Polly Draper
Actress, director, writer, producer
Polly Draper
Polly Carey Draper is an American actress, writer, producer, and director. Draper received a Emmy Award nomination, New York Magazine's Best Broadway Actress award, and two Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award nominations, winning one WGA. She also won awards at the Giffoni Film Festival and Hamptons International Film Festival. Draper speaks in a "trademark throaty voice".
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Tim Cummings' Passage to <em>The Normal Heart</em>
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Those who detect a thaw in the cold war between the New York and Los Angeles theatre worlds must be smoking something: just because Larry Kramer's Normal Heart has returned to Los Angeles after 16 years does not mean that the Coasts are viewing each other with any less suspicion. The tiny but much-lauded Fountain Theatre in L.A. is hosting, and New York-born and -bred Tim Cummings tackles the explosive lead character, Ned Weeks -- a thinly disguised fictional incarnation of the activist playwright, whose outrage fueled the emergence of the gay rights movement. I caught up with Cummings in between rehearsals at the Fountain and, although he belongs to that rare breed of actor who convincingly plays heroes and villains, sad-sacks and kings, romantic leads and slow-witted fishmongers, he exuded apprehension and awe at the immensity of this role. Earlier this year, Cummings stormed the stage at Disney Hall in the role of larger-than-life Ballets Russes genius Serge Diaghilev, backed b ...
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Jesse Draper's Silicon Valley roots
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Jesse Draper's Silicon Valley roots Draper, no stranger to the camera, briefly played a character on a Nickelodeon series (produced by her aunt Polly Draper of "Thirtysomething" fame). "The Valley Girl Show" combines informative chats with a dash of irreverence, drawing on a culture in which tech workers try not to take themselves too seriously. Some of her guests - Scott McNealy, founder of Sun Microsystems; Barry Schuler, former chairman of AOL Interactive Services; and Heidi Roizen, a former vice president at Apple - may have been unprepared for her set, with its bright pink walls, couches and chairs, and the floral leis they were asked to wear while being interviewed. Draper is seen bounding around the Stanford campus in a pink tutu, while a voice-over proclaims "Valley Girl!" in a tone that is meant to be a spoof on the vapid, ditzy Southern California Valley Girl stereotype. Today, the show is more polished, and Draper has expanded her pool of interviewe ...
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Paraguayan Senate removes president
CNN - over 4 years
Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo's defense team argued Friday that senators had prejudged him during the impeachment trial that drew hundreds of protesters outside the congressional building.
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Hamptons Agenda: Alec Baldwin, Billy Joel, Teresa Giudice and Bill Evans
Douglaston Patch - over 4 years
Although the temperature may cool down in the next few days, it's going to stay hot on the East End with a variety of events taking place this weekend. Here are some of the hottest events happening in the Hamptons. Amangansett Music: Big Sam's Funky Nation will perform at Stephen Talkhouse on Friday at 8 p.m. Their blend of jazz, rock and funk music landed them a recurring role on HBO's "Treme" and they have played at music festivals, such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo Arts &amp; Music Festival and Gathering of the Vibes. Tickets are $30. For more information, call 631-267-3117. East Hampton Benefit: Live Out Loud 4th Annual Pride in the Hamptons Fundraiser will be held on Saturday at 6 p.m. Live Out Loud is a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire and empower LGBT youth with connecting them with successful role models in their community. The evening's benefit will be held at the East Hampton waterfront and private residenc ...
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Hamptons Agenda: 'My Brilliant Divorce,' PetFest, Garden Tour
Carrol Gardens Patch - over 4 years
For all those lucky Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill neighbors who are heading to sandy Long Island shores for the weekend, we've provided you with this cheat sheet of things to do when you're not on the beach. Enjoy! Montauk FISHING: Ducks Unlimited hosts a striped bass tournament this weekend. It benefits Ducks Unlimited's wetlands restoration programs. Cash prizes, and trophies will be given out. The entry fee of $250 per boat includes tickets to the captain's meeting on June 8 at 7 p.m., and tickets to the awards buffet and live auction at Star Island Yacht Club and Marina on June 9 at 5 p.m. The rain date is June 10. East Hampton FLEA MARKET: Shop at an upscale flea market with a variety of antiques, painted furniture, jewelry, glass, vintage, china, art and local jams and baked goods, etc. at the Neighborhood House starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, rain or shine. Admission is $2. OUTDOORS: Stand-Up paddleboard pro Heather Baus offers a stand-up pa ...
