Award-winning actress, author, teen mentor, talk-show host, comedienne and public speaker, Lydia Cornell grew up in America’s living rooms. An international celebrity best known for her starring role as the daughter of TV legend Ted Knight in the hit ABC series Too Close for Comfort
, Cornell was one of the most popular sex symbols of the '80s, playing virginal blonde bombshell cheerleader Sara Rush. The series airs daily on Tribune Broadcasting’s new channel Antenna TV.
This year Cornell has worked with the Red Cross, firefighters, Autism Awareness, and High Hopes, Pat Boone
’s charity for traumatic spinal cord injury. She recently hosted a documentary for Safe Passage Home, an organization that gives extreme life makeovers to victims of domestic violence, for viewing on the Oxygen Network. Last fall she housed domestic abuse victims and cared for their children throughout the school year. With the help of the police, Cornell helped rescue a battered woman from a predator.
Cornell has just recorded a PSA for the 14th annual Eric Marienthal
and Friends Concert to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach this Sunday, July 22nd. The night includes a VIP, pre-concert dinner with Marienthal and the evening's special guest performers, a live and silent auction, and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Over the last 14 years this event has raised over $500,000 for the many brain-injured adults who attend High Hopes.
Best Actress nominee for AFI and Method Fest, People's Choice Award winner, and star of over 250 TV shows and films and episodes worldwide, Cornell was recently on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm
; The Kelsey Grammer Comedy Hour
; Variety’s Power of Comedy
honoring Russell Brand; and movies with Robert Downey, Jr., Steven Tyler
, Jon Bon Jovi, and The Mentalist
’s Amanda Rhigetti.
Cornell continues to pursue a path of comedic gold, doing stand-up and writing often pointedly hilarious political barbs on her acclaimed and sometimes controversial blog.