Claudia Shear

Playwright, Actor, Brothel receptionist
Claudia Shear might just be the most famous former brothel receptionist/hardware store clerk/waitress in the world. Single-minded and confident. the playwright/actress worked a whopping 64 jobs before she shot to fame ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1961 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (7)

Law & Order 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Opportunists 2000 (Movie)

Gladys (Actor)

Living Out Loud 1998 (Movie)

Drunken Fan (Actor)

Blown Sideways Through Life 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Friends 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

It Could Happen to You 1994 (Movie)

Muriel's Customer (Actor)

Earthly Possessions (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Claudia Shear might just be the most famous former brothel receptionist/hardware store clerk/waitress in the world. Single-minded and confident. the playwright/actress worked a whopping 64 jobs before she shot to fame with her one-woman play "Blown Sideways Through Life" (1993), a comedy that chronicled the many careers she supported herself with until her acting took off. Directed by Christopher Ashley at New York Theatre Workshop, "Sideways" later transferred for a sold-out commercial engagement at the Cherry Lane Theatre and Los Angeles' Coronet Theatre. Shear received a special OBIE award and a Drama Desk Award nomination for writing and starring in the play, The hilarious, insightful account of an everyday working girl was adapted for the screen in 1995 and shown on PBS' "American Playhouse" under Ashley's direction. It was also published in an expanded version by Dial Press/Bantam Doubleday Dell. C5 The outspoken native New Yorker followed up her success with "Dirty Blonde" (2000), a musical play about love, cross-dressing and Mae West. Shear wrote and starred in the piece, which was staged by James Lapine, the noted theater director and librettist. This was the second time Shear had worked with Lapine. The first was when he directed her in the 1999 HBO movie "Earthly Possessions," starring Susan Sarandon and Stephen Dorff. "Dirty Blonde," which also originated at the New York Theatre Workshop before moving to Broadway, received five Tony nominations, including Best Play and Actress in a Play nods for Shear, and Direction of a Play kudos for Lapine.

Relationships

Father
divorced Shear's mother when Shear was a child re-married and adopted other woman's children deceased

Mother

Sister
older

EDUCATION

City University of New York

New York, New York

Milestones

2002

Returned to the NYC stage as one of the stars of the play "The Smell of the Kill"

2000

Nominated for Tony for her Mae West bioplay with music "Dirty Blonde", which she wrote and starred in; directed by Lapine

1999

Featured in the HBO film "Earthly Possessions", starring Susan Sarandon and helmed by accomplished theater director and librettist James Lapine

1994

Made guest appearance as the "fake Monica" on NBC's "Friends"

1994

Featured in romantic comedy "It Could Happen to You", starring Nicolas Cage and fellow Brooklynite Rosie Perez

1994

Received OBIE Award and Drama Desk nomination for her one-woman play "Blown Sideways Through Life", a so-called "tour-de-resume"; comedy was later adapted for the screen and aired on PBS' "American Playhouse"; also published in expanded form by Dial Press

Wrote TV pilots for DreamWorks that didn't get picked up

Wrote screenplay for Meg Ryan; Ryan opted not to do the project

Penned articles for <i>Travel & Leisure, Vogue, The New York Times</i> and <i>Underwire</i>,

Held 64 jobs while trying to launch acting career; fired from many of them because of supposed "attitude problem"

Appeared in Williamstown Theater Festival production of Jon Robin Baitz's "End of the Day", directed by Scott Elliot

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