Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

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Drama Desk Award
for Outstanding Featured Actress
Awarded for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Location  United States
Presented by Drama Desk
Currently held by Celia Keenan-Bolger for The Glass Menagerie (2014)
Official website DramaDesk.org

The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play is an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements in the theatre among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions. The awards were established in 1955, with acting awards being given without making distinctions between roles in plays and musicals, or actors and actresses. The new award categories were later created in the 1975 ceremony.

† - indicates the performance won the Tony Award
‡ - indicates the performance was also nominated for the Tony Award

Winners and nominees[edit]

1970s[edit]

Year Actress Play Character
1975
Frances Sternhagen Equus Dora Strang ‡
Polly Adams London Assurance Grace Harkaway
Maureen Anderman Seascape Sarah
Caroline Lagerfelt The Constant Wife Marie-Louise Durham
Carole Shelley Absurd Person Singular Jane ‡
Elizabeth Spriggs London Assurance Lady Gay Spanker ‡
Marcia Wallace Avon Lady Avon Lady
1976
Rachel Roberts Habeas Corpus Mrs. Wicksteed
Toni Darnay The Heiress Mrs. Montgomery
Alice Drummond A Memory of Two Mondays Agnes
June Havoc Habeas Corpus Mrs. Swabb
Kaiulani Lee Kennedy's Children Rona
Lynn Ann Leveridge Yentl Hadass
1977
Rosemary De Angelis The Transfiguration of Benno Blimpie Mother
Joyce Ebert The Shadow Box Maggie
Rose Gregorio The Shadow Box Agnes ‡
Cecilia Hart Dirty Linen Maddie
Patricia Roe The Oldest Living Graduate Maureen Kinkaid
Meryl Streep The Cherry Orchard Dunyasha
Gretchen Wyler Sly Fox Miss Fancy
1978
Eileen Atkins The Night of the Tribades Marie Caroline David
Martha Gaylord The Elusive Angel Bo-Peep Braxton
Carol Kane The Effect of Gamma Rays Matilda "Tillie" Hunsdorfer
Swoosie Kurtz Uncommon Women and Others Rita Altabel
Pamela Reed Curse of the Starving Class Emma
1979
Pamela Reed Getting Out Arlie
Dixie Carter Fathers and Sons Martha "Calamity Jane" Canary
Frances Foster Nevis Mountain Dew Everalda Philibert Griffin
Joan Hickson Bedroom Farce Delia †
Laurie Kennedy Man and Superman Violet Robinson ‡
Susan Littler Bedroom Farce Kate ‡

1980s[edit]

Year Actress Play Character
1980
Lois de Banzie Morning's at Seven Myrtle Brown ‡
Pamela Brook Goodbye Fidel Peggy Sinclair
Frances Conroy Othello Desdemona
Mia Dillon Once a Catholic Mary Mooney
Dianne Wiest The Art of Dining Elizabeth Barrow Colt
1981
Swoosie Kurtz Fifth of July Gwen Landis †
Fran Brill Knuckle Jenny
Carrie Nye The Man Who Came to Dinner Lorraine Sheldon
Jean Smart Last Summer at Bluefish Cove Lil
Jessica Tandy Rose Rose's Mother ‡
Zoë Wanamaker Piaf Tione ‡
1982
Amanda Plummer Agnes of God Agnes †
Pauline Flanagan Medea The First Woman of Corinth
Estelle Getty Torch Song Trilogy Mrs. Beckoff
Cheryl Giannini Grown Ups Louise
E. Katherine Kerr Cloud Nine Ellen / Mrs. Saunders
Aideen O'Kelly Othello Emilia
1983
Judith Ivey Steaming Josie †
Maureen Anderman You Can't Take It with You Alice Sycamore
Dana Ivey Present Laughter Monica Reed
Quartermaine's Terms Melanie Garth
Kate McGregor-Stewart Beyond Therapy Charlotte
Anne Twomey Vieux Carré Jane
1984
Christine Baranski The Real Thing Charlotte †
Lisa Banes Isn't it Romantic Harriet Cornwall
Dody Goodman Ah, Wilderness! Essie Miller
Jo Henderson Isn't it Romantic Lillian Cornwall
Amy Irving Heartbreak House Ellie Dunn
Dianne Wiest Serenading Louie Gabby
Other Places Deborah
1985
Judith Ivey Hurlyburly Bonnie †
Sudie Bond The Foreigner Betty Meeks
Joanna Gleason A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Pam ‡
Nancy Marchand The Octette Bridge Club Connie Emerson
Anne Pitoniak The Octette Bridge Club Martha McDermitt
Margaret Tyzack Tom and Viv Rose Robinson Haigh-Wood
1986
Joanna Gleason Social Security Trudy Heyman
It's Only a Play Virginia Noyes
Elizabeth Berridge Cruise Control Suze
Wrestlers Angie
Kathryn Grody The Marriage of Betty and Boo Emily Brennan
Zoë Wanamaker Loot Fay ‡
Ann Wedgeworth A Lie of the Mind Meg
1987
Mary Alice Fences Rose Maxson †
Suzanne Burden Dangerous Liaisons Madame de Tourvel
Jane Carr The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Various Characters
Janet Eilber Stepping Out Andy
Christine Estabrook North Shore Fish Florence Rizzo
Vickilyn Reynolds The Colored Museum Lawanda / Mama
1988
Christine Estabrook The Boys Next Door Sheila
Kimberleigh Aarn Joe Turner's Come and Gone Mattie Cambell ‡
Frances McDormand A Streetcar Named Desire Stella Kowalski ‡
Kimberly Scott Joe Turner's Come and Gone Molly Cunningham ‡
1989
Tovah Feldshuh Lend Me a Tenor Maria Merelli ‡
Joanne Camp The Heidi Chronicles Fran / Molly / Betsy / April ‡
Margaret Colin Aristocrats Alice
Penelope Ann Miller Our Town Emily Webb ‡
Alice Playten Spoils of War Emma
Holland Taylor The Cocktail Hour Nina

