What­ever hap­pened to the cast of... IT’S A LIV­ING

From Oct. 30, 1980, to April 8, 1989, the em­ploy­ees of the restau­rant atop LA’s Bon­aven­ture Ho­tel put laugh­ter on the menu.

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Paul Krep­pel

Af­ter his days as wait­ress-chas­ing pi­anist Sonny Mann, Paul, 70, found some­thing else to tickle his fancy. While he did play Jackie’s dad on TV’s That ’70s Show, Paul pur­sued his love of theater — win­ning a Tony as co-con­ceiver, di­rec­tor and pro­ducer of the show Jay John­son: The Two and Only!

Ann Jil­lian

Fol­low­ing her turn as sharp­tongued wait­ress Cassie Cranston, Ann, 67, found her own voice in a num­ber of ways. Be­sides star­ring in a slew of TV movies (in­clud­ing The Ann Jil­lian Story — about her bat­tle with breast can­cer), she also de­vel­oped her ca­reer as both a singer and a mo­ti­va­tional speaker.

Bar­rie Youngfel­low

While wait­ress Jan Hoffmeyer had a hec­tic time work­ing, rais­ing kids and go­ing to school, Bar­rie, 71, found a qui­eter life served her best. Af­ter a few more roles (in­clud­ing as the orig­i­nal mom to TV’s Blos­som), she fo­cused on be­ing the real-life wife of Kate & Al­lie ac­tor Sam Freed.

Marian Mercer 1935–2011

Host­ess Nancy Beebe greeted many a pa­tron, and Marian was wel­comed as a guest on shows from Mur­der, She Wrote to Sud­denly Su­san. The Tony-win­ning ac­tress also re­turned to the theater be­fore suc­cumb­ing to com­pli­ca­tions from Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

Gail Edwards

Though Dot Hig­gins bal­anced act­ing and wait­ing ta­bles, Gail, 65, couldn’t wait to do things be­sides act­ing. Af­ter turns as Vicky on Full House and Six’s mom on Blos­som, Gail de­cided to “try some­thing new... like nor­mal life.” So she moved to Se­dona, Ariz., and now helps with her hus­band’s me­dia busi­ness.

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