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Lisa Banes (born July 9, 1955) is an American actress. She was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play in 1984 for Isn't it Romantic? and won a 1981 Theatre World Award for her performance as Alison Porter Off-Broadway in Look Back in Anger.[1] In film, she has appeared in Cocktail (1988), Freedom Writers (2007), and Gone Girl (2014). Appeared in the 2016 film A Cure for Wellness as the character Hollis.

Lisa Banes
Born (1955-07-09) July 9, 1955 (age 64)
EducationJuilliard School (BFA)
Years active1980–present


Life and careerEdit

Banes was born in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.[2][3] She studied acting at the Juilliard School in New York City.


On Broadway she played Cassie in the Neil Simon play Rumors in 1988 with Christine Baranski.[4] She has appeared on Broadway several times, most recently in the 2010 revival of Present Laughter with Victor Garber, and in 2009's Accent on Youth with David Hyde Pierce. In 1998, she played Margaret Lord in the musical High Society with Anna Kendrick.

Television and filmEdit

On television, Banes had a regular roles as Doreen Morrison in The Trials of Rosie O'Neill starring Sharon Gless, and as Mayor Anita Massengil on the Fox comedy series Son of the Beach (2000-01). She also had recurring roles on The King of Queens as Carrie's boss Georgia Boone, Six Feet Under as Victoria, on One Life to Live as Eve McBain, and on Nashville (2012 TV series) Season 6 as the Ranch Director. She also guest starred as a Trill doctor in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Equilibrium". Banes played Anne Kane in the 1985 TV miniseries Kane & Abel. Her other television credits include China Beach, Murder, She Wrote, The Practice, NYPD Blue, Desperate Housewives, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Good Wife, NCIS, and Once Upon a Time. From 2010 to 2016, she had a recurring role as Ellen Collins on Royal Pains.

Banes starred as Mrs. Berry in the 1984 film The Hotel New Hampshire, Bonnie in the 1988 film Cocktail, Flora in the 2002 movie Dragonfly, and Christina Ricci's mother in the film Pumpkin. In 2014, she appeared in David Fincher's Gone Girl as Marybeth Elliott, mother of Amy Elliott (Rosamund Pike).


  1. ^ "Theatre World Awards - Theatre World Awards". Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  2. ^ League, The Broadway. "Lisa Banes – Broadway Cast & Staff - IBDB". Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Lisa Banes Biography (1955-)". Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  4. ^ / accessed 8/6/2014

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