Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actress

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Obie Award for Best Actress
Awarded for Best Performance by an Actress in a Off-Broadway or Off-Off Broadway production
Location United States New York City
Presented by The Village Voice
Official website http://www.villagevoice.com/obies/search

The Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actress was first presented in 1956. The award has no nominees and there is no set number of winners per year. Each performance listed by year below was given an award and they are listed in no particular order. The award can be for a lead or supporting performance and in a play or musical. On occasion, the Obie Awards committee will give an actress an award for sustained excellence of performance to recognize their contributions to Off-Broadway theatre. There is also a separate ensemble award given to recognize entire casts without singling out a particular performer, as they have below. On occasion, the committee gives an actress an award for sustained lifetime achievement, which is also included below. The Obie Award is for performances Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway in New York City only, and is one of the most respected theatre awards given in the United States.[1][2]‡ - indicates the performance was also nominated for the Tony Award after transferring to Broadway. In 2014, Sydney Lucas became the youngest winner in OBIE history, at age 10. [3]

1950s[edit]

Year Winners Play / Musical Character
1956 Peggy McCay Uncle Vanya Sofia
Shirlee Emmons The Mother of Us All Susan B. Anthony
Nancy Wickwire The Cherry Orchard Varya
Julie Bovasso The Maids Claire
Frances Sternhagen The Admirable Bashville Lydia Carew
1957 Betty Miller Exiles Beatrice
Marguerite Lenert The House of Breath Granny Ganchion
Colleen Dewhurst The Taming of the Shrew & The Eagle Has Two Heads & Camille Kate / The Queen / Marguerite Gautier
Jutta Wolf Exiles Bertha
1958 Grania O'Malley Guests of the Nation Kate O'Connell
Nydia Westman Endgame Nell
Anne Meacham Garden District Catharine Holly
Tammy Grimes Clerambard The Flounder
1959 Nancy Wickwire A Clearing in the Woods Virginia
Kathleen Maguire The Time of the Cuckoo Leona Samish
Anne Fielding Ivanov Sasha
Rosina Fernhoff Fashion & The Geranium Hat Gertrude / Anne-Betty

1960s[edit]

Year Winners Play / Musical Character
1960 Eileen Brennan Little Mary Sunshine Mary Potts
Patricia Falkenhain Peer Gynt & Henry IV, Part 1 The Greenclad Woman / Doll Tearsheet
Elisa Loti Come Share My House -
Nancy Marchand The Balcony Irma
1961 Joan Hackett Call Me By My Rightful Name Chris
Gerry Jedd She Stoops to Conquer Kate Hardcastle
Surya Kamari The King of the Dark Chamber Queen Sudarshana
Anne Meacham Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler
1962 Ruth White Happy Days Winnie
Sudie Bond Theatre of the Absurd Nell
Barbara Harris Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You Rosalie
Rosemary Harris The Tavern & The School for Scandal & The Seagull Virginia / Lady Teazle / Nina
Vinnette Carroll Moon on a Rainbow Shawl Sophia
1963 Olympia Dukakis A Man's a Man Leocadia Begbick
Madeleine Sherwood Hey You, Light Man! Lula Roca
Jacqueline Brookes Six Characters in Search of an Author The Step/Daughter
Anne Jackson The Typists & The Tiger Sylvia Payton / Gloria Fiske
Colleen Dewhurst Desire Under the Elms Abbie Putnam
1964 Gloria Foster In White America Claudette Nevins
Marian Seldes The Ginger Man Miss Frost
Lee Grant The Maids Solange
Joyce Ebert The Trojan Women Andromache
Estelle Parsons Next Time I'll Sing to You & In the Summer House Lizzie / Gertrude Eastman Cuevas
Diana Sands The Living Premise in Living Color Various Characters
1965 Sada Thompson Tartuffe Dorine
Rosemary Harris Judith & Man and Superman & War and Peace Judith / Violet Robinson / Natasha Rostova
Margaret DePriest The Place for Chance Various Characters
Frances Sternhagen The Room & A Slight Ache Rose / Flora
1966 Clarice Blackburn The Exhaustion of Our Son's Love Sara Calendar
Florence Tarlow Red Cross & Istanbul & A Beautiful Day The Maid / - / Various Characters
Jane White Coriolanus & Love's Labour's Lost Volumnia / Princess of France
Mari-Claire Charba Birdbath Velma Sparrow
Sharon Gans Soon Jack November -
Gloria Foster Medea Medea
1967 Bette Henritze Measure for Measure & The Long Christmas Dinner & Queens of France & The Displaced Person & The Rimers of Eldritch & All's Well That Ends Well Mariana / Ermengarde / Mademoiselle Pointevin / Mrs. Shortley / Mary Windrod / Mariana
1968 Peggy Pope Muzeeka Evelyn Landis
Mari Gorman The Memorandum & Walking to Waldheim Maria / Zelda Sher
Billie Dixon The Beard Harlow
1969 Arlene Rothlein The Poor Little Match Girl Girl
Julie Bovasso Gloria and Esperanza Gloria B. Gilbert
Judith Malina Antigone Antigone

