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Megan Mullally

Megan Mullally can be seen weekly in her Emmy and 3-time SAG Award-winning role of “Karen Walker” on NBC’s Will & Grace. Megan made her television series debut with Elaine Stritch and Ellen Burstyn on “The Ellen Burstyn Show”. Further television credits include a variety of short-lived series as well as guest starring roles on “Seinfeld”, “Frasier” and “China Beach” among others. She appeared opposite Stanley Tucci as Walter Winchell’s wife in Paul Mazursky’s award-winning biopic “Winchell” and recently starred opposite Juliet Stevenson in Lifetime’s “The Pact”. Mullally made her Broadway debut in the 1994 revival of “Grease” with Rosie O’Donnell. She then received an Outer Critic’s Circle Award nomination for her performance as “Rosemary” in the Broadway revival of “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” opposite Matthew Broderick. Los Angeles theater credits include “The Berlin Circle” at The Evidence Room Theater for which she won the 2000 Backstage West Garland Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play and the LA Weekly Award for Best Leading Female Performance. Mullally, has also appeared in “Mayhem” at The Evidence Room, as well as a variety of plays and musicals in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Megan appeared in the feature film “Anywhere But Here” and starred in “Everything Put Together,” directed by “Monster Ball’s” Marc Forster, an entry in the 2000 Sundance Film Festival’s main competition. Concert appearances include the 2003 Kennedy Center Gala with Patty Lupone and Michael Feinstein and of course Los Angeles’ own Disney Concert Hall, where she is thrilled to be singing. One of Megan’s fondest projects is her glamorous cover band, Supreme Music Program with whom she has release two cd’s, most recently “Big As A Berry” on Fynsworth Alley. Supreme Music Program has essayed a successful performance art piece, “Sweetheart,” and will perform this fall with The Seattle Symphony and at The Oklahoma Civic Center before appearing next year at The Kennedy Center.

Mullally was born on November 12, 1958, in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Martha, was a model. Her father, Carter, Jr., is a retired contract player for Paramount. Megan first entered Northwestern University intending to study acting, but switched to English literature. However, she still ended up starring in several campus musicals, which gained attention from producers and prompted her to drop out of school. In 1985 she moved to Los Angeles with no particular success. But in 1994 she co-starred in "Grease" with Rosie O'Donnell and in 1995 in "How To Succeed In Business" with Matthew Broderick. Her star has been rising ever since. She studied ballet and was a soloist with Oklahoma City's Ballet . She also studied at George Blanchine's Schol of American Ballet.

Megan Mullally lives in West Hollywood, California with her poodles, Willa and Elmo. Megan announced her engagement to actor Nick Offerman in September 2002. Her close friend is ER actress Laura Innes. The two met at Northwestern University in the late 70s and have been friends ever since.

Megan Mullally's 'Art Songs'

If you are a fan of the character Karen on NBC's "Will & Grace," this means you love Megan Mullally, who plays that rich, dissolute, squeaky-voiced, over-the-top woman.

Megan, who is a perfectly normal human being in real life, is coming to the new and dashing Lincoln Center Jazz Space - the Allen Room in Frederick P. Rose Hall. She'll sing with her bandmates, Supreme Music Program. One night only - tomorrow at 7:30 and 9:30.

I know and love Megan, so we had a little talk about how she won't be giving tomorrow's audiences anything they'd expect from her hard-drinking, wild-living TV character. But she hopes they'll love her and her five "Supremes," anyway. Describing what the band does, she answered lightly: "It's kind of a rock show - No, it's not! Let's say, it's songs with a dramatic edge like Brecht and Weill. It's a tribute to the content of songs and lyrics on an emotional level; something between the kind of thing Audra McDonald does ... maybe we'd call it 'art songs.' Country and blues, too. It's eclectic. But it's not Broadway show tunes."

Of course, Megan can do Broadway! She was in "Grease" and played opposite Matthew Broderick in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Try- ing." Tomorrow night, she will present a guest star, though she is keeping the name of this big talent close to her breast. "If we do well, we'll come back. We have never played New York before, but we have made two records. But it's the least commercial event in music history, even if we are lowbrow." (They play Kennedy Center in March.)

I asked Megan how she developed her complex musical interests when she plays such a ditz on TV? She laughed, "I don't know. I was an English major in college, but I'm no intellectual. This summer, I'm hoping to put together some concerts with Patti LuPone and Kristin Chenoweth. But don't get me wrong, just because I have this other interest doesn't mean I don't love 'Will&Grace.' We hope to go on several more seasons and wreak more havoc!"

