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The petite, brunette Murphy garnered critical kudos and a handful of awards, including a 1994 Best Actress Tony, for her intense, dramatic portrayal of Fosca in the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine stage musical "Passion." Portraying an ugly woman wracked by an unnamed illness who falls in love with a handsome soldier, she mesmerized audiences with the raw power of her performance. Murphy had honed her craft in the Broadway and off-Broadway arena moving from the chorus ("They're Playing Our Song") to playing leading roles ("Drood," "Song of Singapore"). She made her feature debut as a tough cop investigating a murder in William Friedkin's "Jade" (1995). That same year, she brilliantly delineated an unhappily married woman whose ex-husband becomes embroiled in a murder investigation in the ABC series "Murder One." In 1996, she returned to the stage co-starring opposite Lou Diamond Phillips in a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King & I" for which she earned a second Tony Award as Lead Actress in a Musical.
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Made Broadway debut in "They're Playing Our Song"
First leading role on Broadway, replaced Betty Buckley in "Drood"
Made her TV debut playing a singer in "A Table at Ciro's" (PBS)
Appeared in the NBC daytime television drama "Another World" as District Attorney Morgan Graves
Appeared off-Broadway in "Song of Singapore"
Breakthrough Broadway role, playing Fosca in Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's "Passion"
Made her feature film debut in "Jade"
Appeared in the recurring role of Francesca Cross on "Murder One" (ABC)
Recreated her stage role of Fosca in the TV production of "Passion" (PBS)
Co-starred with Lou Diamond Phillips in the Broadway revival of "The King & I"
Played a recurring character in "Liberty! The American Revolution" (PBS)
Guest-starred as an accused murderer on the cross-over episodes of FOX's "Ally McBeal" and ABC's "The Practice"
Played Mary Todd Lincoln in "The Day Lincoln Was Shot" (TNT)
Co-starred with Peter Gallagher in "Center Stage"
Headlined the Encores! concert staging of "Wonderful Town"
Made her series debut on the ABC sitcom, "What About Joan?"
Played the title in Tony Kushner's "Helen"; performed off-Broadway at the Public Theatre
Played the recurring role of Heather Olshansky on "Hack" (CBS)
Earned a Tony nomination for her performance in the Broadway musical, "Wonderful Town"
Portrayed the wife of Alfred Molina's Dr. Otto Octavius in "Spider-Man 2"
Co-starred in Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain"
Earned a Tony nomination for playing Lotte Lenya in Kurt Weil's "LoveMusik"
Played Scarlett Johansson's mother in "The Nanny Diaries"
Had a recurring role on the short-lived series, "Trust Me" (TNT)
Voiced Mother Gothel, the villainess in Disney's "Tangled"
Cast in the Roundabout Theatre production of 'The People in the Picture"; earned a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical