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).
Hoty in 2010
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.
Hoty moved to New York City in June 1977 and began to pursue a professional acting career. (Her brother, the late 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).
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 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.' " 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, 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.
|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|
|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"|
|1981||The Five O'Clock Girl||Cora Wainwright||Broadway|
|1981||Barnum||Chairy Barnum||First US National Tour|
|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|
|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|
- Parson, Joanna. "Dee Hoty", ActorsLife.com; retrieved August 15, 2007
- Jones, Kenneth. "1999 Tony Nominee: Dee Hoty (Leading Actress, Musical, Footloose)", playbill.com, June 3, 1999.
- "'Follies' at Paper Mill Playhouse". Sondheimguide.com. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
- Daniels, Robert L. "Review 'Follies' " Variety, May 11, 1998.
- Viagas, Robert and Gioia, Michael. :Au Revoir Broadway: 'Gigi', Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Posts Closing Notice", playbill.com, June 9, 2015.