Ann Magnuson Biography (1956-)

Born January 4, 1956, in Charleston, WV; father, a lawyer; mother, a journalist; companion of Brad Dunning. Addresses: Manager: Gene Parseghian, Parseghian/Planco Management, 23 East 22nd St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10010.

Actress, writer, comedienne, performance artist, director
Birth Details
January 4, 1956
Charleston, West Virginia, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Pamela Fleming, Vortex, B Movies, 1982
  • Woman in disco, The Hunger, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1983
  • Malda, the feminist, Perfect Strangers (also known as Blind Alley), New Line Cinema, 1984
  • Cigarette girl, Desperately Seeking Susan, Orion, 1985
  • Isabelle, Sleepwalk (also known as Year of the Dog), Driver-Ottoskop, 1986
  • Frankie Stone, Making Mr. Right, Orion, 1987
  • Arzt, The Critical Years (also known as Les annees critiques), Dexter, 1987
  • Joyce Fickett, A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (also known asJimmy Reardon), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1988
  • Herself, Mondo New York (documentary), Island, 1988
  • Herself, Heavy Petting (documentary), Academy Video, 1988
  • Shaleen McKussic, Tequila Sunrise, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Connie Hagen, Checking Out, Warner Bros., 1989
  • Doris, Love at Large, Orion, 1990
  • Moira Wolfson, Clear and Present Danger, Paramount, 1994
  • Calli, Cabin Boy, Buena Vista, 1994
  • (Uncredited) The madam, Tank Girl, United Artists, 1995
  • Terry Taverner, Before and After, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Sarah Fulton and Anna Rawlin, Levitation, Tenth Muse, 1997
  • Elaine, Still Breathing, October Films, 1998
  • Irene Abernathy, Small Soldiers, DreamWorks/Red Feather Photoplays, 1998
  • Loan secretary, Ed Wood's I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (also known as I Awoke Early the Day I Died and I Woke Up Early the Day I Died), Cinequanon Pictures International, 1999
  • Katherine, Friends & Lovers, Lions Gate Films, 1999
  • Ms. Steinbacher, Love & Sex, Lions Gate Films, 2000
  • Housebound, First Look Pictures Releasing, 2000
  • Moira Leppenraub, The Caveman's Valentine, MCA/Universal, 2001
  • Kelly, Glitter, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001
  • Barbara Rosen, Ghostlight, Mannic Productions, 2001
  • Lydia Lynch, Panic Room, Columbia, 2002
  • Sally, Night at the Golden Eagle, Shangri-La Entertainment, 2002
  • Karen Pollard, The United States of Leland, Paramount Classics, 2003
  • Voice of Squeaky, Live Freaky Die Freaky, Hellcat Pictures, 2003
  • Sarah Jane Tibbett, Open House, Bugeater Films, 2004
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Cohost, Alive from Off-Center, PBS, 1988
  • Catherine Hughes, Anything But Love, ABC, 1989-1992
  • Rita Dahlberg, Wanda at Large, Fox, 2003
  • Appeared as Paula, Damian Cromwell's Postcards from America.
  • Specials
  • "Ann Magnuson's Vandemonium" (also known as "Ann Magnuson's Vandemonium Plus" and "Vandemonium Plus"), Cinemax Comedy Experiment, Cinemax, 1987
  • Darlene, "Tales from the Hollywood Hills: A Table at Ciro's" (also knownas "A Table at Ciro's"), Great Performances, PBS, 1987
  • Presenter, The 3rd Annual International Rock Awards, ABC, 1991
  • Host, Route 66: The Road West, Arts and Entertainment, 1992
  • Host, The Nicholas Brothers: We Sing and We Dance, Arts and Entertainment, 1992
  • Host, "Rave," John Lee Hooker and Friends (also known as CrossChannel), Arts and Entertainment, 1992
  • In a New Light '94, ABC, 1994
  • Judge, The 1995 Miss Universe Pageant, CBS, 1995
  • Narrator, Shock Video 3: Turn-On TV, HBO, 1996
  • Narrator, Shock Video 6: Turn-On TV '98, HBO, 1998
  • Voices of Lalasha, Mom, and Zazzy, The Groovenians (animated), Cartoon Network, 2002
  • Interviewee, Night Bites: Women and Their Vampires, Women's Entertainment Channel, 2003
  • Episodic
  • "Made for TV," Alive from Off-Center, PBS, 1984
  • "Love Comics," New Television, WNYC (New York City), 1985
  • "Fallopia," Night Flight, USA Network, 1985
  • Women Aloud (also known as Funny Ladies), Comedy Central, 1992
  • Amanda Cox, "Command Performance," The John Larroquette Show, NBC,1996
  • Gina Pennetti Schmidt, "Caroline and the Kept Man," Caroline and the City, NBC, 1997
