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Born: March 7, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Corona, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer

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The petite, brunette Murphy garnered critical kudos and a handful of awards, including a 1994 Best Actress Tony, for her intense, dramatic portrayal of Fosca in the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine stage musical "Passion." Portraying an ugly woman wracked by an unnamed illness who falls in love with a handsome soldier, she mesmerized audiences with the raw power of her performance. Murphy had honed her craft in the Broadway and off-Broadway arena moving from the chorus ("They're Playing Our Song") to playing leading roles ("Drood," "Song of Singapore"). She made her feature debut as a tough cop investigating a murder in William Friedkin's "Jade" (1995). That same year, she brilliantly delineated an unhappily married woman whose ex-husband becomes embroiled in a murder investigation in the ABC series "Murder One." In 1996, she returned to the stage co-starring opposite Lou Diamond Phillips in a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King & I" for which she earned a second Tony Award as Lead Actress in a Musical.

The petite, brunette Murphy garnered critical kudos and a handful of awards, including a 1994 Best Actress Tony, for her intense, dramatic portrayal of Fosca in the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine stage musical "Passion." Portraying an ugly woman wracked by an unnamed illness who falls in love with a handsome soldier, she mesmerized audiences with the raw power of her performance. Murphy had honed her craft in the Broadway and off-Broadway arena moving from the chorus ("They're Playing Our Song") to playing leading roles ("Drood," "Song of Singapore"). She made her feature debut as a tough cop investigating a murder in William Friedkin's "Jade" (1995). That same year, she brilliantly delineated an unhappily married woman whose ex-husband becomes embroiled in a murder investigation in the ABC series "Murder One." In 1996, she returned to the stage co-starring opposite Lou Diamond Phillips in a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King & I" for which she earned a second Tony Award as Lead Actress in a Musical.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lounge Act (2015)
2.
 House of Versace (2013)
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 Higher Ground (2011)
6.
 Tangled (2010)
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 Sherman's Way (2009)
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 Ira & Abby (2006)
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1979:
Made Broadway debut in "They're Playing Our Song"
2006:
Co-starred in Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain"
1986:
First leading role on Broadway, replaced Betty Buckley in "Drood"
2007:
Earned a Tony nomination for playing Lotte Lenya in Kurt Weil's "LoveMusik"
2004:
Portrayed the wife of Alfred Molina's Dr. Otto Octavius in "Spider-Man 2"
1996:
Recreated her stage role of Fosca in the TV production of "Passion" (PBS)
1994:
Breakthrough Broadway role, playing Fosca in Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's "Passion"
1996:
Co-starred with Lou Diamond Phillips in the Broadway revival of "The King & I"
2000:
Co-starred with Peter Gallagher in "Center Stage"
1995:
Made her feature film debut in "Jade"
1998:
Guest-starred as an accused murderer on the cross-over episodes of FOX's "Ally McBeal" and ABC's "The Practice"
2007:
Played Scarlett Johansson's mother in "The Nanny Diaries"
2002:
Played the title in Tony Kushner's "Helen"; performed off-Broadway at the Public Theatre
1992:
Appeared off-Broadway in "Song of Singapore"
2000:
Headlined the Encores! concert staging of "Wonderful Town"
2003:
Earned a Tony nomination for her performance in the Broadway musical, "Wonderful Town"
1987:
Made her TV debut playing a singer in "A Table at Ciro's" (PBS)
1995:
Appeared in the recurring role of Francesca Cross on "Murder One" (ABC)
1998:
Played Mary Todd Lincoln in "The Day Lincoln Was Shot" (TNT)
2001:
Made her series debut on the ABC sitcom, "What About Joan?"
1989:
Appeared in the NBC daytime television drama "Another World" as District Attorney Morgan Graves
1997:
Played a recurring character in "Liberty! The American Revolution" (PBS)
2002:
Played the recurring role of Heather Olshansky on "Hack" (CBS)
2009:
Had a recurring role on the short-lived series, "Trust Me" (TNT)
2010:
Voiced Mother Gothel, the villainess in Disney's "Tangled"
2011:
Cast in the Roundabout Theatre production of 'The People in the Picture"; earned a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
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Education

New York University: New York, New York -
The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute: New York, New York -

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husband:
Shawn Elliot. Actor, singer. Married in 1990; appeared in stage productions "Jacquel Brel Is Alive and Well" and "City of Angels".

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father:
Robert Murphy. Aerospace engineer.
mother:
Jean Murphy.
step-daughter:
Justine Elliott. Actor. Born c. 1976.

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