Lily Rabe
American stage and screen actress
Lily Rabe
Lily Rabe is an American actress. She is best known for her recurring role as Nora Montgomery in the first season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story. Rabe was also asked to join the second season of the series, American Horror Story: Asylum, playing a nun, Sister Mary Eunice, at a former tuberculosis ward, turned mental institution in 1964.
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Robert De Niro Is Haunted By Bernie Madoff's Bad Decisions In 'Wizard Of Lies' Teaser
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Robert De Niro has inhabited the psyches of some pretty damaged individuals over his career ― Anne Hathaway’s intern still ranks at number one obviously―  but Wall Street con man Bernie Madoff might be his most twisted role yet.  The first trailer for HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies” arrived Saturday and it looks like the television movie will be taking a surrealist approach to the life of the man responsible for one of the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history. Based on Diana B. Henriques’ book of the same name, “The Wizard of Lies” follows the rise and fall of the patriarch of the Madoff family, who profited an estimated $65 billion from duping thousands of investors to trust him with their money.  “What he did is beyond my comprehension, so there’s a disconnect somehow in him,” De Niro told reporters at the Television Critics Association event on Saturday. “And I still would like to understand. I did the best I could, but I don’t understand.” The film also stars Michelle Pfeiffe ...
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All The Characters Played By Recurring 'American Horror Story' Actors In One Very Organized Chart
Huffington Post - 4 months
Part of the reason we keep coming back to “American Horror Story” season after season is to see what fresh hell Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have cooked up for their recurring cast members. So far we’ve seen Evan Peters play a ghost of a school shooter, an accused murderer, a fratty Frankenstein, a lobster man, a serial killer and now, a Los Angeles actor. Lily Rabe has sparkled as a ghost of a socialite, a possessed nun, a Stevie Nicks obsessive, a non-possessed nun, a serial killer and a yogi. Other returning actors include Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Dennis O’Hare, Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe, Wes Bentley, Zachary Quinto, Taissa Farmiga, Naomi Grossman, Matt Bomer and Lady Gaga. And more.  To document that slate of characters ― including some impressive actor transformations ― a Reddit user by the name of TheGoldfishesKeeper created a chart of recurring cast members’ roles over the show’s five past seasons, and the episodes of Season 6 we’ve ...
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FX's 'American Horror Story' Has Lost It (The Story, That Is)
Huffington Post - over 1 year
FX aced its American Horror Story promos leading up to the October 2011 premiere: even as someone who isn't typically into horror stories, the singular image, above, that was used to advertise the show -- notably, with no other explanation -- did the trick. It's visually arresting, with an undeniably menacing creature (is it even human, I wondered?) defying gravity as it approaches what appears to be a Victoria's Secret runway angel who has passed out from malnutrition, all set against a sensual backdrop that implies both the satin sheets of a bordello and the outpouring of blood. This image alone supports the title of the series: it tells a story, asking questions that beg to be answered. Is this an S&M thing? Probably; the person who viewers would come to know as "Rubber Man" is in a telltale vinyl (Latex? Is there a difference?) outfit, and there's obviously an intensely sexual implication here. At the same time, Rubber Man is defying the laws of nature, and we are told this ...
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Shakespeare in the Park Lineup: 'Much Ado About Nothing' and 'King Lear'
NYTimes - about 3 years
This summer’s season will begin with Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater in “Much Ado About Nothing,” and John Lithgow will play the title role in “King Lear.”
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'American Horror Story: Coven' Finale Approaches: 5 Things We Learned This Season
Huffington Post - about 3 years
I've seen the season finale of "American Horror Story: Coven," and I won't give away any spoilers (my HuffPost TV colleague Chris Jancelewicz will have a full recap after the episode airs). But I will say this about the "Coven" finale: It's coherent, it has a few entertaining moments, and it makes a certain amount of sense. And that's more than I can say for most of the rest of the season. It didn't have to be this way: When the season began, "Coven" appeared poised to tell some outrageous and provocative stories with its stellar cast. Nobody who'd seen "AHS: Asylum" expected "Coven" to be perfectly structured or to rely on linear storytelling and subtle symbolism -- that's just not the style of the franchise, which prefers bombast, high melodrama, freaky-deaky atmospherics and scenery-chewing of the highest order. As Phil Dyess-Nugent notes, it's a show that's more about style than morality, but in the past, it's unleashed some sharp, smart observations about human nature, pow ...
