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Deborah Harry

Highest Rated:   98% Hairspray (1988)
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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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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 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
36% Face Addict
  • Actor
2008
39% Full Grown Men
  • Beauty
2008
No Score Yet Hotel Gramercy Park
  • Actor
2008
27% Anamorph
  • Neighbor
2008
75% 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
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
72% 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
70% Body Bags
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Intimate Stranger
  • Cory Wheeler
1992
No Score Yet The Real Story of Christmas Tree
  • Actor
1992
35% 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
78% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
92% Difficult People
2015
  • Actor
  • 2016
No Score Yet RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
  • Judge
  • 2016
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Project Runway All Stars
2012-2016
  • Judge
  • Appearing
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Herself
  • 2003
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • Performer
  • Musical Guest
  • 1987
  • 1981

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