Debra Monk has starred on Broadway in Curtains (Drama Desk Award, Tony nomination), Chicago; Reckless; Thou Shalt Not; Ah, Wilderness!; Steel Pier (Tony nomination); Company; Picnic (Tony nomination); Redwood Curtain (Tony Award); Nick and Nora; Pump Boys and Dinettes (Co-Author, Tony Nomination). Off-Broadway, she has appeared in Love, Loss, and What I Wore; Show People; The Seagull; The Time of the Cuckoo (Obie Award); Death-Defying Acts; Three Hotels; Assassins; Oil City Symphony (Co-author, Drama Desk Award).
Her many film appearances include: One For the Money, Ass Backwards, The Brass Teapot, The Other Woman; The Great Buck Howard; The Savages; The Producers; Center Stage; Devil’s Advocate; In & Out; Extreme Measures; The Bridges of Madison County; Jeffrey; Fearless; Reckless; Mrs. Winterbourne and Bed of Roses. Guest appearances on television include: Guide to Life: A Good Luck Charlie Movie, Brothers and Sisters, Ghost Whisperer, The Closer, Notes from the Underbelly, Desperate Housewives, Law and Order, and Frasier. She starred in the TV movies The Music Man, Eloise at the Plaza, Eloise at Christmastime, Ellen Foster, and Redwood Curtain (reviving her Tony-winning performance). She was a member of the repertory cast of A Nero Wolfe Mystery, has appeared as George’s mother on Grey’s Anatomy, Ellen’s mother on Damages, Will Schuester’s mother on Glee, and as Elizabeth Burke’s mother on White Collar.
She won an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Katie Sipowicz on NYPD Blue.