Donna Murphy

Actor, Singer
The petite, brunette Murphy garnered critical kudos and a handful of awards, including a 1994 Best Actress Tony, for her intense, dramatic portrayal of Fosca in the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine stage musical "Passion" ... Read more »
Born: 03/06/1958 in Corona, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (47)

Hindsight 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Resurrection 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

House of Versace 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Royal Pains 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dark Horse 2012 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

Made In Jersey 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Bourne Legacy 2012 (Movie)

Dita Mandy (Actor)

Higher Ground 2011 (Movie)

Kathleen Walker (Actor)

Tangled 2010 (Movie)

Mother Gothel (Voice)

Ugly Betty 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sherman's Way 2009 (Movie)

Evelyn Black (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Damages 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ira & Abby 2007 (Movie)

Dr. Betsy Goldman (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny Diaries 2007 (Movie)

Judy Braddock (Actor)

The Fountain 2006 (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

World Trade Center 2006 (Movie)

Judy Jones (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spider-Man 2 2004 (Movie)

Rosalie Octavius (Actor)

The Door in the Floor 2004 (Movie)

Frame Shop Owner (Actor)

Hack 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1995 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder One 1995 - 1996, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Education of Max Bickford 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 1995 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

What About Joan 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Center Stage 2000 (Movie)

Juliette (Actor)

Remember WENN 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Astronaut's Wife 1999 (Movie)

Natalie Streck (Actor)

Liberty! The American Revolution 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Hayes 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Insurrection 1998 (Movie)

Anij (Actor)

Law & Order 1993, 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Leonard Bernstein's New York 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

October 22 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Passion 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Someone Had to Be Benny 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Jade 1995 (Movie)

Karen Heller (Actor)

A Table at Ciro's 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Nothing Sacred (TV Show)

Actor

The Day Lincoln Was Shot (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Debate (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Tangled 2010 (Movie)

("Incantation Song") (Song Performer)

Biography

The petite, brunette Murphy garnered critical kudos and a handful of awards, including a 1994 Best Actress Tony, for her intense, dramatic portrayal of Fosca in the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine stage musical "Passion". Portraying an ugly woman wracked by an unnamed illness who falls in love with a handsome soldier, she mesmerized audiences with the raw power of her performance. Murphy had honed her craft in the Broadway and off-Broadway arena moving from the chorus ("They're Playing Our Song") to playing leading roles ("Drood", "Song of Singapore"). She made her feature debut as a tough cop investigating a murder in William Friedkin's "Jade" (1995). That same year, she brilliantly delineated an unhappily married woman whose ex-husband becomes embroiled in a murder investigation in the ABC series "Murder One". In 1996, she returned to the stage co-starring opposite Lou Diamond Phillips in a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King & I" for which she earned a second Tony Award as Lead Actress in a Musical.

Relationships

Jean Murphy

Mother

Shawn Elliot

Husband
Married in 1990 acted together in the stage productions, "Jacquel Brel is Alive and Well" and "City of Angels"

Darmia Elliott

Daughter
Adopted from Guatemala in 2005

Justine Elliott

Step-Daughter
Born c. 1976

Robert Murphy

Father

EDUCATION

The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute

New York , New York

New York University

New York , New York
Dropped out her sophomore year when she was cast in the Broadway musical "They're Playing Our Song" (1979)

Milestones

2011

Cast in the Roundabout Theatre production of 'The People in the Picture"; earned a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

2010

Voiced Mother Gothel, the villainess in Disney's "Tangled"

2009

Had a recurring role on the short-lived series, "Trust Me" (TNT)

2007

Played Scarlett Johansson's mother in "The Nanny Diaries"

2007

Earned a Tony nomination for playing Lotte Lenya in Kurt Weil's "LoveMusik"

2006

Co-starred in Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain"

2004

Portrayed the wife of Alfred Molina's Dr. Otto Octavius in "Spider-Man 2"

2003

Earned a Tony nomination for her performance in the Broadway musical, "Wonderful Town"

2002

Played the recurring role of Heather Olshansky on "Hack" (CBS)

2002

Played the title in Tony Kushner's "Helen"; performed off-Broadway at the Public Theatre

2001

Made her series debut on the ABC sitcom, "What About Joan?"

2000

Headlined the Encores! concert staging of "Wonderful Town"

2000

Co-starred with Peter Gallagher in "Center Stage"

1998

Played Mary Todd Lincoln in "The Day Lincoln Was Shot" (TNT)

1998

Guest-starred as an accused murderer on the cross-over episodes of FOX's "Ally McBeal" and ABC's "The Practice"

1997

Played a recurring character in "Liberty! The American Revolution" (PBS)

1996

Recreated her stage role of Fosca in the TV production of "Passion" (PBS)

1996

Co-starred with Lou Diamond Phillips in the Broadway revival of "The King & I"

1995

Appeared in the recurring role of Francesca Cross on "Murder One" (ABC)

1995

Made her feature film debut in "Jade"

1994

Breakthrough Broadway role, playing Fosca in Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's "Passion"

1992

Appeared off-Broadway in "Song of Singapore"

1989

Appeared in the NBC daytime television drama "Another World" as District Attorney Morgan Graves

1987

Made her TV debut playing a singer in "A Table at Ciro's" (PBS)

1986

First leading role on Broadway, replaced Betty Buckley in "Drood"

1979

Made Broadway debut in "They're Playing Our Song"

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