Debra Monk

Debra Monk

Debra Monk in 2012
Born (1949-02-27) February 27, 1949
Middletown, Ohio, US
Occupation Actress, singer, writer
Years active 1982present

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.[1]

Life and career

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] She will return to the stage in Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of Visiting Edna by David Rabe beginning September 2016.[5]

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).



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Prelude to a Kiss Aunt Dorothy
1993 For Love or Money Mrs. Wegman
1993 Fearless Alison
1994 Quiz Show Kintner's Secretary
1995 Redwood Curtain Geneva Television film
1995 The Bridges of Madison County Madge
1995 Jeffrey Mom
1995 Reckless Therapist
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 KnitWits Catherine Short film
1997 In & Out Mrs. Lester
1997 The Devil's Advocate Pam Garrety
1997 Ellen Foster Aunt Nadine Television film
1998 Bulworth Helen
2000 Center Stage Nancy
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
2004 Palindromes Mama Sunshine
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






  1. 1 2 3 4 "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.
  5. "Debra Monk to replace Rondi Reed in play at Steppenwolf this fall". Chicago Tribune.

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