I have tried to think of a Pineville, Louisiana native that is better known nationally than actress Faith Ford who portrayed Corky Sherwood on Murphy Brown for nine seasons from 1988-1998 and have not come up with another name.
Readers of this article may think of someone from Pineville better known than Faith Ford but in my opinion she is the best known Pinevillian.
Ford was born in Alexandria, Louisiana on September 14, 1964 as Alexis Ford.
She garnered some modeling jobs as a teenager in New York City until she could find an acting job.
Her big break was when she landed jobs in soap operas Another World as Julia Shearer in 1964 and as Muffy Critchlow in One Life to Live in 1968.
Her first primetime series The Popcorn Kid lasted only six episodes in 1983 before being removed from the CBS network schedule.
Ford next appeared in five episodes of Thirty Something from 1987-1988. That same year she won the role of Corky Sherwood on Murphy Brown which lasted for nine years on the CBS network.
Ford almost immediately went back to work in 1998 as the star of Maggie Winters on the CBS network but the show left the air after only 16 episodes in 1999,
She found work again in 2000 as a co-star in Norm’s World in which she portrayed Shelly Kilmartin in 32 episodes of the ABC network comedy which left the air in 2001.
Two years later Ford surfaced again on prime time television in 2003 co-starring with Kelly Ripa on Hope and Faith. She appeared in all 59 episodes before the show which ran on ABC network from 2003-2006 was canceled.
The next year 2007 found Ford at work again in The Carpoolers an ABC network show which debuted on October 2, 2007 and the last episode aired on March 4, 2008.
She hasn’t appeared as a regular in a television series since 2008 but has two movies currently in post-production with her portraying detective Alison Jenkins in Escapee which will be released later this year. The film was written by her husband Campion Murphy who also is directing the film.
Her other movie The Prom will be released in theaters on April 11 so she seems to be concentrating more on becoming a film actor currently.
She made her first television appearance 28 years ago at the age of 19 and is now 46 years old.
After reading about her success as an actress it is easy to see why she would be the most famous Pineville native.