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Judith Lee Ivey (born September 4, 1951) is an Americanmarker actress and director.

Personal life

Ivey was born in El Paso, Texasmarker, the daughter of Dorothy Lee (née Lewis), a teacher, and Nathan Aldean Ivey, a college instructor and dean. Ivey is an alumna of Illinois State Universitymarker. She is married to Tim Braine (her second marriage) and the couple has two children, Maggie and Tom.


Despite a long history of theater and film performances, Ivey is often associated with her one-year run on Designing Women in its final season, playing the Texan B.J. Poteet. Ivey replaced Julia Duffy's Alison Sugarbaker, who was herself a replacement for Delta Burke's character, Suzanne Sugarbaker. She also played a notable role on the television show Will & Grace where she portrayed the mother of Dr. Leo Markus.

Ivey won two Tony Awards as Best Featured Actress in a Play for Steaming in 1983 and Hurlyburly in 1985. She was also nominated for Park Your Car in Harvard Yard in 1992. Other theatre credits include Piaf, Bedroom Farce, Precious Sons, Blithe Spirit, Voices in the Dark, and Follies Most recently, She portrayed Amanda in THE GLASS MENAGERIE at the Long Wharf Theatre and will reprise the role in 2010 at the Roundabout Theatre in New York City, as well as the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Judith will be seen as Ann Landers in the upcoming production of THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS at the Cherry Lane in October 2009.

Ivey has been in many films, including Brighton Beach Memoirs, Miles from Home, Compromising Positions, Harry and Son, Sister, Sister, In Country, Hello Again, The Lonely Guy, There Goes the Neighborhood, The Devil's Advocate, What Alice Found, and Flags of Our Fathers

Other television roles for Ivey include starring roles as Kate McCrorey in the 1990-91 series Down Home, set in a Texas coastal town, and as Alexandria Buchanan in the short-lived series The 5 Mrs. Buchanans. Ivey was also in the 1985 TV remake of The Long Hot Summer, in the role of Noel Varner (Joanne Woodward's role in the 1958 film version). The miniseries also starred Jason Robards and Don Johnson, and was nominated for three Emmys. She also provided the voice of Eleanor Sherman in the animated series The Critic.

Stage directing credits


  1. Judith Ivey Biography (1951-)

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