Christine Ebersole

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Christine Ebersole
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Ebersole on February 7, 2005
Born (1953-02-21) February 21, 1953 (age 70)
Alma mater
Occupation(s)Actress, singer
Years active1972–present
    (m. 1976;div. 1981)
      Bill Moloney
      (m. 1988)
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Ebersole performing in Broadway on Broadway , a free promotional concert for Broadway shows, 2006

Christine Ebersole (born February 21, 1953) is an American actress and singer. She has appeared in film, television, and on stage. She starred in the Broadway musicals 42nd Street and Grey Gardens , winning two Tony Awards. She has co-starred on the TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son , in which she played Carol Walsh, and earned an Emmy Award nomination for her work in One Life to Live . She is also known for her recurring roles as Ms. Newberg on Royal Pains and White Diamond in the Steven Universe franchise. Since 2019, she has played the role of Dottie on Bob Hearts Abishola .


Early life

Ebersole was born in Winnetka, Illinois, the daughter of Marian Esther (née Goodley) and Robert "Bob" Ebersole. [1] [2] Her father was the president of a steel company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. [3] She has Swiss-German and Irish ancestry. [4] Ebersole graduated from New Trier High School in 1971. She attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, [5] class of 1975, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. [6]


She met Marc Shaiman when he was 19 and the musical director of her first club act. [7] She appeared in two different parts on Ryan's Hope in 1977 (as a nurse) and 1980 (as Lily Darnell), and was a cast member of Saturday Night Live during 1981–82, the first full season under new producer Dick Ebersol (their similar surnames being a coincidence), [8] acting as "Weekend Update" co-anchor with Brian Doyle-Murray and at times impersonating Mary Travers, Cheryl Tiegs, Barbara Mandrell, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Rona Barrett. [9] Following SNL, she appeared in One Life to Live as daffy Maxie McDermott (receiving an Emmy nomination) and Valerie . She co-starred with Barnard Hughes on the sitcom The Cavanaughs , played the title role in the short-lived sitcom Rachel Gunn, R.N. , and guest-starred on Will & Grace , Dolly! , Just Shoot Me , Murphy Brown , Ally McBeal , Samantha Who , Boston Legal , The Colbert Report , and Royal Pains . In 1991, she appeared as the titular Miss Jones in a pilot for an ABC series about a single mother, but the series was not taken up. [10]

She appeared in the 1993 television movie adaptation of Gypsy starring Bette Midler, and in the 2000 ABC-TV movie Mary and Rhoda starring Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper.

In 2011, she had a recurring role on the TV Land sitcom Retired at 35 . [11] In 2014, she played Carol Walsh on the TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son. She has a recurring role on the USA Network television show Royal Pains as Ms. Newberg. [12] [13]

Ebersole's films have included Tootsie (1982), Amadeus (1984), Three Men and a Baby (1987), Mac and Me (1988), My Girl 2 (1994), Richie Rich (1994), Black Sheep (1996), and My Favorite Martian (1999).

Ebersole has found considerable success on stage. She appeared in Going Hollywood, a musical by David Zippel and Jeremy Shaeffer. She was in the chorus in 1983 with Jerry Mitchell. They were both excited about the possibility of going to Broadway but never made it. [7] She was featured in Paper Moon by Larry Grossman and Ellen Fitzhugh and Carol Hall, which ran at the Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn, New Jersey) in September 1993. [14] Off-Broadway, she has appeared in Three Sisters and Talking Heads , and her Broadway credits include On the Twentieth Century , the 1979 revival of Oklahoma! (as Ado Annie), the 1980 revival of Camelot and the 2000 revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man .

In 2001, she appeared in the Broadway revival of 42nd Street as Dorothy Brock, for which she won her first Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, [15] She next appeared in the 2002 Broadway revival of Dinner at Eight as Millicent Jordan for which she was nominated for the Tony Award, Featured Actress in a Play. [16] In 2005 she played M'Lynn in the Broadway production of Steel Magnolias . [17]

In 2006, Ebersole took the dual roles of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale ("Big Edie") and Edith Bouvier Beale ("Little Edie") in Grey Gardens , a musical based upon the film of the same name. After a sold-out off-Broadway run, Ebersole remained with the roles when the production moved to Broadway in November 2006, and remained with the show through its closing in July 2007. For this role, she won her second Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. [18] She appeared as Elvira in the 2009 Broadway revival of the Noël Coward comedy Blithe Spirit . [19]

She appeared in the new musical War Paint , which premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago on June 28, 2016, for a run through August 2016. The show began previews at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway on March 7, 2017, and opened on April 6, 2017. It closed on November 5, 2017. She played the role of Elizabeth Arden, opposite Patti LuPone as Helena Rubinstein. The musical had a book by Doug Wright with the music composed by Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics). [20] [21]


Ebersole appears in concerts and cabaret engagements at venues such as the Cinegrill and Cafe Carlyle. She won the 2010 Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist in a Major Engagement for her 2009 Café Carlyle cabaret. [22] In 2009 she performed with Michael Feinstein at his club, Feinstein's at Loews Regency, (New York City) in a cabaret titled "Good Friends". [23] She was one of the performers on the Playbill Cruise in September 2011. [24] In November 2011, she performed for two sold-out nights at Birdland in New York City with jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein and his trio. [25]

In 2015, Ebersole toured her show Big Noise from Winnetka, which included the 1938 jazz song Big Noise from Winnetka and a stop in Illinois. [26]


She also has appeared on several albums. She was featured on the Bright Lights, Big City concept album. [7] She also released an album of Noël Coward songs after browsing through them for scene change music for Blithe Spirit. [27] She is also the voice actress for White Diamond on the popular show Steven Universe .

