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Friday, September 4, 2015

64 Groovy Things about Judith Ivey on her birthday

Today I'm celebrating Judith Ivey's 64th birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1. Judith Lee Ivey was born on September 4, 1951, in El Paso, Texas.

2. She played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at Illinois State University, where she majored in drama and graduated in 1973.

3. She began her professional stage career in Chicago, making her debut in a 1974 Goodman Theatre production of Edward Bond's The Sea.

4. She appeared in the 1974 Christian film, The Enemy, about two youth group leaders who are confronted by two demon-possessed teenagers.

5. She played Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at Chicago's Court Theatre in 1976.

6. She moved to New York City in 1978 and made her Broadway debut in a 1979 production of Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce, which also starred John Lithgow and Mildred Natwick.

7. She appeared in the 1981 Broadway production of Piaf with Jane Lapotaire, Zoë Wanamaker and Jean Smart (she also appeared in a 1984 TV version of the play).

8. On January 12, 1982, she made her television debut in the PBS American Playhouse production of John Cheever's The Shady Hill Kidnapping starring Polly Holliday and Celeste Holm.

9. She appeared in an episode of CBS's Cagney & Lacey on December 6, 1982.

10. She received a 1983 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for Steaming.

11. She played a nun in the 1983 CBS movie, Dixie: Changing Habits, starring Suzanne Pleshette and Cloris Leachman.

12. She played Steve Martin's love interest in the 1984 comedy, The Lonely Guy.

13. She appeared in the 1984 drama, Harry & Son, starring Paul Newman and Robby Benson.

14. She played Gene Wilder's wife in the 1984 romantic comedy, The Woman in Red.

15. She received a 1985 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for Hurlyburly, which also starred Cynthia Nixon, Sigourney Weaver and William Hurt.

16. She appeared in the 1985 movie, Compromising Positions, starring Susan Sarandon, Raúl Juliá and Joan Allen (in her film debut).

17. She played Cybill Shepherd's sister in the 1985 NBC miniseries, The Long Hot Summer, which also starred Jason Robards and Don Johnson.

18. She starred in the 1986 Broadway production of George Furth's play, Precious Sons, with Ed Harris and Anthony Rapp.

19. She played Blythe Danner's sister in the 1986 film version of Neil Simon's comedy, Brighton Beach Memoirs.

20. She starred in the 1987 Broadway revival of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit with Richard Chamberlain, Blythe Danner and Geraldine Page.

21. She played a nun in the 1987 ABC movie, We Are the Children, starring Ted Danson and Ally Sheedy.

22. She played Jennifer Jason Leigh's sister in the 1987 film, Sister, Sister, which was the directorial debut of Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls).

23. She played Shelley Long's sister in the 1987 film, Hello Again.

24. She appeared in the 1988 film, Miles from Home, starring Richard Gere and Kevin Anderson.

25. She appeared in the 1989 drama, In Country, starring Bruce Willis and Emily Lloyd.

26. She played Nick Nolte's sister in the 1990 film, Everybody Wins, which also starred Debra Winger.

27. She starred in the 1990 film, Love Hurts, with Jeff Daniels, Cloris Leachman and John Mahoney.

28. She appeared in the 1990 NBC movie, Decoration Day, with James Garner, Ruby Dee and Bill Cobbs.

29. She starred in the 1990-91 NBC sitcom, Down Home, which ran for 19 episodes.

30. She starred in the 1992 NBC pilot, Do Not Bring That Python in the House.

31. She received a 1992 Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play for Park Your Car in Harvard Yard.

32. She appeared in the 1992 comedy, There Goes the Neighborhood, with Jeff Daniels and Catherine O'Hara.

33. She appeared in the 1992 CBS movie, Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter, starring Meredith Baxter.

34. She played B.J. Poteet, a rich Texas widow, on the seventh and final season (1992-93) of CBS's Designing Women.

35. She played Mother Goose in a 1993 episode of Sesame Street.

36. She starred in the 1994-95 CBS sitcom, The 5 Mrs. Buchanans, with Beth Broderick, Harriet Sansom Harris, Charlotte Ross and Eileen Heckart.

