Lydia Cornell Is Vegas Radio Host

October 29, 2008
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Meet Lydia Cornell, an 80s television star and now a radio host and writer. See her biography, photos and video here.




Lydia was recently interviewed by Sitcoms Online, and shared what it was like to be on a hot 80s television show, her guest appearances that followed, what it’s like to be a mother of a teenager, and what she’s written over the years.

Lydia Cornell Biography

As a biography, Lydia Cornell was born July 23, 1962 in El Paso, Texas, so her age is 46. Her measurements are 5’6″, 36C-24-35. She currently resides in Las Vegas as the co-host of the Basham and Cornell radio show.

Lydia began acting on the stage and landed her first role in Hollywood in 1979 with the film “Steel”. A year later, she scored her big break, with the role of Sarah Rush in the 80s sitcom, “Too Close for Comfort”. She won a People’s Choice Award for her performance. The series lasted 5 years and spanned 62 episodes. She continues acting today, last appearing in the 2008 film “Damage Done”, and an episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” before that. She is also a comedian, performing in a set called “Pain is Inevitable, Sex is Optional” with friends Destiny and Stephanie Hodge.

But now Lydia writes more than she acts. Her blog won the Koufax Award in 2005 and 2006. She also wrote a book tentatively called “Serpentine: Tales of a Recovering Bimbo”. The autobiographical tale follows Lydia’s journey through fame, then alcoholism, and finally motherhood and marriage. There’s also a book about dealing with Ann Coulter, if you happen to run into that problem. Her other book is a novel called “The Sylvia Plan”. None have been released, but there are plans.

Lydia has struggled during her life with alcoholism and an eating disorder. Her son Jack was born in 1994, and Lydia credits this with helping her quit the bottle. She took her last drink in 1994.

On November 11, 2002, Lydia married Paul Hayeland. They have two children together, in addition to Lydia’s son Jack.

See more photos of Lydia Cornell and a video below.




Lydia Cornell Video – “Too Close For Comfort”






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3 Responses to “Lydia Cornell Is Vegas Radio Host”

  1. 1
    Max Says:

    Great article and photos. BUT Corrections:

    1. Lydia did somewhere between 125-130 episodes of Too Close for Comfort as they produced between 22 and 26 shows per year. As a lead cast member she was in every episode but one.

    2. She does not live in Las Vegas. She lives in Los Angeles and does the radio show via phone or ISDN to the station in Las Vegas.

  2. 2
    Max Says:

    And I admit she is my favorite actress of all time! I saw her comedy show and it is terrific.

  3. 3
    Daisy Says:

    Lydia Cornell was not born in 1962, and her birth year is 1953. She is listed in the Texas Birth Index on Ancestry. com. Her real last name is Korniloff. You can check the El Paso County Birth Index online under her real name of Korniloff for free and see for yourself.