Donna Murphy

Actress + Singer
Born Mar 7, 1959

Donna Murphy is an American stage, film, television actress and singer. Murphy has won two Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical for her roles in Passion as Fosca and in The King and I as Anna Leonowens. She received three more Tony Award nominations for Best Actress in a Musical for her performances in Wonderful Town as Ruth Sherwood, LoveMusik as Lotte Lenya and The People in the Picture as Raisel/Bubbie.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Donna Murphy.


1959 Birth Born on March 7, 1959.


1977 18 Years Old She later moved to Topsfield, Massachusetts and graduated from Masconomet Regional High School in 1977. Murphy was married to actor and singer Shawn Elliott from 1990 until his death in March 2016. … Read More


1979 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Murphy made her Broadway debut as a replacement in the 1979 musical They're Playing Our Song. … Read More
1981 22 Years Old She has appeared in many Off-Broadway productions, including the musical Francis in 1981 at the York Theatre at St. Peter's, The Mystery of Edwin Drood in 1985 at the Public Theater's Delacorte Theatre, Birds of Paradise in 1987 (Promenade Theatre), Privates on Parade (Roundabout Theatre) in 1989, the musical Song of Singapore in 1991, the Michael John LaChiusa musical Hello Again at the Lincoln Center Mitzi Newhouse Theater in 1993, Twelve Dreams at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater in 1995, and Helen at the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival in 2002.
1984 25 Years Old On Broadway, after They're Playing Our Song (1979), she was an understudy in the musical/opera The Human Comedy in April 1984 and played various roles in The Mystery of Edwin Drood from 1985 to 1987. … Read More


1994 35 Years Old In 1994, she played the role of Fosca in Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's Passion, winning the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance. … Read More
1996 37 Years Old In 1996, she played Anna Leonowens in the revival of The King and I alongside Lou Diamond Phillips. … Read More
1997 38 Years Old …  She won an Emmy in 1997, for playing Armando Agrelo in Someone Had to be Benny (1996), an episode of the HBO series Lifestories: Families in Crisis. … Read More


2003 44 Years Old She appeared as Ruth Sherwood in a revival of Wonderful Town from 2003 to 2005 (having previously performed in the New York City Center Encores! 2000 staged concert of that musical), and was nominated for the Tony Award, Best Actress in a Musical and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.
2007 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007, she appeared in LoveMusik as Lotte Lenya, opposite Michael Cerveris as Kurt Weill, receiving nominations for Tony and Drama Desk Awards.


2011 52 Years Old 1 More Event
She appeared in the Roundabout Theatre production of a new musical, The People in the Picture, which opened on April 28, 2011 and closed on June 19, 2011.
2012 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2012, she appeared in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods at The Public Theater's Delacorte Theatre as the Witch.
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