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March 7: Happy Birthday Donna Murphy and Bryan Cranston


Donna Murphy is celebrating her 59th birthday today.  She has had a variety of screen roles in her career.  She has been a regular on the short-lived series What About Joan? (on ABC) and Hack (on CBS), and more recently on PBS’s Mercy Street; she also won a Daytime Emmy for an episode of HBO’s Lifestories: Families in Crisis.  On the big screen, she is known for playing Anij, Captain Picard’s love interest, in Star Trek: Insurrection, and Rosalie Octavius in Spider-Man 2.  Many people have heard (if not seen) her as the voice of Mother Gothel in Tangled.

Murphy is, however, first and foremost a stage actress, primarily in musical theater.  She made her Broadway debut at just 20 in the original production of They’re Playing Our Song.  She is a five-time Tony nominee, with two wins for Best Lead Actress in a Musical—for the original production of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion, and as Anna Leonowens in the 1996 revival of The King and I.  Most recently she was Bette Midler’s alternate in the title role of the recent revival of Hello, Dolly!, while her other notable roles include Lotte Lenya in the original production of LoveMusik, and Ruth Sherwood in the 2003 revival of Wonderful Town.

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