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Also Known As: Died:
Born: February 27, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Middletown, Ohio, USA Profession: singer, actor, playwright, director, secretary, waitress

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Debra Monk was an American Broadway and screen actress who was best known for her recurring TV roles on "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005), "Mozart in the Jungle" (Amazon, 2014-18), and "Dietland" (AMC, 2018). Born in Ohio and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, Monk always knew she wanted to be an actress. After earning her Bachelor's degree from Frostburg State University in Maryland, she went on to study theater at the prestigious fine arts program at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas. Upon earning her MFA from SMU, Monk set out to become an actress. She relocated to New York and worked a myriad of odd jobs, including waitressing and as a rockabilly singer, while appearing in various Off Broadway plays by night. Unhappy with the lack of progress in her career, Monk and a few friends decided to write their own musical. "Pump Boys and Dinettes," which was co-written by and starring Monk, debuted Off Broadway in 1981. The musical was an immediate success and the following year it premiered on Broadway to rave reviews, thus giving Monk's fledgling career the break it needed. Over the next several years Monk would go on to appear in numerous Broadway plays, even winning a 1993 Tony Award for her...

Debra Monk was an American Broadway and screen actress who was best known for her recurring TV roles on "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005), "Mozart in the Jungle" (Amazon, 2014-18), and "Dietland" (AMC, 2018). Born in Ohio and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, Monk always knew she wanted to be an actress. After earning her Bachelor's degree from Frostburg State University in Maryland, she went on to study theater at the prestigious fine arts program at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas. Upon earning her MFA from SMU, Monk set out to become an actress. She relocated to New York and worked a myriad of odd jobs, including waitressing and as a rockabilly singer, while appearing in various Off Broadway plays by night. Unhappy with the lack of progress in her career, Monk and a few friends decided to write their own musical. "Pump Boys and Dinettes," which was co-written by and starring Monk, debuted Off Broadway in 1981. The musical was an immediate success and the following year it premiered on Broadway to rave reviews, thus giving Monk's fledgling career the break it needed. Over the next several years Monk would go on to appear in numerous Broadway plays, even winning a 1993 Tony Award for her role in "Redwood Curtain." With her stage acting career on the rise, Monk also began gravitating towards film and television work by the early 90s. Some of her more notable film roles of the 1990s include "Quiz Show" (1994), "The First Wives Club" (1996), "The Devil's Advocate" (1997), and "Bulworth" (1998). Additionally, Monk also began appearing regularly on TV, beginning with her recurring role as Katie Sipowicz on "NYPD Blue." By the 2010s she began nabbing regular work on TV shows like "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ), "Damages" (FX, 2007-2012) and "Mozart in the Jungle." In 2018 Monk began appearing as Mrs. Kettle on the AMC comedy-drama series "Dietland." The series, which was adapted from the bestselling novel by Sarai Walker, premiered on the network in June of 2018 but ran for only a single season.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Demolition (2016)
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 Other Woman, The (2011)
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 Savages, The (2007)
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 Producers, The (2005) Cast
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 Dark Water (2005)
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Appeared as the sardonic aunt of a piano prodigy in Lanford Wilson's "Redwood Curtain"; won Tony Award
2001:
Appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival's staging of "The Seagull" in Central Park; directed by Mike Nichols (July-August)
1997:
Garnered a third Tony nomination as the brassy burlesque singer participating in a dance marathon in "Steel Pier"; performed the showstopping "Everybody's Girl"
1995:
Played a formidable analyst in the Woody Allen one-act "Central Park West", performed under the umbrella title of "Death Defying Acts"
2005:
Played the Little Old Lady Investor in "The Producers," the film based on the Tony-winning musical by Mel Brooks
1998:
Appeared as the senator's secretary in "Bulworth"
2007:
Co-starred with David Hyde Pierce in the Broadway musical, "Curtains"; earned a Tony nomination
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Played Sarah Jane Moore, one of the women who attempted to shoot US President Gerald Ford, in the controversial Stephen Sondheim musical "Assassins"
1995:
Recreated her award-winning role as a lumber company owner in "Redwood Curtain" (ABC)
2000:
Returned to the New York stage as star of a revival of Arthur Laurents' "The Time of the Cuckoo"
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Spent one season with the Arena Stage in Washington, DC
1983:
TV debut recreating Prudie in "Pump Boys and Dinettes on Television" (NBC)
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While working as a waitress, began keeping diary; later used her experiences as basis for stage musical "Pump Boys and Dinettes"
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After completing graduate studies at Southern Methodist University, moved to NYC
1990:
Co-starred in the stage play "Prelude to a Kiss"
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Co-wrote and co-starred in "Oil City Symphony"
1994:
Earned second Tony nomination as the spinster Rosemary Snyder in "Picnic"
2000:
Played an overbearing stage mother in "Center Stage"
1996:
Played Christian Slater's mother in "Bed of Roses"
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Reprised role as Katie Sipowicz on "NYPD Blue"; received an Emmy Award
1981:
Breakthrough stage role as Prudie Cupp in "Pump Boys and Dinettes"; also co-wrote; show transferred to Broadway in 1982
1996:
Cast as the former wife of Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) on "NYPD Blue"
1997:
Co-starred as one of the title character's nasty aunts in "Ellen Foster" (CBS)
1992:
Feature film debut as Aunt Dorothy in the film version of "Prelude to a Kiss"
1995:
Offered a stinging turn as Joanne in the Roundabout Theater revival of the George Furth-Stephen Sondheim musical "Company"; delivered a fine interpretation of the song "The Ladies Who Lunch"
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Raised in Maryland
2005:
Starred opposite Troy Garity in "Milwaukee, Minnesota"
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Was guest artist at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky
1978:
Was member of the acting company at the Colonnades Theatre Laboratory in NYC
2007:
Was a recurring character on "Damages"
2018:
Was Mrs. Kettle on AMC's "Dietland"
2006:
Nabbed a recurring part as Louise O'Malley on "Grey's Anatomy"
2014:
Played Betty Cragdale on "Mozart in the Jungle"
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Education

Frostburg State College: Frostburg, Maryland -
Southern Methodist University: Dallas, Texas -

Notes

"Every show I've been in seems to bite the dust--I'm beginning to take it personally. It's so frustrating. . . ." --Debra Monk quoted in INTHEATER, March 20, 1998

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husband:
John Miller. Music coordinator. Divorced.

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