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'It's a Living' Ended Three Decades Ago - Here's What the Cast Is up to Now

Bettina Dizon
Nov 01, 2019
10:54 A.M.

The 1980’s hit series “It’s a Living” brought laughter to homes of individuals after being entertained by the waitresses at the swanky Los Angeles restaurant located at the top of a skyscraper.


For almost a decade, the sitcom “It’s a Living” amused its audience as it follows the lives of a group of waitresses and their irrational boss at the Bonaventure Hotel restaurant.

The talented cast was perfect for the comical show that impressed avid fans. Here is how the comedic employees are about thirty years after the show came to an end.


With her platinum blonde hair and bold blue eyes, it was almost impossible for Ann Jillian to stay away from the spotlight.

Ann Jillian at the 1988 Emmy Awards. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Ann Jillian at the 1988 Emmy Awards. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

After playing Cassie Cranston, the critical waitress on the show, Jillian continued to appear on television films, including one about her struggle with breast cancer, “The Ann Jillian Story.”


Her portrayal in the film won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, adding to her three-time Emmy Award nomination.

She was 35-years-old when Jillian was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy to defeat her battle.

Ann Jillian visits sailors and shipyard workers in Pennsylvania. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Ann Jillian visits sailors and shipyard workers in Pennsylvania. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Some of her works, both before and during “It’s a Living” were “Mae West,” “Babes in Toyland,” and “Gypsy.”

The multi-talented 69-year-old actress also ventured into a singing career and imparted her knowledge and wisdom to others as a motivational speaker.

Jillian was also able to focus and give more time to her family with her husband since 1977, Andy Murcia, and their only child, Andrew Joseph Nauseda.



Life after “It’s a Living” was much more peaceful for Barrie Youngfellow, who played the opposite role as waitress Jan Hoffmeyer on the show.

Youngfellow lived a chaotic life as she tried to make a living all while raising her kids and going to school in the show. However, she lived life differently after and focused on being the wife of actor Sam Freed.


Before the show, Youngfellow appeared in the 1980s film “The Scarlett O’Hara War” and 1972s “The Streets of San Francisco.”


Gail Edwards was already an accomplished person in the entertainment industry since day one. She graduated cum laude from the University of Miami and not long after, wrote, produced, and starred in the musical “Becoming,” which won the Miami Herald Critics’ Choice award thrice.


As she rose to fame, Edwards starred in the Broadway East Coast tour of “Grease,” produced and appeared in “The Good One” and “Vanities” and won a Drama-Logue Critics’ Award.

After playing waitress Dot Higgins on the ABC show, she was cast as Hilary Kozak in the CBS sitcom “The Family Man” and Vicky Larson on “Full House.”

In 1994, Edwards decided that it was time to end her career in the industry and instead wanted a shot at a normal life.


Edwards made a bold move by relocating to Sedona, Arizona with her husband, whom she now helps with in his media.


Marian Mercer passed away in 2011 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and finally defeated by its horrible complications.

Between her time on “It’s a Living” and her death, Mercer appeared on the shows “Murder,” “She Wrote,” and “Suddenly Susan.”


However, her life as a singer-actress flourished even before the show as she garnered a hit single with the song “What Kind of Fool Am I?”

She also won several awards, including a Tony for Best Supporting or Featured Actress, Drama Desk, and Theatre World award in the ‘60s for her role in “Promises, Promises.”


Paul Kreppel joined the cast of “It’s a Living” as pianist Sonny Mann, who would sometimes irritate the ladies with his side comments.


After the show came to an end, Kreppel appeared on “That ‘70s Show” as Jackie’s dad, and after, pursued his passion for theater and won a Tony Award as the director and producer of “Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!”

“It’s a Living” also had a bunch of other notable cast members, including Susan Sullivan, Louise Lasser, Earl Boen, and Crystal Bernard, who each contributed to the success of the sitcom.

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