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Donna Murphy Biography

Birth Place:
Corona, New York, United States
Actor, singer

Fast Facts

  • Asked for voice lessons at age 3 and put on shows around Hauppauge, Long Island where her family lived
  • Took a leave of absence during her sophomore year of college to make her Broadway debut as an understudy in the 1979 musical They're Playing Our Song
  • Originated the role of Fosca in the premiere Broadway run of Stephen Sondheim's Passion in 1994
  • As she was experiencing throat issues when asked to record additional vocals, her stepdaughter provided the 10-15 second scream for her character's death in Spider-Man 2
  • Alternated the lead role of Dolly Levi with Bette Midler in the 2017 Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!


  • Darmia Hope Murphy Elliott -- Daughter
  • Robert Murphy -- Father
  • Shawn Elliott -- Husband (deceased)
  • Jeanne Murphy -- Mother
  • Ivy Kaller -- Stepdaughter
  • Justine McLaughlin -- Stepdaughter