Connie Needham Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 07 Sep, 2020
Facts of Connie Needham
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name Connie Needham
Birth Name Connie Marie Bowen
Nick Name Connie Newton
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Anaheim, California, USA
Profession Actress, Dance Instructor
Eye Color Green
Hair Color Brown
Children 2
Divorce David Needham (April 7, 1979 - 2005)
TV Show CHiPs, Eight Is Enough, The Love Boat, Police Squad!, Fame, L.A. Law, Ellen
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Connie Needham is a former American child and adult actress and dance instructor who was active from the late-'70s to the mid-'90s. She is most known for portraying Elizabeth Bradford in the ABC comedy-drama series Eight is Enough.   

How Old is Connie Needham? Age, Early Life, and Childhood

Connie Needham was born Connie Marie Bowen on December 5, 1959. The 60-year-old is a native of Anaheim, California.  


Needham made her professional acting debut and is most known for her portrayal of Elizabeth Bradford, one of the main characters of the ABC comedy-drama series Eight is Enough. The show ran from March 15, 1977, to May 23, 1981, for a total of 112 episodes through five seasons; Needham having appeared in all 112 episodes. 

Connie Needham as Elizabeth Bradford in the ABC comedy-drama series Eight is Enough SOURCE: IMDb

Additionally, she reprised her character for the subsequent made-for-TV movies: 1987's Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion and 1989's An Eight Is Enough Wedding.    

Besides the widely popular Eight is Enough roles, Needham has also been in other television shows. She played two characters, Kelly Hayden / Kathy Murphy, in the syndicated musical drama series Fame.

She also had guest appearances in a litany of TV shows including her role as herself in the NBC crime drama series CHiPs, as Debbie Holton in the ABC comedy series The Love Boat, as Denise Franklin in the NBC legal drama L.A. Law, and as a waitress in the ABC sitcom Ellen.            

After retiring from acting, Needham became a licensed dance instructor in November 2006 and is currently based in Orange County, California, where she runs her own dance studio, specializing in junior jazz and lyrical styles and helping choreograph teams and dance recitals.    

Mother of Two Daughters with Ex-Husband David Needham

Connie Needham is mother to two daughters, Kimberly Needham and Taylor Needham, with her-now ex-husband David Needham. David Needham is the son of eminent Hollywood stuntman/director-producer Hal Needham and one of the set designers on Eight is Enough. They got married in between the hiatus of filming the third and the fourth season of the show.

Connie Needham with her daughter Kimberly Needham SOURCE: Getty Images

Once they got married, Connie changed her last name to Needham and was credited as such starting from the show's fourth season.  

Connie and David were married for 26 years, tying the knot on April 7, 1979; they divorced sometime in 2005.  

Diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer

On July 16, 2009, Needham revealed that she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. As of this writing, Needham has made full recovery and her cancer is in remission.