Christine Ebersole (born February 21, 1953) is an American actress and singer. She has appeared in film, television, and on stage. She starred in the Broadway musicals 42nd Street and Grey Gardens, winning two Tony Awards. She has co-starred on the TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son, in which she played Carol Walsh, and earned an Emmy Award nomination for her work in One Life to Live.
Ebersole on February 7, 2005
(m. 1976; div. 1981)
Ebersole was born in Winnetka, Illinois, the daughter of Marian Esther (née Goodley) and Robert "Bob" Ebersole. Her father was the president of a steel company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has Swiss-German and Irish ancestry. Ebersole graduated from New Trier High School in 1971. She attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, class of 1975, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
She met Marc Shaiman when he was 19 and the musical director of her first club act. She appeared in two different parts on Ryan's Hope in 1977 (as a nurse) and 1980 (as Lily Darnell), and was a cast member of Saturday Night Live during 1981-82, the first full season under new producer Dick Ebersol (their similar surnames being a coincidence), acting as "Weekend Update" co-anchor with Brian Doyle-Murray and at times impersonating Mary Travers, Cheryl Tiegs, Barbara Mandrell, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Rona Barrett. Following SNL, she appeared in One Life to Live as daffy Maxie McDermott (receiving an Emmy nomination) and Valerie. She co-starred with Barnard Hughes on the sitcom The Cavanaughs, played the title role in the short-lived sitcom Rachel Gunn, R.N., and guest-starred on Will & Grace, Dolly!, Just Shoot Me, Murphy Brown, Ally McBeal, Samantha Who, Boston Legal, The Colbert Report, and Royal Pains. In 1991, she appeared as the titular Miss Jones in a pilot for an ABC series about a single mother, but the series was not taken up.
In 2011, she had a recurring role on the TV Land sitcom Retired at 35. In 2014, she played Carol Walsh on the TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son. She has a recurring role on the USA Network television show Royal Pains as Ms. Newberg.
Ebersole's films have included Tootsie (1982), Amadeus (1984), Three Men and a Baby (1987), Mac and Me (1988), My Girl 2 (1994), Richie Rich (1994), Black Sheep (1996), and My Favorite Martian (1999).
Ebersole has found considerable success on stage. She appeared in Going Hollywood, a musical by David Zippel and Jeremy Shaeffer. She was in the chorus in 1983 with Jerry Mitchell. They were both excited about the possibility of going to Broadway, but it never made it. She was featured in Paper Moon by Larry Grossman and Ellen Fitzhugh and Carol Hall, which ran at the Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn, New Jersey) in September 1993. Off-Broadway, she has appeared in Three Sisters and Talking Heads, and her Broadway credits include On the Twentieth Century, the 1979 revival of Oklahoma! (as Ado Annie), the 1980 revival of Camelot and the 2000 revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man.
In 2001, she appeared in the Broadway revival of 42nd Street as Dorothy Brock, for which she won her first Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, She next appeared in the 2002 Broadway revival of Dinner at Eight as Millicent Jordan for which she was nominated for the Tony Award, Featured Actress in a Play. In 2005 she played M'Lynn in the Broadway production of Steel Magnolias.
In 2006, Ebersole took the dual roles of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale ("Big Edie") and Edith Bouvier Beale ("Little Edie") in Grey Gardens, a musical based upon the film of the same name. After a sold-out off-Broadway run, Ebersole remained with the roles when the production moved to Broadway in November 2006, and remained with the show through its closing in July 2007. For this role, she won her second Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. She appeared as Elvira in the 2009 Broadway revival of the Noël Coward comedy Blithe Spirit.
She appeared in the new musical War Paint, which premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago on June 28, 2016, for a run through August 2016. The show began previews at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway on March 7, 2017, and opened on April 6, 2017. It closed on November 5, 2017. She played the role of Elizabeth Arden, opposite Patti LuPone as Helena Rubinstein. The musical had a book by Doug Wright with the music composed by Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics).
