Judith Ivey

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Judith Ivey
Birth name Judith Lee Ivey
Born September 4, 1951 in El Paso, Texas, USA
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes



Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Down Home Kate McCrory 1990–1991 1 2
Designing Women B.J. Poteet 1992–1993 7
The 5 Mrs. Buchanans Alex Buchanan 1994–1995 1
The Critic Eleanor Sherman 1994–1995 1 2
Buddies Maureen DeMoss 1996 1

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Frasier Voice of Lorraine 1x04 - I Hate Frasier Crane October 7, 1993
Will & Grace Eleanor Markus 5x07 - The Needle & Omelet's Done November 14, 2002
Will & Grace Eleanor Marcus 5x08 - Marry Me a Little (1) November 21, 2002
Will & Grace Eleanor Markus 5x09 - Marry Me a Little More (2) November 21, 2002
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jenny's Attorney 6x21 - Blood May 10, 2005
Grey's Anatomy Barbara Robbins 7x20 - White Wedding May 5, 2011
Person of Interest Sharon 1x21 - Many Happy Returns May 3, 2012
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Alice Parker 14x24 - Her Negotiation (1) May 22, 2013
Elementary Ruth Colville 2x19 - The Many Mouths of Aaron Colville April 3, 2014

Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
What the Deaf Man Heard Lucille November 23, 1997 Hallmark Hall of Fame

Awards and Accolades

Tony Awards

  • Won: Best Featured Actress in a Play (1983)
  • Won: Best Featured Actress in a Play (1985)


  • Her mother, Dorothy was a teacher and her father, Nathan was a college instructor
  • Has a sister, Sara, who is a writer/producer/director in Dallas, Texas and a brother, James, who is a professor of theater at the State University of New York at Fredonia
  • Lived in Dowagiac, Michigan from 1965 to 1968 where she attended Union High School until the 10th grade
  • Graduated from Marion High School in Marion, Illinois in 1970
  • Studied acting at Illinois State University
  • After graduating from college, she worked at both Joseph Papp's Public Theater in New York and the Goodman Theater in Chicago, Illinois
  • Married to Tim Braine since 1989; they have two children: daughter Elizabeth (born in 1989) and son Thomas (born in 1993)