Ellen Greene (born February 22, 1951) is an American singer and actress. Greene has had a long and varied career as a singer, particularly in cabaret, as an actress and singer in numerous stage productions, particularly musical theatre, as well as having performed in many films—notably Little Shop of Horrors, and television series. From 2007 to 2009, she starred as Vivian Charles on the ABC series Pushing Daisies.
Greene in Glory! Glory! (1989)
|Born||February 22, 1951|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
(m. 1990; div. 1997)
(m. 2003; div. 2007)
Greene was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother was a guidance counselor, and her father was a dentist. Greene is Jewish. She attended W. Tresper Clarke High School in Westbury, New York. She spent summers at Cejwin Camps in Port Jervis, New York, where she performed in musical theatre productions, including the role of Tzeitel in a 1966 production of Fiddler on the Roof. She had a relationship with puppeteer Martin P. Robinson. Her first marriage was to Tibor Hardik. She married Christian Klikovits on September 25, 2003; they have since divorced.
Greene's career began as a nightclub singer in clubs such as The Brothers and Sisters, Continental Baths, Grand Finale, and Reno Sweeney's. She received rave reviews from critics such as Rex Reed, George Bell, and John S. Wilson. Around this time, she befriended the late Peter Allen. Her first starring role on Broadway was as the lead in the unsuccessful Broadway show Rachael Lily Rosenbloom (And Don't You Ever Forget It), which had 7 previews in 1973 but closed before officially opening. She then played the starring role of Chrissy in Joseph Papp's production of In the Boom Boom Room at the Off-Broadway Public Theatre in November to December 1974. Her reviews brought her to the attention of Paul Mazursky, who was at that time casting Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976). She was cast in the role of Sarah, her first starring role in a film.
Continuing her work with Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival, Greene next played the role of Jenny in The Three Penny Opera (1976) at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in Lincoln Center, for which she was nominated for a 1977 Tony Award, Featured Actress In A Musical.
In addition to a number of other productions with the New York Shakespeare Festival and numerous other companies, Greene formed a close working relationship with the WPA Theatre, where she met Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. Their close, long-lasting friendship led to, among other productions, the role for which she is perhaps most-widely known, that of the hapless Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (1982), a role she reprised in the film version opposite Rick Moranis.
She has appeared on television in, among other programs, Miami Vice, The Adventures of Pete and Pete, Cybill, Law & Order, Suddenly Susan, The X-Files, and Heroes. In 1983 she was the voice of Creeping Ivy in the animated TV special The Magic of Herself the Elf.
Greene released an album in 2004 entitled In His Eyes, on which she was accompanied by her husband and musical director, Christian Klikovits. Other work includes the role of Vivian Charles on the television series Pushing Daisies (2007) and the voice of Dolly Gopher in the animated Out of Jimmy's Head. Greene was the voice of the Priscilla Presley type of character Goldie in the Don Bluth film Rock-a-Doodle (1991).
In July and August 2009, Greene starred as Miss Adelaide in a concert version of the musical Guys and Dolls, which had a 3-day engagement at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. Her co-stars included Scott Bakula as Nathan Detroit, Brian Stokes Mitchell as Sky Masterson, and Jessica Biel as Sarah Brown. In 2011, she appeared in five episodes on the soap opera The Young and the Restless as Primrose DeVille.