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Hamptons Agenda: Andy Cohen and Dianne Reeves
Bayside Patch - over 4 years
If you're headed East to the Hamptons this weekend, here's a heads up on some of the hottest events happening there this weekend. Montauk FISHING: Ducks Unlimited hosts a striped bass tournament this weekend. It benefits Ducks Unlimited's wetlands restoration programs. Cash prizes, and trophies will be given out. The entry fee of $250 per boat includes tickets to the captain's meeting on June 8 at 7 p.m., and tickets to the awards buffet and live auction at Star Island Yacht Club and Marina on June 9 at 5 p.m. The rain date is June 10. East Hampton FLEA MARKET: Shop at an upscale flea market with a variety of antiques, painted furniture, jewelry, glass, vintage, china, art and local jams and baked goods, etc. at the Neighborhood House starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, rain or shine. Admission is $2. OUTDOORS: Stand-Up paddleboard pro Heather Baus offers a stand-up paddleboarding clinic Saturday at 10 a.m. All the way from Puerto Rico, the world's top female SUP rac ...
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Michael Wolff To Record Live Album With Mark Isham, Mike Clark And John B ... - Music Indistry News Network
Google News - over 5 years
Wolff and his wife, actress Polly Draper, are also raising another generation of entertainers. Their now teenage sons, Nat and Alex, starred as young musicians in the Nickelodeon show “The Naked Brothers Band,” in which Wolff also appeared
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Today's Birthdays - Sports Radio ESPN 1420
Google News - over 5 years
Actress Polly Draper is 56. (Born 1955) Her credits include the TV series &quot;thirtysomething&quot; and the movie &quot;The Pick-Up Artist.&quot; Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs is 53. (Born 1958) He&#39;s best known for his years with the Boston Red Sox
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What's On Today
NYTimes - almost 6 years
8 P.M. (ABC) SUPERNANNY In this 117th episode and series finale, Jo Frost, right, travels to Houston to work with the family of a woman who died of breast cancer a year earlier; Ms. Frost lost her own mother to that illness. ''To me, this is the end of the world,'' says Michael, 6, who is devastated by his mother's death and feels his memories of
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TELEVISION; A Series That Shows Its Age
NYTimes - over 7 years
''Thirtysomething'' arrived on network television in September 1987, 20 days before Black Monday, when the Dow Jones industrial average dropped nearly 23 percent, and the culture of yuppiedom, put to the series's meticulous dramatic scrutiny, seemed threatened with dissolution. What could have proven ruinous for the show's producers and the
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TV REVIEW | 'POLAR BEARS'; One Bus, Many Plot Twists
NYTimes - over 8 years
A love quadrangle, a soup-slurping subplot and concern about global warming are the incongruous ingredients of ''Polar Bears.'' The fourth Naked Brothers movie, which will be shown on Nickelodeon Friday night, is clumsy but criticproof. ''Bears'' spins off from the second season of ''The Naked Brothers Band,'' a Nickelodeon series that is a major
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Famous For Playing Rock Stars
NYTimes - over 9 years
Nat and Alex Wolff, the young brothers who star in the Nickelodeon series ''The Naked Brothers Band,'' were fidgeting on a purple couch on a Brooklyn soundstage the other day. They were preparing to record a scene for the show's forthcoming second season when a booming voice came over the loudspeaker. ''Both of you,'' it said, ''try to smile
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A TV Family Bound By Blood and a Band
NYTimes - about 10 years
''The Naked Brothers Band,'' an ebullient mock documentary about a kids' rock band, is both a movie and a new series on Nickelodeon and a tween fantasy in which no one over 18 has much sense. The brothers have a classic bubble-gum sound, live in a very 21st-century video world and are the real-life offspring of entertainers from two television
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Family Fare
NYTimes - over 11 years
You won't find out here. The answers, treated with the confidentiality of a papal election, will be revealed tomorrow at ''The Book That Changed My Life,'' a 12-hour marathon presented by Symphony Space and Live From the New York Public Library. Part of the National Book Foundation's National Read-Aloud Day, the event will feature a host of
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FILM REVIEW; He's an Aging Loser, Baby, But It Doesn't Kill Him
NYTimes - almost 12 years
Compare and despair: that wise, useful adage popularized by 12-step programs could be the subtitle of Eric Weber's sloppy but smart-enough-to-make-you-squirm comedy, ''Second Best.'' The motto certainly describes the psychic modus operandi of Elliot Kelman (Joe Pantoliano), the movie's protagonist and narrator who embraces his own failure,
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THE LISTINGS
NYTimes - almost 12 years
Theater A selective listing by critics of The Times: New or noteworthy Broadway, Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway shows this weekend. Approximate running times are in parentheses. *denotes a highly recommended show. +means discounted tickets were available at the Theater Development Fund's TKTS booth for performances last Friday and Saturday
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The Listings
NYTimes - about 12 years
Theater A selective listing by critics of The Times: New or noteworthy Broadway, Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway shows this weekend. Approximate running times are in parentheses. * denotes a highly recommended show. + means discounted tickets were available at the Theater Development Fund's TKTS booth for performances last Friday and Saturday
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Polly Draper
    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 57
    Since then, she appeared in the film Side Effects and in the CBS television drama Golden Boy, both in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details In 2014, Draper appeared in the film Obvious Child. Draper's work on Thirtysomething earned her an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. In addition, her starring role in the Off-Broadway production of Four Dogs and a Bone (1993) won her a New York Magazine award for Best Broadway Actress. Draper's portrayal in her screenwriting The Tic Code (1998) won her the Bronze Gryphon award for Best Actress at the Giffoni Film Festival.