In December 2011, for their annual birthday celebration to "The Master", the Noel Coward Society invited Ebersole as the guest celebrity to lay flowers in front of Coward's statue at New York's Gershwin Theatre, thereby commemorating the 112th birthday of Sir Noel.
Ebersole appears in concerts and cabaret engagements at venues such as the Cinegrill and Cafe Carlyle. She won the 2010 Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist in a Major Engagement for her 2009 Café Carlyle cabaret. In 2009 she performed with Michael Feinstein at his club, Feinstein's at Loews Regency, (New York City) in a cabaret titled "Good Friends". She was one of the performers on the Playbill Cruise in September 2011. In November 2011, she performed for two sold-out nights at Birdland in New York City with jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein and his trio.
She also has appeared on several albums. She was featured on the Bright Lights, Big City concept album. She also released an album of Noël Coward songs after browsing through them for scene change music for Blithe Spirit. She is also the voice actress for White Diamond on the popular show Steven Universe.
Ebersole has been married twice, to actor Peter Bergman from 1976 though 1981, and since 1988 to Bill Moloney, with whom she has adopted three children, Elijah, Mae Mae, and Aron. She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with her family. She is the aunt of actress Janel Moloney through marriage.
|1984||Thief of Hearts||Janie Pointer|
|1988||Mac and Me||Janet Cruise|
|1991||Dead Again||Lydia Larsen|
|1992||The Lounge People||Cynthia Lewis|
|1994||My Girl 2||Rose Zsigmond|
|1994||Richie Rich||Regina Rich|
|1996||Black Sheep||Governor Evelyn Tracy|
|1996||Pie in the Sky||Mom Dunlap|
|1997||'Til There Was You||Beebee Moss|
|1999||My Favorite Martian||Mrs. Brown|
|1999||True Crime||Bridget Rossiter|
|2009||Confessions of a Shopaholic||TV Show Host|
|2010||The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie||Bossom Buddies Singer|
|2013||The Big Wedding||Muffin|
|2013||The Wolf of Wall Street||Leah Belfort|
|2019||Steven Universe: The Movie||White Diamond||Voice role|
|1977–80||Ryan's Hope||Lily Darnell||12 episodes|
|1981–82||Saturday Night Live||Various||20 episodes|
|1982||Love, Sidney||Nurse Loring||Episode: "The Accident"|
|1983–85||One Life to Live||Maxie McDermott||Unknown episodes|
|1984||The Dollmaker||Miss Vashinski||Television movie|
|1986||Valerie||Barbara Goodwin||6 episodes|
|1986||Acceptable Risks||Lee Snyder||Television movie|
|1986-89||The Cavanaughs||Kit Cavanaugh||26 episodes|
|1990||American Dreamer||Kathleen||2 episodes|
|1990||Murphy Brown||Maddy||Episode: "The Bummer of 42"|
|1991||Empty Nest||Laura||Episode: "All About Harry"|
|1992||Rachel Gunn, R.N.||Rachel Gunn||13 episodes|
|1993||Dying to Love You||Cheryl New||Television movie|
|1993||Gypsy||Tessie Tura||Television movie|
|1996||Hey Arnold!||Lana Vail||Voice role; Episode: "Heat/Snow"|
|1998||Ally McBeal||Marie Stokes||Episode: "Just Looking"|
|1996||An Unexpected Family||Ruth Whitney||Television movie|
|1998||Just Shoot Me!||Margo Langhorne||Episode: "How Nina Got Her Groove Back"|
|1999||Double Platinum||Peggy||Television movie|
|2000||Mary and Rhoda||Cecile Andrews||Television movie|
