Deborah Baltzell

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Deborah Baltzell
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Birth name Deborah Ann Baltzell
Born November 2, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Died October 24, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, USA from a heart attack
Notable Roles I'm a Big Girl Now: Karen Hawks
Notable Episodes

Deborah Baltzell was an American actress.



Baltzell was born in Los Angeles, California. She made her on-screen acting debut in 1980 in two TV movies, the comedy-drama Marriage Is Alive and Well (co-starring with Jack Albertson and Judd Hirsch) and the dramatic Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case (with Mickey Rourke and a pre-Terminator Linda Hamilton). She also appeared in two feature films, the 1980 William Hurt sci-fi/horror film Altered States (where she played a psychiatric patient afflicted with schizophrenia) and the Walt Disney Pictures-produced 1981 Elliott Gould-Bill Cosby comedy The Devil and Max Devlin (as Heidi, a friend of aspiring singer Stella Summers [played by Julie Budd] who attends a performance by Stella early in the movie to lend moral support).

Baltzell landed her first role in a television series later in 1980 when she was cast in the ABC sitcom I'm a Big Girl Now alongside Diana Canova, Danny Thomas and Martin Short; she portrayed Karen Hawks, a co-worker of Canova's character Diana Cassidy at a Washington, DC think tank called the Kramer Research & Testing Company (and later turned into a newspaper reporter in a retcon by the show's writers) [1]. I'm a Big Girl Now was to be Baltzell's only TV series, as well as her final role as an actress; months after the show's cancellation in mid-1981, she died unexpectedly of a heart attack in Los Angeles on October 24, 1981 at the young age of 25.


Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
I'm a Big Girl Now Karen Hawks 1980–1981 1

Notable Film Roles

Film Role Released
Altered States Schizophrenic patient 1980
The Devil and Max Devlin Heidi 1981

Awards and Accolades


  1. I'm a Big Girl Now listing from The Complete Encyclopedia of Television at