Debra Mooney

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Debra Mooney
Born Debra Vick
(1947-08-28) August 28, 1947 (age 67)
Aberdeen, South Dakota, US
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Porter Van Zandt (19??-2012 (his death); 1 child

Debra Mooney (born August 28, 1947) is an American character actress, best known for her role as Edna Harper on The WB drama series Everwood (2002-2006).

Life and career[edit]

Mooney was born Debra Vick in Aberdeen, South Dakota, the daughter of Isabel (née Smith) and Henry M. Vick.[1] She was married to stage producer and director Porter Van Zandt until his death in 2012. [2] [3]

Mooney is best known for her role as Edna Harper on The WB drama series Everwood[3] The series aired from 2002 to 2006. She also has appeared in the many stage production and played roles of over 80 films and TV shows. Her notable film credits include Chapter Two opposite Marsha Mason, and Tootsie, Dead Poets Society and Domestic Disturbance. On television she also starred of short-lived series Dream Street, Davis Rules and Kirk. Mooney guest-starred on the Roseanne, ER, Everybody Loves Raymond, Grey's Anatomy as Owen Hunt's mother, Bones and Weeds.

From 2012 to 2013, Mooney played the role of Supreme Court Justice Verna Thornton in second season of ABC drama series Scandal created by Shonda Rhimes.[4] Also in 2014, she had the recurring role in the Netflix comedy series, Arrested Development. In 2014, Mooney joined the cast of The CW series, The Originals in a recurring role as Werewolf Matriarch.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1979 Chapter Two Marilyn
1982 Supervisors Ms. Barnes Short film
1982 Tootsie Mrs. Mallory
1983 Cradle Will Fall, TheThe Cradle Will Fall Vangie Lewis Television film
1986 Agent on Ice Mrs. Kirkpatrick
1986 Rage of Angels: The Story Continues Unknown Television film
1988 Too Young the Hero Calvin's Mother Television film
1989 Dead Poets Society Mrs. Anderson
1990 Joshua's Heart Claudia's Mother Television film
1994 Breathing Lessons Mrs. Stuckey Television film
1994 Schemes Ruby
1996 Mary & Tim Unknown Television film
1997 Anastasia Actress voice
1999 Silk Hope Violet Television film
2001 Domestic Disturbance Theresa
2006 Mermaid Chair, TheThe Mermaid Chair Kat Television film
2010 Den Brother Mrs. Jacklitz Television film
2010 Last Godfather, TheThe Last Godfather Sister Theresa
2013 Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret Caroline Television film


