Greene (left) with fellow Pushing Daisies star Swoosie Kurtz
February 22, 1951 |
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Tibor Hardik (1990-1997; divorced)
Christian Klikovits (2003–2007; divorced)
Ellen Greene (born February 22, 1951) is an American singer and actress. Greene has had a long and varied career as a singer, particularly in cabaret, as an actor and singer in numerous stage productions, particularly musical theatre, as well as having performed in many films—notably Little Shop of Horrors—and television programs. She starred as Vivian Charles on the ABC series Pushing Daisies.
Greene was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother was a guidance counselor, and her father was a dentist. Greene is Jewish. She attended W. Tresper Clarke High School, in Westbury, New York. She spent summers at Cejwin Camps in Port Jervis, New York where she performed in musical theater productions, including the role of Tzeitel in a 1966 production of Fiddler on the Roof. She was first married to Tibor Hardik. She also had a relationship with Martin P. Robinson. She married Christian Klikovits on September 25, 2003, and the two have since divorced.
Greene’s career began as a nightclub singer in clubs such as The Brothers and Sisters, Grand Finale and Reno Sweeney. She received rave reviews from critics such as Rex Reed, George Bell and John S. Wilson. Around this time she befriended the late Peter Allen. Her first starring role was as the lead in the notorious Broadway bomb, Rachael Lily Rosenbloom (And Don't You Ever Forget It) in 1973, which co-starred Anita Morris.
She then won the starring role of Chrissy in Joseph Papp's production of In the Boom Boom Room. Her reviews brought her to the attention of Paul Mazursky who was at that time casting for Next Stop, Greenwich Village; she got the role of Sarah, her first starring role in a film. Continuing her work with Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival, Greene next essayed the role of Jenny in The Three Penny Opera at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in Lincoln Center for which her performance was nominated for a Tony Award.
In addition to a number of other productions with the New York Shakespeare Festival as well as numerous other companies, Greene formed a close working relationship with the WPA Theatre, where she met Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, which led to a close, long-lasting friendship. This led, in turn, among other productions, to the role for which she is perhaps most-widely known, that of the hapless Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, a role she reprised in the film version opposite Rick Moranis.
Greene has worked extensively in theater, such as the part of Suzanne/The Little Rose in The Little Prince and the Aviator, as well as in films such as I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can, Léon, Talk Radio, and Pump Up the Volume. She has appeared on television in Miami Vice, Glory! Glory!, The Adventures of Pete and Pete, Cybill, Law & Order, Suddenly Susan, The X-Files, Mystery Woman: Sing Me a Murder, Fielder’s Choice and Heroes. In 1983 she was the voice of Creeping Ivy in the animated TV special The Magic of Herself the Elf.
Greene released an album in 2004 entitled In His Eyes, on which she was accompanied by her husband and musical director, Christian Klikovits. Her latest work includes the recurring role of Vivian Charles in the television series Pushing Daisies and the voice of Dolly Gopher in the animated Out of Jimmy's Head. Greene was also the voice of Goldie in the Don Bluth film, Rock-A-Doodle.
In the summer of 2009, Greene starred as Miss Adelaide in a concert version of the Broadway musical Guys and Dolls, which had a 3-day engagement at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. Her co-stars included Scott Bakula as Nathan Detroit, theatre veteran and Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell as Sky Masterson, and Jessica Biel as Sarah Brown. In 2011, she appeared in five episodes of the soap opera The Young and the Restless as Primrose DeVille.
