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Alyson Reed (born January 11, 1958) is an American dancer and actress.

Alyson Reed
Born (1958-01-11) January 11, 1958 (age 61)
OccupationActress, dancer, singer
Years active1978–present

Life and careerEdit

Alyson Reed was born in Fullerton and grew up in Anaheim, California. She began ballet at age 4, started performing in musicals at age 7, and was working professionally by age 12. Reed performed as Alice in Wonderland at the Disneyland theme park and was also a performer at Knott's Berry Farm. Reed attended Anaheim High School, where she graduated in 1976. An active student, Alyson Reed was a varsity songleader and played the role of Nancy in the school's stage production of Oliver! during her junior year. As a senior, Reed was the first female in school history to serve as Associated Student Body President, and played the title role in the school's stage production of Sweet Charity. In February 1978, she was in the short lived musical Barbary Coast.

Reed made her Broadway debut in Dancin' in 1978. Additional Broadway credits include "Oh Brother", Dance a Little Closer, Cabaret, A Grand Night for Singing, and Marilyn: An American Fable. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Cabaret and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for Marilyn.[1] In 1992, she starred opposite Michael O'Keefe in the national touring company of A Few Good Men in the role of Lt. Cmdr. Galloway, and also toured as Cassie/Val in A Chorus Line, and Catherine in Pippin. She has numerous regional credits and can be heard on various cast albums.

Reed's most notable screen role was Cassie in Richard Attenborough's film adaptation of A Chorus Line, and she also appeared in the comedy Skin Deep with John Ritter. Her many television credits range from: Modern Family, Mad Men, Grey's Anatomy and Bones back to Matlock, L.A. Law, Murder, She Wrote, Frasier, Law & Order, Without a Trace, ER, Judging Amy, Chicago Hope, The X-Files to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Nip/Tuck, Crossing Jordan, Numb3rs, Boston Legal, NYPD Blue and Desperate Housewives.

She became known to younger viewers for the role of Ms. Darbus in the popular Disney Channel movie High School Musical and its sequel High School Musical 2. She reprised her role as Ms. Darbus in High School Musical 3: Senior Year.

Reed lent her voice to the video game Diablo III, providing the spine-tingling voice of the witch Adria.

Select filmographyEdit

Television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1985 A Chorus Line Cassie Film
1989 Skin Deep Alex Film
1993 Lost in the Wild Tommy Television film
1995 Frasier Cindy Carruthers in episode "Someone to Watch Over Me"
Manhattan Merengue! Susan Kelly Film
1994–2000 Party of Five Mrs. Reeves Recurring role, 9 episodes
1996 The Secret She Carried Donna Snow Television film
1996 Murphy Brown Waitress Episode "The Bus Stops Here"
Sisters Virginia Sprague Episode "Dreamcatcher"
Norma Jean & Marilyn Natalie Kelly Television film
2001 Taking Back Our Town Roseanne Television film
2001–2003 The Agency Lesley Turnbull Recurring role, 5 episodes
2002 Providence Lenore Decker Recurring role, 4 episodes
2004 George Lopez Mrs. Reynolds Episode "Why You Crying?"
2006 High School Musical Jane Darbus Disney Channel Original Movie
2007 High School Musical 2 Jane Darbus Disney Channel Original Movie
2008 High School Musical 3: Senior Year Jane Darbus Film
2012 Desperate Housewives Judge Conti Episode: "Give Me the Blame"
2012 Mad Men Greg Harris' mother Episode: "Mystery Date"
2013 Bones Susan Lauderbach Episode: "The Mystery in the Meat"
2014 Grey's Anatomy Anne Episode: "Throwing It All Away"
2014–2015 Modern Family Angela Episodes: "Spring-A-Ding-Fling", "Spring Break"
2017 Chance Lindsay Recurring role (season 2)


  1. ^ "Alyson Reed - Biography". BuddyTV. Retrieved 2012-12-25.

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