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Jackie Swanson

Close-up on Jackie Swanson -- We talk with this actress about her time on ''Cheers'' and her future

Several dozen episodes of Cheers ago, Jackie Swanson and Woody Harrelson were rehearsing a courtship scene between bartender Woody Boyd and his sweet, naive, insanely rich girlfriend, Kelly. ''Woody was making a joke about a wedding tradition where the groom shares the bride with all his friends,'' says Swanson, ''and suddenly he said, 'You know, we'll be married eventually.' I said, 'Sure — I'll believe it when I see it.'''

Believe it. On May 14, in Cheers' hourlong season finale, Swanson — originally cast for just one segment three years ago — will walk down the aisle, vowing to love and honor Harrelson till cancellation do them part. It's quite a step up for the unmarried, 28-year-old Michigan native, whose parents were ''heartbroken'' when she left Northern Michigan University to try acting eight years ago; Swanson herself wasn't exactly encouraged when she took home her first acting paycheck for a role in a Prince video (''I was the 'Raspberry Beret' girl, and I made, like, $35''). Now her Cheers future seems secure, if mysterious. ''Will Woody and Kelly have a baby?'' she muses. ''I have no idea. I never thought they'd even get this far.''

Originally posted May 15, 1992 Published in issue #118 May 15, 1992 Order article reprints