Chloe Webb (born June 25, 1956) is an American actress, best known for her roles in the films Sid and Nancy (1986), The Belly of an Architect (1987), Twins (1988), and Heart Condition (1990). She also was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her role as Laurette Barber in the ABC drama series China Beach, and had a recurring role as Monica Gallagher on the Showtime comedy-drama Shameless.

Chloe Webb
Webb in 2013
Chloe Webb

(1956-06-25) June 25, 1956 (age 67)
New York City, U.S.
EducationThe Boston Conservatory
Berklee College of Music
Years active1983–present
Notable workThe Belly of an Architect, China Beach, Sid and Nancy, Tales of the City, Twins, Shameless
J. Thomas Gelder
(m. 1975)

Early life edit

Webb was born June 25, 1956, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City.[1] She spent her youth in various locations on the East Coast, depending on where her father, a bridge and road designer, was employed, though she was primarily raised in Syracuse, New York, where she attended Bishop Grimes High School. At age sixteen, she enrolled at The Boston Conservatory[1] and later, Berklee College of Music. Originally, she pursued her passion for singing by singing in bars despite being underaged; she realized that even though she greatly enjoyed singing, she was better at acting.[2]

Career edit

In April 1982, Webb joined Forbidden Broadway, an Off-Broadway revue parodying musical theatre, particularly Broadway musicals. Four years later, she made her film debut in Alex Cox's Sid & Nancy (1986); she portrayed Nancy Spungen, the mentally ill, heroin-addicted girlfriend of punk rock singer Sid Vicious. Her performance garnered best actress awards from the National Society of Film Critics, the Boston Film Critics and the San Francisco Film Critics.[2]

She also appeared as Brian Dennehy's estranged socialite girlfriend in Peter Greenaway's 1987 drama film The Belly of an Architect and as Laurette, a young woman from Paoli, Pennsylvania who dreams of becoming a successful singer, in ABC's drama television series China Beach. Other roles include the eccentric girlfriend of Danny DeVito's character in the Ivan Reitman comedy Twins (1988), and a cameo as a woman convinced that she had been abducted by aliens in Ghostbusters II (1989). Between roles in motion pictures and television series, Webb frequently appeared in several Los Angeles based stage productions: The House of Blue Leaves, for which she won a Drama-Logue Award, and The Model Apartment; her performance earned her a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and another Drama-Logue Award.[2]

Webb co-starred alongside Denzel Washington and Bob Hoskins in Heart Condition (1990). In 1991, she played a hairdresser in Queens Logic and a woman with a developmental disability who wins the lottery in ABC's made-for-TV film Lucky Day.

Other roles included the eccentric Mona Ramsey in the first season of Armistead Maupin miniseries Tales of the City (1993).

Webb has appeared on several television series: CBS's Judging Amy (2003), FOX's House (2005), CBS's Two and a Half Men (2005), NBC's Medium (2005), and CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2008). Webb reunited with Cox in 2009 for his film Repo Chick; she played Sister Duncan.

Her most recent role was as Monica Gallagher, William H. Macy's character's estranged and unstable wife in Showtime's comedy-drama TV series Shameless; her performance earned her a nomination for Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series.[3]

Partial filmography edit

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Remington Steele Secretary Episode: "Steele Away with Me: Part 1"
1986 Mary Actress Episode: "Steppin' Out with Mary Brenner"
1986 Sid and Nancy Nancy Spungen National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (3rd place)
1987 The Belly of an Architect Louisa Kracklite
1988 China Beach Laurette Barber 7 episodes
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
1988 Twins Linda Mason
1989 Ghostbusters II Elaine
1990 Heart Condition Crystal Gerrity
1991 Queens Logic Patricia
1991 Lucky Day Allison TV movie
1993 Twenty Bucks Convenience Store Clerk
1993 Silent Cries Dinki Denk
1993 Heart and Souls Patient in Psychiatric Ward
1993 A Dangerous Woman Birdy
1993 Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City Mona Ramsey TV miniseries
1994 Love Affair Tina Wilson
1997 She's So Lovely Nancy Swearingen
1998 The Newton Boys Avis Glasscock
1998 Practical Magic Carla
2001 The Ballad of Lucy Whipple Sophie TV movie
2003 Judging Amy Mrs. Goodman Episode: "Tricks of the Trade"
2005 House Cora Episode: "DNR"
2005 Two and a Half Men Trudy Episode: "That Old Hose Bag Is My Mother"
2005 Medium Margaret Folsom Episode: "Time Out of Mind"
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Evelyn Polychronopolous Episode: "The Theory of Everything"
2009 Repo Chick Sister Duncan
2011–2016 Shameless Monica Gallagher 9 episodes
Nominated - Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series (2012)[4]
2019 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rowan Mauer Episode: "Missing"
2020 Wish Upon a Unicorn Rose

References edit

  1. ^ a b Cooper, Tracie. "Chloe Webb Biography". AllMovie. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Buck, Jerry (March 9, 1991). "Fortune Smiles On Chloe Webb". The Free Lance Star. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  3. ^ "2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards Announces Nominations". Archived from the original on June 7, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  4. ^ Reiher, Andrea (June 5, 2012). "'Community' and 'Mad Men' lead 2012 Critics Choice nominations". Zap2it. Archived from the original on April 21, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2014.

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