Heidi Zeigler is an actress who is best known for her role as Sherry Lubbock on the sitcom “Just the Ten of Us.”
Zeigler was born on March 26, 1979 in Lansing, Michigan.
By the age of three, Zeigler appeared in countless national commercials. Some prominent brand names featured in her impressive repertoire include Barbie, Kraft Cheese, Kool-Aid, Cheerios, McDonald’s, and Clorox.
Zeigler landed her first television role in 1984 in the movie, Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter. She had a small role, but it would be the start of a career that would span 8 years, 3 sitcoms and numerous guest appearances.
Rags To Riches
In 1987, Zeigler would land a recurring role on Rags to Riches”, a television series that aired on NBC from 1987 to 1988. The show was set in the 1960s and followed the story of a wealthy businessman named Nick Foley (played by Joseph Bologna) who decides to adopt a group of six orphan girls. The girls come from diverse backgrounds and have different personalities, but they quickly form a close bond as they navigate their new lives as a family.
The show focused on the girls’ experiences adjusting to their newfound wealth and privilege while facing various challenges and adventures. It showcased their individual talents and aspirations, often incorporating musical performances into the episodes. The series blended elements of comedy, drama, and music to explore themes of family, friendship, and personal growth.
Heidi Zeigler, who played the character of Mickey Foley, was the youngest member of the group. Each episode of “Rags to Riches” presented a new storyline, highlighting the girls’ individual journeys and their collective development as a family unit. The series ended after two seasons and 20 episodes.
Just The Ten of Us
Following the cancellation of “Rags to Riches” in 1988, Zeigler secured the role of Sherry Lubbock in ABC’s “Just the Ten of Us,” a spin-off of the popular show “Growing Pains.” Prior to joining the spin-off, she had made appearances in two episodes of “Growing Pains.”
“Just the Ten of Us” enjoyed a successful run for over three seasons startring in 1998, until it was canceled in 1990. Heidi Zeigler portrayed the character of Sherry Lubbock, who was one of the eight children in the Lubbock family.
The show followed the daily lives and comedic misadventures of the large Lubbock family as the father, a high school coach, and his wife tried to navigate their busy household. Heidi Zeigler’s character, Sherry, was one of the younger daughters on the show.
After “Just the Ten of Us” was canceled, Zeigler ventured into guest appearances on various television shows before landing her first feature film role in “There Goes the Neighborhood”.
Within a few months of completing the film, Zeigler secured a series regular role as Nicole Finnigan, a fictional elementary school student, in Fox Television’s “Drexell’s Class.”
The show revolved around the life of Otis Drexell (played by Dabney Coleman), a sarcastic and unconventional fourth-grade teacher at Grantwood Elementary School. Otis Drexell was known for his unorthodox teaching methods and his ability to connect with his students in unique ways.
The series followed the humorous and sometimes chaotic interactions between Mr. Drexell and his diverse group of students. Each episode explored different educational and personal challenges faced by the students, with Mr. Drexell often using unconventional means to teach valuable life lessons. The show tackled various topics such as friendship, school projects, family dynamics, and personal growth.
Shortly after the cancellation of Drexell’s Class, Heidi made the decision to retire from acting, expressing her intention to focus on school.
Life after Acting
By the time Drexell’s Class was cancelled, Zeigler was 13 years old and had a career that any actor would be envious of. She would go on to finish high school and then attend Brigham Young University in 1997 and would receive her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and teaching in 2002. She would futher advance her education at California State University San Marcos, where she would receive her masters in multicultural education.
From 2002-2011, Zeigler worked as a teacher, educating and enriching the lives of all her students.
Zeigler was inspired to be an educator because of her experience acting and her belief in the importance of the arts in education and life. She recognized that when children are given opportunities to express and develop their artistic abilities, they are able to tap into their innate creativity, which is a fundamental power of every person. She believes that creativity drives innovation, change, progress, and overall, the vitality of life. The arts, including visual and performing arts, define our culture and provide joy and purpose.
What is Heidi Zeigler Doing Now?
Heidi Zeigler moved away from teaching in 2011 and is currently working as a team lead coordinator for Redfin. Although she moved away from the classroom, she is still "involved in projects which serve, unite and strengthen community, education, business, and artists of all kinds."
Zeigler is married to Trevor Twitchell, a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch. They have 4 beautiful children together and they currently reside in Irvine, California.