1990s[edit]

Year Actress Play Character
1990
Frances Conroy The Secret Rapture Marion French
Jayne Atkinson The Art of Success Sarah Sprackling
Kate Burton Some Americans Abroad Betty McNeil
Marcia Jean Kurtz When She Danced Miss Belzer
Stephanie Roth Artist Descending a Staircase Sophie
1991
Irene Worth Lost in Yonkers Grandma Kurnitz †
Jane Adams I Hate Hamlet Deirdre McDavey
Tracey Ellis Our Country's Good Lieutenant George Johnston
Julie Halston Red Scare on Sunset Pat Pilford
Deirdre O'Connell Love and Anger Sarah Downey
1992
Christine Baranski Lips Together, Teeth Apart Chloe Haddock
Lisa Emery Marvin's Room Lee
Harriet Harris Bella, Bell of Byelorussia Ludmilla / Waitress
Laura Linney Sight Unseen Grete
Nancy Marchand The End of the Day Rosamund Brackett / Jocelyn Massey
1993
Madeline Kahn The Sisters Rosensweig Gorgeous Teitlebaum
Kathleen Chalfant Angels in America: Millennium Approaches Various Characters ‡
Marcia Gay Harden Angels in America: Millennium Approaches Various Characters ‡
Harriet Harris Jeffrey Ann Marwood Bartle
Kathryn Meisle As You Like It Rosalind
1994
Jane Adams An Inspector Calls Sheila Biring †
Frances Conroy In the Summer House Mrs. Constable
Hope Davis Pterodactyls Emma
Marcia Gay Harden Angels in America: Perestroika Various Characters
Kristen Johnston The Lights Rose
1995
Tara FitzGerald Hamlet Ophelia
Hallie Foote The Horton Foote Plays Performer
Penny Fuller Three Viewings Virginia
Camryn Manheim Missing Persons Gemma
J. Smith-Cameron The Naked Truth Sissy Bermiss Darnley
Sheila Tousey Iphigenia and Other Daughters Electra
1996
Elaine Stritch A Delicate Balance Claire
Viola Davis Seven Guitars Vera ‡
Eileen Heckart Northeast Local Mair
Donna Murphy Twelve Dreams Dorothy Trowbridge
Roberta Wallach The Model Apartment Debby
Amy Wright Mrs. Klein Paula
1997
Dana Ivey Sex and Longing Bridget McCrea
The Last Night of Ballyhoo Boo Levy ‡
Kathleen Chalfant Nine Armenians Marie
Linda Emond Nine Armenians Armine
Melissa Errico The Importance of Being Earnest Gwendolen Fairfax
Allison Janney Present Laughter Liz
Celia Weston The Last Night of Ballyhoo Aunt Reba ‡
1998
Allison Janney A View from the Bridge Beatrice Carbone
Patricia Clarkson The Maiden's Prayer Libby
Linda Lavin The Diary of Anne Frank Mrs. Van Daan ‡
Patti LuPone The Old Neighborhood Jolly
Marian Seldes Ivanov Zinaida Savishna
Caroline Seymour Goose-Pimples Jackie
1999
Anna Friel Closer Alice Ayers
Viola Davis Everybody's Ruby Ruby McCollum
Kristine Nielsen Betty's Summer Vacation Mrs. Siezmagraff
Natasha Richardson Closer Anna
Marian Seldes Ring Round the Moon Madame Desmermortes
Mary Louise Wilson Bosoms and Neglect Henny

2000s[edit]

