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Donna Murphy

Biography

Broadway star who was simply awarded Best Celebrity in a Music on the Tony Awards on her behalf roles in Interest as well as the King and We. She left NY School to pursue her musical profession on Broadway. She is at Superstar Trek: Insurrection as the like curiosity of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. She wedded Shawn Elliott in 1990. She and Elliott possess a daughter called Darmia. She voiced the wicked mom of Rapunzel in the Disney film Tangled; Rapunzel was performed by Mandy Moore.

Quick Facts


Full Name Donna Murphy
Date Of Birth March 7, 1959
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Height 1.73 m
Profession Stage Actress
Education Masconomet Regional High School, Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, New York University
Nationality American
Spouse Shawn Elliott
Children Darmia Hope Elliott
Parents Jeanne Fink, Robert Murphy
Awards Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In A Children/Youth/Family Special, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Nominations Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Movies Tangled, Spider-Man 2, Star Trek: Insurrection, The Bourne Legacy, The Nanny Diaries, The Astronaut's Wife, The Fountain, Center Stage, The Day Lincoln Was Shot, World Trade Center, Higher Ground, Jade, Ira & Abby, Sherman's Way, The Door in the Floor, No Pay, Nudity, The Last Debate, House of Versace, Dark Horse, October 22, Passion
TV Shows Mercy Street, Made in Jersey, What About Joan?, Another World, Nothing Sacred, Liberty!
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#Fact
1Resides with her husband Shawn Elliott in New York City.
2Is the eldest of seven children of Robert and Jeanne Murphy.
3She has English, German, Irish and Czech ancestry.
4Received her Bachelor's degree in Drama from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (1980).
5Attended and graduated from Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, Massachusetts (1977).
6Had two miscarriages during her marriage to Shawn Elliott, and in 2005, they adopted a baby girl named Darmia Hope Elliott.
7Donna was appearing on Broadway in "Wonderful Town" (Tony nominated, Best Actress) at the time Spider-Man 2 (2004) was in post-production. She had been having some severe vocal difficulties during the run of the show and she missed a few performances early on. Spidey 2 Production brought her into a recording studio to do some looping for the big out-of-control explosive scene where her character is killed. One of the things they needed Donna to do was a 10-15 second scream. You can imagine her horror over having to do this with her voice already in poor condition. So she called her stepdaughter (also an actress) and said, "Come down here and do my screaming for me." So when you watch the film and see her screaming her head off, it isn't her.
8Has won two Tony Awards as Best Actress (Musical) in 1994 for "Passion", a performance she recreated in the television version of the same title, Passion (1996); and in 1996 for playing one of the title characters (the "I", or Anna Lenowens) in a revival of "The King and I". She was also nominated in the same category in 2004 for a revival of "Wonderful Town" and in 2007 for "LoveMusik".


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
October 221998Carole
Ally McBeal1998TV SeriesMarie Hanson
The Practice1998TV SeriesMarie Hanson
The Day Lincoln Was Shot1998TV MovieMary Todd Lincoln
Liberty! The American Revolution1997TV Mini-SeriesAbigail Adams
Nothing Sacred1997TV SeriesCamille
Remember WENN1996TV SeriesRuth Geddy
Passion1996TV MovieFosca
Murder One1995-1996TV SeriesFrancesca Cross
Lifestories: Families in Crisis1996TV SeriesArmanda Agrelo
Jade1995Karen Heller
Another World1991TV SeriesD.A. Morgan Graves
Tales from the Hollywood Hills: A Table at Ciro's1987TV MovieJune the Vocalist
Doubt2017TV Series filmingDA Grace Russo
No Pay, Nudity2016Pearl
Mercy Street2016TV SeriesJane Green
Hindsight2015TV SeriesGeorgie
Resurrection2014-2015TV SeriesThe Elegant Woman / Angela
Royal Pains2014TV SeriesBerta
The Good Wife2014TV SeriesJudge Alice Adelson
House of Versace2013TV MovieMaria
The Mentalist2013TV SeriesDiandra Sunderland
Made in Jersey2012TV SeriesDarlene Garretti
The Bourne Legacy2012Dita Mandy
Dark Horse2011Marie
Higher Ground2011Kathleen Walker
Tangled2010Mother Gothel (voice)
Ugly Betty2010TV SeriesEve
Trust Me2009TV SeriesDenise Goodman
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2008TV SeriesDr. Raye Massey
Sherman's Way2008Evelyn Black
Damages2007TV SeriesNancy
The Nanny Diaries2007Judy Braddock
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2007TV SeriesMaureen Pagolis
The Edison Death Machine2006VideoPolice Officer
The Fountain2006Betty
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip2006TV SeriesBlair
World Trade Center2006Judy Jonas
Ira & Abby2006Dr. Betsy Goldman
The Book of Daniel2006TV SeriesDr. Libby Webster
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2005TV SeriesCaptain Annie Kramer, LAPD
Spider-Man 22004Rosalie Octavius
The Door in the Floor2004Frame Shop Owner
Hack2002-2003TV SeriesHeather Olshansky
The Education of Max Bickford2002TV SeriesEsther Weber
What About Joan2000-2001TV SeriesDr. Ruby Stern
The Last Debate2000TV MovieJoan Naylor
Center Stage2000Juliette
Law & Order1993-2000TV SeriesCarla Tyrell / Karen Unger
The Astronaut's Wife1999Natalie Streck
Star Trek: Insurrection1998Anij