1970s[edit]

Year Winners Play / Musical Character
1970 Rue McClanahan Who's Happy Now? Faye Precious
Sada Thompson The Effect of Gamma Rays Beatrice Hunsdorfer
Roberta Maxwell A Whistle In the Dark Betty Carney
Pamela Payton-Wright The Effect of Gamma Rays Matilda "Tillie" Hunsdorfer
Fredricka Weber The Last Sweet Days of Isaac Ingrid / Alice
1971 Ruby Dee Boesman and Lena Lena
Margaret Braidwood Saved Mary
Joan MacIntosh Commune Big Time Clementine
Susan Batson AC/DC Sadie
1972 Elizabeth Wilson Sticks and Bones Harriet ‡
Jeanne Hepple The Reliquary of Mr. and Mrs. Potterfield Chloe Potterfield
Marilyn Chris Kaddish Naomi Livergant Ginsberg
Kathleen Widdoes The Beggar's Opera Polly Peachum
Salome Bey Love Me, Love My Children Various Characters
Marilyn Sokol The Beggar's Opera Lucy Lockit
1973 Alice Playten National Lampoon Lemmings Various Characters
Jessica Tandy Not I The Mouth
Mari Gorman The Hot l Baltimore Jackie
Lola Pashalinski Corn Lola-Lola
Roxie Roker The River Niger Mattie Williams ‡
1974 Barbara Barrie The Killdeer Sparky
Loretta Greene The Sirens Pepper
Barbara Montgomery My Sister, My Sister Mama
Elizabeth Sturges When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? Angel
Conchata Ferrell The Sea Horse Gertrude Blum
Zypora Spaisman Stempenyu -
1975 Cara Duff-MacCormick Craig's Wife Harriet Craig
Tovah Feldshuh Yentl Yentl ‡
Priscilla Smith Fragments of a Greek Trilogy Medea / Electra / Andromache
Tanya Berezin The Mound Builders D.K. Eriksen
1976 Crystal Field Day Old Bread -
Kate Manheim Rhoda in Potatoland Rhoda
Pamela Payton-Wright Jesse and the Bandit Queen Belle Starr
June Gable The Comedy of Errors Adriana
Priscilla Smith The Good Woman of Szechwan Shen Te
Joyce Aaron Academics -
Priscilla Lopez A Chorus Line Diana Morales ‡
1977 Marian Seldes Isadora Duncan Sleeps with the Russian Navy Isadora Duncan
Jo Henderson Ladyhouse Blues Liz
Lucinda Childs Einstein on the Beach Various Characters
Anne DeSalvo Gemini Lucille Grande
Roberta Maxwell Ashes Anne
Lola Pashalinski Der Ring Gott Farblonjet Brunnhilda
Margaret Wright A Manoir A Woman in White
1978 Swoosie Kurtz Uncommon Women and Others Rita Altabel
Kaiulani Lee Safe House -
Alma Cuervo Uncommon Women and Others Holly Kaplan
Nell Carter Ain't Misbehavin Nell ‡
1979 Mary Alice Julius Caesar & Nongogo Portia / Queeny
Elizabeth Wilson Taken in Marriage Aunt Helen
Constance Cummings Wings Emily Stilson ‡

1980s[edit]

