Claudia Lonow Rapaport started in show business playing Michele Lee’s chubby, loud- mouthed teenage daughter on Knot's Landing for 5 1⁄2 years. Favorite episodes include: the one where she has kidney failure; the one where she runs away with the town murderer; and the one where she almost loses her virginity, but instead winds up donning clown make up and singing “Put On A Happy Face” with her mom.
Lonow’s next career was waitressing. Next she was a comic, working the road and doing TV spots. When she gave her best joke to Sarah Silverman, and Silverman killed with it, a writer was born. Lonow’s writing career took off when she wrote a semi-autobiographical spec pilot about a former nighttime soap opera television actress who gets sent to rehab, called Rude Awakening. Showtime bought the show, which ran for 55 episodes. Lonow has been creating, writing and show running television ever since: Good Girls Don't for Oxygen; Accidentally On Purpose for CBS and How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life) for ABC.
Lonow’s directing career was mentored by friend Jill Soloway. This led to Lonow co-writing and directing the short, Bummed which won Best Short Film, Best Actor, Best Screenplay at the LA Indie Film Festival and the LA Comedy Festival. Her next short film, Keep Calm and Tampon, (completed at the end of 2017) has already been accepted into the Santa Barbara Int’l Film Festival, Vancouver Int’l Women In Film Festival and Los Angeles Women’s Int’l Film Festival – with more festivals to come.