Chloe Webb

Chloe Webb (born June 25, 1956) is an American actress, best known for her roles in films Sid and Nancy (1986), The Belly of an Architect (1987), Twins (1988), and Heart Condition (1990). She also was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her role as Laurette Barber in the ABC drama series China Beach, and had a recurring role as Monica Gallagher on the Showtime comedy-drama Shameless.

Chloe Webb
Webb in 2013
Chloe Webb

(1956-06-25) June 25, 1956
EducationThe Boston Conservatory
Berklee College of Music
Years active1983–present
Notable work
The Belly of an Architect, China Beach, Sid and Nancy, Tales of the City, Twins, Shameless
Spouse(s)J. Thomas Gelder (1975?-present)

Life and career

Early life

Webb was born in New York City and grew up in various cities on the East Coast– depending on where her father, a bridge and road designer, was working. She spent much time with her grandmother, who resided in New York City. Webb attended Bishop Grimes High School before enrolling at The Boston Conservatory and later, Berklee College of Music. Originally, she pursued her passion for singing by singing in bars despite being underaged; she realized that even though she greatly enjoyed singing, she was better at acting.[1]


In April 1982, Webb joined Forbidden Broadway, an Off-Broadway revue parodying musical theatre, particularly Broadway musicals. Four years later, she made her film debut in Alex Cox's Sid & Nancy (1986); she portrayed the infamous, heroin-addicted Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of punk rock singer Sid Vicious. Her performance garnered best actress awards from the National Society of Film Critics, the Boston Film Critics and the San Francisco Film Critics.[2] Followed were the roles of Brian Dennehy's estranged socialite girlfriend in Peter Greenaway's 1987 drama film The Belly of an Architect; a young woman from Paoli, Pennsylvania with dreams to become a successful singer in ABC's drama television series China Beach; Webb appeared in only seven episodes. Other roles include Danny DeVito's character's eccentric girlfriend in Ivan Reitman's comedy film Twins (1988), and a cameo as a woman convinced that she had been abducted by aliens in Ghostbusters II (1989). Between roles in motion pictures and television series, Webb frequently appeared in several Los Angeles based stage productions: The House of Blue Leaves, for which she won a Drama-Logue Award, and The Model Apartment; her performance earned her a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and another Drama-Logue Award.[3]


At the start of the decade, Webb co-starred alongside Denzel Washington and Bob Hoskins in Heart Condition (1990). In 1991, she had assumed the role of a hairdresser in the comedy film Queens Logic. The same year, Webb played a woman with a developmental disability who wins the lottery but her fortune leads to tension between her mother and sister in ABC's made-for-TV film Lucky Day. There followed the roles of an Australian Red Cross worker in the drama film Silent Cries (1993), Debra Winger's character's colleague in Stephen Gyllenhaal's A Dangerous Woman (1993), and the eccentric Mona Ramsey in Armistead Maupin miniseries Tales of the City (1993). Other roles in this decade include Annette Bening's friend in Love Affair, the 1994 remake of the 1939 film of the same name, Robin Wright's character's friend in She's So Lovely, and Sandra Bullock's friend Carla in Practical Magic (1998).


The turn of a new millennium found Webb assuming guest spots in several television series: CBS's Judging Amy (2003), FOX's House (2005), CBS's Two and a Half Men (2005), NBC's Medium (2005), and CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2008). Webb reunited with Cox in 2009 for his film Repo Chick; she played Sister Duncan.


Webb's most recent role was as Monica Gallagher, William H. Macy's character's estranged and unstable wife in Showtime's comedy-drama TV series Shameless; her performance earned her a nomination for Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Remington Steele Secretary Episode: "Steele Away with Me: Part 1"
1986 Mary Actress Episode: "Steppin' Out with Mary Brenner"
1986 Sid and Nancy Nancy Spungen National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (3rd place)
1987 The Belly of an Architect Louisa Kracklite
1988 China Beach Laurette Barber 7 episodes
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
1988 Twins Linda Mason
1989 Ghostbusters II Elaine Cameo
1990 Heart Condition Crystal Gerrity
1991 Queens Logic Patricia
1991 Lucky Day Allison TV Movie
1993 Twenty Bucks Convenience Store Clerk Cameo
1993 Silent Cries Dinki Denk
1993 Heart and Souls Patient in Psychiatric Ward Cameo
1993 A Dangerous Woman Birdy
1993 Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City Mona Ramsey TV miniseries
1994 Love Affair Tina Wilson
1997 She's So Lovely Nancy Swearingen
1998 The Newton Boys Avis Glasscock
1998 Practical Magic Carla
2001 The Ballad of Lucy Whipple Sophie TV Movie
2003 Judging Amy Mrs. Goodman Episode: "Tricks of the Trade"
2005 House Cora Episode: "DNR"
2005 Two and a Half Men Trudy Episode: "That Old Hose Bag Is My Mother"
2005 Medium Margaret Folsom Episode: "Time Out of Mind"
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Evelyn Polychronopolous Episode: "The Theory of Everything"
2009 Repo Chick Sister Duncan
2011–2016 Shameless Monica Gallagher 9 episodes
Nominated - Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series (2012)[5]
2019 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rowan Mauer Episode: "Missing"


  1. Buck, Jerry (March 9, 1991). "Fortune Smiles On Chloe Webb". The Free Lance Star. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  2. Buck, Jerry (March 9, 1991). "Fortune Smiles On Chloe Webb". The Free Lance Star. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  3. Buck, Jerry (March 9, 1991). "Fortune Smiles On Chloe Webb". The Free Lance Star. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  4. "2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards Announces Nominations". Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  5. Reiher, Andrea (2012-06-05). "'Community' and 'Mad Men' lead 2012 Critics Choice nominations". Zap2it. Retrieved 2014-04-20.
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