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Cara Duff-MacCormick is a Canadian actress best known for her work within the American theatre.


Born in Woodstock, Ontariomarker, Duff-MacCormick studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York Citymarker before making her professional debut Off-Broadway in December 1969 at the Cherry Lane Theatremarker as Faith Detweiler in Harold J. Chapler's Love Your Crooked Neighbor. She made her Broadwaymarker debut as Shelly in Michael Weller's Moonchildren in 1972, a role she had performed the year before at the Arena Stagemarker in 1971. For her performance she won a Theatre World Award and garnered a Tony Award nomination. The following year she returned to Broadway to portray Clare in Tennessee Williams's play Out Cry at the Lyceum Theatre and she portrayed the role of Nina in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull at the McCarter Theatremarker in Princeton, New Jerseymarker. In 1975 she won an Obie Award for her performance in Craig's Wife.

In 1976 Duff-MacCormick was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her portrayal of Julia Craven in George Bernard Shaw's The Philanderer with the Roundabout Theatre Company. That same year she portrayed the role of Helen in Kevin O'Morrison's Ladyhouse Blues at the Marymount Manhattan Theatre and portrayed the role of Tammy Ulrich in the film All the President's Men. In 1977 she starred in Albert Innaurato's Earthworms at the Playwrights Horizons theatre alongside Jonathan Frakes and David Keith. In 1978 she portrayed the role of Hakon's wife in Henrik Ibsen's The Pretenders alongside Randall Duk Kim and Stephen Lang at the Guthrie Theatermarker in Minneapolismarker. That same year she portrayed the role of Agafya Tikhonovna in Nikolai Gogol's Marriage with Peter Michael Goetz as Ivan Kuzmich Podkolyossin and Barbara Bryne as Fyokla Ivanovna, also at the Guthrie Theatre. Duff-MacCormick also appeared frequently at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis during the 1970s, including portraying the roles of Mrs. Sullen in George Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem (1976), Bananas in John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves (1977), Judith Anderson in George Bernard Shaw's The Devil's Disciple (1977) and Sister Rita in The Runner Stumbles (1978).

In 1980 Duff-MacCormick portrayed the role of Monique in Michel Tremblay's Bonjour, La, Bonjour at the Marymount Manhattan Theatre alongside Veronica Castang and Dianne Wiest. The following year she returned to Broadway to appear in Eddie Lawrence's Animals at the Princess Theatre. In 1982 she portrayed the role of Peggy Grant in The Front Page and in 1983 she portrayed the role of Carrie in Paul Kember's Not Quite Jerusalem, both at the Long Wharf Theatermarker. In 1985 she appeared Off-Broadway at the American Theater Exchange as Claire in Heather McDonald's Faulkner's Bicycle and she appeared at the Actors Theatre of Louisvillemarker in the role of Carolyn Rose in Lee Blessing's War of the Roses opposite Paul Collins. This was followed by a portrayal of Barbara Mears in Tom Strelich's Neon Psalms at the American Place Theatre in 1986. In 1987 she appeared at the Hartford Stagemarker as Barbara in A. R. Gurney's Children. She returned to the Playwrights Horizons in 1989 to perform the role of Natalie Bauer Lechner in Albert Innaurato's Gus and Al.

In 1992 she portrayed the role of Queen Isabella in Christopher Marlowe's Edward II at the Yale Repertory Theatremarker. That same year she appeared in a guest-starring role on Law & Orderin the episode "Point of View".


  1. New York Times, November 26, 1971
  2. Theatre World Awards
  3. New York Times, March 11, 1973
  4. New York Times, October 8, 1973
  5. New York Times, September 30, 1976
  6. New York Times, November 4, 1976
  7. New York Times, May 27, 1977
  8. New York Times, July 24, 1978
  9. New York Times, November 14, 1978
  10. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Performance Archives
  11. New York Times, October 14, 1980
  12. New York Times, June 10, 1982
  13. New York Times, December 25, 1983
  14. New York Times, June 16, 1986
  15. Actors Theatre, Louisville
  16. New York Times, October 23, 1986
  17. New York Times, February 1, 1987
  18. New York Times, February 28, 1989
  19. New York Times, April 5, 1992

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