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Ivey, Judith 1951–

IVEY, Judith 1951–


Full name, Judith Lee Ivey; born September 4, 1951, in El Paso, TX; daughter of Nathan Aldean (a college instructor and dean) and Dorothy Lee (a teacher; maiden name, Lewis) Ivey; married Ricardo Gutierrez, 1973 (divorced, 1978); married Tim Braine (a producer and television executive), May 14, 1989; children: (second marriage) Margaret Elizabeth (Maggie) Braine, Thomas Carter (Tom) Braine. Education: Graduated from Illinois State University, 1973.

Addresses: Agent—Cunningham/Escott/Dipene & Associates, 10635 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 140, Los Angeles, CA 90025; Bresler Kelly Kipperman, 15760 Ventura Blvd., Suite 1730, Van Nuys, CA 91436–3028.

Career: Actress and director. Appeared in television commercials for various products. Acting instructor and conductor of master classes at colleges, including State University of New York at Fredonia.

Member: Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, The Actors Fund, National Organization for Women, Habitat for Humanity, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Awards, Honors: Joseph Jefferson Award nomination, 1978, for The Goodbye People; DramaLogue Award, 1982, for Two Small Bodies; Antoinette Perry Award, best featured actress in a play, Drama Desk Award, Drama Critics Award, and DramaLogue Award, all 1983, for Steaming; Antoinette Perry Award, best featured actress in a play, and Drama Desk Award, both 1985, for Hurlyburly; named one of the "promising new actors of 1985," John Willis' Screen World, c. 1985; Drama Desk Award nomination, c. 1986, for Precious Sons; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best performance by a leading actress in a play, 1992, for Park Your Car in Harvard Yard; Obie Award, Village Voice, best performance, 1994, for "The Moonshot Tape" and "A Poster of the Cosmos," Moonshot and Cosmos; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie, 1998, for "What the Deaf Man Heard," Hallmark Hall of Fame; Lucille Lortel Award nomination, outstanding solo show, 2004, for Women on Fire; Topaz Award, Women in Film—Dallas; member of the Texas Film Hall of Fame; honorary doctorate, Illinois State University.


Film Appearances:

Didi, The Woman in Red, Orion, 1984.

Iris, The Lonely Guy, Universal, 1984.

Sally, Harry and Son, Orion, 1984.

Nancy Miller, Compromising Positions, Paramount, 1985.

Blanche, Brighton Beach Memoirs (also known as Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs), Universal, 1986.

Zelda, Hello Again, Buena Vista, 1987.

Charlotte Bonnard, Sister, Sister, New World, 1988.

Frances, Miles from Home (also known as Farm of the Year), Cinecom International/Norstar Releasing, 1988.

Anita, In Country, Warner Bros., 1989.

Connie, Everybody Wins, Film Trustees, 1990.

Susan Volcheck, Love Hurts, Vestron, 1990.

Alice, Orion, 1990.

Peedi, There Goes the Neighborhood (also known as Paydirt), Paramount, 1992.

Alice Lomax, Devil's Advocate (also known as Im Auftrag des Teufels), Warner Bros., 1997.

Aunt Elizabeth Almond, Washington Square, Buena Vista, 1997.

Celine's mother, A Life Less Ordinary, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1997.

Barbara Bowerman, Without Limits (also known as Pre), Warner Bros., 1998.

Mrs. Joanne Burns, Mystery, Alaska, Buena Vista, 1999.

The Stand–In, IndieDVD, 1999.

Sandra, What Alice Found, Castle Hill, 2003.

In God's Hands, Section 8, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Kate McCrorey, Down Home, NBC, 1990–1991.

Bonnie Jean "B. J." Poteet, Designing Women, CBS, 1992–1993.

Alexandria "Alex" Isaacson Buchanan, The Five Mrs. Buchanans (also known as The Four Mrs. Buchanans), CBS, 1994–1995.

