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Judith Ivey

Highest Rated:   82% Washington Square (1997)
Lowest Rated:   11% Hello Again (1987)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
35% 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
$33.6M 2006
68% What Alice Found
  • Sandra
2003
38% 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 Child Safety
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Texarkana
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet What the Deaf Man Heard
  • Lucille
1997
39% A Life Less Ordinary
  • Celine's Mother
1997
66% The Devil's Advocate
  • Mrs. Lomax
1997
82% 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 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
77% Alice
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Decoration Day
  • Terry Novis
1990
No Score Yet Love Hurts
  • Susan Volcheck
1990
17% Everybody Wins
  • Connie
1990
70% 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
70% Brighton Beach Memoirs
  • Blanche
1986
53% Compromising Positions
  • Nancy Miller
1985
No Score Yet The Long Hot Summer
  • Clara Varner
1985
35% The Woman in Red
  • Didi
1984
22% Harry & Son
  • Sally
1984
48% The Lonely Guy
  • Iris
1984
No Score Yet Dixie: Changing Habits
  • Sister Margaret
1983

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
59% The Family
2015-2016
  • Mrs. Asher
  • 2016
96% Elementary
2012
  • Ruth Colville
  • 2014
100% White Collar
2009-2014
  • Ellen
  • 2012
85% Big Love
2006-2011
  • Renee Clayton
  • 2011
72% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Barbara Robbins
  • 2011
17% Past Life
2010
  • Laney
  • 2010
47% The Whole Truth
2010
  • Bernadette Peale
  • 2010
84% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
  • Actor
  • 2009
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Frances Chandler
  • 2005
57% Stephen King's Rose Red
2002
  • Cathy Kramer
  • 2002
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
  • Eleanor
  • 2002
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Voice of Lorraine
  • 1993

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