Polly Draper

Actor
A dark-haired, froggy-voiced American second lead of television and occasional films ("The Pick-Up Artist" and "Making Mr. Right," both 1987), the stage-trained Draper is perhaps best known for the jittery energy and ... Read more »
Born: 06/15/1955 in Gary, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (47)

Almost There 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Demolition 2016 (Movie)

Margot (Actor)

Addiction: A 60's Love Story 2015 (Movie)

Sylvia Bornstein (Actor)

Obvious Child 2014 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

The Good Wife 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mysteries of Laura 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Golden Boy 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Side Effects 2013 (Movie)

Emily's Boss (Actor)

Our Idiot Brother 2011 (Movie)

Ellen (Actor)

The Big C 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Naked Brothers Band 2000 - 2002, 2006 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gideon's Crossing 2000 - 2002, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Guardian 2001 - 2002, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Naked Brothers Band 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Too Young To Marry 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

A Perfect Fit 2005 (Movie)

Dr Weiss (Actor)

Second Best 2005 (Movie)

Paula (Actor)

Shooting Livien 2005 (Movie)

Rose Livien (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Maternity Ward: A Fighting Chance 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Maternity Ward: Baby Boom 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Maternity Ward: First Days 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Maternity Ward: Once Every 98 Minutes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Maternity Ward: Start Small 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Maternity Ward: The Human Touch 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Maternity Ward: The Risk Factor 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Dinner Rush 2001 (Movie)

Natalie (Actor)

Inside "thirtysomething" 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Maternity Ward: A Child's Will 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Maternity Ward: The Final Minutes 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Tic Code 2000 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Always Say Goodbye 1998 (Movie)

Donna Evans (Actor)

The Larry Sanders Show 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Hudson River Blues 1996 (Movie)

Leslie (Actor)

LaVyrle Spencer's Home Song 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain 1995 (Movie)

Kate Easton (Actor)

The Innocent 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Million to Juan 1994 (Movie)

Olivia Smith (Actor)

Danielle Steel's 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Thirtysomething 1987 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Ryan's Hope 1974 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Merrill Markoe's Guide to Glamorous Living 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Making Mr. Right 1987 (Movie)

Suzy Duncan (Actor)

The Pick-Up Artist 1987 (Movie)

Pat (Actor)

Adams Apple 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Seven Minutes in Heaven 1986 (Movie)

Aileen Jones--Jeff's Mother (Actor)
Producer (3)

Operation Mojo 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Naked Brothers County Fair Concert Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Tic Code 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (2)

The Naked Brothers Band: Battle of the Bands 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Director

The Naked Brothers Band: Polar Bears 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Director
Writer (1)

The Tic Code 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

A dark-haired, froggy-voiced American second lead of television and occasional films ("The Pick-Up Artist" and "Making Mr. Right," both 1987), the stage-trained Draper is perhaps best known for the jittery energy and self-mocking humor she brought to the role of the wry, sensitive but insecure and edgy Ellyn Warren on ABC's acclaimed yuppie expose, "thirtysomething" (1987-91). Since that show's demise, Draper has made occasional appearances in TV-movies like "Danielle Steel's 'Heartbeat'" (NBC, 1993) and "LaVyrle Spencer's 'Home Song'" (CBS, 1996) and big screen outings like "Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain" (1995) and "The Tic Code" (1998). The latter, which also marked her debut as a screenwriter, was loosely based on her second husband Michael Wolff, a musician who suffers with Tourette's syndrome.

Relationships

William Draper

Father

Phyllis Draper

Mother
Draper claims her mother was the real-life inspiration of A.R. Gurney's WASP heroine of "Love Letters"

Kevin Wade

Husband
born c. 1954 married c. 1983 divorced in 1988 wrote Off-Broadway play, "Key Exchange" wrote screenplays of "Working Girl" (1988) and "True Colors" (1991)

Nat Wolff Actor

Son
Born Dec. 17, 1994; father, Michael Wolff; co-starred on Nickelodeon's "The Naked Brothers Band"

Michael Wolff

Husband
born c. 1953 was musical director of the "Arsenio Hall Show" suffers with Tourette's syndrome

Alexander Wolff

Son
born on November 1, 1997

Nathaniel Wolff

Son
born on December 17, 1994

EDUCATION

Yale College, Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Milestones

2001

Appeared in the Off-Broadway show "Blur"

1999

Replaced Natasha Richardson in the Broadway production "Closer"

1998

Wrote screenplay for "The Tic Code", about a jazz musician with Tourette syndrome; also produced and played female lead

1987

Played Ellyn Warren on ABC's primetime serial drama, "thirtysomething"

1986

Appeared in first notable feature film role, in "Seven Minutes in Heaven"

Played first professional role while pursuing her MFA at Yale, in an off-Broadway play, "Split", starring John Heard and Brooke Adams

Acted in such off-Broadway productions as "Rum and Coke", "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You", "Hooters", and "Thorn Hill"

Played Winnie Robin on daytime serial, "Ryan's Hope"

Grew up in Palo Alto, California

Bonus Trivia

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In her spare time, Draper teaches drama to abused children who live at MacLaren Hall in Los Angeles.

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