Year Winners Play / Musical Character
1980 Lindsay Crouse Reunion & Dark Pony & The Sanctity of Marriage Carol Mindler / Daughter / Wife
Hattie Winston Mother Courage and Her Children & The Michigan Yvette Pottier / -
Elizabeth Franz Sister Mary Ignatius Explains & The Actor's Nightmare Sister Mary Ignatius / Sarah Siddons
Dianne Wiest The Art of Dining Elizabeth Barrow Colt
Madeleine le Roux la Justice -
1981 Meryl Streep Alice in Concert Alice
Michele Shay Meetings Jean
Mary Beth Hurt Crimes of the Heart Meg MaGrath ‡
Mary McDonnell Still Life Cheryl
1982 Carole Shelley Twelve Dreams Dorothy Trowbridge
Irene Worth The Chalk Garden Miss Madrigal
Christine Estabrook Pastorale Rachel
E. Katherine Kerr Cloud Nine Ellen / Mrs. Saunders
1983 Glenn Close The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs Albert Nobbs
Christine Baranski A Midsummer Night's Dream Helena
Ruth Maleczech Hajj The Woman
1984 Kathy Baker Fool for Love May
Ruth Maleczech Through the Leaves Annette
Pamela Reed for sustained excellence of performance -
Sheila Dabney Sarita Sarita
Dianne Wiest Serenading Louie & Other Places Gabby / Deborah
1985 Laurie Metcalf Balm in Gilead Darlene
Frances Foster for sustained excellence of performance -
Meredith Monk for sustained excellence of performance -
1986 Norma Aleandro About Love and Other Stories About Love Various Characters
Jill Eikenberry Lemon Sky & Life Under Water Ronnie / Jinkx
Elizabeth Wilson Anteroom Fay Leland
Kathryn Pogson Aunt Dan and Lemon Lemon
Helen Stenborg Talley & Son Netta Talley
Elisabeth Welch Time to Start Living Various Characters
Swoosie Kurtz The House of Blue Leaves Bananas Shaughnessy ‡
1987 Robin Bartlett The Early Girl Jean
Dana Ivey Driving Miss Daisy Daisy Werthan
Laura Hicks On the Verge Alexandra Cafuffle
Gcina Mhlope Born in the RSA Sindiswa
Clarice Taylor Moms Moms Mabley
1988 Kathy Bates Frankie and Johnny Frankie
Yvonne Bryceland The Road to Mecca Miss Helen
Tina Shepard The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol Lucie Cabrol
Gordana Rashovich A Shayna Maidel Lusia Weiss Pechenik
Lauren Tom American Notes Pauline
Peggy Shaw Dress Suits to Hire Deeluxe
Amy Irving The Road to Mecca Elsa Barlow
1989 Kathy Najimy The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives Various Characters
Irene Worth for sustained lifetime achievement -
Nancy Marchand The Cocktail Hour Ann
Gloria Foster The Forbidden City Molly Hoffenburg
Mo Gaffney The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives Various Characters

1990s[edit]