  • 2011
    Age 55
    In 2011, she also wrote and starred in an episode of the Current TV science fiction series Bar Karma and appeared in the play My Brilliant Divorce (2012) at the Bay Street Theater.
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  • 2010
    Age 54
    In 2010, she appeared with a recurring guest role in the Showtime comedic television drama The Big C.
    More Details Hide Details Draper directed her youngest son's play What Would Woody Do? (2010) at The Flea Theater.
  • 2008
    Age 52
    Draper is a member of the Democratic Party, and voted for Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama in the 2008 election.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2005
    Age 49
    Draper wrote her directing debut The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie, which earned her an Audience Award for a Family Feature Film at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The film became the pilot to the Nickelodeon musical comedy series The Naked Brothers Band (2007–09) which she created, wrote, executive produced, and directed, earning her two Writers Guild Award nominations. The first one, in 2007, Draper was nominated in the section of Children's Episodic Shows & Specials for the episode "Nat is a Stand Up Guy". She also won the Children's Script: Long Form or Special category for the TV movie "Polar Bears" in 2009.
  • 2004
    Age 48
    The series was adapted by the pilot episode The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie which she wrote and directed as an independent film in mid-2004.
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    She voted for John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election.
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    In mid-2004, she also wrote her directing debut The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie and created and produced the Nickelodeon musical comedy series The Naked Brothers Band (2007–09)—portraying her sons Nat and Alex Wolff—which won her a WGA for Children's Script: Long Form or Special.
    More Details Hide Details Draper was born in Gary, Indiana, to Phyllis (née Culbertson), a Peace Corps administrator, and William Henry Draper III, a venture capitalist and civic leader of the United Nations Development Programme. She is the sister of venture capitalist Tim Draper and granddaughter to banker and diplomat William Henry Draper, Jr. Draper grew up in the California communities of Palo Alto and Arlington. She earned her B.A.A. from Yale University (1977) and her Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama (1980).
  • 2003
    Age 47
    Draper's played "Laura" in her own screenwriting debut The Tic Code. In 2003, she starred in, provided lead vocals and lyrics for her playwriting Getting Into Heaven (2003) at The Flea Theater; the music was composed and performed by her husband.
    More Details Hide Details Draper also played Nina in the Broadway production of Brooklyn Boy in 2005. By 2007, Draper served as creator, writer, executive producer, and director of the Nickelodeon musical comedy series The Naked Brothers Band.
  • 2002
    Age 46
    She starred in the off-Broadway production of Four Dogs and a Bone (1993), and also made appearances on TV shows such as The Larry Sanders Show (1998); Monk and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, both in 2002; as well as in the Lifetime TV movie special Too Young to Marry (2007).
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1993
    Age 37
    She later starred as Ellyn Warren in the ABC television drama Thirtysomething, and in 1993, as Adrian in the NBC television movie adaptation of Danielle Steel's Heartbeat.
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  • 1989
    Age 33
    Following a seven-year marriage with playwright Kevin Wade, Draper married musician Michael Wolff after meeting him in 1989 when making a cameo appearance on the syndicated late-night talk show Arsenio Hall, where Wolff served as the bandleader.
    More Details Hide Details Wolff's life with Tourette syndrome influenced The Tic Code; he provided the score. She and Wolff have two sons, Nat Wolff and Alex Wolff, who starred in and composed the music for The Naked Brothers Band series and film. Draper's niece is actress Jesse Draper, who also co-starred in The Naked Brothers Band alongside the siblings' father.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Born
    Born on June 15, 1955.
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