|2001||Will & Grace||Candy Pruitt||Episode: "Poker? I Don't Even Like Her"|
|2003||The Electric Piper||Pat Dixon||Voice role; Television movie|
|2004||Crossing Jordan||Mrs. Maguire||Episode: "Fire in the Sky"|
|2008||Cashmere Mafia||Lily Parrish||2 episodes|
|2008||Boston Legal||Sunny Fields||Episode: "Indecent Proposals"|
|2008||Lipstick Jungle||Maureen||Episode: "Chapter Fifteen: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Prada"|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Hilary Regnier||Episode: "Smut"|
|2009||Samantha Who?||Amy||Episode: "The Sister"|
|2009–16||Royal Pains||Ms. Newberg||recurring|
|2010||Ugly Betty||Frances||Episode: "The Passion of the Betty"|
|2011||Retired at 35||Susan||4 episodes|
|2012–14||Sullivan & Son||Carol Walsh||33 episodes|
|2013||American Horror Story: Coven||Anna-Lee Leighton||2 episodes|
|2015||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Helene||Episode "Kimmy's in a Love Triangle!"|
|2015||Madam Secretary||First Lady Lydia Dalton||Episode "Waiting For Taleju"|
|2016||Crisis in Six Scenes||Eve||Episode: "Episode 6"|
|2016||Search Party||Mariel||2 episodes|
|2018||Pose||Bobbi||Episode: "Giving and Receiving"|
|2018–2019||Steven Universe||White Diamond||Voice role; 3 episodes|
|2018–2019||Blue Bloods||Lena Janko||3 episodes|
|2019–present||Bob Hearts Abishola||Dorothy "Dottie" Wheeler||Main role|
|2020||Steven Universe Future||White Diamond||Voice role, 2 episodes|
|1975–76||Angel Street||Nancy (Replacement)||Lyceum Theatre|||
|1978–79||On the 20th Century||Agnes (Understudy)||St. James Theatre|
|1979–80||Oklahoma!||Ado Annie||Palace Theatre|
|1980||Camelot||Guenevere||New York State Theatre|
|1985||Harrigan 'N Hart||Greta Granville||Longacre Theatre|
|1996||Getting Away with Murder||Dossie Lustig||Broadhurst Theatre|
|2000||Gore Vidal's The Best Man||Mabel Cantwell||Virginia Theatre|
|2001–02||42nd Street||Dorothy Brock||Ford Center for the Performing Arts|
|2002–03||Dinner at Eight||Millicent Jordan||Vivian Beaumont Theatre|
|2005||Steel Magnolias||M'Lynn||Lyceum Theatre|
|2006–07||Grey Gardens||Little Edie Beale||Walter Kerr Theatre|
|2009||Blithe Spirit||Elvira||Shubert Theatre|
|2017||War Paint||Elizabeth Arden||Nederlander Theatre|
- Zwecker, Bill (February 16, 1997). "Good 'Ink'". Chicago Sun-Times.
- Penn State Alumni Directory. Penn State Alumni Association. 1998. p. 291 – via Google Books.
- Witchel, Alex (June 3, 2007). "Between a Mother and a Daughter". The New York Times.
- "Ebersole Hoping A Bit O'luck Falls On 'Cavanaughs'". Chicago Tribune. August 21, 1988.
- LeVasseur, Andrea."Christine Ebersole biography" The New York Times (Rovi), accessed November 27, 2011
- Timberg, Scott."Influences: Actress and singer Christine Ebersole"Los Angeles Times (latimesblogs), October 26, 2011
- Cerasaro, Pat."InDepth InterView: Christine Ebersole" broadwayworld.com, October 22, 2010
- Hamlin, Jesse."Christine Ebersole wraps up S.F. cabaret" San Francisco Chronicle, April 22, 2010
Gus Wezerek (December 14, 2019). "The 'S.N.L.' Stars Who Lasted, and the Ones Who Flamed Out". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 14, 2019. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
Some of the names here will be familiar only to die-hard fans; others, like Murphy, defined what was funny for generations of viewers.
