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Polly Carey Draper (born June 15, 1955) is an American actress, writer, producer, and director. Draper received several awards, including a Writers Guild of America Award (WGA), and is noted for speaking in a "trademark throaty voice." She first gained recognition for her role in the ABC primetime television drama Thirtysomething (1987–91).
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Polly Carey Draper
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Polly Carey Draper (born June 15, 1955) is an American actress, writer, producer, and director. She has received an Emmy Award nomination, New York Magazine award, and two Writers Guild of America (WGA) award nominations, winning one WGA. Draper also won awards at the Giffoni Film Festival and Hamptons International Film Festival. She is noted for speaking in a "trademark throaty voice."
Draper began her acting career appearing in countless off-Broadway productions, including a role in Split (1980). She later gained recognition for her role on the ABC primetime television drama Thirtysomething, which was broadcast from 1987–91 and earned her an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Draper was cast opposite John Ritter in the TV movie adaption of Danielle Steel's Heartbeat and alongside Cheryl Ladd in the TV film special Broken Promises: Taking Emily Back, both in 1993. Her starring role in the off-Broadway production of Four Dogs and a Bone, also in 1993 won her a New York Magazine award for Best Broadway Actress.
Draper's initial screenwriting was with The Tic Code (1998), an independent drama film she starred in alongside Gregory Hines, securing her the Bronze Gryphon award for Best Actress at the Giffoni Film Festival. Her television cameos include an appearance in the USA comedic detective series Monk and the NBC police procedural series Law & Order: Criminal Intent, both in 2003. She also starred in, provided lead vocals and lyrics for her playwright Getting Into Heaven (2003) at The Flea Theater and replaced Dana Reeve in the Broadway production of Brooklyn Boy in 2005. Critically acclaimed for writing her directing debut The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie (2005), Draper earned the Audience Award for Family Feature Film at the Hamptons International Film Festival. By early 2007, it became the pilot to the Nickelodeon musical comedy series The Naked Brothers Band for which she created, wrote, produced, directed, and obtained a WGA award for Children's Script: Long Form or Special. In addition, Draper directed her youngest son's play What Would Woody Do? in 2010 at The Flea Theater. In 2011, she wrote and starred in an episode of the Current TV science fiction series Bar Karma. Currently, Draper is writing and directing a new film which is to be produced by Oscar-winner Fred Roos, of The Godfather Part II fame.
Following a seven-year marriage with playwright Kevin Wade, Draper married musician Michael Wolff after meeting him when making a cameo on the CBS prime-time talk show Arsenio Hall in 1989, where Wolff served as the bandleader. Wolff's life with Tourette syndrome influenced The Tic Code; he provided the score. She and Wolff have two sons, Nat Wolff and Alex Wolff, who starred in and composed the music for The Naked Brothers Band series and film.
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Yale University in 1977, Yale School of Drama in 1980
Gary, Indiana, USA
Actress, director, writer, producer
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Trademark throaty voice
Brown - Dark
William Henry Draper III (venture capitalist)
Phyllis (née Culbertson) (Peace Corps administrator)
Tim Draper (venture capitalist)
Jesse Draper (neice) (actress), Billy Draper (nephew), Adma Draper (nephew), Elle Draper (neice)
1975–90; 1992–present, 1975–present
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