Ellen Holly Biography (1931-)

Full name, Ellen Virginia Holly; born January 16, 1931, in New York, NY; daughter of William (a chemical engineer) and Grayce (a librarian; maiden name, Arnold) Holly. Addresses: Agent: Starkman Agency, 1501 Broadway, Suite301A, New York, NY 10036.

Birth Details
January 16, 1931
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; Stage Appearances
  • (Off-Broadway debut) Tatiana, "The Anniversary" and Naida Gisben and Sharon Guilders, "A Switch in Time," Two for Fun (double-bill), GreenwichMews Theatre, New York City, 1955.
  • Slave girl, Salome, Davenport Theatre, New York City, 1955.
  • Bianca, A Florentine Tragedy, Davenport Theatre, 1955.
  • (Broadway debut) Stephanie, Too Late the Phalarope, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1956.
  • Rich woman's daughter, Tevya and His Daughters, Carnegie Hall Playhouse, New York City, 1957.
  • Desdemona, Othello, Belvedere Lake Theatre, 1958.
  • Elizabeth Falk, Face of a Hero, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1960.
  • Rosa, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, East Eleventh Street Theatre, New York City, 1962.
  • Cille Morris, Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1962.
  • Iras, Antony and Cleopatra, New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF),Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1963.
  • Duchess of Hapsburg, Funny House of a Negro, East End Theatre, NewYork City, 1964.
  • Tatiana, A Midsummer Night's Dream, NYSF, Delacorte Mobile Theatre, 1964.
  • Katherine, King Henry V, NYSF, Delacorte Mobile Theatre, 1965.
  • Katherine, The Taming of the Shrew, NYSF, Delacorte Mobile Theatre, 1965.
  • "Clara Passmore Who Is the Virgin Mary Who Is the Bastard Who Is the Owl," The Owl Answers, White Barn Theatre, Westport, CT, then Theatre de Lys, New York City, 1965.
  • Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, NYSF, Delacorte Mobile Theatre, 1966.
  • An Evening of Negro Poetry and Folk Music, Delacorte Theatre, 1966, produced as A Hand Is on the Gate, Longacre Theatre, New York City,1966.
  • Marguerite Gautier, Camino Real, Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, OH, 1968.
  • Gypsy palmist and courtesan, The Comedy of Errors (also see below), Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC, 1968.
  • Crime on Goat Island, Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, 1968.
  • Varya, The Cherry Orchard, NYSF, Public/Anspacher Theatre, New York City, 1973.
  • Regan, King Lear, NYSF, Delacorte Theatre, 1973.
  • Also appeared in several roles, including Sally Dupre and narrator for Aunt Bess, in John Brown's Body; appeared in Orchids in the Moonlight, American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA; member of company, Playhousein the Park, Cincinnati, OH, 1968.
  • Credits; Major Tours
  • Gypsy palmist and courtesan, The Comedy of Errors, National Repertory Theatre, U.S. cities, 1967.
  • Hippolita, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, U.S. cities, 1974-75.
  • Credits; Film Appearances
  • Carol, Take a Giant Step, United Artists (UA), 1959.
  • Secretary, Cops and Robbers, UA, 1973.
  • Odrie McPherson, School Daze, Columbia, 1988.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Series
  • Carla Gray, One Life to Live, ABC, 1968-81 and 1983-85.
  • Judge Frances Collier, The Guiding Light, CBS, 1989--.
  • Also appeared as Sally Travers, Love of Life, CBS.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Movies
  • Amy, Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force, NBC, 1978.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
  • Tituba, Odyssey, CBS, 1957.
  • Regan, "King Lear," Theater in America (also known as Great Performances), PBS, 1974.
  • Mrs. Robbins, "High School Narc," ABC Afterschool Special, ABC, 1985.
  • Also appeared in episodes of The Big Story, NBC; Confidential File, syndicated; The Nurses, CBS; The Defenders, CBS; Sam Benedict, ABC; Look Up and Live, CBS; and Dr. Kildare, NBC.

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