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Polly Draper
Born Polly Carey Draper
June 15, 1955 (1955-06-15) (age 54)
Gary, Indiana, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Screenwriter
Playwright
Producer
Director
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Kevin Wade (1983-1990)[1]
Michael Wolff (1992-present)[1]

Polly Carey Draper (born June 15, 1955) is an American actress, screenwriter, playwright, producer and director. She first became known for her role on ABC's Thirtysomething. In 1998, Draper made her screenwriting debut for the film The Tic Code, which was inspired by her husband's life, and co-starred Gregory Hines. In early 2007, Draper created and produced the television series The Naked Brothers Band on Nickelodeon, a mock documentary starring her sons, Nat and Alex Wolff.

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Personal life

Draper was born in Gary, Indiana to Phyllis, a Peace Corps administrator, and William Henry Draper III, venture capitalist and civic leader of the United Nations Development Programme.[1] Her brother is venture capitalist Tim Draper[2] and her niece is actress Jesse Draper.[3] In 1989, Draper appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show, where she met jazz pianist and composer Michael Wolff, who served as the band-leader. They married, and have two children: Nat (b. 1994) and Alex (b. 1997).

Career

In 1977, Draper received her B.A.A. from Yale University and in 1980, her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. Draper starred as Ellyn Warren on ABC's drama Thirtysomething. Draper's screenwriting debut was in Gary Winick's The Tic Code which is about Tourette syndrome—a condition her husband, Michael Wolff has; Wolff contributed the film's score. Draper also served as creator, head writer, executive producer, and director of Nickelodeon's The Naked Brothers Band, a rock-mockumentary, starring her sons, Nat and Alex Wolff. The series was adapted for the independent film The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie, which Draper wrote and directed. Draper does not appear in the film (except with the Thirtysomething cast in one of the scenes) or the TV series; the characters' mother is mentioned as deceased.

Awards and nominations

Draper's role on ABC's thirtysomething earned her a best supporting actress nomination at the 1988 Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. In 1998, Draper won the Bronze Gryphon award for Best Actress at the Giffoni Film Festival. In 2005, Draper won the Audience Award for Family Feature Film at the Hamptons International Film Festival for her film The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie.

In 2007, Draper was nominated at the Writers Guild Award for The Naked Brothers Band episode Nat is A Stand-Up Guy in the category for Children's Episodic Shows & Specials. In 2009, won the Writers Guild Award for The Naked Brothers Band made-for-TV-movie Polar Bears in the category of Children's Script: Long Form or Special.

Performances and filmography

Draper's stage performances and filmography include:[1][4]

