Debra Monk (born February 27, 1949) is an American actress, singer, and writer, best known for her performances on the Broadway stage. She earned her first Tony Award for the 1993 production of Redwood Curtain and won an Emmy Award for several guest appearances on NYPD Blue between 1998 and 1999.
|Born||February 27, 1949|
Middletown, Ohio, U.S.
|Education||Frostburg State University (BA)|
Southern Methodist University (MFA)
|Occupation||Actress, singer, writer|
Life and career
Monk was born in Middletown, Ohio. She was voted "Best Personality" by her graduating class at Wheaton High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. In 1973, she graduated from Frostburg State University. In 1975, Monk was awarded a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Monk garnered first attention in theatrical circles as one of the co-writers and co-stars of the musical Pump Boys and Dinettes (1982). She won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for performance in Redwood Curtain (1993). She was nominated for a Tony Award for roles in Picnic (1994), Steel Pier (1997), and Curtains (2007). In 2000, she won an Obie Award for The Time of the Cuckoo. She returned to the stage in Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of Visiting Edna by David Rabe in September 2016.
Monk has appeared in over 30 films since the early 1990s. She made her film debut in the movie version of Prelude to a Kiss, playing Aunt Dorothy. She later appeared in The Bridges of Madison County and The Devil's Advocate. On television, she has won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for a recurring role as Katie Sipowicz in the ABC series, NYPD Blue. She also guest-starred on Law & Order, Desperate Housewives, The Closer, and Girls. Monk had recurring roles in A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001-02), Grey's Anatomy (2006-11), and Damages (2007-12).
|1992||Prelude to a Kiss||Aunt Dorothy|
|1993||For Love or Money||Mrs. Wegman|
|1994||Quiz Show||Kintner's Secretary|
|1995||Redwood Curtain||Geneva||Television film|
|1995||The Bridges of Madison County||Madge|
|1996||Bed of Roses||Lewis' Mom|
|1996||Mrs. Winterbourne||Lieutenant Ambrose|
|1996||The Substance of Fire||Martha Hackett|
|1996||The First Wives Club||Jilted Lover|
|1996||Extreme Measures||Dr. Judith Gruszynski|
|1997||In & Out||Mrs. Lester|
|1997||The Devil's Advocate||Pam Garrety|
|1997||Ellen Foster||Aunt Nadine||Television film|
|2003||Briar Patch||Officer Avon|
|2003||The Music Man||Mrs. Paroo||Television film|
|2003||Milwaukee, Minnesota||Edna Burroughs|
|2003||Eloise at the Plaza||Maggie||Television film|
|2003||Eloise at Christmastime||Maggie||Television film|
|2005||Dark Water||Dahlia's Teacher|
|2005||The Producers||Lick Me-Bite Me|
|2007||The Savages||Nancy Lachman|
|2008||The Great Buck Howard||Doreen|
|2009||Love and Other Impossible Pursuits||Laura|
|2011||Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!||Petunia||Television film|
|2012||One for the Money||Mrs. Plum|
|2012||The Brass Teapot||Trudy|
|2013||Ass Backwards||Pawn Shop Owner|
|2013||Reaching Home||Janet||Short film|
|2014||This Is Where I Leave You||Linda|
- A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001-02) - Member of the repertory cast, performing various roles in "The Doorbell Rang", "Disguise for Murder", "Over My Dead Body", "Too Many Clients" and "The Silent Speaker"
- Law & Order - 1994 as Kathleen O'Brien, 2002 as Dr. Madelyn Stahl & 2005 as Judge G. Proctor
- NYPD Blue - 1999 Emmy Award in role of Katie Sipowicz
- Grey's Anatomy - Louise O'Malley (seasons 3-8)
- Notes from the Underbelly
- Desperate Housewives - in season 3 episode "Children and Art"
- Damages - Denise Parsons
- Frasier - 2003 Season 11 episode "No Sex Please We're Skittish"
- Glee - 2009 season 1 episode "Acafellas"
- Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!
- White Collar - 2012 season 3 episode "Pulling Strings"
- Girls - 2014 season 3 episodes 1 & 2
- Mozart in the Jungle - (2014-18) - Betty
- Mercy Street - (2016-present)
- Drew - (2016 pilot; not picked up)
- Crowded - (2016 series finale; cancelled)
- Blindspot - Colonel Powers (Season 1, Episode 2)
- Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics - 2017 season 12 episode 6 “Dinner Party 101”
- Dietland (2018) - Mrs Kettle
- "Debra Monk Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
- "Debra Monk | Movies and Biography - Yahoo Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
- The Broadway League. "Debra Monk | IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". IBDB. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
- "Lortel Archives-The Internet Off-Broadway Database". Lortel.org. Archived from the original on 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
- "Debra Monk to replace Rondi Reed in play at Steppenwolf this fall". Chicago Tribune.
- "Cooking for Jeffrey: Dinner Party 101, Season 12, Episode 6" foodnetwork.com, retrieved February 5, 2018