Fowler at the Drama League Benefit Gala Honoring Angela Lansbury, February 8, 2010
November 1, 1940 |
Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Life and career
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Fowler was a teacher with a fondness for Broadway theatre when she decided to audition for Gantry in 1970. She was signed for the chorus and as understudy for the lead, but the show unfortunately closed on opening night. She had better luck with her next outing, Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music. Additional Broadway credits include 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Peter Pan, Baby, Take Me Along, Teddy & Alice, the 1989 revival of Sweeney Todd, in which she portrayed Mrs. Lovett, Beauty and the Beast, in which she originated the role of Mrs. Potts, Bells Are Ringing, and The Boy from Oz where she portrayed Peter Allen's mother Marion.
Fowler has been nominated for two Tony Awards, as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for The Boy From Oz and as Best Actress in a Musical for Sweeney Todd as Mrs. Lovett, which garnered her a Drama Desk Award nomination as well.
During her career, Fowler also appeared in the number of films, include Sister Act and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit as Choir Nun, Friends & Family, Did You Hear About the Morgans?, I Don't Know How She Does It, and Mulan, in which she sang "Honor to Us All". On television, Fowler guest starred on Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Ed, and Gossip Girl. In 2013, she began appearing in the recurring role as Sister Jane Ingalls in the Netflix comedy-drama series, Orange Is the New Black'. Along with cast, Fowler received Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
|1991||In the Line of Duty: Manhunt in the Dakotas||Joan Kahl||Television film|
|1992||Sister Act||Choir Nun|
|1993||Law & Order||Mrs. Wrenn||Episode: "Virus"|
|1993||Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit||Choir Nun|
|2000||Ed||Molly's Mom||Episode: "The Whole Truth"|
|2001||Friends & Family||Mrs. Torcelli|
|2006||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Margaret Collo||Episode: "On Fire"|
|2008||Back to Me||Beth||Short film|
|2009||Did You Hear About the Morgans?||Ma Simmons|
|2010||The Extra Man||Ms. Marsh|
|2011||I Don't Know How She Does It||Clark's Secretary|
|2007-2012||Gossip Girl||Mistress of Ceremonies||3 episodes|
|2013–present||Orange Is the New Black||Sister Jane Ingalls||Recurring role
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
- Michelle McCue. "BIRDMAN, DOWNTON ABBEY Big Winners At 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards". We Are Movie Geeks. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
- Beckerman, Jim. "Fowler draws on salon ties for role", The Record (Bergen County), March 12, 2008. Accessed March 12, 2008. "Born in Jersey City, raised in Rutherford (she cut her acting teeth with the Bergen County Players in Oradell), she lived in Teaneck, Hawthorne and Glen Rock before settling, eight years ago, in New Milford."