Year Event Title Network/distributor/venue Role
1975–1989 TV series Ryan's Hope ABC Winnie Robin
1978 Off-Broadway Buried Child Yale Repertory Theatre Unknown
1979 Off-Broadway As You Like It Yale Repertory Theatre Unknown
1979 Off-Broadway Measure for Measure Yale Repertory Theatre Unknown
1980 Off-Broadway Split Second Stage Theatre Jean
1980–1981 Off-Broadway The Stitch in Time American National Theatre and Academy Caroline Lou Bingham
1981/1982 Off-Broadway The Freak WPA Theatre/Douglas Fairbanks Theatre Gertrude Cayce
1981 Off-Broadway The Actor's Nightmare Playwrights Horizons Meg
1982 Off-Broadway Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You (double-bill) Westside Arts Theatre Diane Symonds
1982 Off-Broadway Hooters Hudson Guild Theatre Cheryl
1983 Off-Broadway Top Girls PublicTheatre Marlene
1984 Off-Broadway Mr. and Mrs. WPA Theatre Blake Upton
1985 Off-Broadway Want Ad Manhattan Punch Lounge Lucy
1985 Off-Broadway Folie a'deux Manhattan Punch Lounge Danny
1985 Off-Broadway Only a Woman Manhattan Punch Lounge Heather
1985 Off-Broadway Separate Vacation/Grounds for Divorce/Sexual History INTAR Theater Lois
1985 Off-Broadway The Ground Zero Club Playwrights Horizons Fiona
1986 Off-Broadway Rum and Coke PublicTheatre Linda Seward
1986 Film Adams Apple CBS Bernadette Pascoe
1986 Film Seven Minutes in Heaven Warner Bros. Aileen Jones
1987 Film Making Mr. Right Orion Pictures Suzy Duncan
1987 Film The Pick-Up Artist Twentieth Century-Fox Pat
1987–1991 TV series thirtysomething ABC Ellyn Warren
1987 TV series Tales from the Darkside - The Grave Robber TBA Aileen
1988 TBA TV series The Hitchhiker - The Verdict TBA
1988 TBA Merrill Markoe's Guide to Glamorous Living Cinemax Comedy Experiment Cinemax TBA
1989 TV series The Arsenio Hall Show TBA "self"
1990 Off-Broadway Love Letters Canon Theatre Unknown
1992 Off-Broadway Crazy He Calls Me Walter Kerr Theatre Yvette
1993 Off-Broadway Four Dogs and a Bone City Stage Theatre; Manhattan Theatre Club Unknown
1993 TV series Broken Promises: Taking Emily Back CBS Ella Sabin
1993 Film Danielle Steel's Heartbeat NBC Adrian Townsend
1993 Film The Innocent (also known as Silent Witness) NBC Pamela Sutton
1994 Film A Million to Juan (also known as A Million to One) Samuel Goldwyn Company Olivia Smith
1994 Film Schemes Bristol Entertainment Evelyn Hayes
1995 Film Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain Universal Kate Easton
1996 Film Always Say Goodbye TBA Donna Evans
1996 Film LaVyrle Spencer's Home Song CBS Claire Gardner
1997 Film Hudson River Blues (also known as Family Blues) Romance Classics TBA
1998 TV series The Larry Sanders Show - Just the Perfect Blendship HBO Dr. Monica Gordon
1998 (Italy); 1999 (USA); 2000 (NYC) Film The Tic Code Avalanche Releasing Laura Caraday
1998 (Italy); 1999 (USA); 2000 (NYC) Film The Tic Code Avalanche Releasing Producer
1998 (Italy); 1999 (USA); 2000 (NYC) Film The Tic Code Avalanche Releasing Writer
1999 Off-Broadway Closer Unknown Unknown
1999 Off-Broadway Imagine Brad Greenwich House Theater Dana Sue Kay
1999 Off-Broadway Trudy Blue MCC Theater Ginger
2000 Film Dinner Rush Access Motion Picture Group Natalie Clemente
2000–2001 TV series Gideon's Crossing ABC Elaine Hoffman
2001 Off-Broadway Blur Unknown Unknown
2002 TV series Law & Order: Criminal Intent - Faith NBC Christine Wilkes
2002 TV series Monk - Mr. Monk Takes a Vacation USA Network Rita Bronwyn
2003 Off-Broadway Getting Into Heaven The Flea Theater Writer
2003 Off-Broadway Getting Into Heaven Flea Theater Cat Venita
2004 Film Second Best Paula
2005 Film Shooting Livien Rose Livien
2005 Film A Perfect Fit Dr. Weiss
2005/2007 Film The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie The Hamptons International Film Festival/Nickelodeon Producer/Executive Producer
2005/2007 Film The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie The Hamptons International Film Festival/Nickelodeon Writer
2005/2007 Film The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie The Hamptons International Film Festival/Nickelodeon Director
2007–TBA TV series The Naked Brothers Band Nickelodeon Creator
2007–TBA TV series The Naked Brothers Band Nickelodeon Executive Producer
2007–TBA TV series The Naked Brothers Band Nickelodeon Writer
2007-TBA TV series The Naked Brothers Band Nickelodeon Director
2007 Film Too Young to Marry Lifetime Television Beth
TBA TV series Not Necessarily the News HBO Unknown
Unknown Off-Broadway Thorn Hill Unknown Unknown
Unknown Off-Broadway Split Second Stage Unknown
Unknown Off-Broadway Actors and Actresses Unknown Unknown
Unknown Off-Broadway Insignificance Hudson Guild Unknown
TBA Off-Broadway Brooklyn Boy South Coast Repertory TBA

Awards

Year Festival Award Movie/TV Show Genre Result
1988 Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series thirtysomething drama Nominated
1999 Berlin International Film Festival Children's Jury for Golden Bear Award[5] The Tic Code drama Won!
2005 Hamptons International Film Festival Audience Award for Family Feature Film The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie documentary/rockumentary/mockumentary musical comedy Won!
2007 Writers Guild Award for Children's Episodic Shows & Specials The Naked Brothers Band: Nat is A Stand Up Guy documentary/rockumentary/mockumentary musical comedy Nominated
2009 The Historic Hudson Theatre at the Millenium Broadway Hotel 61st Writers Guild Award for Children's Script - Long Forms or Specials The Naked Brothers Band: Polar Bears documentary/rockumentary/mockumentary musical comedy Won!

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