  • Kyra Sullivan, "Check Out Drew's Old Flame," The Drew Carey Show,ABC, 1997
  • Voice of Miss O'Keats, All Grown Up!, Nickelodeon, 2003
  • Also appeared as Eunice Puell, "Crisis in the Love Zone," The Adventures of Pete and Pete, Nickelodeon.
  • Movies
  • Darlene, Power, Passion and Murder, 1987
  • The Barefoot Executive, 1995
  • Lily Munster, The Munsters Scary Little Christmas, Fox, 1996
  • Drowning matron, Hugo Pool (also known as Pool Girl), The Movie Channel, 1997
  • Miniseries
  • Dee O'Hara, From the Earth to the Moon, HBO, 1998
  • Television Director
  • Episodic
  • "Made for TV," Alive from Off-Center, PBS, 1984
  • Stage Appearances
  • Lavinia, Titus Andronicus, Pyramid Club, New York City, 1985
  • Sister Alice Tully Hall, "Alice Tully Hall and the Family: Transmissions," Serious Fun!, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City, 1987
  • You Could Be Home Now, New York Shakespeare Festival, Martinson Hall, Public Theatre, New York City, 1992
  • Colette, Four Dogs and a Bone, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1994
  • Ann Magnuson-2001: Yesterday's Tomorrow Today, Joe's Pub, Public Theatre, New York City, 2001
  • Rave Mom: One Woman's Mid-Life Crisis in the Last Year of the 20th Century (solo show), New York City, 2001
  • Appeared in After Dark, Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN; Occupational Hazards, Brattle Theatre, Boston, MA; Somewhere Outside ofOrlando, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA, then Lhasa Club,Los Angeles; Tammy's Nightmare, L.A.C.E., Los Angeles, CA; The Vagina Monologues, Westside Theatre Downstairs, New York City; and in showsat Coast Playhouse. Devised Upwardly Mobile, a tribute to Muzak that was held in an elevator of the Whitney Museum, New York City, 1982; performedin Art in Action show, Soguestu Hall, Tokyo, Japan, 1985; and Art on the Beach, Creative Time, Inc., Battery Park Landfill, New York City. Other appearances include A Christmas Special, The Kitchen (club), NewYork City; the cabaret productions No Entiendes and Pagan Place, both Palladium (dance club), New York City; appeared in nightclubs with Joey Arias in Salvador Dali and His Wife Gala, Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick,Charles Manson and Squeaky Fromme, Etc.; and in Duets with Eric Bogosian. Appeared at the Festival Della Donna, Bologna, Italy, 1982.
  • Stage Work
  • Producer and director of performance pieces A Tribute to Lawrence Welk, Putt-Putt Reggae, and The Stay-Free Mini-Prom, all at Club 57, New York City; Festival de San de Niro, Danceteria, New York City; and productions at the Pyramid Club and Folk City, both New York City, andat the Lhasa Club, Los Angeles.
  • Albums
  • (With Pulsallama) The Devil Lives in My Husband's Body, Y Records,1982
  • The Luv Show, Geffen, 1995
  • Also recorded (with Vulcan Death Grip) "Experimental Theatre" on Tellus: The Audio Cassette Magazine #18; and "Made for Radio" segments, TheUproar Tapes, Volume I, Antilles Records.
  • Albums with Bongwater
  • Breaking No New Ground, Shimmy Disc, 1987
  • Double Bummer, Shimmy Disc, 1988
  • Too Much Sleep, Shimmy Disc, 1989
  • The Power of Pussy, Shimmy Disc, 1991
  • The Big Sell-Out, Shimmy Disc, 1992
  • Box of Bongwater (compilation), Shimmy Disc, 1998
  • Also recorded Bongwater Plus. Singles include "You Don't Love Me Yet," Shimmy Disc, 1989.
  • Videos
  • Whether You Like It or Not: The Story of Hedwig, New Line Home Video, 2001
  • Television
  • "Ann Magnuson's Vandemonium" (special; also known as "Ann Magnuson's Vandemonium Plus" and "Vandemonium Plus"), Cinemax Comedy Experiment, Cinemax, 1987
  • Stage
  • You Could Be Home Now, New York Shakespeare Festival, Martinson Hall, Public Theatre, New York City, 1992
  • Also author of Tammy's Nightmare, L.A.C.E., Los Angeles, publishedin Drama Review.
  • Other
  • Contributor of fiction and travel articles to Conde Nast Traveler,High Times, Interview, L.A. Weekly, the Paper, Soho Weekly News, and Vogue.

Further Reference


    • Entertainment Weekly, November 3, 1995, p. 63
    • Interview, August, 1988, p. 34; January, 1993, p. 66; September, 1995, p. 38
    • New York Observer, November 8, 1999, p. 31

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