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Jeanetta Arnette

Highest Rated:   96% Hunter Gatherer (2016)
Lowest Rated:   12% Ladybugs (1992)
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A fair-haired character actress who maintained a nearly constant presence in American television series and features (making her countenance eminently familiar), Jeanetta Arnette began her career in late-'70s exploitation pictures, such as the 1977 releases Teenage Graffiti and The Class Reunion Massacre. Beginning with a bit part as a party guest in Blake Edwards' midlife-crisis comedy 10 (1979), however, Arnette segued gently into more mainstream efforts. She specialized in playing upbeat, highly energetic women with a professional edge. Early assignments included Rob Cohen's underrated Age of Aquarius period film A Small Circle of Friends (1980), the made-for-television sci-fi opus Brave New World (1980), and Andrew V. McLaglen's telemovie Western The Shadow Riders (1982). Arnette achieved her broadest fame and recognition for several years in 1986, when she signed on to play Bernadette Meara, the assistant principal of the Monroe High School for teen prodigies, on the popular sitcom Head of the Class (1986-1991) -- a role she carried for the entire run of the series. Subsequent assignments included the Rodney Dangerfield comedy Ladybugs (1992), the gender-bending melodrama Boys Don't Cry (1999), and Lasse Hallström's offbeat romantic drama The Shipping News (2001). In 2007, Arnette tackled a more prominent role in director David Gordon Green's earnest ensemble drama Snow Angels.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
96% Hunter Gatherer
  • Dr. Merton
2016
No Score Yet Beneath the Dark
  • Shirley
2010
67% Snow Angels
  • Louise Parkinson
$0.3M 2007
No Score Yet Sniper 3
  • Sydney
2004
No Score Yet Dunsmore
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Florida City
  • Donna Jo
2003
55% The Shipping News
  • Silver Melville
$11.5M 2001
39% Pay It Forward
  • Actor
$32.9M 2000
44% The Prime Gig
  • Cheryl
2000
89% Boys Don't Cry
  • Lana's Mom
1999
No Score Yet Finding Kelly
  • Actor
1999
43% Judas Kiss
  • Monica Grimes
1998
40% First Love, Last Rites
  • Sissel's Mom
1998
No Score Yet Somebody Is Waiting
  • Edna Rice
1998
12% Ladybugs
  • Glynnis Mullen
1992
No Score Yet The Deliberate Stranger
  • Barbara
1986
No Score Yet Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac
  • Nikki
1984
No Score Yet City Killer
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet A Minor Miracle
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet The Shadow Riders
  • Southern Belle
1982
No Score Yet Take Your Best Shot
  • Fran
1982
No Score Yet Callie & Son
  • Receptionist
1981
No Score Yet A Small Circle of Friends
  • Waitress
1980
68% 10
  • Party Guest
1979
No Score Yet Class Reunion Massacre
  • Cindy
1978
No Score Yet Teenage Graffiti
  • Actor
1977

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Head of the Class
1986-1991
  • Bernadette Meara Bernadette
  • 2018
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
77% Extant
2014-2015
  • Anya Sparks
  • 2015
  • 2014
97% Justified
2010-2015
  • Marsha Keyhoe
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Sue Overton
  • 2012
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Chelsey Simpson
  • 2009
90% Fringe
2008-2013
  • Dr. West
  • 2009
  • 2008
81% So NoTORIous
2006
  • Ruthie Rose
  • 2006
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Mrs. Spencer
  • 2005
85% Lost
2004-2010
  • Calloway
  • 2005
  • 2004
78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Sandra Knowles
  • 2004
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Mrs. Hawkes
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
1995-2004
  • Gloria
  • 2002
No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder
1993-2001
  • Lana Andrews
  • 2000
No Score Yet V.I.P.
1998-2004
  • Dr. Lonnie Heppelman
  • 1999
91% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Dr. Loews
  • 1997
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
  • Gus
  • 1995
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
  • Nurse
  • 1994
78% The Jackie Thomas Show
1992-1993
  • Sophia Ford
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet The A-Team
1983-1987
  • Betty
  • 1985
No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
1976-1983
  • Marianne
  • 1983

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