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Overview (2)

Born in Corona, New York, USA
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Donna Murphy was born on March 7, 1959 in Corona, New York and raised in Hauppauge, Long Island and Topsfield, Massachusetts. She is an accomplished and respected actress who has been building a career of striking range and diversity. She won the first of two Tony Awards for Best Actress, along with the Drama Desk and Drama League Awards for her portrayal of Fosca in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's "Passion" and dazzled television viewers and critics alike when Passion (1996) was televised on PBS' American Playhouse. She was awarded her second Tony and Drama League Awards, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for her performance as Anna Leonowans in the highly acclaimed revival of "The King and I". Her feature film work includes Center Stage (2000), directed by Nicholas Hytner, co-starring with Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), The Astronaut's Wife (1999) with Johnny Depp, and Jade (1995), directed by William Friedkin.

For her performance in HBO's "Someone Had to Be Benny", she received a Cable Ace Award as Best Actress in a Drama Special or Series, as well as a Daytime Emmy Award. She recently co-starred with Joan Cusack on the ABC situation comedy What About Joan (2000), and played David Morse's wife on the CBS crime drama series Hack (2002). Other television credits include Showtime's The Last Debate (2000) with James Garner, Mary Todd Lincoln in The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1998) (TNT), Steven Bochco's Murder One (1995), Liberty! The American Revolution (1997) (PBS), and guest appearances on Law & Order (1990), Ally McBeal (1997), The Education of Max Bickford (2001), Remember WENN (1996), Nothing Sacred (1997) and The Practice (1997).

After studying with the legendary Stella Adler and attending New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, she made her professional debut in the Broadway hit "They're Playing Our Song" and went on to create memorable characters in comedies, dramas and musicals on and off-Broadway and in theaters across the country. These credits include "Edwin Drood" in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" (New York Shakespeare Festival and Broadway), "Twelve Dreams" and "Hello Again" at Lincoln Center (Drama Desk nominations), "Song of Singapore" (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), "Little Shop of Horrors", "Privates on Parade" (Roundabout Theater Company), "Miss Julie" and "Wonderful Town" (City Center Encores!). She most recently starred as the title character in "Helen", directed by Tony Kushner, for the New York Shakespeare Festival (Drama League Award). A versatile singer, she can be heard on a number of recordings including "Leonard Bernstein's New York" (Nonesuch), "Hello Again" (RCA Victor), "The King and I" (Varese Sarabande) and the Grammy Award winning "Passion" (Angel).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kad

Spouse (1)

Shawn Elliott (1990 - 11 March 2016) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (8)

Has won two Tony Awards as Best Actress (Musical) for "Passion" (1994), a performance she recreated in the television version of the same title, Passion (1996); and for playing one of the title characters (the "I", or Anna Lenowens) in a revival of "The King and I" (1996). She was also nominated in the same category for a revival of "Wonderful Town" (2004) and for "LoveMusik" (2007).
She was appearing on Broadway in "Wonderful Town" (Tony nominated, Best Actress) at the time Spider-Man 2 (2004) was in post-production. She had been having some severe vocal difficulties during the run of the show and she missed a few performances early on. Spidey 2 Production brought her into a recording studio to do some looping for the big out-of-control explosive scene where her character is killed. One of the things they needed Donna to do was a ten- to 15-second scream. So she called her stepdaughter (also an actress) and said, "Come down here and do my screaming for me." When you watch the film and see her screaming her head off, it isn't her.
Had two miscarriages during her marriage to Shawn Elliott, and in 2005, they adopted a baby girl named Darmia Hope Elliott.
Attended and graduated from Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, Massachusetts (1977).
Received her Bachelor's degree in Drama from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (1980).
Grew up in Hauppauge, Long Island and Topsfield, Massachusetts.
Is the eldest of seven children of Robert and Jeanne Murphy.
She has English, French, German, Irish and Czech ancestry.

Personal Quotes (3)

I love any kind of transformation. I want to look in the mirror and not see Donna looking back at me.
[on working in Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)] I hadn't seen much of [Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)], so this really was like stepping into a whole new universe. But I feel a sense of honor and responsibility being in it, because I know that the fans of the series and films have such affection for and devotion to all the cast members, and particularly Picard. So I take my seduction of him very seriously.
[on Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)] I'm not objective about these projects. Once I'm in it, I'm in it, you know? It'd be interesting for me to see the film again now, in its entirety, because it's been a long time. I've seen pieces of it because, for example, there's a piece on my reel. I'm also highly critical of myself in everything. But I'm trying to remember my response to the film outside of seeing myself. As I'm talking about it, I'm remembering that I was quite pleased with it. I hadn't seen every Star Trek movie. I'd watched several before auditioning and then before filming because I really wanted to understand more about the stories they'd told and the way they told them, and about the characters and the characters' history. I'd also watched some additional episodes from the series. I think Insurrection did what it set out what it was trying to do. There was action, but this one had more, as you said, of a Zen-like quality to it. But that was in keeping with a big piece of the story, so I felt that it served what they set out to do. Now that it was a turnoff to some portion of their fanbase was unfortunate, but I give them credit for trying something different.

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