DeLaria in 2015
|Born||May 23, 1958|
Belleville, Illinois, U.S.
Lea DeLaria (born May 23, 1958) is an American comedian, actress, and jazz singer.DeLaria is credited with being the first openly gay comic to appear on a late-night talk show with her 1993 appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show . She is best known for her portrayal of inmate Carrie "Big Boo" Black on Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black .
DeLaria was born in Belleville, Illinois,the daughter of Jerry Jean (née Cox), a homemaker, and Robert George DeLaria, a jazz pianist and social worker. Her paternal grandparents were Italian. She attended kindergarten through eighth grade at St. Mary's Elementary School in Belleville and has referenced her Catholic upbringing in her performances.
DeLaria's stand-up career began in 1982 when she moved to San Francisco and performed raunchy stand-up comedy in the Mission District.Discussing her stand up, Delaria says, "This is who I am, when I'm up there. This is it. I'm a big butch dyke. That's who I am. And I'm a friendly one. I'm a big butch dyke with a smile on my face."
In 1986, DeLaria directed "Ten Percent Revue", a musical revue with songs related to homosexuality and most of which reflect pride in being gay."Ten Percent Revue" was performed in Boston, San Francisco, Provincetown, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. Many shows were sold out.
In 1988, DeLaria starred in "Dos Lesbos", a musical comedy about two lesbians dealing with the issues of living together.The show received very favorable reviews nationwide.
DeLaria starred in "Girl Friday: We're Funny That Way", a musical comedy, in 1989.
When DeLaria appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show in 1993, she was the first openly gay comic to appear on a late-night talk-show. While appearing on the show, DeLaria said, "Hello everybody, my name is Lea DeLaria, and it's great to be here, because it's the 1990s! It's hip to be queer! I'm a big dyke."DeLaria later said she had been told that she should not have used the term dyke on the air. Hall later defended her, saying, "If she wants to call herself a dyke, that's her business."
In December 1993, DeLaria hosted Comedy Central's Out There, the first all-gay stand-up comedy special.
DeLaria is also known for her touring "musical comedy about perverts", Dos Lesbos (1987–1989), as well as Girl Friday, a comedy she conceived, wrote, directed and starred in, and which won the 1989 Golden Gull for Best Comedy Group in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
DeLaria has released two CD recordings of her comedy, Bulldyke in a China Shop (1994) and Box Lunch (1997). She has also written a humorous book entitled Lea's Book of Rules for the World.
DeLaria appeared as Jane in the 1998 Off Broadway production of Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, "a gay retelling of the Bible."Entertainment Weekly said "a star is born with Lea DeLaria" of her "showstopping" performance as Hildy Esterhazy in the 1998 Broadway revival of On the Town .
DeLaria subsequently played Eddie and Dr. Scott in the 2000 Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show , and can be heard on the cast recording.DeLaria appeared in a number of films, including Edge of Seventeen and The First Wives Club
DeLaria integrates musical performance into her stand-up comedy, focusing on traditional and modern be-bop jazz. In 2001 she released a CD of jazz standards called Play It Cool . This was followed by the album Double Standards in 2003,and by The Very Best of Lea DeLaria in 2008.
In 2001, DeLaria was the voice of Helga Phugly on the short-lived, animated sitcom, The Oblongs . In 1999 DeLaria played the recurring role of Madame Delphina on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live , returning in 2008 as both Delphina and Professor Delbert Fina. She continued to portray Delphina on a recurring basis until 2011.
In 2008, Warner Records released The Live Smoke Sessions, DeLaria's first recording focused on "timeless pop standards" such as "Down With Love," "Night and Day," "Love Me or Leave Me" and "Come Rain or Come Shine." She noted, "I styled this CD on the old school live recordings ... It is my hope that this CD will take you back to 1948 and the Village Vanguard. So please let me invite you to mix a cocktail and enjoy a smoke while you sit back and soak up the swing."
In November 2008, DeLaria completed a tour of Australia, playing Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. She also frequently collaborates with comedian Maggie Cassella, most notably on an annual Christmas cabaret show in Toronto, Ontario which also sometimes tours to several other North American cities. In July 2010, her version of "All That Jazz" was used on So You Think You Can Dance . DeLaria is currently performing in Prometheus Bound at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since 2013, she has appeared in the Netflix Original Orange Is the New Black as the recurring character prison inmate Carrie 'Big Boo' Black.