Year Winners Play / Musical Character
1990 Lillias White Romance in Hard Times Hennie
Mary Shultz for sustained excellence of performance -
Isabell Monk Lear Gloucester
Jean Stapleton The Birthday Party & Mountain Language Meg Bowles / Elderly Woman
Ruth Maleczech Lear Lear
Danitra Vance Spunk Various Characters
Pamala Tyson Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom Veronica / Us-seer / Aretha / Mrs. Smith
Karen Evans-Kandel Lear Edna
Marcia Jean Kurtz The Loman Family Picnic & When She Danced Doris Loman / Miss Belzer
Elżbieta Czyżewska Crowbar -
1991 Kathleen Widdoes Tower of Evil Margaret of Burgundy
Joan Copeland The American Plan Eva Adler
Jan Leslie Harding Sincerity Forever Furball #2
Anne Pitoniak Pygmalion Mrs. Higgins
Jodie Markell Machinal The Young Woman
Stockard Channing Six Degrees of Separation Ouisa Kittredge ‡
Angela Goethals The Good Times are Killing Me Edna Arkins
Eileen Atkins A Room of One's Own Virginia Woolf
1992 Lynne Thigpen Boesman and Lena Lena
Cherry Jones The Baltimore Waltz Anna
S. Epatha Merkerson I'm Not Stupid Mother
Deborah Hedwall Sight Unseen Patricia
Laura Esterman Marvin's Room Bessie
Ofelia Gonzales for sustained excellence of performance -
Randy Danson for sustained excellence of performance -
Anna Deavere Smith Fires in the Mirror Various Characters
1993 Jane Alexander The Sisters Rosensweig Sara Goode ‡
Míriam Colón for sustained excellence of performance -
Frances Conroy The Last Yankee Patricia Hamilton
Hallie Foote Nightingale & Spring Dance Annie Gayle Long
Ellen Parker for sustained excellence of performance -
Linda Stephens Wings Emily Stilson
1994 Myra Carter Three Tall Women A
Judith Ivey The Moonshot Tape Diane
Holly Hughes for sustained excellence of performance -
Alice Playten First Lady Suite Mamie Eisenhower / Lady Bird Johnson
Carolee Carmello Hello Again The Young Wife
Anna Deavere Smith Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 Various Characters ‡
Gail Grate The America Play Lucy
Claudia Shear Blown Sideways Through Life Various Characters
1995 Mary Beth Peil The Naked Truth & A Cheever Evening & Missing Persons Nan Bemiss / Various Characters / Addie Pencke
Linda Lavin Hotline & Central Park West Dorothy / Carol
Kristine Nielsen Dog Opera Madeline Newell
Eileen Atkins Vita and Virginia Virginia Woolf
Barbara Eda-Young Slavs! Mrs. Domik / First Babushka
Felicity Huffman The Cryptogram Donny
Joanna Adler The Boys in the Basement -
Camryn Manheim Missing Persons Gemma Calabrese
Vanessa Redgrave Vita and Virginia Vita Sackville-West
1996 Mary Louise Wilson Full Gallop Diana Vreeland
Uta Hagen for sustained lifetime achievement -
Terri Klausner Bed and Sofa Ludmilla
Adina Porter Venus Mrs. Sartje Baartman / The Venus Hottentot
Lisa Gay Hamilton Valley Song Veronica Jonkers
Virginia Rambal The Elf Lady & Troy of America Angela / -
Kathleen Chalfant for sustained excellence in performance -
Marty Pottenger City Water Tunnel #3 Various Characters
1997 Karen Evans-Kandel Peter and Wendy The Narrator
Mary-Louise Parker How I Learned to Drive Li'l Bit
Tsai Chin Golden Child Eng Siu-Yong
Jennifer Dundas Good as New Maggie
Sharon Scruggs The Trojan Women Cassandra
Ching Valdes-Aran Flipzoids Aying
Joanne Camp for sustained excellence of performance -
1998 Adriane Lenox Dinah Was Mama Jones
Marie Mullen The Beauty Queen of Leenane Maureen Folan ‡
J. Smith-Cameron As Bees In Honey Drown Alexa Vere de Vere
Lea DeLaria On the Town Hildy Esterhazy
Yvette Freeman Dinah Was Dinah Washington
Elizabeth Marvel Misalliance & Thérèse Raquin Lina Szczepanowska / Thérèse Raquin
Mary Testa On the Town & From Above Madame Maude P. Dilly ‡ / Roz
Kate Valk for sustained excellence of performance -
Joan MacIntosh More Stately Mansions Deborah Harford
Heather Gillespie Mamba's Daughters Hagar
Karen Finley The American Chestnut Various Characters
1999 Kristine Nielsen Betty's Summer Vacation Mrs. Siezmagraff
Swoosie Kurtz The Mineola Twins Myra / Myrna
Kathleen Chalfant W;t Vivian Bearing
Viola Davis Everybody's Ruby Ruby McCollum
Mina Bern for sustained excellence of performance -
Peggy Shaw Menopausal Gentleman Various Characters
Carmelita Tropicana for sustained excellence of performance -
Lisa Kron 2.5 Minute Ride Lisa

2000s[edit]

