. She has also done voice work for various video games. Hendler, 56, shares moments from her personal life, including photos with her husband, on her Instagram account.
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Like Hendler, Miller, 54, is also an actress, but these days she’s focused on voice acting work. She has provided voices for a variety of animated children’s shows, including Curious George, Doc McStuffins, Clifford’s Puppy Days, The Loud House and Digimon. That said, Miller has also worked outside the entertainment industry. According to her website, she has been a lawyer in New York City and has been barred in three states. Like his former co-stars, you can follow updates on Miller’s life and career on Instagram.
The stars of Gimme a Break! clearly they all went their separate ways, but there has been at least one semi-reunion in recent years. In 2018, Hendler and Michaelsen attended the pop culture fan convention The Hollywood Show and posed for photos together.
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