Draper, Polly 1955(?)–

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Draper, Polly 1955(?)–


Full name Polly Carey Draper; born June 15, 1955 (some sources cite 1956), in Gary, IN (some sources cite Palo Alto, CA); daughter of William (a United Nations development official) and Phyllis (a Peace Corps administrator) Draper; married Kevin Wade (a writer), 1983 (divorced, 1990 [some sources cite 1988]); married Michael Wolff (a musician), 1993; children: (second marriage) Nathaniel Marvin Wolff (Nat; a musician and actor), Alexander Draper Wolff (Alex; a musician and actor). Education: Yale University, B.A., M.F.A.


Agent—Innovative Artists Talent and Literary Agency, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.


Actress, director, producer, and writer. Provided voice work for advertisements. Drama instructor for children at MacLaren Hall, Los Angeles.


Directors Guild of America.

Awards, Honors:

Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, 1988, for thirtysomething; named best Broadway actress of the season, New York, c. 1994, for Four Dogs and a Bone; Bronze Gryphon, best actress, and Grand Jury Prize (with others), best picture, both Giffoni Film Festival, 1998, Audience Award (with others), most popular feature, Hamptons International Film Festival, 1999, Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Grand Prix, best feature, and Glass Bear, best feature, both with others, both Berlin International Film Festival, 1999, and Reel 2 Real International Film Festival (Vancouver) Award (with others), best picture, all for The Tic Code.


Television Appearances; Series:

Ellyn Warren, thirtysomething, ABC, 1987-91.

Elaine Hoffman, Gideon's Crossing, ABC, 2000-2001.

Narrator, Maternity Ward, The Learning Channel, c. 2001-2002.

Also appeared as Winnie Robin, Ryan's Hope, ABC.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Adrian Towers (some sources cite Adrian Townshed), Danielle Steel's "Heartbeat" (also known as Heartbeat), NBC, 1993.

Ella Sabin, Broken Promises: Taking Emily Back (also known as Broken Promises), CBS, 1993.

Pamela Sutton, The Innocent (also known as Silent Witness), NBC, 1994.

Claire Gardner, Home Song (also known as LaVyrle Spencer's "Home Song"), CBS, 1996.

Herself, Naked Brothers Band Movie, Nickelodeon, 2005.

Rose Livien, Shooting Livien, Showtime, 2005.

Beth, Too Young to Marry, Lifetime, 2007.

Television Appearances; Specials:

"Merrill Markoe's Guide to Glamorous Living," Cinemax Comedy Experiment, Cinemax, 1988.

Herself, Inside "thirtysomething," Bravo, 2001.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Aileen, "The Grave Robber," Tales from the Darkside (also known as Beraettelser fraan andra siden, Histoires de l'autre monde, Historias del mas ella, and Keskiyoen kauhutarinoita), syndicated, 1987.

"The Verdict," The Hitchhiker (also known as Deadly Nightmares and Le voyageur), USA Network, 1989.

The Arsenio Hall Show (also known as Arsenio), syndicated, 1989.

Dr. Monica Gordon, "Just the Perfect Blendship," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1998.

Herself, The View, ABC, 1999.

Monique Lacroix, "Strange Death of Professor Marechal, " The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne, Sci-Fi Channel, c. 1999.

Meryl Dimetrio, "Home," The Guardian (also known as El guardia, The Guardian—Retter mit Herz, Le protecteur, O allos mou eaftos, Ochita bengoshi Nick Fallin, Ochita bengoshi Nick Fallin 2, and Oikeuden puolesta), CBS, 2001.

Christine Wilkes, "Faith," Law & Order: Criminal Intent (also known as Law & Order: CI), NBC, 2002.

Rita Bronwyn, "Mr. Monk Takes a Vacation," Monk, USA Network, 2002.

Also appeared in episodes of other programs, including Not Necessarily the News, HBO.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Bernadette Pascoe, Adams Apple, CBS, 1986.

Ellyn Warren, thirtysomething, ABC, 1987.

Television Work; Series:

Creator and executive producer, The Naked Brothers Band, Nickelodeon, 2007—.

