Suncoast family lives life in the spotlight

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Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 10:20 pm | Updated: 9:08 pm, Mon Mar 18, 2013.

SARASOTA - It's not uncommon for celebrities to make their home on the Suncoast when their Hollywood days are over. Judy Landers is one of them. She made her name starring in several television shows and movies, and now her daughters are forging their own way to fame.

Judy Landers Niedenfuer, and daughters Lindsey and Kristy are a striking sight where ever they go. Judy became a Hollywood star at an early age.

"I was like 16 when I got my first TV series, which was “Vega$” on ABC with Robert Urich, and I was playing a Las Vegas showgirl...nobody knew how old I was."

She was also in BJ and the Bear, and many other hit TV shows and movies. "I did lots of movies, Armed and Dangerous with John Candy, and I did a movie called Ghost Rider with my sister, we starred in that together. "

Judy and baseball star Tom Niedenfuer have been married 25 years. They decided to move to Sarasota when Judy performed at the Van Wezel. “I think it's a wonderful place to raise a family. I love it here. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else in the world."

The girls are in a band. "We're called Official Hot Mess, and it's us and 4 guys, and we've traveled all over the place together. We've been to Japan, the Playboy Mansion, we just have a great time," says Lindsey Landers-Niedenfuer Leins.

“It's pop rock music. You might have heard some of it on shows like Jersey Shore or Keeping Up with the Kardashians," says Kristy Landers-Niedenfuer.

Lindsey got married last November, and the whole crew - band and all - appeared on the reality show Say Yes To The Dress. “Essentially I said yes to the dress on the show, but I ended up changing my mind. I got a dress from Bradenton."

Kristy will be competing for Miss Florida USA in July. "I am Miss Lake Eola, USA, which means I represent the central part of Florida for the Miss Universe Organization."

The girls have also formed an event planning company. "Lindsey and I have just started an event planning company called The A-list. We’ve done a lot of events out in LA for the Playboy Mansion, and a lot of exciting Hollywood glamour events. But now we’re making the transition to Sarasota."

They recently planned the Dream Makers Ball for the Sarasota Boys and Girls Club and received rave reviews.

The family also includes 5 dogs, 6 birds and an iguana. They just canceled a reality show about their family that was being taped at their home. They made a couple of episodes, and then they decided they would keep their dignity instead.

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1 comment:

  • RockingJamboree posted at 2:36 pm on Fri, Feb 28, 2014.

    RockingJamboree Posts: 1

    OK, so Judy Landers was born in 1958. And Vega$ debuted on TV in 1978. So Landers was like 19 when she got her first TV series. Maybe nobody knew how old she was, but I doubt Hollywood would cast a 16 year old as a Vegas Showgirl! Maybe Judy Landers casually lies about her age now.

    Kristy may have competed for Miss Florida last July, but she just WON Miss Tennessee 2014! I'm not sure how that works. But it's interesting.


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