Beth Fowler

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Beth Fowler
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Fowler at the Drama League Benefit Gala Honoring Angela Lansbury, February 8, 2010
Born (1940-11-01) November 1, 1940 (age 74)
Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Occupation Actress and Singer

Beth Fowler (born November 1, 1940) is an American actress and singer, best known for her performances on Broadway. She is a two-time Tony Award nominee.[1]

Life and career[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3]

Since 2000, Fowler has been a resident of New Milford, New Jersey, having previously resided in Rutherford, Teaneck, Hawthorne and Glen Rock.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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
1998 Mulan Voice
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 Silhouette Paige
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=41032
  2. ^ http://www.ibdb.com/production.php?id=13424
  3. ^ Michelle McCue. "BIRDMAN, DOWNTON ABBEY Big Winners At 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards". We Are Movie Geeks. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  4. ^ 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."

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