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Murphy, Donna 1958–

MURPHY, Donna 1958


Born March 7, 1958, in Queens, NY (some sources say Corona, NY); daughter of Robert (an aerospace engineer) and Jean (maiden name, Fink) Murphy; married Shawn Elliot (an actor), 1990; children: (stepdaughter) Justine (an actress). Education: Attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts; studied acting with Stella Adler and the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.

Addresses: Agent William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager Brook-side Artists Management, 250 West 57th St., Suite 2303, New York, NY 10107.

Career: Actress.

Awards, Honors: Antoinette Perry Award, actress in a musical, Drama Desk Award, outstanding actress in a musical, 1994, both for Passion; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best performance by a leading actress in a musical, Drama Desk Award nomination, and Outer Critics Circle nomination, 1996, all for The King and I; CableACE Award, best actress in a dramatic special/series, 1996, and Daytime Emmy Award, outstanding performer in a children's special, 1997, both for Someone Had to Be Benny.


Stage Appearances:

(Broadway debut) Voice of Sonia Walsk, They're Playing Our Song, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1979.

Clare de Favorone, Francis, The Praxis Group, Theatre at St. Peter's Church, New York City, 19811982.

Understudy for the role of Bess/Mary Arena, The Human Comedy, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1984.

Beatrice, Florence Gill, and other roles, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public/Delacorte/Circle in the Square Downtown, New York City, 1985, then Imperial Theatre, 19851987.

Hope, Birds of Paradise, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 19871988.

Celia, Where She Went, What She Did, Manhattan Punch Line Festival of One Act Plays, Judith Anderson Theatre, New York City, 1988.

Cast, Showing Off, Steve McGraw's Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Rose, Song of Singapore, 17 Irving Place Theatre, New York City, 1991.

Tatum O'Neal, A Terrible Beauty, Triangle Theatre, New York City, 19911992.

Vera, Pal Joey, Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, MA, 1992.

Kristin, Miss Julie, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 19921993.

The Whore, Hello Again, Lincoln Center, New York City, 1994.

Cast, Gypsy of the Year, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1994.

Fosca, Passion, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 19941995.

Dorothy Trowbridge, Twelve Dreams, Lincoln Center, 1995.

Anna Leonowens, The King and I, Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, 1996.

Ruth, Wonderful Town, City Center, New York City, 2000.

Title role, Helen, Public Theatre, New York City, 2002.

Also appeared as Sylvia Morgan, Privates on Parade, Union Square Theatre; in Hey Love: The Song of Mary Rodgers; Showing Off; Birds of Paradise; A ... My Name is Alice; Little Shop of Horrors.

Film Appearances:

Karen Heller, Jade, Paramount, 1995.

October 22, Millennium Films, 1998.

Anij, Star Trek: Insurrection (also known as Star Trek IX and Star Trek: Stardust ), Paramount, 1998.

Natalie Streck, The Astronaut's Wife, New Line Cinema, 1999.

Juliette Simone, Center Stage, Columbia, 2000.

Television Appearances; Series:

Francesca Cross, a recurring role, Murder One, ABC, 19951996.

Dr. Ruby Stern, What about Joan, ABC, 2001.

Heather Olshansky, a recurring role, Hack, CBS, 2002.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Vocalist, Power, Passion and Murder, 1987.

Mary Todd Lincoln, The Day Lincoln Was Shot, TNT, 1998.

Joan Naylor, The Last Debate, Showtime, 2000.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Abigail Adams, LIBERTY! The American Revolution, PBS, 1997.

Television Appearances; Specials:

June, A Table at Ciro's (also known as Tales from the Hollywood Hills: A Table at Ciro's ), PBS, 1987.

Armanda Agrelo, Someone Had to Be Benny, HBO, 1986.

Fosca, Passion, PBS, 1996.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NBC, 1996.

The 50th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1996.

Leonard Bernstein's New York, PBS, 1997.

2 Chicks, 2 Bikes, 1 Cause, Lifetime, 1998.

The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 2000.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

The Next Big Thing, CBS, 1999.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Karen Unger, "Right to Counsel," Law & Order, NBC, 1993.

Ruth Geddy, "Behind Every Great Woman," Remember WENN, 1996.

Camille, "Spirit and Substance," Nothing Sacred, 1997.

Carla Tyrell, "Thrill," Law & Order, NBC, 1997.

Marie Hanson, "The Inmates," Ally McBeal, Fox, 1997.

Marie Hanson, "Axe Murderer," The Practice, ABC, 1998.

Carla Tyrell, "Mother's Milk," Law & Order, NBC, 2000.

Also appeared as Esther Weber, The Education of Max Bickford, CBS; Linda Penny, Michael Hayes, CBS.



Parade Magazine, April 12, 1998, p. 12.

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