Actress Jodie Sweetin earned a permanent and well-deserved place in the hearts of all mid-'80s sitcom lovers circa 1987, when the then-five-year-old won the part of pint-sized Stephanie Tanner, the middle daughter of widowed sportscaster-turned-morning-show host Danny Tanner (Bob Saget), on the Friday-night laugh-fest Full House. Sweetin remained with the ABC program for all of its eight-year run (from 1987 through 1995) but maintained a somewhat lower profile thereafter, appearing selectively in projects like the 2012 TV movie Singled Out. The former child star made headlines in the later 2000's, openly discussing her struggles with addiction and substance abuse. In 2016, she returned to her most famous character in the Full House sequel series, Fuller House.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Was adopted at 9 months old; her biological father was one-quarter American Indian.
- Took tap and ballet lessons as a 3-year-old, and Full House producers often incorporated dance routines into her scenes on the sitcom.
- Began her career in an Oscar Mayer commercial at age 4.
- Was known for the catchphrase "How rude!" on Full House.
- Her Full House costar Candace Cameron Bure was matron of honor at Sweetin's first wedding, and Bure's daughter Natasha was flower girl.
- Released a 2009 memoir called unSweetined.