After eight seasons on "According to Jim," Courtney Thorne-Smith returns to episodic television as Jon Cryer's girlfriend on "Two and a Half Men." Many fans still remember her as sweet Allison from "Melrose Place" or jilted Georgia from "Ally McBeal." But the 42-year-old actress also is an author, whose 2007 novel, "Outside In," took a juicy look inside Hollywood. Born in San Francisco and residing in Los Angeles, Thorne-Smith doesn't have to look far when she needs a quick weekend trip. She heads for the beauty and tranquillity of Northern California.