Voice of Eleanor Sherman, The Critic (animated), ABC, 1994, Fox, 1995.

Maureen, Buddies, ABC, 1996.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Mrs. Grimthorpe, Lord Peter Wimsey: Clouds of Witness, BBC, 1972.

Cathy Kramer, Rose Red (also known as Stephen King's Rose Red), ABC, 2002.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Sister Margaret, Dixie: Changing Habits, CBS, 1983.

Noel Varner, The Long, Hot Summer, NBC, 1985.

Sister Brenda Hayes, We Are the Children, ABC, 1987.

District attorney Kerry Wells, Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter (also known as Her Final Fury: The Betty Broderick Story, Part II, Till Murder Do Us Part II, and Woman without a Prayer: The Betty Broderick Story, Part II), CBS, 1992.

Passionatta, "Frogs!," WonderWorks Family Movie, PBS, 1992.

Olivia Appletree, On Promised Land, The Disney Channel, 1994.

Laura McCormick, Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story (also known as Almost Golden), Lifetime, 1995.

Doris Stauffer, Half a Dozen Babies (also known as Life's Little Struggles), ABC, 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Louise, "The Shady Hill Kidnapping," American Playhouse, PBS, 1982.

Herself, The Making of "The Woman in Red," 1984.

Madeline, Piaf, 1984.

Terry Novis, "Decoration Day," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1990.

Counselor, "Other Mothers," CBS Schoolbreak Specials, CBS, 1993.

Narrator, "The Summer of Ben Tyler," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1996.

Lucille, "What the Deaf Man Heard," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1997.

Voice, U.S.–Mexican War (1846–1848) (documentary; also known as The U.S.–Mexican War, 1846–1848), PBS, 1998.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Herself, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1990 and 1991.

Voice of Lorraine, "I Hate Frasier Crane," Frasier, NBC, 1993.

Voice of Mother Mirabelle, "TV or Not to Be," Duckman (animated), USA Network, 1994.

Eleanor Markus, "Marry Me a Little," Will & Grace, NBC, 2002.

Eleanor Markus, "Marry Me a Little More," Will & Grace, NBC, 2002.

Eleanor Markus, "The Needle and the Omelet's Done," Will & Grace, NBC, 2002.

Appeared in Cagney and Lacey, CBS; appeared as Susan Kelly in "Mad about You," an unaired episode of Queens Supreme, CBS.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Texarkana, CBS, 1998.

Television Appearances; Other:

Janet Potts, America's Most Terrible Things, NBC, 2002.

Radio Appearances; Episodic:

"A Fair Country," The Play's the Thing, 1998.

Radio Playbill, 2004.

Stage Appearances:

Jilly, The Sea, Goodman Theatre Center, Chicago, IL, 1974.

The Philanthropist, Goodman Theatre Center, 1974.

Cactus Flower, Drury Lane, 1975.

Mourning Becomes Electra, Goodman Theatre Center, 1975.

Julia, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Court Theatre, 1976.

Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Court Theatre, 1976.

Hay Fever, Drury Lane, 1976.

Statues [and] The Bridge at Belharbour (double–bill), Goodman Theatre Center, 1976.

Design for Living, Goodman Theatre Center, 1976–1977.

Don Juan, Goodman Theatre Center, 1976–1977.

The Sport of My Mad Mother, Goodman Theatre Center, 1976–1977.

Celia, As You Like It, Chicago Shakespeare Festival, 1977.

Jean, The Moundbuilders, Evanston Theatre Company, Evanston, IL, 1977–1978.

Shirley, The Goodbye People, Evanston Theatre Company, 1977–1978.

Oh, Coward!, Evanston Theatre Company, 1977–1978.

Margaret, Much Ado about Nothing, American Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia, PA, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, and Goodman Theatre Center, all 1978.

Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Folger Theatre Group, Washington, DC, 1978.