Year Winners Play / Musical Character
2000 Eileen Heckart The Waverly Gallery Gladys Green
Debra Monk The Time of the Cuckoo Leona Samish
Cynthia Hopkins Another Telepathic Thing The Narrator
Elizabeth Marvel A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche Dubois
Lynne Thigpen Jar the Floor Lola
Charlayne Woodard In the Blood Hester
Lola Pashalinski Gertrude and Alice Gertrude Stein
Deb Margolin for sustained excellence of performance -
Dominique Dibbell Jet Lag Lincoln
2001 Mary-Louise Parker Proof Catherine ‡
Pamela Isaacs Newyorkers Various Characters
Jackie Hoffman The Book of Liz Various Characters
Janie Dee Comic Potential Jacie Triplethree
Stephanie Berry The Shaneequa Chronicles Shaneequa
Marian Seldes for sustained lifetime achievement -
2002 Elaine Stritch Elaine Stritch At Liberty Elaine
Martha Plimpton Hobson's Choice Maggie Hobson
Yvette Ganier Breath, Boom Prix
Linda Emond Homebody/Kabul The Homebody
Juliana Francis Maria del Bosco Maria
2003 Rosemary Harris All Over The Wife
Fiona Shaw Medea Medea
2004 Jayne Houdyshell Well Ann Kron ‡
Viola Davis Intimate Apparel Esther
Lili Taylor Aunt Dan and Lemon Lemon
Zilah Mendoza Living Out Ana Hernandez
Tonya Pinkins Caroline, or Change Caroline Thibodeaux ‡
Sarah Jones Bridge and Tunnel Various Characters ‡
Lisa Emery Iron Fay
Maude Mitchell Maybou Mines DollHouse Nora Helmer
2005 Elizabeth Marvel Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler
Rosemary Allen Good Samaritans Rosemary
Mercedes Ruehl Woman Before a Glass Peggy Guggenheim
Cherry Jones Doubt Sister Aloysius Beauvier ‡
Deirdre O'Connell for sustained excellence of performance -
Vivienne Benesch Going to St. Ives Cora Gage
LaChanze Dessa Rose Dessa Rose
L. Scott Caldwell Going to St. Ives Mary N'Kame
2006 Lois Smith The Trip to Bountiful Carrie Watts
Sherie Rene Scott Landscape of the Body Rosalie
Julie White The Little Dog Laughed Diane ‡
Dana Ivey Mrs. Warren's Profession Kitty Warren
Christine Ebersole Grey Gardens Edith Bouvier Beale ‡
Meg MacCary What Then Diane
S. Epatha Merkerson Birdie Blue Birdie Blue
Marin Ireland Cyclone Erin
2007 Roslyn Ruff Seven Guitars Vera
Nina Hellman Trouble in Paradise Lily
Betsy Aidem for sustained excellence of performance -
Nancy Opel My Deah My Deah Hedgepeth / Lillie V
Donna Lynne Champlin The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Cora Flood
Nilaja Sun No Child Various Characters
2008 Veanne Cox for sustained excellence of performance -
Rebecca Wisocky Amazons and Their Men The Frau
Lisa Gay Hamilton Ohio State Murders Suzanne Alexander
Kate Mulgrew Iphigenia 2.o Clytemnestra
Heidi Schreck Drum of the Waves of Horikawa Various Characters
2009 Birgit Huppuch Telephone Miss St
Saidah Arrika Ekulona Ruined Mama Nadi

2010s[edit]

Year Winners Play / Musical Character
2010 Laurie Metcalf A Lie of the Mind Meg
Juliet Rylance As You Like It Rosalind
2011 Brenda Wehle The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide To... Clio
Charlayne Woodard The Witch of Edmonton Elizabeth Sawyer
Laurie Metcalf The Other Place Juliana ‡
2012 Cherise Booth Milk Like Sugar Talisha
Mary Louise Wilson 4000 Miles Vera Joseph
Linda Lavin The Lyons Rita Lyons ‡
Susan Parfour Tribes Sylvia
2013 Lois Smith for sustained lifetime achievement -
Frances Sternhagen for sustained lifetime achievement -
Eisa Davis for sustained excellence of performance -
2014 Estelle Parsons for sustained lifetime achievement -
Johanna Day Appropriate Antoinette 'Toni' Lafayette
Marylouise Burke for sustained excellence of performance -
Sydney Lucas Fun Home Small Allison
Mia Katigbak Awake and Sing! Bessie Berger

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