Lea DeLaria

Lea DeLaria

Highest Rated: 95% Ahead of the Curve (2020)

Lowest Rated: 69% Cars 3 (2017)

Birthday: May 23, 1958

Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

A sparkplug comic performer, Lea DeLaria broke taboos and new ground in her now famous 1993 appearance on Arsenio Hall's talk show when she publicly identified herself as a lesbian. Not that anyone would confuse her with a demure young thing, but her declaration as an "out" performer came years before Ellen DeGeneres' and at a time when gays and lesbians were still virtually invisible on the small screen. Since then, DeLaria has tackled stage and screen and displayed her prodigious musical talents in nightclubs and on Broadway. The daughter of jazz pianist Robert DeLaria, she actually began her career as a jazz singer at age 16. By 1982, DeLaria had relocated to San Francisco and was persuaded to try her hand at standup. After a decade of playing clubs and college campuses, DeLaria made that appearance on Hall's show and her profile rose almost overnight. She debuted her club act, a mix of singing and comedy and performed at that year's gay and lesbian March on Washington. In 1994, she began acting the recurring role of a police detective in episodes of ABC's "Matlock." Her first film role came in 1996 in a bit part of a woman who makes a pass at Goldie Hawn in a lesbian bar in "The First Wives Club." 1997 proved a banner year for DeLaria when New York Shakespeare Festival artistic director George C Wolfe tapped her to portray the tough talking cabbie Hildy in his Central Park revival of "On the Town." While there were many who expressed disbelief at her casting, she eventually wowed critics and audiences. Those who knew her as "that lesbian comic" were shocked at her Ethel Merman-like vocal abilities and she once and for all proved she was capable of playing any role. Although the production was eventually recreated the following year indoors, it was not a success and DeLaria's much expected Tony nomination failed to materialize. Undaunted, she soon found herself in demand and accepted a variety of roles that confounded stereotype and displayed her versatility. She crossed genders to play Marryin' Sam in a concert staging of "Li'l Abner" in 1998 and again played a taxi driver, this time chauffeuring Quentin Crisp in the indie feature "Homo Heights" (1998). DeLaria gave a nicely modulated performance as a lesbian bar owner who helps a teenager struggling with his sexual orientation in "Edge of Seventeen" (1999). She also returned to the stage in Paul Rudnick's spin on the bible "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told," toured as the prison matron Mama Morton in "Chicago" and took on a recurring role as an eccentric psychic on the ABC daytime drama "One Life to Live." DeLaria even tackled Shakespeare playing the shepherdess Audrey in a Williamstown Theatre Festival production of "As You Like It" headlined by Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow. Although her recurring role as a receptionist in a police station on UPN's "The Beat" disappeared from the airwaves rather quickly, DeLaria quickly switched gears again and accepted the roles of Eddie and Dr Scott (played by Meat Loaf in the original production) in the Broadway revival of "The Rocky Horror Show." Once again, she managed to wow audiences and critics with her charismatic stage presence and terrific vocal prowess. Aside from a voice role on the animated cartoon "The Oblongs" (WB 2001 / Adult Swim 2002), DeLaria focused almost entirely on her music career for the next decade, recording several albums of originals and jazz standards. Aside from guest appearances on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC 1999- ) and "Californication" (Showtime 2007-14), DeLaria's next acting job came in the supporting role of "Big Boo," an animal-loving member of the lesbian population in a women's prison on the critically-acclaimed series "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix 2013- ).

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Potato Dreams of America Tamara (Character) - 2021
75% No Score Yet Potato Dreams of America Unknown (Character) - 2021
95% 96% Ahead of the Curve Self - 2020
91% 61% Support the Girls Bobo (Character) $128.6K 2018
69% 69% Cars 3 Miss Fritter (Voice) $152.9M 2017
No Score Yet 58% Dear Dumb Diary Unknown (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 100% Outlaugh! Unknown (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 67% Fat Rose and Squeaky Unknown (Character) - 2006
78% 73% Edge of Seventeen Angie (Character) $870.8K 1998
No Score Yet 57% Homo Heights Clementine (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rescuing Desire Sadie (Character) - 1996

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Bottomless Brunch at Colman's Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jay Leno's Garage Guest 2019
36% 64% The Code Marti Dimonte (Guest Star) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Baroness von Sketch Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
82% 80% Shameless Barb (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2015-2017
90% 82% Orange Is the New Black Big Boo (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star),
Guest
2013-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Clarence EJ (Guest Voice) 2014-2017
41% 61% Chelsea Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Live Guest 2016
80% 88% The Jim Gaffigan Show Herself (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ice & Coco Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Soup Unknown (Character) 2015
57% 76% Californication Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Frankie (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 87% Will & Grace Nurse Carver (Guest Star) 2003
44% No Score Yet The Oblongs Helga Fugley (Voice) 2001-2002
100% No Score Yet The Job Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet 94% Friends Woman (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The John Larroquette Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet We're Funny That Way: The Virtual Pride Special Guest

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