On February 14, 2015, DeLaria received the Equality Illinois Freedom Award for her work as "a cutting-edge performer who has used her talent to entertain and enlighten millions of Americans," said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois. On receiving the award at the 2015 Equality Illinois Gala in Chicago, DeLaria said, "As an out performer for over 33 years who has made it her life's work to change peoples perception of butch, queer and LGBT, it is an honor for me to receive such recognition from my home state. I feel I'm doing Belleville proud. Go Maroons!".
DeLaria is the originator of the U-Haul Joke(see also U-Haul lesbian) which she began performing at comedy shows in 1989.
Question: "What does a lesbian bring on a second date?"
Answer: "A U-Haul."
The U-Haul Joke is well known in North American Lesbian culture and has also been featured on several television shows including ER (TV series) and The L Word.
In January 2015, DeLaria became engaged to fashion editor Chelsea Fairless after two and a half years of dating. The two met through Fairless's friend, actress Emma Myles, who plays Leanne in Orange is the New Black .In January 2017, DeLaria confirmed she and Fairless had separated.
|1996||The First Wives Club||Elise's fan||National Board of Review Award: Best Acting by an Ensemble|
|1997||Plump Fiction||Mr. Purple|
|Edge of Seventeen||Angie|
|2006||Fat Rose and Squeaky||Fat Rose||Co-starring Cicely Tyson as 'Squeaky'|
|Dear Dumb Diary||Ms. Bruntford|
|2016||Bear with Us||Chief Ranger Stewart (voice)|
|2017||Cars 3||Miss Fritter (voice)|
|2018||Support the Girls||Bobo|
|1993||Out There||Herself||TV film|
|Camp Christmas||Herself||TV film|
|In the Life||Herself/Guest host||1 episode|
|1994||Matlock||Det. Pat Jordan||2 episodes|
|1994–95||The John Larroquette Show||Lorelei||2 episodes|
|1995||Tom Clancy's Op Center||Capt. White||TV film|
|Saved by the Bell: The New Class||Miss Hearst||1 episode|
|Out There in Hollywood||Herself||Sequel to the 1993 TV movie Out There|
|1996||Friends||Woman||Episode: "The One with the Lesbian Wedding"|
|1997||The Drew Carey Show||Jewel||1 episode|
|1998||In Through The Out Door||Various characters (also writer)||TV film|
|We're Funny That Way!||Herself||Documentary|
|1999||Great Performances||Herself/Performer||TV series|
|1999–2011||One Life to Live||Madame Delphina||31 episodes|
|2000||The Beat||Kathy||Unknown episodes|
|2001||Further Tails of the City||Willie Omiak||TV mini-series|
|The Oblongs||Helga Phugly||7 episodes|
|The Job||Kiki||1 episode|
|2002||Just for Laughs||Herself/Performer||TV Movie|
|2003||Will & Grace||Nurse Carver||1 episode|
|The Award Show Awards Show||Herself||TV special|
|2004||Mercury in Retrograde||Betsy Brick||TV short|
|2009||Ptown Diaries||DeLaria||TV movie|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Frankie||Episode: "Transitions"|
|Submissions Only||Auditioner #4||Episode: "Another Interruption"|
|2013||Dear Dumb Diary||Ms. Bruntford||TV film|
|2013–2019||Orange Is the New Black||Carrie "Big Boo" Black||Recurring season 1-3, regular season 4-5, guest season 6-7 (63 episodes)|
|2014||Awkward||Tattooist||Episode: "After Hours"|
|2014–2017||Clarence||EJ / various characters (voice)||9 episodes|
|2014||Tellement Gay! Homosexualité et pop culture||Herself||Documentary|
|2015||The Jim Gaffigan Show||Herself||Episode: "The Bible Story"|
|2017||Baroness von Sketch Show||Brina||Episode: "Don't Make Me Send a Lawyer Up There"|
|Broad City||Deb||Episode: "Bedbugs"|
|Shameless||Barb||Episode: "Frank's Northern Shuttle Express"|
|2019||The Code||Episode: "1st Civ Div"|
|2017||Cars 3: Driven to Win||Miss Fritter||Voice|
|2017||The Naked American Songbook||Guest|
|2017||Vulture Fest Live: Lea DeLaria||Guest|
|2018||Ways to Change the World||Guest|
|2019||The Horrors of Dolores Roach||Cleats|
|1998||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical||On The Town||Nominated|
|Theatre World Award||Won|
|2015||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Orange Is the New Black||Won|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by and Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Orange is the New Black||Won|
|2017||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Orange Is the New Black||Won|
Roseann O'Donnell is an American comedian, producer, actress, author, and television personality. She began her comedy career as a teenager and received her breakthrough on the television series Star Search in 1984. After a series of television and film roles that introduced her to a larger national audience, O'Donnell hosted her own syndicated daytime talk show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, between 1996 and 2002, which won several Daytime Emmy Awards. During this period, she developed the nickname "Queen of Nice", as well as a reputation for philanthropic efforts.
