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Cara Duff-MacCormick is a Canadian actress best known for her work within the American theatre.


Born in Woodstock, Ontario, Duff-MacCormick studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City before making her professional debut Off-Broadway in December 1969 at the Cherry Lane Theatre as Faith Detweiler in Harold J. Chapler's Love Your Crooked Neighbor. She made her Broadway debut as Shelly in Michael Weller's Moonchildren in 1972, a role she had performed the year before at the Arena Stage in 1971.[1] For her performance she won a Theatre World Award and garnered a Tony Award nomination.[2] The following year she returned to Broadway to portray Clare in Tennessee Williams's play Out Cry at the Lyceum Theatre[3] and she portrayed the role of Nina in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey.[4] In 1975 she won an Obie Award for her performance in Craig's Wife.

In 1976 Duff-MacCormick was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her portrayal of Julia Craven in George Bernard Shaw's The Philanderer with the Roundabout Theatre Company.[5] That same year she portrayed the role of Helen in Kevin O'Morrison's Ladyhouse Blues at the Marymount Manhattan Theatre[6] and portrayed the role of Tammy Ulrich in the film All the President's Men. In 1977 she starred in Albert Innaurato's Earthworms at the Playwrights Horizons theatre alongside Jonathan Frakes and David Keith.[7] In 1978 she portrayed the role of Hakon's wife in Henrik Ibsen's The Pretenders alongside Randall Duk Kim and Stephen Lang at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.[8] That same year she portrayed the role of Agafya Tikhonovna in Nikolai Gogol's Marriage with Peter Michael Goetz as Ivan Kuzmich Podkolyossin and Barbara Bryne as Fyokla Ivanovna, also at the Guthrie Theatre.[9] Duff-MacCormick also appeared frequently at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis during the 1970s, including portraying the roles of Mrs. Sullen in George Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem (1976), Bananas in John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves (1977), Judith Anderson in George Bernard Shaw's The Devil's Disciple (1977) and Sister Rita in The Runner Stumbles (1978).[10]

In 1980 Duff-MacCormick portrayed the role of Monique in Michel Tremblay's Bonjour, La, Bonjour at the Marymount Manhattan Theatre alongside Veronica Castang and Dianne Wiest.[11] The following year she returned to Broadway to appear in Eddie Lawrence's Animals at the Princess Theatre. In 1982 she portrayed the role of Peggy Grant in The Front Page[12] and in 1983 she portrayed the role of Carrie in Paul Kember's Not Quite Jerusalem, both at the Long Wharf Theater.[13] In 1985 she appeared Off-Broadway at the American Theater Exchange as Claire in Heather McDonald's Faulkner's Bicycle[14] and she appeared at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in the role of Carolyn Rose in Lee Blessing's War of the Roses opposite Paul Collins.[15] This was followed by a portrayal of Barbara Mears in Tom Strelich's Neon Psalms at the American Place Theatre in 1986.[16] In 1987 she appeared at the Hartford Stage as Barbara in A. R. Gurney's Children.[17] She returned to the Playwrights Horizons in 1989 to perform the role of Natalie Bauer Lechner in Albert Innaurato's Gus and Al.[18]

In 1992 she portrayed the role of Queen Isabella in Christopher Marlowe's Edward II at the Yale Repertory Theatre.[19] That same year she appeared in a guest-starring role on Law & Order in the episode "Point of View".


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