With pretty, girl-next-door looks and a sweet smile, this small-screen actress inspired countless boyhood crushes as John Stamos's main squeeze on the family sitcom Full House. A child model and former teen soap star, Loughlin appeared in a number of TV-movies before she landed a six-episode stint on Full House, but her character proved so popular, she ended up staying for eight seasons. During her tenure, she continued to star in myriad Lifetime-type telepics, invariably playing plucky young women who overcome adversity and abuse. Although none of her subsequent series recaptured her seminal success—not even the WB drama Summerland, which she created and produced as a showcase for her talents—Loughlin remained a familiar TV face, with guest spots on numerous series and a lead in the CW spin-off 90210.
Started modeling at age 11.
Turned down the lead in 1980's The Blue Lagoon, which went to Brooke Shields.
Appeared in the soap The Edge of Night from 1980 to 1983; and made her movie debut in 1983's Amityville 3-D.
Took on another maternal role, as the transplanted Midwest mom of two teens enrolled in West Beverly High in the CW spin-off 90210.