Debra Monk

Actor, Singer, Playwright
An attractive, honey blonde actress and singer, Debra Monk first garnered attention in theatrical circles as one of the co-writers and co-stars of the cult musical "Pump Boys and Dinettes". While working as a waitress ... Read more »
Born: 02/27/1949 in Middletown, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (49)

Madam Secretary 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hot in Cleveland 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

This is Where I Leave You 2014 (Movie)

Linda Callen (Actor)

One for the Money 2012 (Movie)

Mrs. Plum (Actor)

Damages 2007, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Brass Teapot 2011 (Movie)

Trudy (Actor)

The Other Woman 2011 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

The Ghost Whisperer 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Great Buck Howard 2009 (Movie)

Doreen (Actor)

The Savages 2007 (Movie)

Nancy Lachman (Actor)

Desperate Housewives 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dark Water 2005 (Movie)

Young Dahlia's Teacher (Actor)

Milwaukee, Minnesota 2005 (Movie)

Edna Burroughs (Actor)

Palindromes 2005 (Movie)

Mama Sunshine (Actor)

The Producers 2005 (Movie)

Lick Me-Bite Me (Actor)

The Music Man 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Nero Wolfe 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Kristin 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Center Stage 2000 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Bulworth 1998 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

Dellaventura 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

In & Out 1997 (Movie)

Mrs Lester (Actor)

The 51st Annual Tony Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Devil's Advocate 1997 (Movie)

Pam Gerrety (Actor)

Extreme Measures 1996 (Movie)

Dr Judith Gruszynski (Actor)

Mrs. Winterbourne 1996 (Movie)

Lieutenant Ambrose (Actor)

The First Wives Club 1996 (Movie)

Jilted Lover (Actor)

The Substance of Fire 1996 (Movie)

Martha Hackett (Actor)

A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Reckless 1995 (Movie)

Skeptical Shrink (Actor)

The Bridges of Madison County 1995 (Movie)

Madge (Actor)

Law & Order 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Quiz Show 1994 (Movie)

Kintner's Secretary (Actor)

Fearless 1993 (Movie)

Alison (Actor)

For Love Or Money 1993 (Movie)

Mrs Wegman (Actor)

Public Law 106: The Becky Bell Story 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Tony Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Prelude to a Kiss 1992 (Movie)

Aunt Dorothy (Actor)

Women and Wallace 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Pumpboys and Dinettes on Television 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Ellen Foster (TV Show)

Actor

Eloise at Christmastime (TV Show)

Actor

Eloise at the Plaza (TV Show)

Actor

Loving (TV Show)

Actor

Redwood Curtain (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An attractive, honey blonde actress and singer, Debra Monk first garnered attention in theatrical circles as one of the co-writers and co-stars of the cult musical "Pump Boys and Dinettes". While working as a waitress in NYC, the Maryland native began keeping a journal and together with Mark Hardwick, Cass Morgan, Jim Wann, John Foley and John Schimmel formed a band out of which grew the stage show about sisters who operate a roadside diner and the grease monkeys next-door. Featuring a country-pop score, "Pump Boys and Dinettes" moved from off-off-Broadway to off-Broadway to Broadway, where it received a Tony nomination as the Best Musical of 1982 and was filmed for NBC as "Pump Boys and Dinettes on Television" (1983). As sometimes can happen when an actor becomes closely identified with a role, Monk was perceived in NYC theater circles as a rockabilly singer. Intent on proving her capabilities, she decamped to the Actors Theatre of Louisville where she spent three seasons performing in dramatic and comic roles. Returning to NYC, she and Hardwick (along with Mary Murfitt and Mike Carver) co-wrote and appeared in "Oil City Symphony", a 1987 Off-Broadway musical about a reunion concert of four Midwestern musicians. While Monk could easily have fallen prey to being pigeonholed yet again, she had already become established as a powerful stage actress. Director Norman Rene tapped her to play a housewife in Craig Lucas' superb fable "Prelude to a Kiss" (1990) before she created the flaky Sara Jane Moore, a woman who set out to kill US President Gerald Ford, in the dark Stephen Sondheim musical "Assassins" (1990-91). In 1993, Monk won a Tony Award for her featured turn as the sardonic aunt of an Amerasian girl seeking information on her parents in the Pacific Northwest in Lanford Wilson's "Redwood Curtain". The following year, she displayed her versatility as the spinster schoolteacher in a Broadway revival of "Picnic", for which she netted her second Tony nomination. A third nod came for her brassy burlesque performer (and the showstopping "Everybody's Girl") in the Kander & Ebb musical "Steel Pier" (1997).

Relationships

John Miller

Husband
Married Divorced

EDUCATION

Southern Methodist University

Dallas , Texas

Frostburg State College

Frostburg , Maryland
studied to be a teacher

Milestones

2007

Co-starred with David Hyde Pierce in the Broadway musical, "Curtains"; earned a Tony nomination

2005

Played the Little Old Lady Investor in "The Producers," the film based on the Tony-winning musical by Mel Brooks

2005

Starred opposite Troy Garity in "Milwaukee, Minnesota"

2001

Appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival's staging of "The Seagull" in Central Park; directed by Mike Nichols (July-August)

2000

Returned to the New York stage as star of a revival of Arthur Laurents' "The Time of the Cuckoo"

2000

Played an overbearing stage mother in "Center Stage"

1998

Appeared as the senator's secretary in "Bulworth"

1997

Garnered a third Tony nomination as the brassy burlesque singer participating in a dance marathon in "Steel Pier"; performed the showstopping "Everybody's Girl"

1997

Co-starred as one of the title character's nasty aunts in "Ellen Foster" (CBS)

1996

Played Christian Slater's mother in "Bed of Roses"

1996

Cast as the former wife of Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) on "NYPD Blue"

1995

Offered a stinging turn as Joanne in the Roundabout Theater revival of the George Furth-Stephen Sondheim musical "Company"; delivered a fine interpretation of the song "The Ladies Who Lunch"

1995

Recreated her award-winning role as a lumber company owner in "Redwood Curtain" (ABC)

1995

Played a formidable analyst in the Woody Allen one-act "Central Park West", performed under the umbrella title of "Death Defying Acts"

1994

Earned second Tony nomination as the spinster Rosemary Snyder in "Picnic"

1992

Feature film debut as Aunt Dorothy in the film version of "Prelude to a Kiss"

1990

Co-starred in the stage play "Prelude to a Kiss"

1983

TV debut recreating Prudie in "Pump Boys and Dinettes on Television" (NBC)

1981

Breakthrough stage role as Prudie Cupp in "Pump Boys and Dinettes"; also co-wrote; show transferred to Broadway in 1982

1978

Was member of the acting company at the Colonnades Theatre Laboratory in NYC

Spent one season with the Arena Stage in Washington, DC

Reprised role as Katie Sipowicz on "NYPD Blue"; received an Emmy Award

While working as a waitress, began keeping diary; later used her experiences as basis for stage musical "Pump Boys and Dinettes"

Co-wrote and co-starred in "Oil City Symphony"

Played Sarah Jane Moore, one of the women who attempted to shoot US President Gerald Ford, in the controversial Stephen Sondheim musical "Assassins"

Was guest artist at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky

Appeared as the sardonic aunt of a piano prodigy in Lanford Wilson's "Redwood Curtain"; won Tony Award

After completing graduate studies at Southern Methodist University, moved to NYC

Raised in Maryland

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