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Character Profile of the Month - May 2002

BOWER, Angela Catherine
(Who's the Boss)

( KL5-6218
3344 Oak Hills Drive
Fairfield, CT

Angela is an ad agency executive at Wallace and McQuade Advertising, the 12th largest advertising agency in New York City. Now divorced from Michael Bower, Angela shares her two-story cape cod home with her rambunctious son, Jonathan L. Bower and her mother Mona Robinson who lives in a rear apartment. In need of a housekeeper, Angela's mother convinced widower Tony Micelli to apply for the job. After giving the matter careful thought, Angela decided to hire Tony as her live-in housekeeper. Tony’s young daughter, Samantha took up residence as well.

(Left to right) Angela Bower (Judith Light), her son, Jonathan (Danny Pintauro), housekeeper Tony Micelli (Tony Danza), Angela's mother, Mona Robinson (Katherine Helmond), and Tony's daughter, Samantha (Allysa Milano) Photo Courtesy ABC Network

Born October, 16th 1950, Angela was shy and plump as a youth and played the cello (but very badly). Angela went to Montague Academy and later graduated from Harvard Business School. She drives a Jaguar automobile (license: MX8266). Her favorite color is emerald. Her favorite Beatle song is “Hey, Jude.“ Angela was nominated for the “Matty” for the best commercial of 1986. Ironically that same year, Angela was fired but she soon opened her own company, the Bower Agency in Manhattan. Her mother Mona pitched in to help run the office as Angela built up her client base.

Throughout all this, Angela’s relationship with her housekeeper Tony eventually turned to true love. During that time Angela’s romantic interests included the handsome Geoffrey Wells; lawyer Jeffrey Michaelson, Esq.; Tony’s cousin Maurizio from Italy who fell in love with Angela; a guy named Christopher; Jake “The Snake,” a former classmate; and while in college, Brian Thomas, whom Angela married as a joke only to discover 20 years later her divorce was never terminated. Angela’s female friends included the sexy but arrogant neighbor Diane Wilmington; Trish, Angela’s old sorority sister; and Angela‘s cousin Christy. When Angela tried to cut loose, she usually got in trouble, like the time Tony invited her to a frat party and she got drunk and ended up in a campus jail.

When Tony was offered a chance to coach at Wells College in Bradford, Iowa, Angela moved to the Midwest to be with her man but after a short time she missed her job and career and moved back to Connecticut. She and Tony carried on a long distance relationship, until Tony realized he could teach anywhere. One night, in 1992, soon after going through a number of housekeepers, Angela opens the front door and sees Tony Micelli dressed in a tuxedo. Tony applies for the job of housekeeper and smiling, Angela asks “So, what are your qualifications?" Tony kisses her passionately and Angela happily tells him “You’ve got the job.” It seems that Angela and Tony were always meant to be. For as children, Angela (in the guise of a girl named Ingrid) unknowingly had met Tony and become friends at Camp Cataba summer camp. It was then that Ingrid (Angela) shared her first kiss with Tony at Kissing Rock.

Judith Light as Angela Bower - WHO'S THE BOSS

Angela Bower, high-powered ad agency executive

TRIVIA NOTE: As of 2002, Judith Light joined the NBC series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in a recurring role as the unit's tough new chief, Elizabeth Donnelly, whose first case involves a suspected pedophile.

Before her eight year stint on ABC's Who's the Boss (1984-92), Judith portrayed Karen Wolek on One Life to Live for 5 years, winning 2 Emmys, 2 Soapy Awards, and the Soap Opera Hall of Fame Award.  
Judith has also starred in numerous TV movies and theatrical productions including the CBS-TV movie Men Don't Tell (1993) with Peter Strauss, which dealt with the subject of husband abuse; an ABC-TV movie The Ryan White Story (1989) portraying the mother of Ryan White, a teenager with AIDS. and as of late in a successful run of the Pulitzer Prize winning play "Wit" in New York, Boston, Washington, DC and San Francisco, among other cities. 

Judith (nicknamed "Sugar Lips") lives in Los Angeles with her husband, actor Robert Desiderio, whom she met while appearing on One Life to Live.

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