Debra Monk in 2012
February 27, 1949 |
Middletown, Ohio, US
Life and career
Monk was born in Middletown, Ohio. She was voted "best personality" by the graduating class at Wheaton High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. She graduated from Frostburg State University in 1973. In 1975, Monk received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Monk garnered first attention in theatrical circles as one of the co-writers and co-stars of the 1982 musical Pump Boys and Dinettes. She has won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for performance in Redwood Curtain (1993). She also was nominated an Tony Award for roles in Picnic (1994), Steel Pier (1997), and Curtains (2007). In 2000, she has won Obie Award for The Time of the Cuckoo.
Monk has appeared in over 30 films as of early 1990s. She made her film debut in the movie version of Prelude to a Kiss, playing Aunt Dorothy. She later appeared in The Bridges of Madison County and The Devil's Advocate. On television, she has won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for recurring performance as Katie Sipowicz in the ABC series, NYPD Blue. She also guest-starred on Law & Order, Desperate Housewives, The Closer, and Girls. Monk had a recurring roles in A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001-2002), Grey's Anatomy (2006-2011), and Damages (2007-2012).
|1992||Prelude to a Kiss||Aunt Dorothy|
|1993||For Love or Money||Mrs. Wegman|
|1994||Quiz Show||Kintner's Secretary|
|1995||Redwood Curtain||Geneva||Television film|
|1995||The Bridges of Madison County||Madge|
|1996||Bed of Roses||Lewis' Mom|
|1996||Mrs. Winterbourne||Lieutenant Ambrose|
|1996||The Substance of Fire||Martha Hackett|
|1996||The First Wives Club||Jilted Lover|
|1996||Extreme Measures||Dr. Judith Gruszynski|
|1997||In & Out||Mrs. Lester|
|1997||The Devil's Advocate||Pam Garrety|
|1997||Ellen Foster||Aunt Nadine||Television film|
|2003||Briar Patch||Officer Avon|
|2003||The Music Man||Mrs. Paroo||Television film|
|2003||Milwaukee, Minnesota||Edna Burroughs|
|2003||Eloise at the Plaza||Maggie||Television film|
|2003||Eloise at Christmastime||Maggie||Television film|
|2005||Dark Water||Dahlia's Teacher|
|2005||The Producers||Lick Me-Bite Me|
|2007||The Savages||Nancy Lachman|
|2008||The Great Buck Howard||Doreen|
|2009||Love and Other Impossible Pursuits||Laura|
|2011||Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!||Petunia||Television film|
|2012||One for the Money||Mrs. Plum|
|2012||The Brass Teapot||Trudy|
|2013||Ass Backwards||Pawn Shop Owner|
|2013||Reaching Home||Janet||Short film|
|2014||This Is Where I Leave You||Linda|
- A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001–02) — Member of the repertory cast, performing various roles in "The Doorbell Rang", "Disguise for Murder", "Over My Dead Body", "Too Many Clients" and "The Silent Speaker"
- Law & Order - 1994 as Kathleen O'Brien, 2002 as Dr. Madelyn Stahl & 2005 as Judge G. Proctor
- NYPD Blue - 1999 Emmy Award in role of Katie Sipowicz
- Grey's Anatomy - Louise O'Malley (seasons 3-8)
- Notes from the Underbelly
- Desperate Housewives - in season 3 episode "Children and Art"
- Damages - Denise Parsons
- Frasier 2003 Season 11 episode "No Sex Please We're Skittish"
- Glee 2009 season 1 episode "Acafellas"
- Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!
- White Collar 2012 season 3 episode "Pulling Strings"
- Girls 2014 season 3 episodes 1 & 2
- Mozart in the Jungle — Betty
- "Debra Monk Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
- "Debra Monk | Movies and Biography - Yahoo Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
- The Broadway League. "Debra Monk | IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". IBDB. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
- "Lortel Archives-The Internet Off-Broadway Database". Lortel.org. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
- Debra Monk at the Internet Broadway Database
- Debra Monk at the Internet Movie Database
- Debra Monk at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Star File: Debra Monk at Broadway.com
- at playbill.com August 9, 2006