Born on November 8, 1967 in San Francisco, California, Courtney Thorne-Smith is an American actress. Her father, Walter Smith, was a computer market researcher, and her mother, Lora Thorne, was a therapist. They divorced when Courtney was seven-years-old and she lived with each of her parents at different times. She attended the Menlo Atherton High School in Atherton, California, and graduated from Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley during her high school time.
Thorne-Smith debuted in movies via the 1986 feature film drama Lucas alongside Winona Ryder, Corey Haim, and Charlie Sheen. She also appeared in various films in the late 1980s including Welcome to 18 (1986), Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds In Paradise (1987), Summer School (1987), and Side Out (1990). In 1998, she starred in the box office dud Chairman of the Board with Carrot Top. In the year 2009, she appeared in Sorority Wars. She made appearances on the few mid-1080s TV series such as Growing Pains and also the made for TV movies including The Thanksgiving Promise and Infidelity before getting a regular role in the short-lived sitcom Day By Day with Douglas Sheehan, Linda Kelsey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. In the year 1990, she was featured in six episodes of LA Law as Laker Girl Kimberly Dugan. Her first major TV role was as Alison Parker on Melrose Place from 1992 to 1997. She played the role of Georgia Thomas on Ally McBeal from 1997 to 2000. Her character was written out of the show at the start of the season four in 2000. From 2001 to 2009, she appeared as Cheryl on According to Jim. In the year 2007, her real-life pregnancy was covered on the show initially, but, later it got written into the narrative. On February 18, 2010, she signed on to play the role of Alan Harper (Jon Cryer’s girlfriend, Lyndsey McElroy, in the seventh season of Two and a Half Men. She was seen in 52 episodes from season seven until season twelve.
On January 1, 2007, she married Roger Fishman, the president of a marketing firm the Zizo Group, and author of the book What I Know. On January 11, 2008, she gave birth to their first child, Jacob Emerson Fishman.