Family & Companions
Dark-haired Lisa Darr spent the better part of a decade laboring on failed pilots and short-lived series before two lesbian characters brought her far more attention than all her prior work. She made her feature debut in a small part in "Defenseless" (1991) and had regular roles on four short-lived series: "Flesh 'n' Blood" (NBC, 1991), "Crime & Punishment" (NBC, 1993), "The Office" (CBS, 1995) and "Profit" (Fox, 1996). Darr worked frequently as a guest star, beginning with "Murphy Brown" in 1991, and went on to appear in series like "Murder She Wrote," "Quantum Leap" and "Wings," but had no luck establishing herself as a household name. That was before "NYPD Blue" (ABC) cast her as Kathy, the lover of Officer Abby Sullivan (Paige Turco), in 1995 although the notice she received for that storyline paled compared to the high profile she would achieve the following year as Ellen DeGeneres' new love interest on "Ellen" (ABC). Ironically, the sitcom's producers did not see Darr's "NYPD" performance before casting her, making her back-to back lesbian roles a mere coincidence.
Cast (Feature Film)
Appeared as Trish in episode of "Murphy Brown (CBS)
Made feature debut in small part in "Defenseless"
Starred as Rachel Brennan in short-lived NBC comedy series "Flesh 'n' Blood"
Had regular role (Jan Sorensen) in NBC drama series "Crime & Punishment"
Portrayed regular Natalie Stanton on the CBS series "The Office"
Played Gail Koner in Fox series "Profit"
Portrayed ill-fated lesbian lover of Officer Abby Sullivan (Paige Turco) on ABC's "NYPD Blue"
Landed the recurring role of Laurie, the somewhat insecure mortgage broker and single mother who falls in love with Ellen Morgan, on the ABC sitcom "Ellen"