In real life, Megan is married to an actor-carpenter. No, not Harrison Ford! Megan's guy is Nick Offerman. "I have a perfectly lovely marriage. Plus two dogs," she says.

Megan Mullally is a multi-talented artist


Megan Mullally is a naturally gifted performer who never studied acting formally, and a terrific singer who can't read music. Despite her fantastic success, she remains a down-to-earth gal.

Mullally's Emmy award-winning portrayal of Karen Walker, the booze-guzzling, pill-popping socialite on Will & Grace, has made her a star and something of a cultural icon as one of television's quirkiest and most memorable characters.

She may have been a professional ballerina, but after spending many of her early years studying classical dance, Mullally switched gears while in University and fell in love with musicals and comedy. Although she was studying English literature and art history at Northwestern, once she got involved in the theater scene, there was no turning back. She dropped out before graduating and spent the next six years honing her craft in Chicago's bustling theater scene.

Megan moved to L.A. in the mid-'80s and landed her first regular TV gig, playing Burstyn's daughter on The Ellen Burstyn Show (1986-'87). She waited almost a dozen years for the right vehicle to come along, although when the co-creators offered her the role of Grace's personal assistant, Karen, she initially turned them down.

After some adjustments and the guarantee that she'd have room to improvise, Megan Mullally made the role her own. Her creativity and superb comic timing earned her critical acclaim, as well as an Emmy and three SAG Awards. Mullally recently demonstrated her various performing talents on Saturday Night Live.

Megan's a multi-talented artist who began performing as a child ballerina. She was good enough to be a soloist in an Oklahoma City ballet company as a teenager, and spent summers studying at New York's prestigious George Balanchine School of American Ballet. She dropped dance for acting after being bitten by the bug while performing plays and musicals in college, and later polished her chops in Chicago's theater scene during the early '80s. Mullally never studied acting formally, and she believes she inherited her ability from her father, who was a Paramount Pictures contract actor in the '50s. Whatever the reason, she definitely has a gift for making people laugh.

Mullally has a strong musical side to her, despite the fact that she can't read music. She sang on Broadway in the 1994 revival of Grease, and in Sweetheart, her one-woman show in L.A. That gig led to her debut CD, The Supreme Music Program: The Sweetheart Break-In (2001) and its follow-up, Big As a Berry (2002). When she hosted Saturday Night Live in February 2004, audiences watched as Mullally demonstrated her singing, dancing and comedic talents all on the same program.

For men who like full-figured, buxom women, Megan's physique could be considered a dream come true. As long as you don't hear the annoying high-pitched, nasal voice she uses for her character on Will & Grace, this petite and voluptuous actress can be fairly sexy. And she revealed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien that she used to fantasize about being a stripper when she was young. We wonder if that's still a secret fantasy of hers...

Megan Mullally appears on a hit TV series, has performed in a hit one-woman revue, and appeared in a couple of hit Broadway shows, but she has yet to make a name for herself on the big screen. For much of the '90s, Mullally made the rounds of the sitcom circuit, guesting on Seinfeld, Frasier and Caroline in the City until she landed the role that established her as a primetime star in 1998.

Mullally's portrayal of Karen Walker on Will & Grace won her an Emmy in 2000 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and she was again nominated in the same category for the next three years. The role of Karen Walker has also earned Mullally four nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, which she won in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Megan's also been nominated for two American Comedy Awards as Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series, winning in 2001.

Add to that four Golden Globe nods and a nomination from the Television Critics Association for Individual Achievement in Comedy for the same role. Mullally has also received recognition as a stage actress when she was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award, for her 1995 performance in Broadway's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Megan Mullally believes that physical beauty comes from within, and she therefore meditates daily and practices yoga three to five times weekly. She's not the type of woman that gets facials or manicures, though she professes to be somewhat of a compulsive "nose powderer" (that's powder that goes on and not in the nose, we assume).

Unlike the character she plays on Will & Grace, Megan prefers to wear simpler, less flashy apparel. She hates Karen Walker's fashion sense, referring to it as "too rich lady" or "too froufrou." Megan prefers less feminine, looser fitting clothing, and one of her favorite articles of clothing is a suede Tiffany-blue Elmer Fudd-style hat with ear flaps.

When it comes to footwear, Megan's favorite shoes are her Manolo Blahniks, which make her self-described "big old healthy Oklahoma ballet-girl" calves resemble "pencils sharpened down to the little points... at the end." She was self-conscious about her milky white legs until her mid-30s, claiming that she wouldn't ever be seen in public in a skirt until the age of 36. Since then Megan has learned to come to terms with exposing her pale skin.

