Lisa Darr

Actor
Dark-haired Lisa Darr spent the better part of a decade laboring on failed pilots and short-lived series before two lesbian characters brought her far more attention than all her prior work. She made her feature debut ... Read more »
Born: 04/20/1963 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (69)

CSI: Cyber 2015 (Tv Show)

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Constantine 2014 (Tv Show)

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The Mentalist 2014 (Tv Show)

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Criminal Minds 2012 (Tv Show)

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Parenthood 2012 (Tv Show)

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This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

Drop Dead Diva 2011 (Tv Show)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2001, 2009 (Tv Show)

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Dexter 2009 (Tv Show)

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Flash Forward 2009 (Tv Show)

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Hannah Montana: The Movie 2009 (Movie)

Mother on the Pier (Actor)

Nip/Tuck 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

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CSI: New York 2008 (Tv Show)

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National Lampoon's Bag Boy 2008 (Movie)

Laurie (Actor)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2007 (Tv Show)

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The Ghost Whisperer 2007 (Tv Show)

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The Office 2007 (Tv Show)

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Weeds 2007 (Tv Show)

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7th Heaven 2006 (Tv Show)

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House 2006 (Tv Show)

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The Unit 2006 (Tv Show)

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Desperate Housewives 2005 (Tv Show)

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The West Wing 2005 (Tv Show)

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life as we know it 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Like Family 2004 (Tv Show)

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Strong Medicine 2000 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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The Guardian 2003 (Tv Show)

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Charmed 2002 (Tv Show)

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Early Edition 1990 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Empty Nest 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Frasier 1996 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Judging Amy 2002 (Tv Show)

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Ladies Man 1996 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1990 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Nash Bridges 1990 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Quantum Leap 1990 - 1994, 1996 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Agency 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Big Time 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Commish 1990 - 1994, 1996 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Drew Carey Show 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Practice 1996 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The X-Files 2002 (Tv Show)

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Wings 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Philly 2001 (Tv Show)

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Popular 1996 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Weber Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Mercy Point 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1999 (Tv Show)

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Ellen 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Gods and Monsters 1998 (Movie)

Dana Boone (Actor)

Almost Perfect 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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EZ Streets 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Morella 1997 (Movie)

Jenny Lynden (Actor)

Plan B 1997 (Movie)

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Sleepwalker Killing: From the Files of 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Casualties 1996 (Movie)

Beth (Actor)

ER 1996 (Tv Show)

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Murderous Intent 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Profit 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Platypus Man 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Office 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Crime & Punishment 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Flesh 'n' Blood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Defenseless 1991 (Movie)

Board Member in Law Firm (Actor)

K-9 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Betrayal of Trust (TV Show)

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Complex of Fear (TV Show)

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Marker (TV Show)

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The Land of the Free (TV Show)

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Biography

Dark-haired Lisa Darr spent the better part of a decade laboring on failed pilots and short-lived series before two lesbian characters brought her far more attention than all her prior work. She made her feature debut in a small part in "Defenseless" (1991) and had regular roles on four short-lived series: "Flesh 'n' Blood" (NBC, 1991); "Crime & Punishment" (NBC, 1993); "The Office" (CBS, 1995) and "Profit" (Fox, 1996). Darr worked frequently as a guest star, beginning with "Murphy Brown" in 1991, and went on to appear in series like "Murder She Wrote", "Quantum Leap" and "Wings", but had no luck establishing herself as a household name. That was before "NYPD Blue" (ABC) cast her as Kathy, the lover of Officer Abby Sullivan (Paige Turco), in 1995 although the notice she received for that storyline paled compared to the high profile she would achieve the following year as Ellen DeGeneres' new love interest on "Ellen" (ABC). Ironically, the sitcom's producers did not see Darr's "NYPD" performance before casting her, making her back-to back lesbian roles a mere coincidence.

Relationships

Karl Grabemann

Father

Mollie Grabemann

Mother

Zachary Jacobs

Companion
met in 1996

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1987

Stanford University

Stanford , California 1985

Milestones

1997

Landed the recurring role of Laurie, the somewhat insecure mortgage broker and single mother who falls in love with Ellen Morgan, on the ABC sitcom "Ellen"

1996

Portrayed ill-fated lesbian lover of Officer Abby Sullivan (Paige Turco) on ABC's "NYPD Blue"

1996

Played Gail Koner in Fox series "Profit"

1995

Portrayed regular Natalie Stanton on the CBS series "The Office"

1993

Had regular role (Jan Sorensen) in NBC drama series "Crime & Punishment"

1991

Appeared as Trish in episode of "Murphy Brown (CBS)

1991

Starred as Rachel Brennan in short-lived NBC comedy series "Flesh 'n' Blood"

1991

Made feature debut in small part in "Defenseless"

Grew up in Chicago, acting in grammar and high school productions

Cast as Carly Pope's mother on The WB series "Popular"

Bonus Trivia

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About her work on "Ellen": "Playing characters like this is a nonissue for me, and I don't really think about it at all. These are two women that just happen to be gay. Their sexuality is not the focus of who they are. I'm really proud to be able to bring this to the forefront. It's part of life and should be accepted as such . . . I have more chemistry with Ellen than a lot of guys I've played opposite." --Lisa Darr in LOS ANGELES TIMES, November 12, 1997

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"This is the role of my career . . . That kiss was very sweet. It's something people haven't really seen on TV. To be part of groundbreaking television is incredible . . . I've never ever been recognized from anything I've done. I'm thrilled to death that this is the thing I'm getting so much attention for." --Darr to PEOPLE, December 1, 1997

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