Today is the birthday of child star Joey Lawrence (given
name: Joey Lawrence Mignogna), who was born in 1976. Although Lawrence is best
known for his roles on TV shows like Gimme a Break and Blossom,
he's got one album under his belt and another waiting in the wings.
Lawrence's public career began in 1983 with Gimme a Break, in which
he played adoptee to Nell Carter, which is enough to scar anyone for life.
Lawrence returned to the small screen in 1991 in the role of the dimwitted Joey
Russo on Blossom, and currently stars (with his two brothers, Matt and
Andy), on Brotherly Love.
Lawrence lent his, er, acting skills to
several films, including Summer Rental, Pulse and Oliver and
Company. Few of these movies fared well at the box office, though (maybe he
should stick to characters named Joey).
His music career has so far fared
only slightly better, debuting in 1993 with a self-titled record that served as
an easy dartboard for most music critics. His followup, due out later this
year, is titled Soulmates; currently it's tied up in that spaghetti most
musicians affectionately call "contractual difficulties."
reputation as a pretty-faced halfwit, Lawrence is currently attending the
University of Southern California. He's also been the subject of at least one
unauthorized autobiography and an "I Hate Joey Lawrence" web page.
birthdays: Tito Puente, Johnny Tillotson, Craig Frost (ex-Grand Funk Railroad)
and Luther Vandross. -- Beth Winegarner