 

Megan Mullally is not a ditzy drunk

She just plays one on TV. And what a good job she does, because in real life, Mullally — who co-stars as delightfully drug-addled rich girl Karen Walker on "Will & Grace" — is a subdued, even serious, performer with a wonderful singing voice and a gift for discovering slightly quirky but interesting material that works for her and her six-piece band, Supreme Music Program.

Dressed in a silver lamé jacket over a black pant suit, and with the same sparkling eyes and fancy jewelry as her TV character, Mullally told the audience to expect "interesting songs that you probably don't know" in her show Saturday night at Benaroya, part of the Seattle Symphony's Popular Culture Series.

Her eclectic, 90-minute set included traditional country, Scottish folk, blues, rock, pop and nonsense songs.

There were a few familiar ones, including Kermit the Frog's song of self-acceptance, "It's Not Easy Being Green," which was surprisingly beautiful and tender; a dramatic "Autumn Leaves," in an arrangement full of longing, which she confessed she stole from the late Eva Cassidy; and Randy Newman's high-stepping, tuba-rhythmic cabaret song, "It's Lonely At the Top."

Among other songs on the diverse set list were Bobby Gentry's shocking country honky-tonker "Fancy," about a prostitute teaching her daughter the trade; "Lament," a pop song that neared the level of art song, with lyrics drawn from the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay; and several by Tom Waits — whom Mullally called "a genius," saying she was jealous of those who have tickets for his show here tonight at the Paramount — most notably the dramatic childhood memory, "Take It With Me."

Among the traditional songs were a rich Scottish ballad, "Annie Laurie"; an odd Irish lament, "Wind and Rain," about a young girl who drowns and whose father makes a fiddle and bow with her bones and hair (it was sung a cappella by Mullally and guitarist Stuart Mathis); and "Poor Ellen Smith," an old-time country song about a murdered farm girl.

Her excellent band served her well.

In addition to Mathis, it included musical director Greg Kuehn on piano, electric keyboard and accordion; Joe Berardi on drums and a wide variety of percussion instruments; Piotr Jandula on viola; and Doug Livingston on keyboards, tuba and pedal-steel guitar.

 

Mullally Adds Own Jokes To Will And Grace

Actress MEGAN MULLALLY was so exhausted while filming a special Thanksgiving episode of her sitcom WILL + GRACE, she started slipping in her own sarcastic jokes as cameras rolled.

Mullally describes the episode, which will air in America later this month (NOV04), as "sprawling", and admits she got a little fatigued with the amount of work she had to put in.

She says, "As they're bringing out all the food, we're supposed to be going, 'Oh, it looks delicious,' and I said, 'Oh, this scene is so long!' I said it in every take and nobody knew. So you can watch for that."

Megan Mullally Finds Recognition In Real Life

Actress MEGAN MULLALLY realised just how unrecognisable she is to fans in public over the weekend, when she was mistaken for a reality TV star's manager.

The WILL & GRACE star was in Washington DC to see childhood pals when she came across BILL RANCIC, winner of DONALD TRUMP's hit reality show THE APPRENTICE.

She says, "I was in first class with Bill from the Apprentice. I was late so I had to carry my bags on the plane, so at the end of the flight, I asked him if he would help me carry my bags and he did. He was very nice, very gentlemanly, good-looking fellow.

"Nobody ever recognises me because I wear sort of man-ish clothing and I'm not really anything like my character on Will + Grace.

"But everybody was recognising him so I actually passed myself off as his manager a couple of times."

 

Megan Mullally to sing at Kennedy Center

Emmy Award winner Megan Mullally — backed by her band, the Supreme Music Program — will perform at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in March 2005.

On March 11 and 12, the "Will & Grace" star will offer concerts at the Center's Terrace Gallery. Show times are 7:30 and 9:30 PM each night. Mullally, who has also been approached about appearing in the upcoming London production of Guys & Dolls, will offer a 1940's-themed program at the Kennedy Center.

Best known for her role as Karen on the Emmy-winning NBC series "Will & Grace," Mullally appeared on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick in the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and portrayed Marty in the most recent revival of Grease! Her one woman musical, Sweetheart, played a sold-out run in Los Angeles.

Mullally to join Clay Aiken for TV Christmas special


Emmy Award winner Megan Mullally, seen on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, will be part of the upcoming NBC holiday program, "A Clay Aiken Christmas."