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How the Ethereal Lily Rabe Found Success on 'American Horror Story'
Rolling Stone - about 3 years
Lily Rabe is one of only five actors to appear on all three seasons of Ryan Murphy's terrifying anthology series American Horror Story In the current run Coven Rabe's Misty Day has gone from being a Stevie Nicks-obsessed "swamp witch" to an accepted member of Miss Robichaux's Academy (Last we saw...
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Stevie Nicks Talks Filming American Horror Story: Coven, Katy Perry and John Mayer, Dating Don Henley and More!
US Magazine - about 3 years
Stand back, because Stevie Nicks has a whole lot to tell Us Weekly! Just before her much-anticipated episode of American Horror Story: Coven airs on FX Wednesday, Jan. 8, the legendary "Gypsy" singer, 65, spoke with Us' Entertainment Director Ian Drew for an  extended chit-chat about her acting debut, her lifelong connection with witches, a bumpy, hilarious jet flight with Kathy Bates, why she hopes her friends Katy Perry and John Mayer make it as a couple -- and Nicks' own talked-about romantic history, including a lesser-known relationship with The Eagle's Don Henley. Read the full interview with Nicks now! PHOTOS: Famous TV and movie witches Us: Were you a fan of AHS before? How'd you get involved? Stevie Nicks: I had heard of AHS, because I had a lot of really young friends, but I didn't know what it was about. I was contacted by creator Ryan Murphy. He said, 'This season is called Coven, and there's one of the witches [Misty, played by Lily Rabe] who lives in the swamp an ...
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Stevie Nicks Will Play Herself & Sing On 'AHS'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Stevie Nicks will play herself on "American Horror Story: Coven," because of course she will. The Fleetwood Mac singer will appear in Episode 10 of "AHS" as part of Fiona Goode's (Jessica Lange) plans. "It's part of Fiona’s ruse in that Fiona is trying to get the true Supreme to reveal herself because she needs to stay alive," "American Horror Story" co-creator Ryan Murphy told EW. "So she tells Misty Day [Lily Rabe] that the Supreme gets so many great things in life, like tickets to the Oscars and Met Ball tickets. So she brings Stevie Nicks in as a gift to Misty to prove to her that if she exhibits more power she'll get that and more. Then the other girls come home and see Stevie and Misty singing and it starts them trying to move much quicker to prove that they are the Supreme." Rabe's character, Misty Day, is obsessed with Nicks. '[S]he's flying in for like two days and doing her scenes," Murphy said. "I know every person in the show is like, 'I better be in that goddamn scene!' ...
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Angela Bassett On 'American Horror Story: Coven': 'I'm A Scaredy-Cat!'
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
The current edition of "American Horror Story" is subtitled "Coven," but it might as well be called "Festival of Divas." Week after week, viewers have reveled in the sharp, sad, bittersweet and bitchy material that has been given to the show's impressive array of actresses. The cast includes Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Patti LuPone and Lily Rabe -- a roster I described to executive producer Tim Minear as an "embarrassment of witches" (he didn't disagree). It's a glittering assembly, but there was never any danger that Angela Bassett would go unnoticed. Read More... More on Fall TV 2013
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Jessica Lange On 'American Horror Story: Coven,' Her New Children's Book & Leaving Acting Behind
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Jessica Lange entered the room with a wave. The "American Horror Story" star's all black ensemble was interrupted only by the red and green accents in her sunglasses and scarf. The five-time Golden Globe winner and two-time Oscar winner and Emmy winner has a new title: children's book author. But she hasn't left her "day job" just yet. As the supreme witch in "American Horror Story: Coven," Lange's character, Fiona, is utterly fabulous. She's on a mission to stop herself from aging and help the remaining witches of the world defend themselves from danger. Viewers have already seen her character unearth Madame LaLaurie (Oscar winner Kathy Bates) and verbally spar with Marie Laveau (Oscar nominee Angela Bassett) and undercut her daughter's (Sarah Paulson) teaching sensibilities, but there's still more to come. "Well, without giving anything away, again she goes on a big emotional roller coaster. [Laughs.] That's the thing that always intrigues me as an actor. That idea that you've liv ...