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A Dyke March is a lesbian visibility and protest march, much like the original Gay Pride parades and gay rights demonstrations. The main purpose being the encouragement of activism within the lesbian community. Dyke marches commonly take place the Friday or Saturday before LGBT pride parades. Larger metropolitan areas usually have several Pride-related happenings both before and after the march to further community building; with outreach to specific segments such as older women, women of color, and lesbian parenting groups.
"The One with the Lesbian Wedding" is the eleventh episode of the second season of the television situation comedy Friends. It attracted mild controversy and censorship as a result of its portrayal of same-sex marriage, although significantly less than expected. The episode first aired on January 18, 1996.
Mario Cantone is an American comedian, writer and actor, with numerous appearances on Comedy Central including Chappelle's Show. He also played Anthony Marentino on Sex and the City. His style is fast-paced and energetic, with much of his humor coming from his impersonations of various characters ranging from his family members, to celebrities, to stereotypes.
Edge of Seventeen is a 1998 coming of age romantic comedy-drama film directed by David Moreton, written by Moreton and Todd Stephens, starring Chris Stafford, and co-starring Tina Holmes and Andersen Gabrych.
Kurt Deutsch is an actor, director, record producer and film producer. He is the Senior Vice President for Theatrical & Catalog Development for Warner/Chappell Music, and President of Sh-K-Boom Records, a division of Warner Arts Music.
The U-Haul lesbian or U-Haul syndrome is a stereotype of lesbian relationships, referring to the joke that lesbians tend to move in together on the second date. It suggests an extreme inclination toward monogamy or committed relationships. It can be considered either complimentary or pejorative, depending on context.
Lea Michele Sarfati is an American actress, singer, and author. She began her career as a child actress on Broadway, appearing in productions of Les Misérables (1995–1996), Ragtime (1997–1999), Fiddler on the Roof (2004–2005), and Spring Awakening (2006–2008). Michele came to major prominence playing Rachel Berry on the Fox series Glee (2009–2015), for which she received an Emmy Award nomination and two Golden Globe nominations. She earned three Grammy Award nominations for music she recorded for Glee, also spawning multiple hits on the Billboard charts. She subsequently starred as Hester Ulrich on the Fox series Scream Queens (2015–2016) and as Valentina Barella on the ABC sitcom The Mayor (2017).
Sh-K-Boom Records is an independent record label and producer of recorded and live entertainment, which was founded in 2000 by husband and wife Kurt Deutsch and Sherie Rene Scott with the mission of bridging the gap between pop music and theater. In 2004 Sh-K-Boom created their second imprint, Ghostlight Records, dedicated to the preservation of traditional musical theater, spurred by the popular release of their first-ever show cast recording, Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years. Together the two labels have over 150 albums in their catalogues. The company has also produced over 50 live concerts as part of their Sh-K-Boom Room Concert Series, and are currently developing new and innovative projects for the stage and screen.
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We're Funny That Way™ began as an annual charity comedy festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1996. Launched in 1996 by Maggie Cassella, the festival featured stand-up and sketch comedy shows by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender comedians. It ran until 2012 when it took a five-year hiatus returning in 2017. The festival has grown to a broader performance festival and now includes musicians, story-tellers, burlesque artists, plays, drag performances, generally following the genres associated with live cabaret.
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Jenn Colella is an American comedian, actress, and singer. She first began her career in Los Angeles as a comedian and later branched out to musical theater. She had her Broadway debut with a 2003 performance as Sissy in Urban Cowboy, which earned her a 2003 Outer Critic's Circle Award nomination. Colella went on to star in High Fidelity and Chaplin. Her Off-Broadway credits include Closer Than Ever, Slut! the Musical and Side Show.
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