In 2012, Christine Ebersole appeared on InfoWars' The Alex Jones Show, expressing her misgivings about the Federal Reserve System and the Council on Foreign Relations. [28]

Personal life

Ebersole has been married twice, to actor Peter Bergman from 1976 through 1981, and since 1988 to Bill Moloney, with whom she has adopted three children. [29] She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with her family. [30]



1982 Tootsie Linda
1984 Amadeus Caterina Cavalieri
1984 Thief of Hearts Janie Pointer
1988 Mac and Me Janet Cruise
1990 Ghost Dad Carol
1991 Dead Again Lydia Larsen
1992 Folks! Arlene Aldrich
1992The Lounge PeopleCynthia Lewis
1994 My Girl 2 Rose Zsigmond
1994 Richie Rich Regina Rich
1996 Black Sheep Governor Evelyn Tracy
1996 Pie in the Sky Mom Dunlap
1997 'Til There Was You Beebee Moss
1999 My Favorite Martian Mrs. Brown
1999 True Crime Bridget Rossiter
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic TV show host
2010 The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie Bossom Buddies Singer
2013 The Big Wedding Muffin
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Leah Belfort
2019 Steven Universe: The Movie White DiamondVoice role
2019 Driveways Linda
2021 Licorice Pizza Lucille Doolittle


1977–80 Ryan's Hope Lily Darnell 12 episodes
1981–82 Saturday Night Live Various20 episodes
1982 Love, Sidney Nurse LoringEpisode: "The Accident"
1983–85 One Life to Live Maxie McDermottUnknown episodes
1984 The Dollmaker Miss VashinskiTelevision movie
1986 Valerie Barbara Goodwin6 episodes
1986Acceptable RisksLee SnyderTelevision movie
1986-89 The Cavanaughs Kit Cavanaugh26 episodes
1990 American Dreamer Kathleen2 episodes
1990 Murphy Brown MaddyEpisode: "The Bummer of 42"
1991 Empty Nest LauraEpisode: "All About Harry"
1992 Rachel Gunn, R.N. Rachel Gunn13 episodes
1993Dying to Love YouCheryl NewTelevision movie
1993 Gypsy Tessie TuraTelevision movie
1996 Hey Arnold! Lana VailVoice role; Episode: "Heat/Snow"
1998 Ally McBeal Marie StokesEpisode: "Just Looking"
1996An Unexpected FamilyRuth WhitneyTelevision movie
1998 Just Shoot Me! Margo LanghorneEpisode: "How Nina Got Her Groove Back"
1999 Double Platinum PeggyTelevision movie
2000 Mary and Rhoda Cecile AndrewsTelevision movie
2001 Will & Grace Candy PruittEpisode: "Poker? I Don't Even Like Her"
2003 The Electric Piper Pat DixonVoice role; Television movie
2003 An Unexpected Love SandyTelevision movie
2004 Crossing Jordan Mrs. MaguireEpisode: "Fire in the Sky"
2005–06 Related Renee10 episodes
2008 Cashmere Mafia Lily Parrish2 episodes
2008 Boston Legal Sunny FieldsEpisode: "Indecent Proposals"
2008 Lipstick Jungle MaureenEpisode: "Chapter Fifteen: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Prada"
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Hilary RegnierEpisode: "Smut"
2009 Samantha Who? AmyEpisode: "The Sister"
2009–16 Royal Pains Ms. Newbergrecurring
2010 Ugly Betty FrancesEpisode: "The Passion of the Betty"
2011 Retired at 35 Susan4 episodes
2012–14 Sullivan & Son Carol Walsh33 episodes
2013 American Horror Story: Coven Anna-Lee Leighton 2 episodes
2015 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt HeleneEpisode "Kimmy's in a Love Triangle!"
2015 Madam Secretary First Lady Lydia DaltonEpisode "Waiting For Taleju"
2016 Crisis in Six Scenes EveEpisode: "Episode 6"
2016 Search Party Mariel2 episodes
2018 Pose BobbiEpisode: "Giving and Receiving"
2018–2019 Steven Universe White DiamondVoice role; 3 episodes
2018–2019 Blue Bloods Lena Janko3 episodes
2019–present Bob Hearts Abishola Dorothy "Dottie" WheelerMain role
2020 Steven Universe Future White DiamondVoice role, 2 episodes
2021 The Kominsky Method Estelle2 episodes, Season 3


1975–76 Angel Street Nancy (Replacement) Lyceum Theatre [31]
1978–79 On the 20th Century Agnes (Understudy) St. James Theatre
1979–80 Oklahoma! Ado Annie Palace Theatre
1980 Camelot Guenevere New York State Theatre
1985 Harrigan 'N Hart Greta Granville Longacre Theatre
1996 Getting Away with Murder Dossie Lustig Broadhurst Theatre
2000 Gore Vidal's The Best Man Mabel Cantwell Virginia Theatre
2001–02 42nd Street Dorothy Brock Ford Center for the Performing Arts
2002–03 Dinner at Eight Millicent Jordan Vivian Beaumont Theatre
2005 Steel Magnolias M'Lynn Lyceum Theatre
2006–07 Grey Gardens Little Edie Beale Walter Kerr Theatre
2009 Blithe Spirit Elvira Shubert Theatre
2017 War Paint Elizabeth Arden Nederlander Theatre

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