Fowler at the Drama League Benefit Gala Honoring Angela Lansbury, February 8, 2010
November 1, 1940|
Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
|Occupation||Actress and Singer|
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Fowler was a teacher with a fondness for Broadway theatre when she decided to audition for Gantry in 1970. She was signed for the chorus and as understudy for the lead, but the show unfortunately closed on opening night. She had better luck with her next outing, Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music. Additional Broadway credits include 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Peter Pan, Baby, Take Me Along, Teddy & Alice, the 1989 revival of Sweeney Todd, in which she portrayed Mrs. Lovett, Beauty and the Beast, in which she originated the role of Mrs. Potts, Bells Are Ringing, and The Boy from Oz where she portrayed Peter Allen's mother Marion.
Fowler has been nominated for two Tony Awards, as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for The Boy From Oz and as Best Actress in a Musical for Sweeney Todd as Mrs. Lovett, which garnered her a Drama Desk Award nomination as well.
Fowler's film credits include Sister Act, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, and Mulan, in which she sang "Honor to Us All." On television, she has appeared in Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Ed, and Orange Is the New Black as Sister Ingalls.
- Beckerman, Jim. "Fowler draws on salon ties for role", The Record (Bergen County), March 12, 2008. Accessed March 12, 2008. "Born in Jersey City, raised in Rutherford (she cut her acting teeth with the Bergen County Players in Oradell), she lived in Teaneck, Hawthorne and Glen Rock before settling, eight years ago, in New Milford."
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