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: 05/22/1958 in Belleville, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (30)

Conan 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

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

Californication 2012 (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

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

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

2000

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

1999

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

1999

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

1999

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

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"

Appeared frequently in comedy clubs around the USA

Raised in Belleville, Illinois

Bonus Trivia

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" ... in a nutshell, femme dykes pass and butch dykes don't. Even femme dykes have sort of a goddess worship that sort of surround them that comes from society, with this 'lesbian chic' kind of thing. And butch dykes don't."We're that dirty little secret you want to sweep under the carpet, like drag queens or nellie fags, so we get negative stuff from society and our own people," she says. "I've had people say to me -- I won't say who their names are, but they are famous people -- they have said, 'You're perpetuating a stereotype about lesbians as being truck drivers and masculine.' But, you know, we are. What's wrong with being truck drivers and masculine? I just am, I'm a butch dyke and that's the way it is." --Lea DeLaria quoted in Oasis, April 1997.

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"... on stage, in trying to make points about things, the reason why I have a foul mouth is that women aren't allowed to have a foul mouth. Women aren't supposed to have a foul mouth. They're not supposed to spit and holler."So, when I get on-stage and do that, I'm challenging the norm of what women are allowed to be. And, it gets harsh for some people who don't get it," she says. "People are used to gay comics talking about their sexuality, but not used to them talking about sex. And that's a big difference, and women aren't supposed to talk about sex." --DeLaria to Jeff Walsh in Oasis, April 1997.

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"Nobody knew I could sing like that until I did "On the Town". It really blew people away. Of course, my family came to "On the Town", and to them it was nothing. My sister said, 'I don't know what all the hype is about, Lea. I've seen you do this your whole life.' I was like, 'Well you haven't seen me quite do it on Broadway yet, have you?'" --DeLaria to Playbill online, July 29, 1999.

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