Cara Duff-MacCormick

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Cara Duff-MacCormick (born December 12, 1944)[1] is a Canadian actress, predominantly in the theatre.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Woodstock, Ontario in 1944, Duff-MacCormick studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City before making her professional debut Off-Broadway in December 1969 at the Cherry Lane Theatre as Faith Detweiler in Harold J. Chapler's Love Your Crooked Neighbor.

She made her Broadway debut as Shelly in Michael Weller's Moonchildren in 1972, a role she had performed the year before at the Arena Stage in 1971.[2] For this performance the actress won a Theatre World Award and garnered a Tony Award nomination.[3]

The following year she returned to Broadway to portray Clare in Tennessee Williams's play Out Cry at the Lyceum Theatre[4] and played Nina in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey.[5] In 1975 she won an Obie Award for her performance in Craig's Wife.

In 1976 Duff-MacCormick was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her portrayal of Julia Craven in George Bernard Shaw's The Philanderer with the Roundabout Theatre Company.[6] That same year she also played Helen in Kevin O'Morrison's Ladyhouse Blues at the Marymount Manhattan Theatre[7] and played Tammy Ulrich in the film All the President's Men.[8]

In 1977 she starred in Albert Innaurato's Earthworms at Playwrights Horizons.[9] In 1978 she portrayed the role of Hakon's wife in Ibsen's The Pretenders alongside Randall Duk Kim and Stephen Lang at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis.[10] That same year she played Agafya Tikhonovna in Nikolai Gogol's Marriage, also at the Guthrie Theatre.[11]

She appeared frequently at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis during the 1970s, including portraying the roles of Mrs. Sullen in George Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem (1976), Bananas in John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves (1977), Judith Anderson in Shaw's The Devil's Disciple (1977) and Sister Rita in The Runner Stumbles (1978).[12]

In 1980 Duff-MacCormick played Monique in Michel Tremblay's Bonjour, La, Bonjour at the Marymount Manhattan Theatre alongside Veronica Castang and Dianne Wiest.[13] The following year she returned to Broadway to appear in Eddie Lawrence's Animals at the Princess Theatre. In 1982 she played Peggy Grant in a revival of The Front Page[14] and the following year played Carrie in Paul Kember's Not Quite Jerusalem, both at the Long Wharf Theater.[15]

In 1985 she appeared Off-Broadway at the American Theater Exchange as Claire in Heather McDonald's Faulkner's Bicycle[16] and she appeared at the Actors Theatre of Louisville as Carolyn Rose in Lee Blessing's War of the Roses, followed by a portrayal of Barbara Mears in Tom Strelich's Neon Psalms at the American Place Theatre in 1986.[17]

In 1987 she appeared at the Hartford Stage as Barbara in A. R. Gurney's Children.[18] She returned to the Playwrights Horizons in 1989 to perform the role of Natalie Bauer Lechner in Albert Innaurato's Gus and Al.[19]

In 1992 she played Queen Isabella in Christopher Marlowe's Edward II at the Yale Repertory Theatre.[20] That same year she appeared in a guest-starring role on Law & Order in the episode "Point of View".[8]


  1. ^ Date of birth,; accessed May 12, 2014.
  2. ^ Mel Gussow (November 26, 1971). "Review of Moonchildren". Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Theatre World Awards". Theatre World Awards. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ Gussow, Mel (March 11, 1973). "Review of Out Cry". Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ Clive Barnes (October 8, 1973). "Review of The Seagull". Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ Barnes, Clive (September 30, 1976). "Review of The Philanderer". Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ Barnes, Clive (November 4, 1976). "Review of Ladyhouse Blues". Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Cara Duff-MacCormick on IMDb
  9. ^ Gussow, Mel (May 27, 1977). "Review of Earthworms". Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  10. ^ Eder, Richard (July 24, 1978). "Review of The Pretenders". Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  11. ^ Eder, Richard (November 14, 1978). "Review of Marriage". Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ "The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Performance Archives". Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  13. ^ Rich, Frank (October 14, 1980). "Review of Bonjour, La, Bonjour". Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  14. ^ New York Times, June 10, 1982
  15. ^ New York Times review of Not Quite Jerusalem, December 25, 1983.
  16. ^ New York Times, June 16, 1986
  17. ^ New York Times, October 23, 1986
  18. ^ "Review of A. R. Gurney's play, Children". New York Times. February 1, 1987. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Review of Gus and Al". New York Times. February 28, 1989. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Review of Edward II". New York Times. April 5, 1992. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 

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