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'American Horror Story: Coven' Episode 2 Recap: The Whole Not A Sum Of Its 'Parts'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Note: Do not read on unless you've seen "American Horror Story: Coven," Episode 2, titled "Boy Parts." It hurts to say it. Literally every fibre of my being is fighting against the urge to write this, but here it is: There is an entire segment of "American Horror Story: Coven" that isn't quite working. Maybe it's because we have such a super-strong older cast knocking it out of the park every week, or maybe it's because Taissa Farmiga (Zoe) and Emma Roberts (Madison) are both rather demure, unassuming actors, but either way, when the camera focuses on the teens my interest wanes considerably. (That's not to knock their acting ability -- they're obviously both very talented -- but in the bigger, grander picture that is "AHS," we need pomp, we need pageantry, we need insanity.) It's not a good thing that in the two quick scenes where we see Gabourey Sidibe (Queenie) and Jamie Brewer (Nan), they're infinitely more appealing than any lengthier scene with Roberts and Farmiga. Even Jessica ...
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'American Horror Story: Coven' Premiere Recap: 'Bitchcraft' Sets The Tone
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Note. Do not read on unless you've seen "American Horror Story: Coven," Episode 1, titled "Bitchcraft." We're most definitely not at Briarcliff anymore. Unlike its faster-paced, frenetic predecessor "American Horror Story: Asylum," "American Horror Story: Coven" is a slow burn. In the first episode of "Asylum," we were thrust quickly into the narrow, filthy corridors of Briarcliff, surrounded by lunacy and patients scratching at the walls. There were screams, moans and wails, and a certain oppression laid over "Asylum" like a shadow. Not so with "Coven," whose strange, deceptive peace and meandering pace seem to mask something big and ugly, lurking below the surface. The first scene, which takes place in 1834 New Orleans, is classic "AHS." An horrific, frightening visage (in this case, a stone-faced Kathy Bates as Madame LaLaurie) slathers human blood on her skin, a supposed anti-aging technique to keep the wrinkles at bay. Bates does disturbing so well, it's a torture toss-up b ...
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'American Horror Story' Season Premiere: 10 Cryptic 'Coven' Teases
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Are you ready for "American Horror Story: Coven"? We've given you a juicy preview from co-creator Ryan Murphy and scoop from star Kathy Bates, but there are a few other non-spoilery teases to prepare you for the premiere (Wed., Oct. 9 at 10 p.m. ET on FX). Check out our 10 cryptic "Coven" teases from the premiere, and tell us: What are you most excited to see? Kathy Bates gets a facial like you've never seen before. There's a callback to Bloody Face from last season's "Asylum." Iron Butterfly might see a spike in "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" downloads. There's some real "Pushing Daisies" stuff happening with Lily Rabe's character Misty. And some real "Death Becomes Her" stuff happening with Jessica Lange's character Fiona. And some "Encino Man" stuff with Kathy Bates' character Madame LaLaurie. Frat boys better beware. Frances Conroy's character Myrtle doesn't get much screentime -- yet -- but she might be our favorite character. Ryan Murphy might be a closet Ha ...
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'American Horror Story: Coven' review: a bit camp
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
"American Horror Story" goes to camp this year, and no one will get a peaceful night's sleep - not just because of all the bloodcurdling screams, but because of a good bit of laughter as well. The third edition of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's delicious miniseries, premiering Wednesday on FX, has some familiar elements for fans of the first two "AHS" installments - Jessica Lange, for one, as well as other cast returnees Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Jamie Brewer, Denis O'Hare and Taissa Farmiga in new roles. Oscar-winner Kathy Bates gets things off to a bloody good start in Wednesday's premiere, playing Delphine LaLaurie, a 19th century matriarch known for her singularly brutal treatment of slaves. [...] before she can really process the information, family members whisk her away to Miss Robichaux's School for Exceptional Young Ladies in New Orleans. Comedy often plays a significant role in horror stories and film. Delphine LaLaurie's personal torture cha ...
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Lost Movie by First Film Superstar Found
Huffington Post - over 3 years
More than a century ago, a petite and rather pretty young actress then known only as the "Biograph girl" and "Little Mary" appeared in Their First Misunderstanding, a comedy about young newlyweds. This entertaining though otherwise typical 10 minute short marked an important turning point in a legendary career. The 1911 film was the first made by Mary Pickford under her new contract with the Independent Moving Pictures Company, known as IMP. More importantly, the 18-year old actress -- already a veteran of dozens of productions -- received her first on-screen credit. In the earliest days of motion pictures, actors did not receive screen credits and were largely anonymous. Audiences, however, began to take notice of "the girl with the curls" and soon Pickford developed a following. "Little Mary" became one of first individualized screen personalities, or what today would be called a movie star. Pickford wrote the scenario and starred in Their First Misunderstanding with her then ...
