Joely Fisher’s Family Secret? Laughter!

05/08/2010 at 08:00 AM ET
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Having celebrated her 13th wedding anniversary in December, Joely Fisher counts her marriage to Christopher Duddy as a major accomplishment!

“In Hollywood, you get a medal,” she jokes to PEOPLE Moms & Babies at Sunday’s Pregnancy Awareness Month kick-off event.

“We support each other, we laugh a lot.”

And with five children between the two of them, giggles in the Fisher-Duddy household are easy to come by.

“I have five ranging from 26 years to 19 months, so there’s always something monumental happening,” the actress says of daughters Skylar Grace, 8½, True Harlow, 4, and Olivia Luna, 19 months, and stepsons Cameron, 26, and Colin, 24.

“It’s especially fun to watch [Olivia]. Every time there is a new baby — seeing them be incorporated into the family and seeing what the big kids have for them.”

Initially worried she would be spreading herself too thin, Fisher has discovered her love has simply multiplied with each new addition.

“You always wonder, ‘How can I possibly love another one the way that I do?’ And you just do,” she notes.

“You find yourself having enough time and having enough love and energy for all of them, and trying to spend time with each of them individually.”

So will baby Olivia be the last for the couple? Fisher, 42, remains unsure.

“I love the birth process. It’s just the lifetime after that — we’ll see if I can afford it!”

— Anya Leon with reporting by Pearl Barraclough

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mary on

“I love the birth process. It’s just the lifetime after that- I concur!!!
I’m done with having kids, our youngest daughter, 5 wanted either a corn snake, Russian box turtle, or a bearded dragon, with an average life span of 35 years to 70 years, we settled on a Newfoundland puppy, average 10+ years. My thought on that was our kids hopefully will be out of the house at 18 years of age and I had a horrible feeling the reptiles would be left behind, that was too much of a commitment on my behalf. But now that we have a 13 week old ‘satin’ puppy, that snake or another baby don’t look to bad after all!

blue on

Is it just me or does Skylar look a lot like Kristen Stewart?

Chris on

Her family is so cute!

CelebBabyLover on

“I love the birth process. It’s just the lifetime after that — we’ll see if I can afford it!” The birth process? What about the adoption process? IMO, that comment seems like a bit of a slap in the face to little Olivia!

CelebBabyLover on

On a more postive note, something about Olivia reminds me of Madonna’s daughter Mercy. 🙂

ananoym on

blue, I was thinking the same thing!

marina on


I almost sure that Olivia was adopted as a newborn, and I imagine that she was someplace near the room. When they first adopt her they didn’t give any info out of respect of the birth mother. Though this is only a theory 🙂

Megan on

Older girls oufits are from Justice