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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 4 September 1951El Paso, Texas, USA
Birth NameJudith Lee Ivey
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Born September 4, 1951 in El Paso, Texas to Dorothy Lee and Nathan Ivey. From 1965-1968, Judith spent time in Dowagiac, Michigan where she attended Union High School until tenth grade. She graduated from Marion High School in Marion, Illinois in 1970, followed by enrollment at John A. Logan College, and later, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and Illinois State University. She Acted in several theater productions before her debut film appearance in the Steve Martin film, The Lonely Guy (1984). Despite several film and television appearances, before-the-camera, she is often remembered as B.J. Poteet on the 1980's sitcom Designing Women (1986).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: tony.r.vario@gmail.com

Judith Ivey was not quite yet a Tony Award-winner, but already a prolific Broadway and stage actress when she made her film debut appearance as Steve Martin's love interest in Arthur Hiller's The Lonely Guy (1984). She then went on to star as Jennifer Jason Leigh's older sister in the Southern Gothic thriller Sister, Sister (1987). She came to star (despite her impressive resume) as what would be her better remembered role, Texan B.J. Poteet in the last season of Designing Women (1986). Other notable characters she has played in film include, Keanu Reeves devout-Baptist, yet humble mother in The Devil's Advocate (1997), one-of-three intrepid psychics investigating a haunted house in Stephen King's three-part miniseries Rose Red (2002), and the recurring role of Debra Messing's mother-in-law Eleanor Markus on Will & Grace (1998).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: tony.r.vario@gmail.com

Spouse (2)

Tim Braine (14 May 1989 - present) (2 children)
Ricardo Gutiérrez (1973 - 1978) (divorced)

Trivia (11)

She appeared in numerous TV commercials for products such as Greyhound buses, StaPuf fabric softener, Red Lobster restaurants and Gerber baby food.
Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1985" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 37.
Has twice won Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play): in 1983 for "Steaming" and in 1985 for David Rabe's "Hurlyburly." She was also nominated as Best Actress (Play) in 1992 for "Park Your Car in Harvard Yard".
Discovered her love for drama when she acted in a high school production of "The Man Who Came to Dinner".
Worked at both Joseph Papp's Public Theater in New York and the Goodman Theater in Chicago after graduating from college.
Studied acting at Illinois State University.
She was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in March 2004 in Austin, Texas.
She was nominated for a 1978 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Play for "The Goodbye People" at the Northlight Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
She was nominated for a 2008 Joseph Jefferson Award for Solo Performance for the play, "The Lady With All the Answers" at the Northlight Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
Daughter, Margaret Elizabeth Braine (born 1989) and son, Thomas Carter Braine (born December 8, 1993) with her husband, Tim Braine.
Will play "Sally Durant Plummer" in a limited-run revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies", to open on Broadway this spring. [January 2001]

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