Deborah Harry

Highest Rated: 98% Hairspray (1988)
Birthday: Jul 1, 1945
Birthplace: Not Available
Frontwoman of new wave singing ensemble Blondie, the photogenic Deborah Harry ultimately became a familiar face -- and voice -- on big and small screens alike. Though Harry was able to land small roles in television's Tales From the Dark Side and the independent film The Foreigner (1978), she wouldn't truly prove her acting ability until her role as the wife of a neurotic businessman in 1979's Union City. In 1983, after having penned the soundtrack for 1981's Polyester, Harry starred in the controversial Videodrome, which revolved around a television station's efforts to provoke its viewers to commit murder. Despite a promising beginning, Harry dropped all of her singing and acting commitments to help care for Blondie guitarist Chris Stein after he fell ill in 1984.The mid-'80s found Harry making a series of vocal contributions to film, though. After performing with Jim Henson's Muppets and contributing to the soundtrack of 1986's The Money Pit, Harry would play the title role in Forever, Lulu (1987), which featured Alec Baldwin in his first film appearance. In 1988, Harry could be seen in John Waters' camp hit Hairspray in the role of Velma Von Tussle, proud wife of a rock icon and relentless stage mother. After a brief performance in New York Stories (1989), Harry was, for the most part, heard and not seen in several animated series and various rock documentaries throughout the early '90s. This would change, however, in 1995, when she won critical praise for her portrayal of a world-weary small-town waitress in James Mangold's Heavy. Afterward, the singer/songwriter showed an admirable versatility, and was as enthusiastic about her role in Cop Land (1997) as she was for her part in The Fluffer (2001), a harsh gay & lesbian-themed erotic drama.The early 2000s proved one of the busiest periods of Harry's film career. After co-starring as a seductive saleswoman in All I Want (2002), Harry went on to perform in Deuces Wild (2002), Spun (2002), Ghostlight (2003), and A Good Night to Die. She also contributed to The Tulse Luper Suitcases, iconoclastic director Peter Greenaway's highly surrealistic franchise. Also in 2003, Harry starred quite successfully opposite rising stars Sarah Polley and Mark Ruffalo in the Spanish/Canadian collaboration My Life Without Me. She would go on to appear in films like Full Grown Men, Anamorph, and Elegy.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
76% Bad Reputation Actor 2018
No Score Yet New Wave: Dare to Be Different Actor 2017
97% Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures Actor 2016
No Score Yet River Of Fundament Singing Wake Guest $43.6K 2015
92% Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction Actor 2013
97% Paul Williams Still Alive Actor $38.1K 2012
No Score Yet Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen Actor 2012
No Score Yet Who Shot Rock & Roll: The Film Actor 2012
79% Blank City Actor 2011
No Score Yet Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB Actor 2009
No Score Yet Gavin Mcinnes Is A F**king A**hole Actor 2009
No Score Yet Too Tough to Die: A Tribute to Johnny Ramone Actor 2008
33% Face Addict Actor 2008
39% Full Grown Men Beauty 2008
No Score Yet Hotel Gramercy Park Actor 2008
27% Anamorph Neighbor 2008
74% Elegy Amy O'Hearn $3.5M 2008
No Score Yet SqueezeBox! Actor 2008
No Score Yet Blondie: Video Hits Actor 2005
No Score Yet TV Party: The Documentary Actor 2005
No Score Yet All We Are Saying Actor 2005
95% End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones Actor 2004
63% Ghostlight Herself 2004
87% Mayor of the Sunset Strip Actor 2004
47% The Fluffer Marcella 2003
65% My Life Without Me Ann's mother $0.3M 2003
No Score Yet A Good Night to Die Madison 2003
37% Spun The Neighbor $0.3M 2003
No Score Yet The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story Fastidieux 2003
0% All I Want (Try Seventeen) Ma Mabley 2002
3% Deuces Wild Wendy $6.1M 2002
73% Downtown 81 Actor 2001
36% Six Ways to Sunday Kate Odum 1999
74% Cop Land Delores 1997
No Score Yet L.A. Johns Madam Jack 1997
86% Heavy Delores 1996
No Score Yet Drop Dead Rock Spazz-O 1996
77% Wigstock: The Movie Herself 1995
No Score Yet Phantom 2040: The Ghost Who Walks Actor 1994
No Score Yet Phantom 2040 - The Ghost Who Walk Actor 1994
No Score Yet Dead Beat Mrs. Kurtz 1994
73% Body Bags Actor 1993
No Score Yet Intimate Stranger Cory Wheeler 1992
No Score Yet The Real Story of Christmas Tree Actor 1992
39% Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Betty 1990
No Score Yet Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe 1990
73% New York Stories Girl at Blind Alley $10.8M 1989
98% Hairspray Velma Von Tussle 1988
No Score Yet Satisfaction Tina 1988
No Score Yet Forever Lulu Lulu 1987
No Score Yet Crazy Streets Actor 1987
57% Terror in the Aisles Actor 1984
No Score Yet Rock And Rule Angel 1983
79% Videodrome Nicki Brand 1983
No Score Yet The Foreigner Dee Trick 1982
No Score Yet Union City Lillian 1980
14% Roadie Herself 1980
No Score Yet Blondie - The Best of MusikLaden Live Actor 1978
No Score Yet Unmade Beds Actor 1976
No Score Yet Deadly Hero Actor 1976
No Score Yet Sandman Actor

TV

CREDIT
60% Punk
2019
Appearing
  • 2019
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2017
95% Difficult People
2015-2017
  • 2016
83% RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
Judge
  • 2016
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Project Runway All Stars
2012
Appearing Judge
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
Herself
  • 2003
No Score Yet Wiseguy
1987-1990
Diana
  • 1989
  • 1988
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest Performer Musical Guest
  • 1987
  • 1981
100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Guest
  • 1981
No Score Yet Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
1996-2003

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