Alyson Reed

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Alyson Reed
Born (1958-01-11) January 11, 1958 (age 59)
Anaheim, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Dancer/Singer
Years active 1978–present

Alyson Reed (born January 11, 1958) is an American dancer and actress.

Life and career[edit]

Reed was born in Fullerton, grew up in Anaheim, California and attended Anaheim High School, where she graduated in 1976. She began ballet at age 4 and performing in musicals at age 7. She began working professionally at age 12. Alyson performed as Alice in Wonderland at the Disneyland theme park.

Reed made her Broadway debut in Dancin' in 1978. Additional Broadway credits include "Oh Brother", Dance a Little Closer, Cabaret, A Grand Night for Singing, and Marilyn: An American Fable. She was nominated for the Tony and Helen Hayes Awards for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Cabaret and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for Marilyn.[1] In 1992, she starred opposite Michael O'Keefe in the national touring company of A Few Good Men in the role of Lt. Cmdr. Galloway, and also toured as Cassie/Val in A Chorus Line, and Catherine in Pippin. She has numerous regional credits and can be heard on various cast albums.

Reed's most notable screen role was Cassie in Richard Attenborough's film adaptation of A Chorus Line, and she also appeared in the comedy Skin Deep with John Ritter. Her many television credits range from: Modern Family, Mad Men, Grey's Anatomy and Bones back to Matlock, L.A. Law, Murder, She Wrote, Frasier, Law & Order, Without a Trace, ER, Judging Amy, Chicago Hope, The X Files to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Nip/Tuck, Crossing Jordan, Numb3rs, Boston Legal, NYPD Blue and Desperate Housewives.

Most recently, she has become known to younger viewers for the role of Ms. Darbus in the popular Disney Channel movie High School Musical and its sequel High School Musical 2 (although her role in that film was only one scene). She reprised her role as Ms. Darbus in High School Musical 3: Senior Year.


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Modern Family Angela episode Spring-a-Ding-Fling
2012 Mad Men Greg Harris' mother episode: Mystery Date
Desperate Housewives Judge Conti episode: Give Me the Blame
2008 High School Musical 3: Senior Year Ms. Darbus
2007 High School Musical 2 Disney Channel Original Movie
2006 High School Musical
2002 Providence Lenore Decker
2001-2002 The Agency Lesley Turnbull
2001 Taking Back Our Town Roseanne
1995-1999 Party of Five Mrs. Reeves
1996 The Secret She Carried Donna Snow
Norma Jean & Marilyn Natalie Kelly
1995 Manhattan Merengue! Susan Kelly
1993 Lost in the Wild Tommy
1989 Skin Deep Alex
1985 A Chorus Line Cassie


  1. ^ "Alyson Reed - Biography". BuddyTV. Retrieved 2012-12-25. 

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