Gilda, Design for Living, Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1979.

Kate, Bedroom Farce, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1979.

Fish, Dusa, Fish, Stas, and Vi, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1980.

Kathleen Herlihy, Sunday Runners in the Rain, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, New York City, 1980.

Multiple roles, Girls, Girls, Girls, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1980.

Edith Piaf (title role) and Madeleine, Piaf, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1981.

Evelyn, The Rimers of Eldritch, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, New York City, 1981.

Sally, Sally and Marsha, State University of New York at Purchase, 1981.

The Dumping Ground, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, 1981.

Eileen, Two Small Bodies, Production Company, Theatre Guinevere, New York City, then Matrix Theatre, Los Angeles, both 1982.

Melanie, Pastorale, Second Stage Theatre, McGinn–Cazale Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Sorel, Hay Fever, Kenyon College Festival, Gambier, OH, 1982.

Josie, Steaming, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 1982–1983.

Joyce, Jazz Poets at the Grotto, Production Company, Theatre Guinevere, 1983.

Kathy, Second Lady, Production Company, Theatre Guinevere, 1983.

Bonnie, Hurlyburly, Goodman Theatre Center, 1984, then Promenade Theatre, New York City, later Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, both 1984.

Bea, Precious Sons, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1986.

Ruth, Blithe Spirit, Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore, MD, then Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, both 1987.

Mrs. Dally, Mrs. Dally Has a Lover, Westbeth Theatre Center, 1988.

Kathleen Hogan, Park Your Car in Harvard Yard, Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, 1991, then Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1991–1992.

Moonshot, "The Moonshot Tape," and Diane, "A Poster of the Cosmos," Moonshot and Cosmos, Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1994.

Patrice Burgess, A Fair Country, Lincoln Center Theatre, New York City, 1996.

Mrs. Honey and Heather, A Madhouse in Goa, Second Stage Theatre, McGinn–Cazale Theatre, 1997.

Lil, Voices in the Dark, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1999.

The Vagina Monologues, Westside Theatre Downstairs, New York City, beginning c. 1999.

Linda Savignac and Carlotta Gray, Noel Coward's Suite in Two Keys, Mirage Theatre Company, Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 2000.

"The Bundlelays," Texas Bound (readings of short stories), Alley Theatre, Houston, TX, 2000.

Sally Durant Plummer, Follies (musical), Roundabout Theatre Company, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 2001.

Immortal Imperatives (reading), Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago, IL, 2001.

Elizabeth I, Dearest Cousin (reading), Lion Theatre, New York City, 2003.

Madeline Livingston, The Women of Lockerbie, The New Group, Theatre at St. Clement's Church, 2003.

Martha, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Alley Theatre, 2003.

Various characters, Women on Fire (solo show), Cherry Lane Studio Theatre, then Cherry Lane Theatre, both New York City, 2003–2004.

Desiree Armfeldt, A Little Night Music (musical), Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles, 2004.

Martha Mitchell, Dirty Tricks, Public Theatre, 2004.

Performer at the Actors Theatre of Nantucket, RI; conducted readings at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Stage Director:

Two for the Seesaw, Fairfield County Stage Company, Westport, CT, 1993.

Yeardley Smith: More (solo show; also known as More), Union Square Theatre, New York City, 2004.

Steel Magnolias, Alley Theatre, Houston, TX, 2005.

Director of Soccer Moms, Fleetwood Stage.



Where or When, by Anita Shreve and Virginia Barber, Pub Group West, 1994.

My Louisiana Sky, by Kimberly Willis Holt, Listening Library, 1999.

Divine Secrets of the Ya–Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells, Books on Tape, 2002.

"Luckey Quarter," Everything's Eventual: Five Dark Tales, by Stephen King, Simon & Schuster Audio, 2002.

A Corner of the Universe, by Ann M. Martin, Listening Library, 2003.



Texas Monthly, January, 2000, p. 24.

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