Early life and education
Loughlin was born in Queens, New York and moved with her family to Long Island. First, she lived in Oceanside, New York, where she attended Oaks Public Elementary School #3, and then Hauppauge, New York, where she attended Hauppauge High School.
She began her Career at age 12 as a print model. During her early teen years she appeared in television commercials, and was frequently seen in national print ads like the Sears catalog and Bradlees weekly flyers. In 1979, she received her first recognizable national television exposure playing a cheerleader with a cast on her leg in a Tab Cola commercial. At the age of 15, Loughlin was cast on ABC's soap opera The Edge of Night, playing the part of Jody Travis, an aspiring dancer. After three-and-a-half years, prompted by the urging of Joel Crothers, Loughlin decided to try her luck in feature films and television. She came back to ABC when she was cast on the sitcomFull House playing the role of Rebecca Donaldson, who was Danny Tanner's co-host from work and Jesse Katsopolis's love interest. Her character went from recurring to regular as Rebecca and Jesse married on the show, and this would be her most notable role to date.
After Full House, she starred alongside Bruce Campbell in In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory, which was released in 1997. In 2000, Loughlin co-starred opposite Treat Williams in the Fred Olen Ray-helmed thriller Critical Mass.
She also made cameos on other sitcoms including Spin City, Seinfeld, and The Drew Carey Show. She also played the superhero Black Canary in the short lived Birds of Prey series.
Loughlin was also considered for the role of Sarah Connor in 1984's The Terminator.
From 2004 to 2005, Loughlin co-created, produced and starred in the WB drama series Summerland. She played Ava, the aunt who three children after their parents die in a car accident. The series was canceled due to low ratings on July 11, 2005.
She currently stars in the Beverly Hills, 90210 spinoff 90210 as Debbie Wilson.
Loughlin was in attendance at Comedy Central's The Roast of Bob Saget which was hosted by John Stamos, and premiered on August 17, 2008. At her table were Full House co-stars Dave Coulier and Jodie Sweetin.
Awards and nominations
Young Artist Award
- 1983: Nominated for "Best Young Actress in the Daytime Series" – The Edge of Night
- 1987: Won "Michael Landon Award" – CBS Schoolbreak Special
Daytime Emmy Award
- 1989: Nominated for "Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special" – CBS Schoolbreak Special
TV Land Award
- 2004: Nominated for "Best Quintessential Non-Traditional Family" – Full House
- 2006: Won "Best Performance in a Drama Series Storyline" – Summerland
Teen Choice Award
- 2009: Nominated for "Choice TV Parental Unit" – 90210