|Born||Polly Carey Draper
June 15, 1955
Gary, Indiana, US
|Alma mater||Yale University
Yale School of Drama
|Occupation||Actress, director, writer, producer|
|Years active||1975–90; 1992–present|
Broken Promises: Taking Emily Back (1993)
The Naked Brothers Band (2007)
Too Young to Marry (2007)
|Children||Nat Wolff (b. 1994)
Alex Wolff (b. 1997)
|Parents||William Henry Draper III
|Relatives||Jesse Draper (niece)
Tim Draper (brother)
William Henry Draper Jr. (grandfather)
Polly Carey Draper (born June 15, 1955) is an American actress, writer, producer, and director. She has received an Emmy Award nomination, New York Magazine award, and two Writers Guild of America (WGA) award nominations, winning one WGA. Draper also won awards at the Giffoni Film Festival and Hamptons International Film Festival. She is noted for speaking in a "trademark throaty voice."
Draper began her acting career appearing in countless off-Broadway productions, including a role in Split (1980). She later gained recognition for her role on the ABC primetime television drama Thirtysomething, which was broadcast from 1987–91 and earned her an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Draper was cast opposite John Ritter in the TV movie adaption of Danielle Steel's Heartbeat and alongside Cheryl Ladd in the TV film special Broken Promises: Taking Emily Back, both in 1993. Her starring role in the off-Broadway production of Four Dogs and a Bone, also in 1993 won her a New York Magazine award for Best Broadway Actress.
Draper's initial screenwriting was with The Tic Code (1998), an independent drama film she starred in alongside Gregory Hines, securing her the Bronze Gryphon award for Best Actress at the Giffoni Film Festival. Her television cameos include an appearance in the USA comedic detective series Monk and the NBC police procedural series Law & Order: Criminal Intent, both in 2003. She also starred in, provided lead vocals and lyrics for her playwright Getting Into Heaven (2003) at The Flea Theater and replaced Dana Reeve in the Broadway production of Brooklyn Boy in 2005. Critically acclaimed for writing her directing debut The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie (2005), Draper earned the Audience Award for Family Feature Film at the Hamptons International Film Festival. By early 2007, it became the pilot to the Nickelodeon musical comedy series The Naked Brothers Band for which she created, wrote, produced, directed, and obtained a WGA award for Children's Script: Long Form or Special. In addition, Draper directed her youngest son's play What Would Woody Do? in 2010 at The Flea Theater. In 2011, she wrote and starred in an episode of the Current TV science fiction series Bar Karma. Currently, Draper is writing and directing a new film which is to be produced by Oscar-winner Fred Roos, of The Godfather Part II fame.
Following a seven-year marriage with playwright Kevin Wade, Draper married musician Michael Wolff after meeting him when making a cameo on the CBS prime-time talk show Arsenio Hall in 1989, where Wolff served as the bandleader. Wolff's life with Tourette syndrome influenced The Tic Code; he provided the score. She and Wolff have two sons, Nat Wolff and Alex Wolff, who starred in and composed the music for The Naked Brothers Band series and film.
Draper was born in Gary, Indiana, to Phyllis (née Culbertson), a Peace Corps administrator who is currently battling with Parkinson's disease, and William Henry Draper III, a venture capitalist and civic leader of the United Nations Development Programme. In addition to her sons and husband, she is the sister of venture capitalist Tim Draper and Becky Draper, granddaughter of banker and diplomat William Henry Draper, Jr., and aunt of actress Jesse Draper. She is also the aunt of Billy, Adam, and Elle Draper, as well as Coulter and Lisa Mulligan. Draper grew up in Palo Alto and Arlington, California, and received her B.A.A. from Yale University in 1977, and her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama in 1980.
Draper is a member of the Democratic Party, and voted for Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama in the 2008 election. She also voted for Democratic senator John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election. Her grandfather, William Henry Draper, Jr. was a member of the Republican Party.
Draper starred as Ellyn Warren in Thirtysomething. Draper's screenwriting debut was in Gary Winick's The Tic Code which is about Tourette syndrome, a condition her husband, Michael Wolff has; he contributed the film's score. In 2003, Draper's play, Getting Into Heaven, was written to encourage equality among the lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender community. Draper starred as Cat Vennita, a lesbian singer-songwriter, who has to care for her son Danny (Cooper Pillot) on her own, as Vennita has a strained relationship with Danny's biological mother, Rose (Gretchen Egolf), a bisexual drummer. The conflict revolves around Rose, who broke up with Vennita to date Danny's biological father, Jed (James Badge Dale) again. As Draper made her debut as a singer-songwriter, the music was composed and performed by her husband.