Television Work; Movies:

Executive producer and director, Naked Brothers Band Movie, Nickelodeon, 2005.

Creator, executive producer, and director, The Naked Brothers Band: Battle of the Bands, Nickelodeon, 2007.

Television Work; Episodic:

Director, The Naked Brothers Band, Nickelodeon, various episodes, beginning 2007.

Stage Appearances:

Buried Child, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1978.

As You Like It, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1979.

Measure for Measure, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1979.

Jean, Split, Second Stage Theatre, McGinn-Cazale Theatre, New York City, 1980.

Caroline Lou Bingham, The Stitch in Time, American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) Playhouse, New York City, 1980-81.

Gertrude Cayce, The Freak, Workshop of the Players Art (WPA) Theatre, New York City, 1981, then Douglas Fairbanks Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Meg, The Actor's Nightmare and Diane Symonds, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You (double-bill), Playwrights Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1981 and 1982, and Westside Theatre Downstairs, New York City, 1981-84.

Cheryl, Hooters, Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Marlene, Top Girls, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Estelle R. Newman Theater, New York City, 1983.

Blake Upton, Mr. and Mrs., Workshop of the Players Art (WPA) Theatre, 1984.

Fiona, "The Ground Zero Club," The Young Playwrights Festival, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, 1985.

Lucy, "Want Ad," Danny, "Folie a'deux," Heather, "Only a Woman," and Lois, "Separate Vacation/Grounds for Divorce/Sexual History," all in Love as We Know It, Manhattan Punch Line, INTAR Hispanic American Theatre, New York City, 1985.

Linda Seward, Rum and Coke, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Susan Stein Shiva Theater, New York City, 1986.

Melissa Gardner, Love Letters, Canon Theatre, Los Angeles, 1990.

Yvette, Crazy He Calls Me, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City, 1992.

Collette, Four Dogs and a Bone, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II, New York City, 1993, then Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1993-94.

Insignificance, Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, 1996.

Anna, Closer, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1999.

Dana Sue Kay, Imagining Brad (produced with The Author's Voice), Greenwich House Theatre, New York City, 1999.

Ginger, Trudy Blue, Manhattan Class Company Theatre, New York City, 1999.

Mom, Blur, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II, 2001.

The Guys, Flea Theater, New York City, 2002.

Nina Weiss, Brooklyn Boy, Manhattan Theatre Club, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 2005.

Appeared in other productions, including Actors and Actresses and Thorn Hill, both New York City.

Film Appearances:

Aileen Moran Jones, Seven Minutes in Heaven (also known as Deslices de joventud), Warner Bros., 1986.

Pat, The Pick-Up Artist, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987.

Suzy Duncan, Making Mr. Right, Orion, 1987.

Olivia Smith, A Million to Juan (also known as A Million to One), Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1994.

Evelyn Hayes, Schemes, Bristol Entertainment, 1995.

Kate Easton, Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain (also known as Le secret de Bear Mountain), Universal, 1995.

Donna Evans, Always Say Goodbye (also known as Desperate Housewife: The Early Years and A Little Romance), 1996.

Leslie, Hudson River Blues (also known as Family Blues), 1997.

Laura Caraday, The Tic Code, Avalanche Releasing, 1998.

Marilyn, 18 Shades of Dust (also known as Hitman's Journal and The Sicilian Code), 1999.

Natalie Clemente, Dinner Rush, Access Motion Picture Group, 2000.

Paula, Second Best, ThinkFilm/Velocity Films, 2004.

Dr. Weiss, A Perfect Fit, Polychrome Pictures, 2005.

Film Producer:

The Tic Code, Avalanche Releasing, 1998.



Nomi Eve, The Family Orchard, HarperAudio, 2001.



(And songs) Naked Brothers Band Movie, Nickelodeon, 2005.

The Naked Brothers Band (series), Nickelodeon, 2007—.

Also wrote scenes for episodes of thirtysomething, ABC.


The Tic Code, Avalanche Releasing, 1998.



Family Circle, March, 2007, p. 204.

TV Guide, January 29, 2007, p. 70.

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