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'American Horror Story: Coven' Star Sarah Paulson On Jessica Lange And The Ryan Murphy Way
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The core actors on "American Horror Story" have to pull off a difficult hat trick. They have to create characters with heft, depth and texture, despite the fact that the show, as executive producer Tim Minear discussed in a recent interview, often has the quality of a surreal fever dream. Their range has to be supple and extensive, because they need to traverse everything from moments of high operatic drama to intimate scenes of coiled, complicated intensity. Lastly, the actors have to be fearless (the ultimate irony, given that "AHS" is a horror show). Within the course of a season, the show tends to throw just about everything at its cast. Last year's "American Horror Story: Asylum" included aliens, Nazis, an exorcism, grisly medical experiments, a serial killer, an alcoholic nun and mutations roaming the woods outside a grim mental hospital. (There was more, but you get the idea.) Sarah Paulson's deft performance did a lot to ground that. When "American Horror Story: Cov ...
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Hunger Games: Lily Rabe Cast In Mockingjay 1& 2
Yahoo News - over 3 years
"American Horror Story" actress Lily Rabe is getting ready to help with Katniss' revolution!
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lily Rabe
  • 2014
    Age 31
    On February 14 it was announced that Rabe would appear in Much Ado About Nothing as part of the 2014 Shakespeare in the Park season.
    More Details Hide Details The production will begin on June 3 running to July 6. On February 24, it was announced that Rabe will appear with Thomas Jane and Jessica Alba in horror film The Veil. The same day, it was also announced that Rabe was to star in The Visitors, a drama pilot for ABC. The pilot was later changed to The Whispers and was officially picked up by ABC in May 2014. Rabe is in a relationship with actor Hamish Linklater.
    She will star as Claire Bennigan on the upcoming ABC series The Whispers, which will premiere during the 2014–15 United States network television schedule as a mid-season replacement.
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  • 2013
    Age 30
    In October 2013, it was announced that Rabe had been cast in Pawn Sacrifice, a film biopic about chess player Bobby Fischer.
    More Details Hide Details Rabe plays his sister Joan Targ.
    In September 2013, Rabe was announced to have been cast as Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, the final two installments of The Hunger Games film series based on the novels by Suzanne Collins.
    More Details Hide Details She was later replaced in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 due to a scheduling conflict.
    In May 2013, Rabe made her Los Angeles stage debut in a production of Miss Julie by August Strindberg that was adapted and directed by Neil LaBute.
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  • 2012
    Age 29
    In October 2012, it was announced that Rabe would appear in We're Just Married, a film written by her father and directed by Rodrigo Garcia.
    More Details Hide Details Rabe will also be a producer of the film.
    She played the role of Rosalind in the production that opened on June 11, 2012 and closed on June 30, 2012.
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  • 2010
    Age 27
    Rabe also appeared in the 2010 film All Good Things.
    More Details Hide Details Rabe appeared at the Golden Theatre in the new Broadway play Seminar by Theresa Rebeck. It was directed by Sam Gold, and the cast included Alan Rickman, Jerry O'Connell, Hamish Linklater and Hettienne Park. It opened on November 20, 2011, and closed May 6, 2012. In May it was announced at the Cannes Film Festival that Rabe would play actress Mary Pickford in The First, a film based on the book Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood by Eileen Whitfield. She finished work in the Public Theater's production of As You Like It, part of the 50th Season of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theatre.
    In 2010 Rabe made her debut appearance at Shakespeare in the Park in a production of The Merchant of Venice, directed by Daniel J. Sullivan, that ran from June 30 to August 1.
