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Also Known As: Judith Lee Ivey Died:
Born: September 4, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: El Paso, Texas, USA Profession: actor

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Tony Award-winning actress Judith Ivey was already well on her way to becoming one of the brightest stars on Broadway by the time she launched a prolific career in film and on television. Earning her professional stripes in the thriving theater community of Chicago in the mid-1970s, she soon took her act to Broadway, where she won her first Tony for her performance in a production of "Steaming" in 1983. At the same time, Ivey began appearing in a string of feature film and television projects that included "The Lonely Guy" (1984) opposite Steve Martin, "The Long Hot Summer" (NBC, 1985) with Don Johnson, and "Compromising Positions" (1985), alongside Susan Sarandon. Disappointments such as a brief leading role in the failed sitcom "Down Home" (NBC, 1990-91) were balanced out by well-received recurring characters on such successful series as "Designing Women" (CBS, 1986-1993). Over the years, Ivey maintained a busy schedule that include work on stage and in film and TV, including a lauded performance on Broadway in "The Glass Menagerie," "The Devil's Advocate" (1997) and "Rose Red" (ABC, 2002). Truly an actor's actor, Ivey gracefully took on roles of every cultural background and age range, and in...

Tony Award-winning actress Judith Ivey was already well on her way to becoming one of the brightest stars on Broadway by the time she launched a prolific career in film and on television. Earning her professional stripes in the thriving theater community of Chicago in the mid-1970s, she soon took her act to Broadway, where she won her first Tony for her performance in a production of "Steaming" in 1983. At the same time, Ivey began appearing in a string of feature film and television projects that included "The Lonely Guy" (1984) opposite Steve Martin, "The Long Hot Summer" (NBC, 1985) with Don Johnson, and "Compromising Positions" (1985), alongside Susan Sarandon. Disappointments such as a brief leading role in the failed sitcom "Down Home" (NBC, 1990-91) were balanced out by well-received recurring characters on such successful series as "Designing Women" (CBS, 1986-1993). Over the years, Ivey maintained a busy schedule that include work on stage and in film and TV, including a lauded performance on Broadway in "The Glass Menagerie," "The Devil's Advocate" (1997) and "Rose Red" (ABC, 2002). Truly an actor's actor, Ivey gracefully took on roles of every cultural background and age range, and in virtually every medium throughout an inarguably impressive career.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 What Alice Found (2003) Sandra
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 Mystery, Alaska (1999) Joanne Burns
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 Half a Dozen Babies (1999) Doris Stauffer
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 Without Limits (1998) Barbara Bowerman
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 Life Less Ordinary, A (1997) Celine'S Mom
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 What the Deaf Man Heard (1997) Lucille
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 Washington Square (1997) Mrs Elizabeth Almond
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 Devil's Advocate, The (1997) Mrs Lomax
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1974:
Professional stage debut in the Chicago production of "The Sea"
1978:
Worked Off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club and with Joseph Papp's Public Theatre
1979:
Made Broadway debut in "Bedroom Farce"
1982:
Made TV debut in "The Shady Hill Kidnapping" for American Playhouse (PBS)
1983:
Had breakthrough stage role in "Steaming"
1983:
Co-starred in the CBS TV-movie, "Dixie: Changing Habits"
1984:
Made film debut in "Harry and Son" and "The Lonely Guy"
1986:
Co-starred opposite Ed Harris in the short-lived Broadway play, "Precious Sons"
1987:
Played Ruth in the Broadway revival of "Blithe Spirit"; co-starred with Richard Chamberlin and Blythe Danner
1988:
Had a leading role in the film, "Sister, Sister"
1990:
Cast in the short-lived NBC sitcom, "Down Home"
1991:
Co-starred with Jason Robards in the Broadway production of "Park Your Car in Harvard Yard"
1992:
Had a recurring role as B.J. Poteet on the CBS sitcom, "Designing Women"
1994:
Starred in the Off-Broadway play, "Moonshot and Cosmos"
1994:
Provided the voice of Eleanor Sherman in the animated series, "The Critic" (ABC)
1995:
Reprised character voice of Eleanor Sherman in "The Critic," when the show moved to FOX
1994:
Co-starred as one of "The Five Mrs. Buchanans" in the CBS sitcom
1995:
Played the title character's best-friend in the Lifetime biopic, "Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story"
1996:
Was featured in the short-lived ABC sitcom, "Buddies"
1996:
Returned to the NY stage in the Off-Broadway production of Jon Robin Baitz's "A Fair Country"
1997:
Played the mother of Keanu Reeves in "The Devil's Advocate" and Cameron Diaz in "A Life Less Ordinary"
1997:
Cast as the cafe owner in the highly-rated CBS drama, "What the Deaf Man Heard"
1997:
Returned to Off-Broadway opposite Rick Stear in "A Madhouse in Goa" by Martin Sherman
1998:
Played Donald Sutherland's wife in "Without Limits"
1999:
Starred as a radio show host in the stage thriller, "Voices in the Dark"
1999:
Cast as the wife of a hockey coach in "Mystery, Alaska"
2000:
Co-starred with Hayley Mills and Paxton Whitehead in an Off-Broadway staging of Noel Coward's "Suite in Two Keys"
2001:
Cast as Sally Durant Plummer in the Broadway revival of "Follies"
2002:
Played the mother of Dr. Leo Markus (Harry Connick, Jr.) on NBC's "Will & Grace"
2003:
Co-starred in the independent film, "What Alice Found"
2006:
Cast in Clint Eastwood's WWII drama, "Flags of Our Fathers"
2009:
Cast as the straight-talking advice columnist Ann Landers in David Rambo's solo show, "The Lady With All the Answers"
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Education

Illinois State University: Normal , Illinois - 1973

Notes

"I'm a complete theater snob. . . . I think that's really where you separate the women from thr girls. It's where I enjoy myself the most." --Ivey quoted in DAILY NEWS, October 27, 1994

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husband:
Tim Braine. Producer and executive. VP for HBO; married on May 14, 1989.

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mother:
Dorothy Lee Ivey. High school teacher.
father:
Nathan Ivey. Dean of a junior college; economics teacher.
brother:
James Paul Ivey. Actor. Younger.
sister:
Sara Ivey. TV news producer; former actor. Younger.
daughter:
Margaret Elizabeth Braine. Born c. 1989; father, Tim Braine.
son:
Thomas Carter Braine. Born on December 8, 1993; father, Tim Braine.
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