Deborah Rush

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Deborah Rush
Born (1954-04-10) April 10, 1954 (age 60)
Chatham Borough, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Chip Cronkite (1985–present; 2 children)

Deborah Rush (born April 10, 1954) is an American actress.

Rush has worked in television, film and on Broadway. In 1984, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for Michael Frayn's comedy Noises Off. She also acted in Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. In 2003 she acted in the comedy film American Wedding, as Mary Flaherty, Michelle Flaherty's mom.

In December 2008, she joined the cast of the Broadway revival of Blithe Spirit.[1]

Rush has acted in a number of movies and television series, including the Woody Allen films Zelig and The Purple Rose of Cairo. She was a regular cast member of the television series Strangers with Candy. She had a recurring role on Spin City as Helen Winston, eventual ex-wife of mayor Randall Winston, and on Orange Is the New Black, as Piper's mother.

She is the daughter-in-law of television journalist Walter Cronkite and is the mother of two sons, Walter Cronkite IV and Peter Cronkite.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Honky Tonk Freeway Sister Mary Magdalene
1982 Split Image Judith
1983 Zelig Lita Fox
1983 Night in Heaven, AA Night in Heaven Patsy
1985 Purple Rose of Cairo, TheThe Purple Rose of Cairo Rita
1985 Compromising Positions Brenda Dunck
1986 Heat D.D.
1988 Big Business Binky Shelton
1989 Parents Mrs. Zellner
1989 Family Business Michele Dempsey
1990 My Blue Heaven Linda
1992 Passed Away Denise Scanlan
1995 Reckless Trish
1997 In & Out Ava Blazer
1998 You've Got Mail Veronica Grant
1999 Three to Tango Lenore
2002 Good Girl, TheThe Good Girl Gwen Jackson
2003 American Wedding Mary Flaherty
2005 Strangers with Candy Sara Blank
2006 Half Nelson Jo Dunne
2007 Good Life, TheThe Good Life Diane
2008 Fling Katherine
2009 Julie & Julia Avis De Voto
2009 Box, TheThe Box Clymene Steward
2012 Rhymes with Banana Jane

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Kiss Me, Petruchio Bianca TV film
1982 Alice at the Palace Alice's Mother TV film
1982 Midsummer Night's Dream, AA Midsummer Night's Dream Hermia TV film
1985 Spenser: For Hire Angela Episode: "No Room at the Inn"
1987 Crime Story Penelope Worth Episode: "The Pinnacle"
1987 Leg Work Judy Episode: "Things That Go Bump in the Night"
1987 Invisible Thread Dr. Norris TV film
1988 Dictator, TheThe Dictator Isabel Domino Episode: "1.1"
1990 Against the Law Louise Ciardi Episode: "Pilot"
1992 Unnatural Pursuits Stephanie Didcot Episode: "I Don't Do Cuddles"
1994 Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III Isabel Hazard TV miniseries
1995 Client, TheThe Client Phoebe Halliwell Episode: "Pilot"
1996-1997 Spin City Helen Winston Recurring role (4 episodes)
1997 Law & Order Frances Houston Episode: "Blood"
1999 Earthly Possessions Heidi Anderson TV film
1999-2000 Strangers with Candy Sara Blank Main role (30 episodes)
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Christina Harlin Episode: "Russian Love Poem"
2000 Madigan Men Mrs. Wolfe Episode: "Meet the Wolves"
2004 Jury, TheThe Jury Ms. Davenport Episode: "The Honeymoon Suite"
2004 Tempting Adam Ruth Heller TV film
2010 Electric Company, TheThe Electric Company Caroline Heffenbacher Episode: "Revolutionary Doughnuts"
2010 Big Lake Linda Franklin (10 episodes)
2012 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Judge Sally Rigby Episode: "Gloves Come Off"
2013 Girls Thomas-John's Mother Episode: "It's a Shame About Ray"
2013 Orange Is the New Black Carol Chapman Episodes: "I Wasn't Ready", "Lesbian Request Denied", "WAC Pack"
2014 Inside Amy Schumer Amy's mother Episode: "Slow Your Roll"

Theater[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1975-1976 Dance with Me Goldie Pot
1983-1985 Noises Off Brooke Ashton
1985-1986 Hay Fever Jackie Coryton
1993-1994 Sisters Rosensweig, TheThe Sisters Rosensweig Gorgeous Teitelbaum Replacement
2005 Absurd Person Singular Marion
2009 Blithe Spirit Mrs. Bradman

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gans, Andrew (2008-12-10). "Rush Joins Starry Cast of Blithe Spirit Revival". Playbill. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 

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