    More Details Hide Details Rabe was cast as Portia, which she described as "one of the great female roles." She starred opposite Al Pacino as Shylock in a performance described as a "smashing break-out". The production transferred to Broadway at the Broadhurst Theater where it ran from October 19 to February 20, 2011. For her performance, Rabe was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in Play. In March Rabe was cast in the FOX drama pilot Exit Strategy in a role that would be recurring if the pilot was picked up. In July it was confirmed that FOX had passed on the pilot. Rabe appeared again at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in a production of A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen where she played the role of Nora. In August 2011 Rabe was given her first regular role on a television series when she was cast as Nora Montgomery on the FX horror series American Horror Story. She was later cast in Season 2 as the role of nun, Sister Mary Eunice (this role was reprised in Season 4). She also was cast in Season 3 as a resurgent witch named Misty Day. The role was written for her by the shows co-creator Ryan Murphy. Rabe is one of only five actors to appear in all four seasons of the show.
  • 2009
    Age 26
    From January to March 2009 Rabe appeared in the Broadway premiere of Richard Greenberg's 1990 play The American Plan at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
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  • 2007
    Age 24
    In August 2007 she appeared in Crimes of the Heart at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in a production which marked the directorial debut of actress Kathleen Turner.
    More Details Hide Details In 2008 the production transferred Off-Broadway, presented by the Roundabout Theatre Company and staged at the Laura Pels Theatre, running from February 14 to April 13. During a rehearsal, a piece of the set fell on Rabe, leaving her with a fractured rib. Due to the injury, Rabe missed a week of preview performances and the opening night was moved a week back from February 7 to February 14. In August Rabe was cast in the HBO pilot Last of the Ninth, a drama set in the 1970s. Rabe played a plainclothes cop in the pilot, which was written by David Milch and directed by Carl Franklin. In December it was reported that HBO had decided not to pick the pilot to series. The same year she appeared in the films What Just Happened and The Toe Tactic, as well as two episodes of Medium.
    In 2007 she appeared in the film No Reservations.
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  • 2006
    Age 23
    In September to December 2006 Rabe played Ellie Dunn in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Heartbreak House by George Bernard Shaw.
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  • 2005
    Age 22
    Jeremy McCarter in New York Magazine listed Rabe's performance as one of the best breakthroughs of 2005.
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    She made her Broadway debut as Annelle in the 2005 revival of Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, directed by Jason Moore.
    More Details Hide Details For her performance Rabe was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Rabe had been cast in the play Sisters of the Garden but had to drop out after being cast in Steel Magnolias. In September through to October she appeared in the American premiere of Colder Than Here by the English playwright Laura Wade at the MCC Theater.
    On 21 January 2005 she took part in a workshop production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at the Roundabout Theatre Company which was directed by Joe Mantello.
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  • 2004
    Age 21
    After graduating, Rabe moved back to New York. On September 29 through to October 2, 2004 she appeared in White Jesus by Deirdre O’Connor, one of a series of one-act plays presented as The Democracy Project and organized by the Naked Angels theater company.
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    Rabe graduated from Northwestern in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre.
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  • 2003
    Age 20
    In July 2003 Rabe returned to the Gloucester Stage Company to appear in a production of Proof by David Auburn.
    More Details Hide Details The same year she appeared in the film Mona Lisa Smile.
  • 2002
    Age 19
    In 2002 Rabe made her professional stage debut, again opposite her mother, at the Gloucester Stage Company in Massachusetts in two one-act plays: Speaking Well of the Dead by Israel Horovitz and The Crazy Girl by Frank Pugliese.
    More Details Hide Details As a result of appearing in the plays, Rabe was able to get an Equity Card.
  • 2001
    Age 18
    In 2001, Rabe made her screen debut opposite her mother Jill Clayburgh in the film Never Again.
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  • 1982
    Rabe was born in 1982 in New York City, New York in the Upper West Side.
    More Details Hide Details She is the daughter of playwright David Rabe and actress Jill Clayburgh. She has a younger brother, Michael Rabe, an actor and playwright, and an older half-brother, Jason Rabe, a musician, from her father's first marriage. Her father is Catholic, her maternal grandfather is Jewish and her maternal grandmother is Protestant. Rabe was raised in Bedford and moved to Lakeville, Connecticut when she was in the seventh grade. There she attended the Hotchkiss School. Rabe studied dance for ten years. Rabe was teaching ballet at a summer arts program in Connecticut, when she was approached by the program's acting instructor, who asked her to perform a monologue in the final production. Rabe performed a monologue from the play Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley. Rabe stated: “It was that moment, performing that monologue, that made me think, ‘Maybe this is what I wanna do,’ ” Rabe then went on to study acting at Northwestern University.
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