studied at the Peabody Conservatory and came to Broadway when she was still a teen, making her debut in GYPSY. She went on to star in CHAPTER TWO, garnering a Tony nomination and L.A Drama Critics Award, BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG, JIMMY, CABARET, DON'T DRINK THE WATER, KELLY, MR. PRESIDENT, ALL AMERICAN, THE GAY LIFE, CARNIVAL, GYPSY, POCAHANTAS (London's West End) and SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH at the Royal Alex in Toronto with Joanne Woodward
. Her Off Broadway, regional theatre and stock credits include hundreds of musicals, Chekhov and Shakespeare.
Movie audiences remember her best as Mona in MOONSTRUCK. She was Jennifer Anniston's mother in SHE'S THE ONE, Mary Louise Parker's mother in BOYS ON THE SIDE, Bll Murray's mother in LARGER THAN LIFE, Jack Black's mother in BOB Roberts, and the mother of Bobby Cannavale's love interest in THE GURU. On television, she played Quincy's bride, John Goodman's mother in NORMAL OHIO, David Chase's ALMOST GROWN, and the Hallmark Hall of Fame movies, THE SUMMER OF BEN TYLER with James Woods, and A CHRISTMAS MEMORY with Patty Duke. She appeared on many game shows, musical specials and was a regular on THE TONIGHT SHOW with Johnny Carson.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
Anita Gillette Facts