Judith Ivey Biography (1951-)

Full name, Judith Lee Ivey; born September 4, 1951, in El Paso, TX; daughterof Nathan Aldean (a college instructor and dean) and Dorothy Lee (a teacher;maiden name, Lewis) Ivey; married Ricardo Gutierrez, 1973 (divorced, 1978); married Tim Braine (a producer and television executive), May 14, 1989; children: (second marriage) Margaret Elizabeth (Maggie) Braine, Thomas Carter (Tom)Braine. Addresses: Agent: Cunningham/Escott/Dipene & Associates,10635 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 140, Los Angeles, CA 90025; Bresler Kelly Kipperman, 15760 Ventura Blvd., Suite 1730, Van Nuys, CA 91436-3028.

Actress, director
Birth Details
September 4, 1951
El Paso, Texas, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Didi, The Woman in Red, Orion, 1984
  • Iris, The Lonely Guy, Universal, 1984
  • Sally, Harry and Son, Orion, 1984
  • Nancy Miller, Compromising Positions, Paramount, 1985
  • Blanche, Brighton Beach Memoirs (also known as Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs), Universal, 1986
  • Zelda, Hello Again, Buena Vista, 1987
  • Charlotte Bonnard, Sister, Sister, New World, 1988
  • Frances, Miles from Home (also known as Farm of the Year),Cinecom International/Norstar Releasing, 1988
  • Anita, In Country, Warner Bros., 1989
  • Connie, Everybody Wins, Film Trustees, 1990
  • Susan Volcheck, Love Hurts, Vestron, 1990
  • Alice, Orion, 1990
  • Peedi, There Goes the Neighborhood (also known as Paydirt),Paramount, 1992
  • Alice Lomax, Devil's Advocate (also known as Im Auftrag des Teufels), Warner Bros., 1997
  • Aunt Elizabeth Almond, Washington Square, Buena Vista, 1997
  • Celine's mother, A Life Less Ordinary, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1997
  • Barbara Bowerman, Without Limits (also known as Pre), Warner Bros., 1998
  • Mrs. Joanne Burns, Mystery, Alaska, Buena Vista, 1999
  • The Stand-In, IndieDVD, 1999
  • Sandra, What Alice Found, Castle Hill, 2003
  • In God's Hands, Section 8, 2004
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Kate McCrorey, Down Home, NBC, 1990-1991
  • Bonnie Jean "B. J." Poteet, Designing Women, CBS, 1992-1993
  • Alexandria "Alex" Isaacson Buchanan, The Five Mrs. Buchanans (alsoknown as The Four Mrs. Buchanans), CBS, 1994-1995
  • Voice of Eleanor Sherman, The Critic (animated), ABC, 1994, Fox, 1995
  • Maureen, Buddies, ABC, 1996
  • Miniseries
  • Mrs. Grimthorpe, Lord Peter Wimsey: Clouds of Witness, BBC, 1972
  • Cathy Kramer, Rose Red (also known as Stephen King's Rose Red), ABC, 2002
  • Movies
  • Sister Margaret, Dixie: Changing Habits, CBS, 1983
  • Noel Varner, The Long, Hot Summer, NBC, 1985
  • Sister Brenda Hayes, We Are the Children, ABC, 1987
  • District attorney Kerry Wells, Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter (also known as Her Final Fury: The Betty Broderick Story, Part II, Till Murder Do Us Part II, and Woman without a Prayer:The Betty Broderick Story, Part II), CBS, 1992
  • Passionatta, "Frogs!," WonderWorks Family Movie, PBS, 1992
  • Olivia Appletree, On Promised Land, The Disney Channel, 1994
  • Laura McCormick, Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story (also known as Almost Golden), Lifetime, 1995
  • Doris Stauffer, Half a Dozen Babies (also known as Life's Little Struggles), ABC, 1999
  • Specials
  • Louise, "The Shady Hill Kidnapping," American Playhouse, PBS, 1982
  • Herself, The Making of "The Woman in Red," 1984
  • Madeline, Piaf, 1984
  • Terry Novis, "Decoration Day," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1990
  • Counselor, "Other Mothers," CBS Schoolbreak Specials, CBS, 1993
  • Narrator, "The Summer of Ben Tyler," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1996
  • Lucille, "What the Deaf Man Heard," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1997
  • Voice, U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848) (documentary; also known as The U.S.-Mexican War, 1846-1848), PBS, 1998
  • Episodic
  • Herself, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1990 and 1991
  • Voice of Lorraine, "I Hate Frasier Crane," Frasier, NBC, 1993
  • Voice of Mother Mirabelle, "TV or Not to Be," Duckman (animated),USA Network, 1994
  • Eleanor Markus, "Marry Me a Little," Will & Grace, NBC, 2002
  • Eleanor Markus, "Marry Me a Little More," Will & Grace, NBC, 2002
  • Eleanor Markus, "The Needle and the Omelet's Done," Will & Grace, NBC, 2002
  • Appeared in Cagney and Lacey, CBS; appeared as Susan Kelly in "Madabout You," an unaired episode of Queens Supreme, CBS.
  • Pilots
  • Texarkana, CBS, 1998
  • Other
  • Janet Potts, America's Most Terrible Things, NBC, 2002
  • Radio Appearances
  • Episodic
  • "A Fair Country," The Play's the Thing, 1998
  • Radio Playbill, 2004
  • Stage Appearances
  • Jilly, The Sea, Goodman Theatre Center, Chicago, IL, 1974
  • The Philanthropist, Goodman Theatre Center, 1974
  • Cactus Flower, Drury Lane, 1975
  • Mourning Becomes Electra, Goodman Theatre Center, 1975
  • Julia, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Court Theatre, 1976
  • Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Court Theatre, 1976
  • Hay Fever, Drury Lane, 1976
