Dee Hoty (born August 16, 1952) is an American actress known for her work in musical theatre. Over the course of her career, she has appeared in numerous Broadway productions and earned three Tony Award nominations for Best Actress in a Musical, for The Will Rogers Follies (1991), The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public (1994), and Footloose (1999).

Dee Hoty
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Hoty in 2010
Born (1952-08-16) August 16, 1952 (age 69)
Years active1976–present


A native of Lakewood, Ohio, Hoty grew up in Cleveland, where she was active in her church choir. During high school at Lakewood, she discovered musical theatre and made it her college major at Otterbein College.[1]

Hoty moved to New York City in June 1977 and began to pursue a professional acting career. (Her brother, Tony Hoty was performing in Godspell around that time.) Her Broadway appearances include Shakespeare's Cabaret, The Five O'Clock Girl (Cora Wainwright), Me and My Girl (Jaqueline Carstone), City of Angels (Carla Haywood/Alaura Kingsley), The Will Rogers Follies (Betty Blake), The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public (Mona Stangley), Footloose (Vi), and Mamma Mia! (Donna).[citation needed]

Of these appearances, she received Tony Award nominations for Footloose!, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public and The Will Rogers Follies as Best Actress in a Musical.[2]

She received acclaim for the 1998 Paper Mill Playhouse (Milburn, New Jersey) production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies, playing the role of Phyllis Rogers Stone and recording a well-received cast album[3] The Variety reviewer wrote: "Analyzing her options in 'Could I Leave You?,' Hoty turns the song into a marital slice-and-dice triumph. She is also divinely spicy in a sophisticated striptease, 'Ah, But Underneath.' "[4] She played "Mrs. MacAfee" in the 2009 Roundabout Theatre revival of Bye Bye Birdie, Aunt Alicia in the 2015 Broadway revival of Lerner and Lowe's Gigi,[5] and Mama Murphy in the 2016 Broadway premiere of the Steve Martin and Edie Brickell musical Bright Star.

She has also appeared in several film and television productions including As the World Turns, Guiding Light, Models Inc., St. Elsewhere, The Equalizer, Spenser: For Hire, Ryan's Hope, Capital, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Untold West, and Harry and Walter Go to NY.[citation needed]

In 2013, Hoty was inducted into Cleveland Play House's Hall of Fame.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Harry and Walter Go to New York Beauty no. 2
1983 An Uncommon Love Martha Lowrie TV film
1991 The Will Rogers Follies Betty Blake TV film
1991 Age Isn't Everything Actress
2008 The Understudy Diane Kinsman
Year Title Role Notes
1984 St. Elsewhere Dr. Patricia Meldrum 2 episodes
1985 It's Your Move Terry Episode: "A Woman Is Just a Woman"
1985 The Equalizer Hostess Episode: "The Distant Fire"
1986 Spenser: For Hire Sarah Brown Episode: "One If by Land, Two If by Sea"
1991 Hi Honey, I'm Home! Elaine Duff Episode: "Pilot"
1991 As the World Turns Karen Martell Episodes from 1991–1992
1994 Models Inc. Gretchen Episode: "Ultimatums Are Us"
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Mrs. Stevens Episode: "Blasters"
2008 Law & Order Judge H. Kifner 2 episodes
2012 Elementary Patsy Episode: "The Leviathan"
2013 Smash Director Episode: "The Nominations"
2014 Back to Reality Dr. Shruvnitz Episode: "The Way of the Future"
Year Title Role Notes
1981 The Five O'Clock Girl Cora Wainwright Broadway
1981 Shakespeare's Cabaret Dee Broadway
1981 Barnum Chairy Barnum First US National Tour
1981 Ta-Dah! Performer Off-Off-Broadway
1985 Personals Claire Off-Broadway
1986 Me and My Girl Lady Jacqueline Carstone Broadway
1989 City of Angels Alaura Kingsley; Carla Haywood Broadway
1991 The Will Rogers Follies Betty Blake Broadway
1994 The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public Mona Stangley Broadway
1998 Follies Phyllis Rogers Stone Paper Mill Playhouse
1998 Footloose Vi Moore Broadway
2003 Mamma Mia! Donna Sheridan Broadway; First US National Tour
2006 Doctor Dolittle Emma Fairfax US National Tour
2006 The Night of the Hunter Willa Harper New York
2009 Love, Loss, and What I Wore Performer Off-Broadway
2009 Bye Bye Birdie Mrs. MacAfee Broadway
2010 9 to 5: The Musical Violet Newstead First US National Tour
2015 Gigi Aunt Alicia Kennedy Center; Broadway
2016 Bright Star Mama Murphy Broadway


  1. ^ Parson, Joanna. "Dee Hoty",; retrieved August 15, 2007
  2. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "1999 Tony Nominee: Dee Hoty (Leading Actress, Musical, Footloose)",, June 3, 1999.
  3. ^ "'Follies' at Paper Mill Playhouse". Retrieved August 29, 2010.
  4. ^ Daniels, Robert L. "Review 'Follies' " Variety, May 11, 1998.
  5. ^ Viagas, Robert and Gioia, Michael. :Au Revoir Broadway: 'Gigi', Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Posts Closing Notice",, June 9, 2015.

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