Year Actress Play Character
2000
Marylouise Burke Fuddy Meers Gertie
Jillian Armenante The Cider House Rules, Part One Melony
Seana Kofoed An Experiment with an Air Pump Isobel Bridie
Phyllis Newman The Moment When Paula
Cigdem Onat The Time of the Cuckoo Signora Fioria
Amy Sedaris The Country Club Froggy
2001
Viola Davis King Hedley II Tonya †
Anita Durst The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant Marlene
Barbara Jefford Coriolanus Volumnia
Marthe Keller Judgment at Nuremberg Mrs. Bertholt ‡
Marian Seldes The Butterfly Collection Margaret
Robin Weigert Madame Melville Ruth
2002
Katie Finneran Noises Off Brooke Ashton †
Jennifer Coolidge The Women Edith / Mrs. Phelps Potter
Kathleen Doyle Kilt Mary
Linda Emond Homebody/Kabul The Homebody
Elizabeth Franz Morning's at Seven Aaronetta Gibbs ‡
Kathleen Widdoes Franny's Way Marjorie
2003
Lynn Redgrave Talking Heads Miss Fozzard
Christine Ebersole Talking Heads Irene ‡
Jan Maxwell My Old Lady Chloe Giffard
Helen McCrory Uncle Vanya Elena
Nancy Opel Polish Joke Various Characters
Jeanine Serralles Hold Please Jessica
2004
Audra McDonald A Raisin in the Sun Ruth Younger †
Jayne Houdyshell Well Ann Kron
Mikel Sarah Lambert The Daughter-in-Law Mrs. Gascoyne
Margo Martindale Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Big Mama ‡
Jan Maxwell Sixteen Wounded Sonya
Mary Louise Wilson The Beard of Avon Queen Elizabeth I
2005
Adriane Lenox Doubt Mrs. Miller †
Julie Halston White Chocolate Vivian Beale Somerset
Portia McReele Opal
Lily Rabe Steel Magnolias Annelle
Lee Roy Rogers Orson's Shadow Vivien Leigh
Mary Testa String of Pearls Various Characters
2006
Frances de la Tour The History Boys Mrs. Lintott †
Lisa Emery Abigail's Party Susan
Judith Hawking A Soldier's Wife Florence
Michele Pawk The Paris Letter Katie
Lynn Redgrave The Constant Wife Mrs. Culver
Marian Seldes Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams Annabelle Willard
2007
Martha Plimpton The Coast of Utopia Various Characters ‡
Myriam Acharki Woyzeck Marie
Xanthe Elbrick Coram Boy Alexander Ashbrook / Aaron ‡
Sarah Nina Hayon Rearviewmirror Inez
Jan Maxwell Coram Boy Mrs. Lynch ‡
Andrea Riseborough The Pride Sylvia
Rita Wolf The American Pilot Sarah
2008
Linda Lavin The New Century Helene Nadler
Elizabeth Ashley Dividing the Estate Stella
Johanna Day Peter and Jerry Ann
Zoe Kazan 100 Saints You Should Know Abby
Rondi Reed August: Osage County Mattie Fae Aiken †
Marisa Tomei Top Girls Isabella Bird / Joyce / Mrs. Kidd
2009
Angela Lansbury Blithe Spirit Madame Arcati †
Rebecca Hall The Cherry Orchard Varya
Zoe Kazan The Seagull Masha
Andrea Martin Exit the King Juliette
Carey Mulligan The Seagull Nina
Condola Rashād Ruined Sophie

2010s[edit]

Year Actress Play Character
2010
Viola Davis Fences Rose Maxson
Victoria Clark When the Rain Stops Falling Older Gabrielle York
Xanthe Elbrick Candida Prosperine Garnett
Mary Beth Hurt When the Rain Stops Falling Older Elizabeth Law
Scarlett Johansson A View from the Bridge Catherine Carbone †
Andrea Riseborough The Pride Sylvia
2011
Edie Falco The House of Blue Leaves Bananas Shaughnessy ‡
Lisa Emery The Collection and A Kind of Alaska Deborah
Julie Halston The Divine Sister Sister Acacius
Sarah Nina Hayon A Bright New Boise Anna
Celia Keenan-Bolger Peter and the Starcatcher Molly
Linda Lavin Other Desert Cities Silda Grauman
Judith Light Lombardi Marie Lombardi ‡
2012
Judith Light Other Desert Cities Silda Grauman †
Stephanie J. Block By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Gloria Mitchell
Anna Camp All New People Kim
Kimberly Hebert Gregory By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Lottie
Lisa Joyce The Ugly One Fanny
Joaquina Kalukango Hurt Village Cookie
Angela Lansbury The Best Man Sue Ellen Gamadge
2013
Judith Light The Assembled Parties Faye †
Tasha Lawrence The Whale Mary
Kellie Overbey Sleeping Rough Joanna
Maryann Plunkett Sorry Barbara Apple
Condola Rashād The Trip to Bountiful Thelma ‡
Laila Robins Sorry Marian Apple
2014
Celia Keenan-Bolger The Glass Menagerie Laura Wingfield ‡
Betty Buckley The Old Friends Gertrude Hayhurst Sylvester Ratliff
Julia Coffey London Wall Miss Janus
Diane Davis The Model Apartment Debby
Jan Maxwell The Castle Skinner
Sophie Okonedo A Raisin in the Sun Ruth Younger †

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