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Witty, alluring performer whose offbeat charm and amiability landed her a gig as an MTV VJ. Duffy's (aka "Duff" on-air) less-than-serious approach to her job quickly made her a favorite to viewers. Unlike many of her predecessors who quickly fell into obscurity, she diversified into commercials and feature appearances. She made her feature debut playing a "Crack Den Girl" in the Christopher Walken actioner "McBain" (1991). Her subsequent feature credits include small roles in Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" (1991), "Who's the Man" (1993)--which also featured such MTV luminaries as Dennis Leary and Ed Lover--and "Reality Bites" (1994) in a cameo spoofing MTV's "The Real World." Duffy made her first substantial feature performance as a woman reminiscent of Mrs. Robinson ("The Graduate") in the Disney comedy "Blank Check" (1994).
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Feature acting debut, "McBain"
First film in a substantial role, "Blank Check"
Discovered to have a brain lesion which was eventually diagnosed as sarcoidosis of the central nervous system, a rare disease with an unknown cause; underwent treatment with steroids, cherotherapy and morphine
Disclosed her illness on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in March
Co-starred in "The 24 Hour Woman"