Debra Mooney

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Debra Mooney
Born Debra Vick
(1947-08-28) August 28, 1947 (age 70)
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 the 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] In 2016, she was cast in the ABC drama pilot The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez, starring Gina Torres in a title role, with Eric Close, Melora Hardin, and Christina Pickles.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1979 Chapter Two Marilyn
1982 Supervisors Ms. Barnes Short
1982 Tootsie Mrs. Mallory
1986 Agent on Ice Mrs. Kirkpatrick
1989 Dead Poets Society Mrs. Anderson
1994 Schemes Ruby Video
2001 Domestic Disturbance Theresa
2010 Last Godfather, TheThe Last Godfather Sister Theresa
2017 We Don't Belong Here Grandma
2017 Those Left Behind


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Delvecchio Dr. Petrie "The Silent Prey", "APB: Santa Claus"
1983 Cradle Will Fall, TheThe Cradle Will Fall Vangie Lewis TV film
1985 ABC Afterschool Special Mrs. Anderson "Don't Touch"
1989 Dream Street Lillian DeBeau Main role
1990 Roseanne Mrs. Wellman Recurring role
1990 Empty Nest Mrs. Bierman "The Tortoise & the Harry"
1991 Tales from the Crypt Ellen "Easel Kill Ya"
1991-92 Davis Rules Mrs. Rush Regular role
1992 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TheThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Nurse Petty "Ill Will"
1993 Flying Blind Joan "The Long Goodbye"
1993 Seinfeld Mrs. Sweedler "The Bris"
1993 Grace Under Fire Peg "Grace in the Middle"
1993-94 Murphy Brown Dr. Lee Larkin "Trickster, We Hardly Knew Ye", "Anything But Cured"
1994 Breathing Lessons Mrs. Stuckey TV film
1994 George Carlin Show, TheThe George Carlin Show Rosemarie "George Destroys a Way of Life"
1994 One West Waikiki Sarah Gaines "Along Came a Spider"
1994-95 Something Wilder Mrs. Thorton "Holy Water", "Hanging with Mr. Cooper"
1995 Northern Exposure Jane Stowe O'Connell "The Mommy's Curse"
1995 Step by Step Nurse Deckers "One Truck, Al Dente"
1995 Pig Sty Kasha "Mr. Nice Guy"
1995 Party of Five Gloria Metzler "Brother's Keeper"
1995 Mad About You Sister Dorothea "Mad Without You"
1995 Sisters Paulette Brown "Taking a Gamble"
1995-96 Kirk Sally Main role
1996 Touched by an Angel Mrs. Shaw "Flesh and Blood"
1996 Champs Prof. Carnovsky "To Be There or Not to Be There"
1996 Ellen Barbara "Not So Great Expectations"
1996 Boston Common Mrs. Taggert "Coming Clean"
1997 Naked Truth, TheThe Naked Truth Eleanor "He Ain't Famous, He's My Brother"
1997 Caroline in the City Eleanor Cassidy "Caroline and the Decanter"
1998 Maggie Winters Idah "Suburban Myth"
1999 ER Leila Morgan "Rites of Spring", "Getting to Know You"
2000 Will & Grace Sister Robert "Sweet (and Sour) Charity"
2000 Just Shoot Me! Ellen Gelman "Blinded by the Right"
2000-03 Practice, TheThe Practice Judge P. Spindle Recurring role
2001 Judging Amy Marjorie Landsdown "Adoption Day"
2002 Philly Brenda Pagano "Lies of Minelli"
2002-03 Everybody Loves Raymond Lee "The Skit", "Thank You Notes", "Home from School"
2002-06 Everwood Edna Harper Regular role
2004 Joan of Arcadia Ruth Washington "Silence"
2006 Mermaid Chair, TheThe Mermaid Chair Kat TV film
2006 Closer, TheThe Closer Elaine Donahue "Serving the King: Part 1 & 2"
2007 Psych Mrs. Lassiter "Poker? I Barely Know Her"
2007 Private Practice Sylvie "In Which Addison Has a Very Casual Get Together"
2007-08 Boston Legal Judge Patrice Webb Recurring role
2008 Pushing Daisies Calista Cod "Frescorts"
2008 Cold Case Betty Sue Baker "Pin Up Girl"
2009 Eleventh Hour Pete Hammer "Pinocchio"
2009 ER Barbara Feingold "Love Is a Battlefield"
2009-16 Grey's Anatomy Evelyn Hunt Recurring role
2010 Den Brother Allie Jacklitz TV film
2010 Hawthorne Maureen "No Exit"
2011 Bones Allison Rose "The Change in the Game"
2011 Weeds Shelby Keene "Game-Played", "Synthetics"
2011 Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist Lydia Bibb "Blood and Sand"
2012-13 Neighbors, TheThe Neighbors Theresa Weaver "Thanksgiving Is for the Bird-Kersees", "Thanksgiving is No Schmuck Bait"
2012-17 Scandal Verna Thornton Recurring role
2013 Arrested Development Joan Bark "Indian Takers", "Colony Collapse", "Red Hairing"
2013 Save Me Ruby "WWJD"
2013 Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret Caroline TV film
2014 Parks and Recreation Rosie Demarco "Anniversaries"
2014 Intelligence Mary Vaughn "Being Human"
2014 Rake Dorothy Copely "Mammophile"
2015-17 Originals, TheThe Originals Mary Dumas Recurring role
2016 Death of Eva Sofia Valdez, TheThe Death of Eva Sofia Valdez Clara TV film
2016 Chance Dr. Myra Cohen "Camera Obscura", "Fluid Management"
2017 This Is Us Mrs. Peabody "Moonshadow"


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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