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Delvecchio Dr. Petrie 2 episodes
1985 ABC Afterschool Special Mrs. Anderson Episode: "Don't Touch"
1988 Kate & Allie Unknown Episode: "Wedding Belle Blues"
1989 Dream Street Lillian DeBeau 6 episodes
1990 Roseanne Mrs. Wellman 4 episodes
1990 Empty Nest Mrs. Bierman Episode: "The Tortoise & the Harry"
1990 thirtysomething The Preceptor Episode: "The Guilty Party"
1991 L.A. Law Lawyer Episode: "The Gods Must Be Lawyers"
1991 Tales from the Crypt Ellen Episode: "Easel Kill Ya"
1991–1992 Davis Rules Mrs. Rush 20 episodes
1992 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TheThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Nurse Petty Episode: "Ill Will"
1992 Love & War Saleswoman Episode: "Bustiers and Body Points"
1993 Flying Blind Joan Episode: "The Long Goodbye"
1993 Dream On Receptionist Episode: "The French Conception"
1993 Seinfeld Mrs. Sweedler Episode: "The Bris"
1993 Grace Under Fire Peg Episode: "Grace in the Middle"
1993–1994 Murphy Brown Dr. Lee Larkin 3 episodes
1994 Herman's Head Herman's Mother Episode: "Bedtime for Hermo"
1994 George Carlin Show, TheThe George Carlin Show Rosemarie Episode: "George Destroys a Way of Life"
1994 One West Waikiki Sarah Gaines Episode "Along Came a Spider"
1994–1995 Something Wilder Mrs. Thorton 2 episodes
1995 Northern Exposure Jane Stowe O'Connell Episode: "The Mommy's Curse"
1995 Step by Step Nurse Deckers Episode: "One Truck, Al Dente"
1995 Pig Sty Kasha Episode: "Mr. Nice Guy"
1995 Party of Five Gloria Metzler Episode: "Brother's Keeper"
1995 Mad About You Sister Dorothea Episode: "Mad Without You"
1995–1996 Kirk Sally 31 episodes
1996 Sisters Paulette Brown Episode: "Taking a Gamble"
1996 Touched by an Angel Mrs. Shaw Episode: "Flesh and Blood"
1996 Champs Prof. Carnovsky Episode: "To Be There or Not to Be There"
1996 Ellen Barbara Episode: "Not So Great Expectations"
1996 Boston Common Mrs. Taggert Episode: "Coming Clean"
1996 Unhappily Ever After Saleslady Episode: "The Tell-Tale Lipstick"
1997 Meego DMV Lady Episode: "Car and Driver"
1997 Naked Truth, TheThe Naked Truth Eleanor Episode: "He Ain't Famous, He's My Brother"
1997 Caroline in the City Eleanor Episode: "Caroline and the Decanter"
1998 House Rules Mother Superior Episode: "Twisted Sister"
1998 Maggie Winters Idah Episode: "Suburban Myth"
1999 ER Leila Morgan 2 episodes
2000 Just Shoot Me! Ellen Gelman Episode: "Blinded by the Right"
2000 Will & Grace Sister Robert Episode: "Sweet (and Sour) Charity"
2000–2003 Practice, TheThe Practice Judge P. Spindle 7 episodes
2001 Judging Amy Marjorie Landsdown Episode: "Adoption Day"
2001 Any Day Now Teacher Episode: "Blinded by the White"
2002 Philly Brenda Pagano Episode: "Lies of Minelli"
2002–2003 Everybody Loves Raymond Lee 2 episodes
2002–2006 Everwood Edna Harper 62 episodes
2004 Joan of Arcadia Ruth Washington Episode: "Silence"
2006 Closer, TheThe Closer Elaine Donahue 2 episodes
2007 Psych Mrs. Lassiter Episode: "Poker? I Barely Know Her"
2007 Private Practice Sylvie Episode: "In Which Addison Has a Very Casual Get Together"
2007–2008 Boston Legal Judge Patrice Webb 4 episodes
2008 Pushing Daisies Calista Cod Episode: "Frescorts"
2008 Cold Case Betty Sue Baker Episode: "Pin Up Girl"
2009 ER Barbara Feingold Episode: "Love Is a Battlefield"
2009 Eleventh Hour Pete Hammer Episode: "Pinocchio"
2009–2010, 2015 Grey's Anatomy Mrs. Hunt 3 episodes
2010 Untitled David Litt Project Lizzie Herman Unsold TV pilot
2010 Hawthorne Maureen Episode: "No Exit"
2011 Bones Allison Rose Episode: "The Change in the Game"
2011 Weeds Shelby Keene 2 episodes
2011 Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist Lydia Bibb Episode: "Blood and Sand"
2012–2013 Neighbors, TheThe Neighbors Theresa 2 episodes
2012–2013 Scandal Verna Thornton 10 episodes
2013 Arrested Development Joan Bark 3 episodes
2013 Save Me Ruby Episode: "WWJD"
2014 Parks and Recreation Rosie Demarco Episode: "Anniversaries"
2014 Intelligence Mrs. Vaughn Episode: "Being Human"
2014-present The Originals Mary Dumas 3 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
1975 Farm, TheThe Farm
1977 Chapter Two Faye Medwick / Jennie Malone Replacement
1980 Talley's Folly Sally Talley Replacement
1985 Odd Couple, TheThe Odd Couple Mickey Replacement
1992 Price, TheThe Price Esther Franz
1998 Getting and Spending Mary Phillips


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