In 2007, Draper served as creator, writer, executive producer, and director of Nickelodeon's The Naked Brothers Band, a rock-mockumentary starring her sons Nat and Alex Wolff. The series was adapted by the independent film-turned pilot episode The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie, which she wrote and directed in mid-2004. Draper does not appear in the film—except with the thirtysomething cast in one of the scenes—or the TV series; the characters' mother is mentioned as deceased.
In 2010, Draper appeared with a recurring guest role in the Showtime comedic television drama The Big C. By 2012, she acted in the play My Brilliant Divorce at the Bay Street Theater. Since then, she starred in the film Side Effects and currently appears in the CBS television drama Golden Boy, both in 2013.
Awards and nominations
Draper's role on Thirtysomething earned her a nomination at the 1988 Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. In 1998, Draper won the Bronze Gryphon award for Best Actress at the Giffoni Film Festival. In 2005, Draper won the Audience Award for Family Feature Film at the Hamptons International Film Festival for her film The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie.
In 2007, Draper was nominated at the Writers Guild Award for The Naked Brothers Band episode Nat is A Stand-Up Guy in the category for Children's Episodic Shows & Specials. In 2009, she won the Writers Guild Award for The Naked Brothers Band made-for-TV-movie Polar Bears in the category of Children's Script: Long Form or Special.
Performances and filmography
|1975–1989||TV series||Ryan's Hope||ABC||Winnie Robin|
|1978||Off-Broadway||Buried Child||Yale Repertory Theatre||Unknown|
|1979||Off-Broadway||As You Like It||Yale Repertory Theatre||Unknown|
|1979||Off-Broadway||Measure for Measure||Yale Repertory Theatre||Unknown|
|1980||Off-Broadway||Split||Second Stage Theatre||Jean|
|1980–1981||Off-Broadway||The Stitch in Time||American National Theatre and Academy||Caroline Lou Bingham|
|1981/1982||Off-Broadway||The Freak||WPA Theatre/Douglas Fairbanks Theatre||Gertrude Cayce|
|1981||Off-Broadway||The Actor's Nightmare||Playwrights Horizons||Meg|
|1982||Off-Broadway||Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You (double-bill)||Westside Arts Theatre||Diane Symonds|
|1982||Off-Broadway||Hooters||Hudson Guild Theatre||Cheryl|
|1984||Off-Broadway||Mr. and Mrs.||WPA Theatre||Blake Upton|
|1985||Off-Broadway||Want Ad||Manhattan Punch Lounge||Lucy|
|1985||Off-Broadway||Folie a'deux||Manhattan Punch Lounge||Danny|
|1985||Off-Broadway||Only a Woman||Manhattan Punch Lounge||Heather|
|1985||Off-Broadway||Separate Vacation/Grounds for Divorce/Sexual History||INTAR Theater||Lois|
|1985||Off-Broadway||The Ground Zero Club||Playwrights Horizons||Fiona|
|1986||Off-Broadway||Rum and Coke||PublicTheatre||Linda Seward|
|1986||Film||Adams Apple||CBS||Bernadette Pascoe|
|1986||Film||Seven Minutes in Heaven||Warner Bros.||Aileen Jones|
|1987||Film||Making Mr. Right||Orion Pictures||Suzy Duncan|
|1987||Film||The Pick-Up Artist||Twentieth Century-Fox||Pat|
|1987–1991||TV series||thirtysomething||ABC||Ellyn Warren|
|1987||TV series||Tales from the Darkside - The Grave Robber||TBA||Aileen|
|1988||TBA||The Hitchhiker||The Verdict||TV series|
|1988||TBA||Merrill Markoe's Guide to Glamorous Living Cinemax Comedy Experiment||Cinemax||TBA|
|1989||TV series||The Arsenio Hall Show||TBA||"self"|
|1990||Off-Broadway||Love Letters||Canon Theatre||Unknown|
|1992||Off-Broadway||Crazy He Calls Me||Walter Kerr Theatre||Yvette|
|1993||Off-Broadway||Four Dogs and a Bone||City Stage Theatre; Manhattan Theatre Club||Unknown|
|1993||TV series||Broken Promises: Taking Emily Back||CBS||Ella Sabin|
