Lea DeLaria Biography (1958-)

Born May 23, 1958, in Belleville, IL; daughter of Robert (a social worker andjazz pianist) and Jerry (a homemaker) DeLaria. Addresses: Agent: William Morris Agency, 1325 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019.

Actress, director, singer, comedienne, writer
Birth Details
May 23, 1958
Belleville, Illinois, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, off-Broadway production, 1998
  • Marryin' Sam, "Li'l Abner," City Center Encores!, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1998
  • Hildy Esterhazy, On the Town (musical), New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre (some sources cite Gershwin Theatre), New York City, 1998-1999
  • It's Delightful, It's Delicious, It's DeLaria (nightclub act), Joe's Pub, New York City, beginning 1999
  • Audrey, As You Like It, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1999
  • Eddie and Dr. Scott, The Rocky Horror Show (musical), Circle in the Square, New York City, 2000-2002
  • Cinder, Little Fish (musical), Second Stage Theatre, New York City, 2003
  • Appeared in Broadway Favorites: The Leading Ladies and Tributeto Judy Garland, both Carnegie Hall, New York City; in Box Lunch,Apollo Theatre, London; and in Boys from Syracuse, Los Angeles. Concert performances include Billie Holiday Tribute, Carnegie Hall and Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA; End of the Millennium, Hollywood Bowl; and Jazz All Stars Salute Sondheim, Carnegie Hall; Boyd from Syracuse; also performs at jazz festivals.
  • Major Tours
  • Appeared as Big Mama Morton, Chicago, U.S. cities.
  • Film Appearances
  • Herself, Camp Christmas, 1993
  • (As Lea De Laria) Elise's fan, The First Wives Club, Paramount, 1996
  • Mr. Purple and herself, Plump Fiction, Legacy Releasing, 1996
  • Sadie, Rescuing Desire, 1996
  • Clementine, Homo Heights (also known as Happy Heights), Lehmann-Moore Productions, 1998
  • We're Funny That Way (documentary), 1998
  • Angie, Edge of Seventeen, Strand Releasing, 1999
  • Betsy Brick, Mercury in Retrograde (short film), Finishing Pictures, 2002
  • Film Work
  • Director
  • Homo Heights (also known as Happy Heights), Lehmann-Moore Productions, 1998
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Madame Delphina, One Life to Live, ABC, 1999
  • Voice of Helga Phugly, The Oblongs ... (animated series), The WB,2001
  • Miniseries
  • Captain White, OP Center (also known as Tom Clancy's "OP Center"), NBC, 1995
  • Willie Omiak, Further Tales of the City (also known as Armistead Maupin's Further Tales of the City), Showtime, 2001
  • Specials
  • Comedy from the Danger Zone, Showtime, 1993
  • Host, Out There, Comedy Central, 1993
  • Out There in Hollywood, Comedy Central, 1995
  • The World According to Us, Lifetime, 1995
  • In thru the Out Door, Showtime, 1998
  • My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies, PBS, 1999
  • Just for Laughs (also known as Judith Lacy's Just for Laughs), 2002
  • Herself, The Award Show Awards Show, 2003
  • Episodic
  • Guest, The Arsenio Hall Show, syndicated, 1990
  • Detective Pat Poletti, "Dead Air," Matlock, ABC, 1994
  • Detective Jordan, "The Murder Game," Matlock, ABC, 1994
  • "A Dark and Stormy Night," The John Larroquette Show, NBC, 1994
  • Loreli, "Wrestling Matches," The John Larroquette Show, NBC, 1995
  • Miss Hearst, "Ryan's Worst Nightmare," Saved by the Bell: The New Class, NBC, 1995
  • Woman in laundromat, "The One with the Lesbian Wedding," Friends,NBC, 1996
  • Jewel, "Drewstock," The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 1997
  • Kathy Speck, "The Beat Goes On," The Beat, UPN, 2000
  • Kiki, "Gina," The Job, ABC, 2002
  • Nurse Carver, "Swimming from Cambodia," Will & Grace, NBC, 2003
  • Also appeared as a guest on Politically Incorrect, ABC; The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated; and The Sandra Bernhard Show.
  • Albums
  • Bulldyke in a China Shop, G-Spot, 1992
  • (With others) Box Lunch (soundtrack recording), Rising Star Records, 1997
  • (With others) Fruit Cocktail, Streeter Music, 1998
  • Play It Cool, Warner Bros. Jazz, 2001
  • Screenplays
  • Author of Stone Butch Bitches.
  • Television Specials
  • Out There, Comedy Central, 1993

Further Reference


    • Advocate, September 15, 1998, pp. 54-55
    • Next, November 9, 2001, p. 22
    • People Weekly, May 10, 1993, pp. 49-50
    • Time Out New York, June 14, 2001, p. 18

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