Judith Ivey

Judith Ivey

Highest Rated: 81% Washington Square (1997)

Lowest Rated: 11% Hello Again (1987)

Birthday: Sep 4, 1951

Birthplace: Not Available

Texas native Judith Ivey studied acting at Illinois State University, and began her acting career in the same state shortly afterward; by 1974, Ivey had debuted in a Chicago production of The Sea, and would continue to build her resumé until her move to New York City in the late '70s. A series of on- and off-Broadway performances met her there, as did two Tony awards (the first for her largely nude performance in Steaming [1983], and the second for her role as an abused go-go dancer in Hurlyburly [1985]). Known for her Southern charm and distinctive, rather nasal, voice, Ivey could be seen in film roles throughout the 1980s, appearing alongside Steve Martin in The Lonely Guy, Paul Newman in the family drama Harry and Son, Gene Wilder in The Woman in Red, and in the role of the outspoken best friend of Susan Sarandon in Compromising Positions (1985). The actress also found a great deal of success on the small screen -- Ivey starred in television productions of The Long, Hot Summer (1985), Dixie: Changing Habits (1985), We Are the Children (1987), and Decoration Day (1990) before landing several prominent sitcom roles. In 1991, Ivey returned to her Texas roots for NBC's Down Home, though she found more success playing wealthy widow B.J. Poteet on the final season of the long-running sitcom Designing Women (also NBC). Though Ivey continued to make regular appearances on television (including a performance on the Emmy-winning series Frasier), she found moderate success in several films. In 1997, Ivey played the well-to-do mother of Celine (Cameron Diaz) in Danny Boyle's A Life Less Ordinary; the same year, she would play supporting roles in Washington Square and The Devil's Advocate with Al Pacino. After appearing in several inconsequential films throughout the late '90s, Ivey was featured in Rose Red, Stephen King's popular television miniseries. In 2003, she had a prominent role in the independant film What Alice Found, which won a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. She could next be seen alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal, Elizabeth McGovern, and Peter Sarsgaard in 2004's In God's Hands.

Highest Rated Movies



38% Big Stone Gap Nan MacChesney $1.1M 2015
30% A Bird of the Air Eleanor Reeves $10.7K 2011
No Score Yet Pictures of Hollis Woods Beatrice Gilcrest 2007
73% Flags of Our Fathers Belle Block $33.7M 2006
68% What Alice Found Sandra 2003
37% Mystery, Alaska Joanne Burns 1999
No Score Yet The Stand-In Actor 1999
No Score Yet Half a Dozen Babies (Life's Little Struggles) Doris Stauffer 1999
79% Without Limits Barbara 1998
No Score Yet Texarkana Actor 1998
No Score Yet Child Safety Actor 1998
No Score Yet What the Deaf Man Heard Lucille 1997
39% A Life Less Ordinary Celine's Mother 1997
67% The Devil's Advocate Mrs. Lomax 1997
81% Washington Square Mrs. Elizabeth Almond 1997
No Score Yet The Summer of Ben Tyler Narrator 1996
No Score Yet Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story Laura McCormick 1995
No Score Yet On Promised Land Olivia 1994
No Score Yet Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter (A Passion for Innocence) Actor 1992
No Score Yet There Goes the Neighborhood (Paydirt) Peedi Rutledge 1992
No Score Yet Frogs! Actor 1992
75% Alice Actor 1990
No Score Yet Decoration Day Terry Novis 1990
No Score Yet Love Hurts Susan Volcheck 1990
14% Everybody Wins Connie 1990
68% In Country Anita 1989
60% Miles from Home Frances 1988
No Score Yet Hermana, Hermana Charlotte Bonnard 1988
11% Hello Again Zelda, Lucy's Sister 1987
No Score Yet We Are the Children Actor 1987
69% Brighton Beach Memoirs Blanche 1986
56% Compromising Positions Nancy Miller 1985
No Score Yet The Long Hot Summer Clara Varner 1985
35% The Woman in Red Didi 1984
36% Harry & Son Sally 1984
48% The Lonely Guy Iris 1984
No Score Yet Dixie: Changing Habits Sister Margaret 1983


34% New Amsterdam
Dr. Virginia Stauton 2019
No Score Yet Designing Women
B.J. Poteet 2019
54% Instinct
Social Worker Sheila 2018
61% The Family
Mrs. Asher 2016
96% Elementary
Ruth Colville 2014
96% White Collar
Ellen 2012
79% Big Love
Renee Clayton 2011
81% Grey's Anatomy
Barbara Robbins 2011
17% Past Life
Laney 2010
50% The Whole Truth
Bernadette Peale 2010
81% Nurse Jackie
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Frances Chandler 2005
33% Related
Millicent Spencer 2005
38% Stephen King's Rose Red
Cathy Kramer 2002
No Score Yet Will & Grace
Eleanor 2002
83% The Critic
Voice 1995
86% The Five Mrs. Buchanans
Alex 1995
94% Frasier
Voice of Lorraine 1993
No Score Yet American Playhouse
Louise 1982
No Score Yet Down Home
Kate McCrorey


Nancy Miller says: Well, he certainly cleared my sinuses!

Mrs. Lomax says: Behold I send you out as sheep amidst the wolves.