Veanne Cox

Actor, Singer, Foot model
A versatile, red-haired actress and singer, Veanne Cox has been impressing NYC theater audiences since her 1986 debut as the pageant winner in the ill-fated stage musical "Smile". The Virginia native joined the ... Read more »
Born: 01/19/1963 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (43)

The Rewrite 2015 (Movie)

Clara Foss (Actor)

2 Broke Girls 2014 (Tv Show)

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The Better Angels 2014 (Movie)

Aunt Elizabeth (Actor)

Smash 2013 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2012 (Tv Show)

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Louie 2011 (Tv Show)

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Pan Am 2011 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order 2009 (Tv Show)

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Royal Pains 2009 (Tv Show)

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A Side Order of Life 2007 (Tv Show)

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Boston Legal 2007 (Tv Show)

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Burke's Law 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 1999, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Caroline in the City 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 1999, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Hope & Gloria 1994 - 1995, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Just Legal 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Love & War 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 1999, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Numb3rs 2006 (Tv Show)

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Our Italian Husband 2006 (Movie)

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The George Carlin Show 1993 - 1995, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2005 (Tv Show)

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Joan of Arcadia 2005 (Tv Show)

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Judging Amy 2003 (Tv Show)

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Marci X 2003 (Movie)

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Education of Max Bickford 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Two Weeks Notice 2002 (Movie)

Melanie Corman (Actor)

Big Eden 2001 (Movie)

Mary Margaret Bishop (Actor)

Madigan Men 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Erin Brockovich 2000 (Movie)

Theresa Dallavale (Actor)

The Norm Show 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Henry Fool 1998 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

Miranda Margulies (Actor)

Dirty Money 1995 (Movie)

Bus Stop Woman (Actor)

Pride & Joy 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Five Mrs. Buchanans 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Seinfeld 1994 (Tv Show)

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Miss Firecracker 1989 (Movie)

Tessy Mahoney (Actor)

National Lampoon's Class of '86 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Island City (TV Show)

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My Sexiest Mistake (TV Show)

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Out of Step (TV Show)

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Biography

A versatile, red-haired actress and singer, Veanne Cox has been impressing NYC theater audiences since her 1986 debut as the pageant winner in the ill-fated stage musical "Smile". The Virginia native joined the Washington Ballet Company right out of high school but left the dance world behind when she landed her first acting role as a princess in a short film. To celebrate her 21st birthday, Cox moved to Manhattan and opted to pursue an acting career. She soon landed roles in several Off-Off-Broadway productions and parts in TV commercials helped foot the bills until what should have been her break in "Smile". The 1986 musical based on the 1975 satirical movie boasted an impressive creative lineup (Marvin Hamlisch and Howard Ashman) but the show just didn't click with audiences. The following year, though, Cox did find a vehicle suitable to showcasing her talent, the Off-Broadway revival of "Flora, the Red Menace". While some might have been daunted at taking on a role so identified with an icon (Liza Minnelli had scored in the original), Cox managed to make the part her own.

Milestones

2000

Returned to the Vineyard Theatre to co-star in "The Altruists"

2000

Made an impression as a gallery owner in the festival-screened independent film "Big Eden"

2000

Played a buttoned up lawyer in "Erin Brockovich"

1999

Was featured in the L.A. premiere of Neil Simon's "The Dinner Party"; reprised role in Broadway production in 2000

1998

Acted in the Off-Broadway play "Labor Day" by A.R. Gurney

1997

Acted in "Henry Fool", directed by Hal Hartley

1997

Appeared in "A Question of Mercy", a play by David Rabe

1997

Was featured in the ABC TV remake "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella"

1997

Had lead in the well-received "The Batting Cage" at Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre

1996

Garnered rave reviews for her performance in Lisa Loomer's "The Waiting Room" at the Vineyard Theatre

1995

Again performed Amy in the revival of "Company"; received a Tony Award nomination

1994

Played a heckler at a comedy club in an episode of NBC's "Seinfeld"

1993

First time playing Amy, the jittery bride in "Company", performed at Long Beach Civic Light Opera

1993

Co-starred in the Pasadena Playhouse production of Wendy Wasserstein's "Isn't It Romantic"

1989

Feature film debut in "Miss Firecracker"

1987

Had lead in the Off-Broadway revival of the musical "Flora, the Red Menace" at the Vineyard Theatre

1986

Broadway debut as a beauty contestant in the musical version of "Smile"

1984

Moved to New York at age 21 (date approximate)

Assumed the role originated by Hope Davis in Nicky Silver's "The Food Chain"

Joined the Washington Ballet Company out of high school

Acted in over 20 Off-Off-Broadway plays

Appeared in TV commercials

Raised in Richmond, Virginia

Bonus Trivia

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"Playing a character both dressed in and written in shocking pink, Cox keeps the play on an entrancing coffee buzz even when you begin to suspect it's just going in circles. She's like a neon exclamation point, flashing rage, arrogance and neurotic agony in equal measures, particularly during her daunting (and overlong) opening aria, aimed at a lump under her Ralph Lauren sheets that she takes to be her boyfriend Ethan." --From Charles Isherwood's review of "The Altruists" in Variety (March 19, 2000)

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On her success in the theater, Cox told InTheater (November 22, 1997): "I credit it to being the luckiest woman in the world. Still, though, I've been around her forever. It's about time I got some of the choicer morsels."

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"My mission in life is to make people laugh, and I think I can do that well. I just want to be a great lady of the stage, but how do you get to that?" --Veanne Cox quoted in InTheater, November 22, 1997.

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