37. She provided the voice of Eleanor Sherman on the 1994-95 animated series, The Critic.

38. She appeared in the 1995 Lifetime movie, Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story, starring Sela Ward.

39. She starred in Jon Robin Baitz's play, A Fair Country, at Lincoln Center Theater in 1996.

40. In April 1996 she appeared on the American Theatre Wing's Working in the Theatre with Mark Linn-Baker, John Cullum, Ann Duquesnay, Donna Murphy, Michael Nouri and Daphne Rubin-Vega.

41. She played Maureen DeMoss on the short-lived 1996 ABC sitcom, Buddies, starring Dave Chappelle.

42. She appeared in the 1997 romantic drama, Washington Square, starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Albert Finney, Ben Chaplin and Maggie Smith.

43. She played Keanu Reeves' mother in the 1997 film, The Devil's Advocate.

44. She played Cameron Diaz's mother in the 1997 film, A Life Less Ordinary.

45. She received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for the 1997 CBS movie, What the Deaf Man Heard, starring Matthew Modine and James Earl Jones.

46. She appeared in the 1998 film, Without Limits, starring Billy Crudup and Donald Sutherland.

47. She starred in the 1999 Broadway production of the play, Voices in the Dark.

48. She starred in the 1998 CBS pilot, Texarkana, with Sam Elliott and Teri Polo.

49. She played Burt Reynolds' wife in the 1999 film, Mystery, Alaska, starring Russell Crowe.

50. In April 2000 she and Hayley Mills starred in Noël Coward’s Suite in Two Keys at NYC's Lucille Lortel Theatre.

51. She played Sally Durant Plummer in the 2001 Broadway revival of Follies, which also starred Blythe Danner, Gregory Harrison and Treat Williams.

52. She played a psychic in the 2002 ABC miniseries, Rose Red, written by Stephen King.

53. She played Grace's mother-in-law Eleanor Markus in three 2002 episodes of NBC's Will & Grace.

54. In 2003 she played Martha in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Houston's Alley Theater.

55. She starred in the 2003 film, What Alice Found.

56. She played Desiree Armfeldt in the 2004 Los Angeles Opera presentation of A Little Night Music, which also starred Victor Garber, Zoe Caldwell, Marc Kudisch and Laura Benanti.

57. She played Martha Mitchell in Dirty Tricks at NYC's Public Theater in October 2004.

58. She appeared in the 2006 film, Flags of Our Fathers, directed by Clint Eastwood.

59. She played Sissy Spacek's cousin in the 2007 CBS film, Pictures of Hollis Woods.

60. She played newspaper advice columnist Ann Landers in The Lady With All the Answers at Northlight Theatre in Skokie, IL, in June 2008 and at NYC's Cherry Lane Theatre in October 2009.

61. She played Amanda Wingfield in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie at New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre in 2009 and reprised the role in 2010 at NYC's Laura Pels Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

62. She appeared in the video, Secrets of the 2013 Tony Award Nominees, after receiving a nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play for The Heiress.

63. She appeared in the 2014 romantic comedy, Big Stone Gap, with Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Jane Krakowski and Whoopi Goldberg.

64. She played Margaret Thatcher in the 2015 Broadway production of The Audience starring Helen Mirren.


Ian said...

I think she's great! I loved her in the final season of Designing Women. A wonderful lady with a multitude of talents... Happy Birthday!

Marc Harshbarger said...

I loved her on Designing Women as well - it's too bad she only got to be on it for one season. Thanks for your comment, Ian!

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for this post, and all your other posts. I have always loved Judith Ivy, but I had no idea all the things she's done and excelled at! You have given me so much info here! You are AMAZING! I depend on you to keep me up to date. I live in Korea with my partner, but I'm from Illinois. You fill my life with all the things I'm missing living abroad. Thank you. Keep up the good work.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Hey, Unknown, thank you for such a sweet comment. You made my day - it's so nice to know I have a reader in Korea!

Unknown said...

What a blessed life for a wonderful person. I've considered it a great privilege to say I knew her as a friend and have always wished her well. I hope she continues to find great roles that showcase her talent.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Thanks for your comment, Unknown!