|1993||Film||Danielle Steel's Heartbeat||NBC||Adrian Townsend|
|1993||Film||The Innocent (also known as Silent Witness)||NBC||Pamela Sutton|
|1994||Film||A Million to Juan (also known as A Million to One)||Samuel Goldwyn Company||Olivia Smith|
|1994||Film||Schemes||Bristol Entertainment||Evelyn Hayes|
|1995||Film||Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain||Universal||Kate Easton|
|1996||Film||Always Say Goodbye||TBA||Donna Evans|
|1996||Film||LaVyrle Spencer's Home Song||CBS||Claire Gardner|
|1997||Film||Hudson River Blues (also known as Family Blues)||Romance Classics||TBA|
|1998||TV series||The Larry Sanders Show - Just the Perfect Blendship||HBO||Dr. Monica Gordon|
|1998 (Italy); 1999 (USA); 2000 (NYC)||Film||The Tic Code||Avalanche Releasing||Laura Caraday|
|1998 (Italy); 1999 (USA); 2000 (NYC)||Film||The Tic Code||Avalanche Releasing||Producer|
|1998 (Italy); 1999 (USA); 2000 (NYC)||Film||The Tic Code||Avalanche Releasing||Writer|
|1999||Broadway||Closer||Music Box Theatre||Anna|
|1999||Off-Broadway||Imagine Brad||Greenwich House Theater||Dana Sue Kay|
|1999||Off-Broadway||Trudy Blue||MCC Theater||Ginger|
|2000||Film||Dinner Rush||Access Motion Picture Group||Natalie Clemente|
|2000–2001||TV series||Gideon's Crossing||ABC||Elaine Hoffman|
|2002||TV series||Law & Order: Criminal Intent - Faith||NBC||Christine Wilkes|
|2002||TV series||Monk - Mr. Monk Takes a Vacation||USA Network||Rita Bronwyn|
|2003||Off-Broadway||Getting Into Heaven||The Flea Theater||Writer|
|2003||Off-Broadway||Getting Into Heaven||Flea Theater||Cat Venita|
|2005||Film||Shooting Livien||Rose Livien|
|2005||Film||A Perfect Fit||Dr. Weiss|
|2005/2007||Film||The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie||The Hamptons International Film Festival/Nickelodeon||Producer/Executive Producer|
|2005/2007||Film||The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie||The Hamptons International Film Festival/Nickelodeon||Writer|
|2005/2007||Film||The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie||The Hamptons International Film Festival/Nickelodeon||Director|
|2007–2009||TV series||The Naked Brothers Band||Nickelodeon||Creator|
|2007–2009||TV series||The Naked Brothers Band||Nickelodeon||Executive Producer|
|2007–2009||TV series||The Naked Brothers Band||Nickelodeon||Writer|
|2007–2009||TV series||The Naked Brothers Band||Nickelodeon||Director|
|2007||Film||Too Young to Marry||Lifetime Television||Beth|
|TBA||TV series||Not Necessarily the News||HBO||Unknown|
|Unknown||Off-Broadway||Actors and Actresses||Unknown||Unknown|
|Unknown||Off-Broadway||Insignificance[disambiguation needed]||Hudson Guild||Unknown|
|TBA||Off-Broadway||Brooklyn Boy||South Coast Repertory||TBA|
|2010||TV series||The Big C||Showtime||Lorena, Marlene's daughter|
|2013||Film||Side Effects||Open Road Films||Emily's boss|
|2013||TV series||Golden Boy||CBS||Nora Clark|
|1988||Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||thirtysomething||drama||Nominated|
|1999||Berlin International Film Festival||Children's Jury for Golden Bear Award||The Tic Code||drama||Won!|
|2005||Hamptons International Film Festival||Audience Award for Family Feature Film||The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie||documentary/rockumentary/mockumentary musical comedy||Won!|
|2007||Writers Guild Award for Children's Episodic Shows & Specials||The Naked Brothers Band: Nat is A Stand Up Guy||documentary/rockumentary/mockumentary musical comedy||Nominated|
|2009||The Historic Hudson Theatre at the Millenium Broadway Hotel||61st Writers Guild Award for Children's Script - Long Forms or Specials||The Naked Brothers Band: Polar Bears||documentary/rockumentary/mockumentary musical comedy||Won!|
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