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Also Known As: Died:
Born: June 15, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Gary, Indiana, USA Profession: actor

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A dark-haired, froggy-voiced American second lead of television and occasional films ("The Pick-Up Artist" and "Making Mr. Right", both 1987), the stage-trained Draper is perhaps best known for the jittery energy and self-mocking humor she brought to the role of the wry, sensitive but insecure and edgy Ellyn Warren on ABC's acclaimed yuppie expose, "thirtysomething" (1987-91). Since that show's demise, Draper has made occasional appearances in TV-movies like "Danielle Steel's 'Heartbeat'" (NBC, 1993) and "LaVyrle Spencer's 'Home Song'" (CBS, 1996) and big screen outings like "Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain" (1995) and "The Tic Code" (1998). The latter, which also marked her debut as a screenwriter, was loosely based on her second husband Michael Wolff, a musician who suffers with Tourette's syndrome.

A dark-haired, froggy-voiced American second lead of television and occasional films ("The Pick-Up Artist" and "Making Mr. Right", both 1987), the stage-trained Draper is perhaps best known for the jittery energy and self-mocking humor she brought to the role of the wry, sensitive but insecure and edgy Ellyn Warren on ABC's acclaimed yuppie expose, "thirtysomething" (1987-91). Since that show's demise, Draper has made occasional appearances in TV-movies like "Danielle Steel's 'Heartbeat'" (NBC, 1993) and "LaVyrle Spencer's 'Home Song'" (CBS, 1996) and big screen outings like "Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain" (1995) and "The Tic Code" (1998). The latter, which also marked her debut as a screenwriter, was loosely based on her second husband Michael Wolff, a musician who suffers with Tourette's syndrome.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Obvious Child (2014)
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 Side Effects (2013)
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 Perfect Fit, A (2005)
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 Shooting Livien (2005)
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 Second Best (2004) Paula
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 Dinner Rush (2000) Natalie
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 Tic Code, The (1998) Laura
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Grew up in Palo Alto, California
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Played first professional role while pursuing her MFA at Yale, in an off-Broadway play, "Split", starring John Heard and Brooke Adams
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Acted in such off-Broadway productions as "Rum and Coke", "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You", "Hooters", and "Thorn Hill"
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Played Winnie Robin on daytime serial, "Ryan's Hope"
1986:
Appeared in first notable feature film role, in "Seven Minutes in Heaven"
1987:
Played Ellyn Warren on ABC's primetime serial drama, "thirtysomething"
1998:
Wrote screenplay for "The Tic Code", about a jazz musician with Tourette syndrome; also produced and played female lead
1999:
Replaced Natasha Richardson in the Broadway production "Closer"
2001:
Appeared in the Off-Broadway show "Blur"
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Education

Yale College, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -

Notes

In her spare time, Draper teaches drama to abused children who live at MacLaren Hall in Los Angeles.

Draper admitted in an interview that she has long been an attention seeker: "I beat up about 15 boys in fifth grade. They were following this little blond number around, and I wanted them to be paying attention to me."--quoted in "People" magazine, 1988.

Noting that she wore falsies for her role in the 1982 off-Broadway play, "Hooters", and was subsequently dubbed "a bombshell" and "a perfect 10" by the critics, Draper remarked, "I became known for my big boobs, having never owned a pair in my life."--quoted in "People" magazine, 1988.

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husband:
Kevin Wade. Playwright, screenwriter. Born c. 1954; married c. 1983; divorced in 1988; wrote Off-Broadway play, "Key Exchange"; wrote screenplays of "Working Girl" (1988) and "True Colors" (1991).
husband:
Michael Wolff. Musical director. Born c. 1953; was musical director of the "Arsenio Hall Show"; suffers with Tourette's syndrome.

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mother:
Phyllis Draper. Peace Corps administrator. Draper claims her mother was the real-life inspiration of A.R. Gurney's WASP heroine of "Love Letters".
father:
William Draper. Head of United Nations Development Program.
son:
Nathaniel Marvin Wolff. Born on December 17, 1994.
son:
Alexander Draper Wolff. Born on November 1, 1997.
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