Lea DeLaria

Actor, Comedian, Singer
A sparkplug comic performer, Lea DeLaria broke taboos and new ground in her now famous 1993 appearance on Arsenio Hall's talk show when she paraded around screaming "I'm a big bull dyke!" Not that anyone would confuse ... Read more »
Born: 05/23/1958 in Belleville, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (31)

Conan 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Jim Gaffigan Show 2015 (Tv Show)

Herself

Awkward. 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dear Dumb Diary 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Ass Backwards 2013 (Movie)

Deb (Actor)

Orange Is the New Black 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

One Life to Live 1967 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fat Rose and Squeaky 2008 (Movie)

Fat Rose (Actor)

Will & Grace 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Job 1993 - 1997, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Armistead Maupin's Further Tales of the City 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Oblongs 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

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

Actor

The Beat 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Edge of Seventeen 1999 (Movie)

Angie (Actor)

In Thru the Out Door 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Plump Fiction 1998 (Movie)

Mr Purple (Actor)

Homo Heights 1997 (Movie)

Clementine (Actor)

The Drew Carey Show 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The John Larroquette Show 1993 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

We're Funny That Way 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Friends 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Out There in Hollywood 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Wives Club 1996 (Movie)

Elise's Fan (Actor)

The World According to Us 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Rescuing Desire 1995 (Movie)

Sadie (Actor)

Out There 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy From the Danger Zone 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Camp Christmas 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Tom Clancy's Op Center (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A sparkplug comic performer, Lea DeLaria broke taboos and new ground in her now famous 1993 appearance on Arsenio Hall's talk show when she paraded around screaming "I'm a big bull dyke!" Not that anyone would confuse her with a demure young thing, but her declaration as an "out" performer came years before Ellen DeGeneres' and at a time when gays and lesbians were still virtually invisible on the small screen. Since then, DeLaria has tackled stage and screen and displayed her prodigious musical talents in nightclubs and on Broadway.

Relationships

Robert DeLaria

Father

Jennifer Foley

Companion
met in 1996

EDUCATION

attended Catholic elementary school

Milestones

2001

Played small role in "Armistead Maupin's Further Tales of the City" (Showtime)

2000

Had recurring role as a police precinct receptionist in "The Beat", a short-lived police drama aired on UPN

2000

Cast as Eddie/Dr Scott in the Broadway revival of "The Rocky Horror Show"

1999

Debuted club act "It's Delightful, It's Delicious, It's DeLaria" at Joe's Pub in NYC

1999

Had featured role as a mentor to a young man struggling with his sexual orientation in "Edge of Seventeen"

1999

Had recurring role of a psychic named Delphina on the ABC daytime drama "One Live to Live"

1999

Played Audrey in "As You Like It" at Williamstown Theatre Festival; production starred Gwyneth Paltrow

1998

Portrayed a lesbian cab driver in "Homo Heights", starring Quentin Crisp

1998

Cast as Marryin' Sam in the concert staging of "Li'l Abner"

1998

Acted in Paul Rudnick's Off-Broadway play "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told"

1997

Breakthrough stage role, played Hildy the cab driver in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "On the Town"; show remounted in 1998 with new choreography but failed to win an audience

1996

Had cameo in "The First Wives Club"; played lesbian who makes a pass at Goldie Hawn's character

1996

Portrayed a pool hall denizen in "Rescuing Desire"

1995

Acted in "Op Center"

1994

Had recurring role as a detective in episodes of "Matlock" (ABC)

1993

Appeared on the Arsenio Hall show and announced "I'm a big dyke!"

1993

Debut comedy and music act in L.A. at Highways Performance Space

1993

Performed at the March on Washington

1982

Moved to San Francisco

1982

Made debut as a stand-up comic, billed as 'The Fucking Dyke'

1974

Began professional career at age 16 as a jazz singer (date approximate)

Toured as Mama Morton in "Chicago"

Raised in Belleville, Illinois

Appeared frequently in comedy clubs around the USA

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