Greene performed in the musical Betwixt! at the Trafalgar Studios in London's West End from July 26 to August 20, 2011. She also recently appeared in two episodes of the new ABC Family show, Bunheads, alongside Sutton Foster and Kelly Bishop.
|1976||Next Stop, Greenwich Village||Sarah Roth|
|1978||The Rock Rainbow||Jess||TV movie|
|1982||I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can||Karen Mulligan|
|1983||The Special Magic of Herself the Elf||Creeping Ivy (voice)||TV movie|
|1986||Little Shop of Horrors||Audrey|
|1988||Superman 50th Anniversary||Ariel Dickenson||TV documentary|
|1988||Me and Him||Annette Uttanzi|
|1989||Glory! Glory!||Ruth||TV movie|
|1989||Dinner at Eight||Kitty Packard||TV movie|
|1990||Pump Up the Volume||Jan Emerson|
|1992||Fathers & Sons||Judy|
|1994||Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult||Louise|
|1994||Léon: The Professional||Mathilda's Mother|
|1995||Killer: A Journal of Murder||Elizabeth Wyatt|
|1996||An Occasional Hell||Della|
|1996||One Fine Day||Mrs. Elaine Lieberman|
|1997||States of Control||Carol|
|2001||Alex in Wonder||Clarice Markov|
|2003||Love Object||Typing Supervisor|
|2005||Mystery Woman: Sing Me a Murder||Carly||TV movie|
|2005||Fielder's Choice||Jill||TV movie|
|2006||Re-Animated||Dolly Gopher (voice)||TV movie|
|1977||Seventh Avenue||Paula||TV mini-series|
|1985||Miami Vice||Darlene||Episode: "Made for Each Other"|
|1989||CBS Summer Playhouse||Sally Maggio||Episode: "Road Show"|
|1994||The Adventures of Pete & Pete||Abilene Jones||Episode: "Time Tunnel"|
|1995||Law & Order||Karen Gaines||Episode: "Bitter Fruit"|
|1997||Dellaventura||Elizabeth Brodkin||Episode: "Above Reproach"|
|2000||Suddenly Susan||Harriet Graham||Episode: "The Break Up"|
|2002||The X Files||Vicki Louise Burdick||Episode: "Improbable"|
|2002||Crossing Jordan||Mrs. Dunham||Episode: "Secrets & Lies: Part 2"|
|2007–08||Out of Jimmy's Head||Dolly Gopher / Golly Gopher (voice)||13 episodes|
|2007–09||Pushing Daisies||Vivian Charles||22 episodes|
|2007-09||Heroes||Virginia Gray||3 episodes|
|2009||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Mrs. Manface (voice)||Episode: "Night of the Huntress!"|
|2011||The Young and the Restless||Primrose DeVille||11 episodes|
|2011||Pound Puppies||Gertrude Washburn (voice)||Episode: "Olaf in Love"|
|2013||Hannibal||Mrs. Komeda||Episode: Sorbet|
- Rachael Lily Rosenbloom (And Don't You Ever Forget It) (1973) (never officially opened)
- In the Boom Boom Room (1974) (Off-Broadway)
- The Threepenny Opera (1976) (Broadway)
- The Threepenny Opera (1977) (Delacorte Theater) (return engagement)
- Funny Face (1978) (Studio Arena Theater)
- Wake Up, It's Time to Go to Bed (1979) (Off-Broadway)
- They're Playing Our Song (1979) (US national tour)
- The Little Prince and the Aviator (1982) (never officially opened)
- Little Shop of Horrors (1982) (Off-Off Broadway showcase, Off-Broadway and London)
- Starting Monday (1990) (Off-Broadway)
- Weird Romance (1992) (Off-Broadway)
- Three Men on a Horse (1993) (Broadway)
- A Broadway Diva Christmas (2005) (Women's Project)
- Guys and Dolls (2009) (Hollywood Bowl)
- Betwixt! (2011) (London)
Awards and nominations
|1977||Tony Award||Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical||The Threepenny Opera||Nominated|
|1983||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actress in a Musical||Little Shop of Horrors||Nominated|
- Ellen Greene at the Internet Broadway Database
- Internet Movie Database Listing
- Ellen Greene Film Reference biography
- Ellen Greene biography, TV Guide
- Young and the Restless, 2011
- Tony Awards, 1977
- Drama Desk Awards, 1982–1983
- Official website
- Ellen Greene at the Internet Movie Database
- Ellen Greene at the Internet Broadway Database
- Ellen Greene at the Internet Off-Broadway Database