- Prouty, Howard H. (1994). "Miss Jones" (Fri. (12), 9:30-10 p.m., ABC-TV). Variety TV Reviews 1991-92. 17. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-0824037963.
It would be difficult to cram any more stereotypes into the premise of this ... Christine Ebersole is engagingly daffy, but strong-willed as Jones, turning in a far more successful performance acting than she does belting out the blah theme song"
- Gans, Andrew. "New Comedy "Retired at 35," With Christine Ebersole, George Segal, Jessica Walter, Debuts Jan. 19" Archived 2011-02-22 at the Wayback Machine Playbill, January 19, 2011
- Christine Ebersole at IMDb
- Gans, Andrew. ""Royal Pains" TV Series, with Tony Winner Ebersole, Debuts June 4" Playbill, June 4, 2009
- Abrams, Natalie. "First Look: NBA star Muggsy Bogues cameos on 'Royal Pains'" Entertainment Weekly, May 28, 2015
- Klein, Alvin."THEATER; 'Paper Moon' Changes Its Outlook as a Musical"The New York Times, September 26, 1993
- Jones, Kenneth and Simonson, Robert. "Tony-Winner Ebersole Returns to '42nd Street' March 12" Playbill, March 12, 2002
- Gans, Andrew."Christine Ebersole Surprised By 2003 Tony Nomination" Archived January 14, 2016, at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, May 17, 2003
- Jones, Kenneth. "Still Teasing: 'Steel Magnolias' Plays Its 100th Performance June 30" Archived 2010-05-23 at the Wayback Machine Playbill, June 30, 2005
- Gans, Andrew and Jones, Kenneth."'Grey Gardens 'Will Close on Broadway July 29" Archived 2011-11-03 at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, July 2, 2007
- Gans, Andrew."'Blithe Spirit' Revival, with Lansbury, Ebersole and Everett, Opens on Broadway March 15" Archived 2013-12-11 at the Wayback Machine Playbill, March 15, 2009
- Gans, Andrew. "Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole Apply 'War Paint', Starting Tonight" Playbill, June 28, 2016
- Gans, Andrew. "Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole Apply 'War Paint' on Broadway, Starting March 7" Playbill, March 7, 2017
- Gans, Andrew. "Tony Winner Christine Ebersole Begins Carlyle Engagement Jan. 11" Archived 2011-01-12 at the Wayback Machine Playbill, January 11, 2011
- Holden, Stephen. "Channeling a Chummier Time, in Tandem" The New York Times, September 11, 2009
- Rudetsky, Seth. "Onstage & Backstage: A Playbill Cruise With Christine Ebersole, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Andrea Martin and Debra Monk" Archived 2011-11-30 at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, Sep 26, 2011
- Gans, Andrew. "Christine Ebersole Will Offer Strings Attached Concerts at Birdland" Playbill, November 22, 2011
- DeVore, Sheryl (October 20, 2015). "Christine Ebersole returns to roots with 'Big Noise from Winnetka'". Chicago Tribune.
- Jones, Kenneth. "Someday I'll Find You": Ebersole Will Record Blithe Spirit Interlude Songs for CD" Playbill, March 31, 2009
- Drexel, Paul. "Night and Day" New Jersey Monthly, December 19, 2007
- La Gorce, Tammy (October 14, 2007). "For Future Teachers, a New Look on the Runway". The New York Times. Retrieved July 3, 2008.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Christine Ebersole.|
- Official website
- Christine Ebersole on IMDb
- Christine Ebersole at the Internet Broadway Database
- Christine Ebersole at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Production: Grey Gardens Working in the Theatre by the American Theatre Wing, November 2006
- Performance Working in the Theatre video from the American Theatre Wing, September 2001
- Star File: Christine Ebersole at Broadway.com
- Interview with Christine Ebersole, TonyAwards.com
- interview with Christine Ebersole, BroadwayWorld.com, August 16, 2007
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