Julia Duffy made her mark in television starring as Stephanie on the classic CBS hit “Newhart,” starring Bob Newhart. During the many years “Newhart” aired, Duffy’s reputation flourished by her earning seven Emmy nominations, five American Comedy Award nominations, three Viewers for Quality Television awards and a Golden Globe nomination.
Duffy began her career in summer stock in her hometown of Minneapolis before attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Soon after graduating, she began a four-year run as Penny on the soap opera “The Doctors” and played Juliet in a PBS production of “Romeo and Juliet.”
Recognizing Duffy’s impressive talents, the Coen brothers cast her opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and George Clooney in the Universal Studios feature Intolerable Cruelty. She also appeared in several other features, including Together Again for the First Time, Be My Baby, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd and Charlotte’s Web 2: Wilbur’s Great Adventure.
Duffy’s television credits include UPN’s “Social Studies,” NBC’s “The Mommies,” ABC’s “Baby Talk” and the CBS hit “Designing Women.” Her recent TV appearances include “The Cool Kids,” “American Housewife,” “Scream Queens” and a recurring role on HBO’s “Looking.” Duffy has also appeared in television series/miniseries, including “The Blue and the Gray,” “Kidz in the Wood,” “Children in the Crossfire,” “The Covergirl and the Cop,” “Menu for Murder” and “Sooner or Later.”
Duffy has performed in over 20 stage plays, including The Enchanted at the Kennedy Center and Once in a Lifetime on Broadway. She’s also worked in several regional theater productions in such venues as St. Louis Rep, The Huntington Theater in Boston, the Laguna Playhouse, the Pasadena Playhouse, The Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey and the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival in L.A. Duffy has also appeared Off Broadway at Playwright’s Horizons.
Duffy recently released the book Bad Auditions, a lighthearted look at her own audition room adventures. Aimed at helping and encouraging young actors, it’s available on shelves and online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.