DWTS: Marilu Henner — 5 Things To Know About ‘Taxi’ Star & Derek Hough’s Partner

Actress Marilu Henner has been announced as one of the contestants on season 23 of 'Dancing With The Stars', and we couldn't be more excited! Learn more about the legendary star who's going to bust a move with Derek Hough, after the jump!

Who Is Marilu Henner
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She starred in one of the greatest sitcoms of all time

Marilu played Elaine Nardo on the early 1980s sitcom Taxi, which follows NYC taxi drivers and their terrible dispatcher (Danny DeVito!) Elaine was a divorced mother who had ambitions of working in the arts, and dated dudes like Tom Selleck.

She played Boyle’s fiancée on Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Marilu played Vivian Ludley on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a food author who fell in love with Charles Boyle. Remember when they made out in the closet? They wound up getting engaged, but eventually broke up because he went “Full Boyle” and didn’t want to move to Canada with her.

She has a rare condition called Hyperthymesia

Hyperthymesia is a disorder in which the individual has a nearly picture perfect memory. This means that Marilu can recall almost every day of her life in perfect detail, without an conscious effort.

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She hosted her own talk show 

In 1994, Marilu began hosting a talk show, aptly named Marilu. The show ran for 165 episodes that year before being cancelled. She hosted The Art of Living, as well, and now hosts a radio show called The Marilu Henner Show.

She’s the author of nine books

When she’s not acting, Marilu is busy writing (and dancing!). She has nine different books to her name, eight on the subject of diet, health and memory, and one autobiography: Total Memory Makeover: Uncover Your Past, Take Charge of Your Future, Wear Your Life Well: Use What You Have To Get What You Want, Healthy Holidays, Healthy Kids: Help Them Eat Smart and Stay Active-For Life!, Healthy Life Kitchen, I Refuse To Raise A Brat, The 30-Day Total Health Makeover, Marilu Henner’s Total Health Makeover, and By All Means Keep Moving

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