Mullally, Harmony composer Barry Manilow and gospel singer Yolanda Adams will all be featured on the first solo television special created for "American Idol" star Clay Aiken. "A Clay Aiken Christmas" — executive produced and directed by Louis J. Horvitz — is set to air on NBC-TV Wednesday, Dec. 8 beginning at 8 PM ET; check local listings.

The hour-long program will feature several songs from Aiken's new recording "Merry Christmas with Love." TV viewers can expect to hear such holiday classics as "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" as well as the new tune "Happy Holidays."

Best known for her role as Karen on the Emmy-winning NBC series "Will & Grace," Mullally appeared on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick in the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and portrayed Marty in the most recent revival of Grease! Her one woman musical, Sweetheart, played a sold-out run in Los Angeles.

Megan Mullally joins American Songbook Season series

Theatre and television favorites Jane Krakowski and Megan Mullally have joined the star-studded line-up for Lincoln Center's American Songbook series.

Krakowski, a Tony Award winner for her performance in the revival of Maury Yeston's Nine, will make her solo concert debut Feb. 1, 2005, at the Allen Room in Frederick P. Rose Hall at the Time Warner Center. Mullally, of TV's "Will & Grace" fame, will also perform at the Allen Room on Feb. 11. The singer-actress will be accompanied by her band, the Supreme Music Program. Also new to the Songbook line-up is singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb, who will play the Allen Room Feb. 3.

Best known for her role as Karen on the Emmy-winning NBC series "Will & Grace," Mullally appeared on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick in the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and portrayed Marty in the most recent revival of Grease! Her one woman musical, Sweetheart, played a sold-out run in Los Angeles.

Megan Mullally to Be Honored at the Trevor Project's ''Cracked Xmas 7''

The Trevor Project Will Honor Messing, Mullally and Wells Fargo at Its Annual "Cracked Xmas 7" Charity Event to Be Held at The Wiltern LG on Sunday, December 5th, 2004.

A night of outstanding musical and comedy performances benefiting The Trevor Project and honoring Debra Messing and Megan Mullally with The Trevor Life Award for their example of acceptance and support of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Wells Fargo will be honored with The Trevor Hope Award for their corporate support of the organization and the LGBT community.

The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization endeavor established to promote tolerance for gay and questioning teenagers, and to aid in suicide prevention among that group. The organization runs The Trevor Helpline (866-4-U-TREVOR), the only national toll-free, 24-hour, 365-day-a-year helpline for gay & questioning youth who have suicidal thoughts and feeling. Proceeds from "Cracked Xmas 7" benefit the organization and helpline.

Megan Mullally helps raise money for the Trevor Project

Will & Grace co-stars Debra Messing and Megan Mullally made the yuletide gay Sunday night by locking lips at the 7th annual Cracked Christmas event.
The dual honorees were helping raise money for the Trevor Project, an organization that helps prevent suicide among gay teenagers. Among the other television stars on hand hoping to get the word out on the toll-free 1-866-4-U-TREVOR hotline: Desperate Housewives' Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman and The West Wing's Allison Janney.

"This hotline literally saves lives," said Messing, and Mullally said she and Messing have received "thousands of letters from young people who say our show helped them feel OK about being gay."

The night got a little weird during a live auction, which was facilitated by Huffman and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's Carson Kressley. A "generous" bidder turned out to be a Kressley stalker and had to be escorted away by security. But Messing and Janney quickly restored the laughs by jokingly outbidding each other for a Will & Grace walk-on role.

"I was counting on the fact that someone would outbid me," Janney said.

In the end, former porn princess Traci Lords, 36, and out-of-the-closet Who's the Boss? tyke Danny Pintauro, 28, each shelled out $17,500 for the chance to appear on the NBC sitcom in 2005. Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick said he's looking forward to writing both into the show. Asked what she hopes to perform on the sitcom, naughty Lords said, "Honey, I can do lots of things."

Messing and Mullally broke news that Jeff Goldblum will join Will & Grace at the end of the month as Karen's old nemesis and Grace's new flame. And in January: Lily Tomlin comes on board as Will's new boss.

Cross said Housewives will soon reveal the sexual proclivities of her character's husband, Rex, and hopes audiences won't overreact.

Backstage, Huffman and Messing discussed breast-feeding tips, while Janney revealed details of her upcoming wedding to actor Richard Jenik. The two will wed in May and are looking into a Palm Springs ceremony at Frank Sinatra's former estate.


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