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Donna Murphy

Poet Turned Actress, and Lifelong Pal

Donna Murphy is an award winning Theater, Film and Television actress. Broadway and Off Broadway credits include: Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Passion (Tony, Drama Desk Awards), The King and I (Tony Award), Wonderful Town (Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Astaire Awards, Tony nom.), Lovemusik (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards, Tony nom.), The People in the Picture (Tony, Drama Desk noms.), Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello Dolly, Edwin Drood in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Twelve Dreams, and Hello Again at Lincoln Center Theater ( Drama Desk noms.), and Helen of Troy in Tony Kushner’s production of Ellen McLaughlin’s Helen at the New York Shakespeare Festival (Drama League nom.) She had the great pleasure of starring in three additional works of Mr Sondheim’s: Into the Woods for the New York Shakespeare Festival (Drama Desk, Drama League noms.), and Follies and Anyone Can Whistle for City Center Encores!. Film credits include: “The Bourne Legacy”, “Center Stage”, “Star Trek:Insurrection”, ”The Nanny Diaries”, “Higher Ground”, “Dark Horse”, the voice of “Mother Gothel” in Disney’s animated hit, “Tangled”, Oliver Stone’s “World Trade Center” and “Spider Man 2”. On other screens: HBO’s “Someone Had to Be Benny” (Daytime Emmy Award), Netflix’ “Inventing Anna”, PBS’ “Mercy Street”, Starz’ “Power”, Mary Todd Lincoln in TNT’s “ The Day Lincoln Was Shot”, HBO Max’s “Gossip Girl” as Headmistress Burton, and is currently co-starring as Mrs. Caroline Astor in Julian Fellowes’ “The Gilded Age” for HBO. She will next be seen onstage in March 2023 in NY City Center’s Encores! Production of Jerry Herman’s Dear World , starring as Countess Aurelia.

Sept. 3, 2022

Our High School Mag: Donna Murphy Gets Lit

Broadway? Movies? TV? That's nuthin'. Donna Murphy first found fame on the high school literary mag staff with Michael and Sally. Listen as they read poems by Donna and others 50 years later -- and get a big surprise.

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