Debra Monk

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Debra Monk
Debra Monk12.jpg
Debra Monk in 2012
Born(1949-02-27) February 27, 1949 (age 65)
Middletown, Ohio, US
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Debra Monk
Debra Monk12.jpg
Debra Monk in 2012
Born(1949-02-27) February 27, 1949 (age 65)
Middletown, Ohio, US

Debra Monk (born February 27, 1949) is an American actress, singer, and writer, best known for her performances on the Broadway stage. Monk has received a Tony Award and Emmy Awards.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Monk was born in Middletown, Ohio. She was voted "best personality" by the graduating class at Wheaton High School in Silver Spring, Maryland.[1] She graduated from Frostburg State University in 1973. In 1975, Monk received a Master of Fine Arts degree 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 1982 musical Pump Boys and Dinettes.[2] She has won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for performance in Redwood Curtain (1993). She also was nominated an Tony Award for roles in Picnic (1994), Steel Pier (1997), and Curtains (2007).[3] In 2000, she has won Obie Award for The Time of the Cuckoo.[4]

Monk has appeared in over 30 films as of early 1990s. She made her film debut in the movie version of Prelude to a Kiss, playing Aunt Dorothy.[1] 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 recurring performance as Katie Sipowicz in the ABC series, NYPD Blue.[1] She also guest-starred on Law & Order, Desperate Housewives, The Closer, and Girls. Monk had a recurring roles in A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001-2002), Grey's Anatomy (2006-2011), and Damages (2007-2012).



1992Prelude to a KissAunt Dorothy
1993For Love or MoneyMrs. Wegman
1994Quiz ShowKintner's Secretary
1995Redwood CurtainGenevaTelevision film
1995The Bridges of Madison CountyMadge
1996Bed of RosesLewis' Mom
1996Mrs. WinterbourneLieutenant Ambrose
1996The Substance of FireMartha Hackett
1996The First Wives ClubJilted Lover
1996Extreme MeasuresDr. Judith Gruszynski
1997KnitWitsCatherineShort film
1997In & OutMrs. Lester
1997The Devil's AdvocatePam Garrety
1997Ellen FosterAunt NadineTelevision film
2000Center StageNancy
2003Briar PatchOfficer Avon
2003The Music ManMrs. ParooTelevision film
2003Milwaukee, MinnesotaEdna Burroughs
2003Eloise at the PlazaMaggieTelevision film
2003Eloise at ChristmastimeMaggieTelevision film
2004PalindromesMama Sunshine
2005Dark WaterDahlia's Teacher
2005The ProducersLick Me-Bite Me
2007The SavagesNancy Lachman
2008The Great Buck HowardDoreen
2009Love and Other Impossible PursuitsLaura
2011Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!PetuniaTelevision film
2012One for the MoneyMrs. Plum
2012The Brass TeapotTrudy
2013Ass BackwardsPawn Shop Owner
2013Reaching HomeJanetShort film
2014This Is Where I Leave YouLinda




  1. ^ a b c d "Debra Monk Biography". Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  2. ^ "Debra Monk | Movies and Biography - Yahoo Movies". Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  3. ^ The Broadway League. "Debra Monk | IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". IBDB. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  4. ^ "Lortel Archives-The Internet Off-Broadway Database". Retrieved 2014-05-19. 

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