|1976||Next Stop, Greenwich Village||Sarah Roth|
|1982||I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can||Karen Mulligan|
|1986||Little Shop of Horrors||Audrey|
|1988||Me and Him||Annette Uttanzi|
|1990||Pump Up the Volume||Jan Emerson|
|1992||Fathers & Sons||Judy|
|1994||Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult||Louise|
|1994||Léon: The Professional||Mathilda's Mother|
|1995||Killer: A Journal of Murder||Elizabeth Wyatt|
|1996||An Occasional Hell||Della|
|1996||One Fine Day||Elaine Lieberman|
|1997||States of Control||Carol|
|2001||Alex in Wonder||Clarice|
|2003||Love Object||Typing Supervisor|
|2016||Muddy Corman||Dawn Denford|
|2017||Love's Last Resort||Ms. Leigh|
|2019||The Untold Story||Lydia||Completed|
|1977||Seventh Avenue||Paula Class||TV miniseries|
|1978||The Rock Rainbow||Jess||TV film|
|1983||The Magic of Herself the Elf'||Creeping Ivy (voice)||TV film|
|1985||Miami Vice||Darlene||"Made for Each Other"|
|1987||Morning Maggie||Maggie McAllister||TV film|
|1988||Superman 50th Anniversary||Ariel Dickenson||TV film documentary|
|1989||Glory! Glory!||Ruth||TV film|
|1989||CBS Summer Playhouse||Sally Maggio||"Road Show"|
|1989||Dinner at Eight||Kitty Packard||TV film|
|1994||The Adventures of Pete & Pete||Abilene Jones||"Time Tunnel"|
|1995||Cybill||Sharon||"How Can I Call You My Ex-Husbands If You Won't Go Away?", "Look Who's Stalking"|
|1995||Law & Order||Karen Gaines||"Bitter Fruit"|
|1997||Dellaventura||Elizabeth Brodkin||"Above Reproach"|
|2000||Suddenly Susan||Harriet Graham||"The Break Up"|
|2002||The X-Files||Vicki Louise Burdick||"Improbable"|
|2002||Crossing Jordan||Mrs. Dunham||"Secrets & Lies: Part 2"|
|2005||Mystery Woman: Sing Me a Murder||Carly||TV film|
|2005||Fielder's Choice||Jill||TV film|
|2006||Re-Animated||Dolly Gopher (voice)||TV film|
|2007–08||Out of Jimmy's Head||Dolly Gopher (voice)||Main role|
|2007–2009||Pushing Daisies||Vivian Charles||Main role|
|2007–2009||Heroes||Virginia Grey||"The Hard Part", "I Am Sylar", "Tabula Rasa"|
|2009||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Mrs. Manface (voice)||"Night of the Huntress!"|
|2011||The Young and the Restless||Primrose DeVille||Recurring role|
|2012||Pound Puppies||Gertrude Washburn (voice)||"Olaf in Love"|
|2012||Bunheads||Wiccan Friend||"For Fanny", "Movie Truck"|
|2013||The Walking Dead: The Oath||Gale||"Bond", "Choice"|
|2017||Tangled: The Series||Mrs. Sugarby (voice)||"Painter's Block"|
- Rachael Lily Rosenbloom (And Don't You Ever Forget It) (1973) (never officially opened)
- In the Boom Boom Room (1974) (Off-Broadway)
- The Threepenny Opera (1976) (Broadway)
- The Threepenny Opera (1977) (Delacorte Theater) (return engagement)
- Funny Face (1978) (Studio Arena Theater)
- Teeth 'n' Smiles (1979) (Off-Broadway)
- Wake Up, It's Time to Go to Bed (1979) (Off-Broadway) by Carson Kievman 
- They're Playing Our Song (1979) (US national tour)
- The Little Prince and the Aviator (1982) (never officially opened)
- Little Shop of Horrors (1982) (Off-Off Broadway showcase, Off-Broadway and London)
- Starting Monday (1990) (Off-Broadway)
- Weird Romance (1992) (Off-Broadway)
- Three Men on a Horse (1993) (Broadway)
- The First Picture Show (1999) (San Francisco)
- A Broadway Diva Christmas (2005) (Women's Project)
- Guys and Dolls (2009) (Hollywood Bowl concert)
- Betwixt! (2011) (London)
- Little Shop of Horrors (2015) (Encores! Off-Center)
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1977||Tony Award||Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical||The Threepenny Opera||Nominated|
|1983||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actress in a Musical||Little Shop of Horrors||Nominated|
|Laurence Olivier Award||Best Actress in a Musical||Nominated|
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