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Six by Sondheim2013TV Movie documentary performer: "No One Has Ever Loved Me"
The Mentalist2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tangled2010performer: "Incantation Song", "Mother Knows Best", "Mother Knows Best Reprise", "Prologue"
Great Performances2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 58th Annual Tony Awards2004TV Special performer: "Swing!"
Passion1996TV Movie performer: "Fourth Letter", "I Read", "Garden Sequence", "Trio", "I Wish I Could Forget You", "Loving You", "No One Has Ever Loved Me", "Finale"
The 50th Annual Tony Awards1996TV Special performer: "Shall We Dance?"
The 48th Annual Tony Awards1994TV Special performer: "Drums and Music", "Finale"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kings of Bushwick2011Short special thanks
Making the Amazing2004Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: The Next Generation2018Documentary filmingHerself
The Bourne Legacy: Inside the Crisis Suite2012Video shortHerself
A Broadway Lullaby2012Documentary shortHerself
The 78th Annual Drama League Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
The Substance of Things Hoped For: Making Higher Ground2011Documentary shortHerself
The 65th Annual Tony Awards2011TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Musical
The 77th Annual Drama League Awards2011TV SpecialHerself
Made in Hollywood2010TV SeriesHerself
Great Performances2010TV SeriesHerself - Performer
The 61st Annual Tony Awards2007TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Interwoven: the Women of Spider-Man2004Video documentary shortHerself
The 58th Annual Tony Awards2004TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Musical
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2002TV MovieHerself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2000TV Special documentaryHerself
Leonard Bernstein's New York1997TV Movie documentary
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1996TV MovieHerself
The 50th Annual Tony Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Winner: Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Working in the Theatre1996TV Series documentaryHerself
The 48th Annual Tony Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Winner: Best Leading Actress in a Musical

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Six by Sondheim2013TV Movie documentaryFosca

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1997Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SpecialLifestories: Families in Crisis (1992)
1996CableACECableACE AwardsActress in a Dramatic Special/SeriesLifestories: Families in Crisis (1992)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Animated FemaleTangled (2010)


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#Quote
1[on Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)] I'm not objective about these projects. Once I'm in it, I'm in it, you know? It'd be interesting for me to see the film again now, in its entirety, because it's been a long time. I've seen pieces of it because, for example, there's a piece on my reel. I'm also highly critical of myself in everything. But I'm trying to remember my response to the film outside of seeing myself. As I'm talking about it, I'm remembering that I was quite pleased with it. I hadn't seen every Star Trek movie. I'd watched several before auditioning and then before filming because I really wanted to understand more about the stories they'd told and the way they told them, and about the characters and the characters' history. I'd also watched some additional episodes from the series. I think Insurrection did what it set out what it was trying to do. There was action, but this one had more, as you said, of a Zen-like quality to it. But that was in keeping with a big piece of the story, so I felt that it served what they set out to do. Now that it was a turnoff to some portion of their fanbase was unfortunate, but I give them credit for trying something different.
2[on working in Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)] I hadn't seen much of [Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)], so this really was like stepping into a whole new universe. But I feel a sense of honor and responsibility being in it, because I know that the fans of the series and films have such affection for and devotion to all the cast members, and particularly Picard. So I take my seduction of him very seriously.
3I love any kind of transformation. I want to look in the mirror and not see Donna looking back at me.


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