  • Statues [and] The Bridge at Belharbour (double-bill), Goodman Theatre Center, 1976
  • Design for Living, Goodman Theatre Center, 1976-1977
  • Don Juan, Goodman Theatre Center, 1976-1977
  • The Sport of My Mad Mother, Goodman Theatre Center, 1976-1977
  • Celia, As You Like It, Chicago Shakespeare Festival, 1977
  • Jean, The Moundbuilders, Evanston Theatre Company, Evanston, IL, 1977-1978
  • Shirley, The Goodbye People, Evanston Theatre Company, 1977-1978
  • Oh, Coward!, Evanston Theatre Company, 1977-1978
  • Margaret, Much Ado about Nothing, American Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia, PA, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, and Goodman Theatre Center,all 1978
  • Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Folger Theatre Group, Washington, DC, 1978
  • Gilda, Design for Living, Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1979
  • Kate, Bedroom Farce, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1979
  • Fish, Dusa, Fish, Stas, and Vi, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1980
  • Kathleen Herlihy, Sunday Runners in the Rain, New York ShakespeareFestival, Public Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Multiple roles, Girls, Girls, Girls, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1980
  • Edith Piaf (title role) and Madeleine, Piaf, Plymouth Theatre, NewYork City, 1981
  • Evelyn, The Rimers of Eldritch, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club,New York City, 1981
  • Sally, Sally and Marsha, State University of New York at Purchase,1981
  • The Dumping Ground, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • Eileen, Two Small Bodies, Production Company, Theatre Guinevere, New York City, then Matrix Theatre, Los Angeles, both 1982
  • Melanie, Pastorale, Second Stage Theatre, McGinn-Cazale Theatre, New York City, 1982
  • Sorel, Hay Fever, Kenyon College Festival, Gambier, OH, 1982
  • Josie, Steaming, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 1982-1983
  • Joyce, Jazz Poets at the Grotto, Production Company, Theatre Guinevere, 1983
  • Kathy, Second Lady, Production Company, Theatre Guinevere, 1983
  • Bonnie, Hurlyburly, Goodman Theatre Center, 1984, then Promenade Theatre, New York City, later Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, both 1984
  • Bea, Precious Sons, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1986
  • Ruth, Blithe Spirit, Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore, MD, then Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, both 1987
  • Mrs. Dally, Mrs. Dally Has a Lover, Westbeth Theatre Center, 1988
  • Kathleen Hogan, Park Your Car in Harvard Yard, Morris A. MechanicTheatre, 1991, then Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1991-1992
  • Moonshot, "The Moonshot Tape," and Diane, "A Poster of the Cosmos," Moonshot and Cosmos, Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1994
  • Patrice Burgess, A Fair Country, Lincoln Center Theatre, New YorkCity, 1996
  • Mrs. Honey and Heather, A Madhouse in Goa, Second Stage Theatre, McGinn-Cazale Theatre, 1997
  • Lil, Voices in the Dark, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1999
  • The Vagina Monologues, Westside Theatre Downstairs, New York City,beginning c. 1999
  • Linda Savignac and Carlotta Gray, Noel Coward's Suite in Two Keys,Mirage Theatre Company, Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 2000
  • "The Bundlelays," Texas Bound (readings of short stories), Alley Theatre, Houston, TX, 2000
  • Sally Durant Plummer, Follies (musical), Roundabout Theatre Company, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 2001
  • Immortal Imperatives (reading), Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago,IL, 2001
  • Elizabeth I, Dearest Cousin (reading), Lion Theatre, New York City, 2003
  • Madeline Livingston, The Women of Lockerbie, The New Group, Theatre at St. Clement's Church, 2003
  • Martha, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Alley Theatre, 2003
  • Various characters, Women on Fire (solo show), Cherry Lane StudioTheatre, then Cherry Lane Theatre, both New York City, 2003-2004
  • Desiree Armfeldt, A Little Night Music (musical), Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles, 2004
  • Martha Mitchell, Dirty Tricks, Public Theatre, 2004
  • Performer at the Actors Theatre of Nantucket, RI; conducted readings at the State University of New York at Fredonia.
  • Stage Director
  • Two for the Seesaw, Fairfield County Stage Company, Westport, CT,1993
  • Yeardley Smith: More (solo show; also known as More), UnionSquare Theatre, New York City, 2004
  • Steel Magnolias, Alley Theatre, Houston, TX, 2005
  • Director of Soccer Moms, Fleetwood Stage.
  • Audiobooks
  • Where or When, by Anita Shreve and Virginia Barber, Pub Group West, 1994
  • My Louisiana Sky, by Kimberly Willis Holt, Listening Library, 1999
  • Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells, Books onTape, 2002
  • "Luckey Quarter," Everything's Eventual: Five Dark Tales, by Stephen King, Simon & Schuster Audio, 2002
  • A Corner of the Universe, by Ann M. Martin, Listening Library, 2003

Further Reference


    • Texas Monthly, January, 2000, p. 24

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