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2011
SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2011
Live at the Beacon Theatre

Lily Rabe — Nominee for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

Lily Rabe

Show:
The Merchant of Venice

Role:
Portia, an heiress who must use her fortune to bail out a friend of her new husband and goes head to head with moneylender Shylock.

Bio Brief:
As the daughter of playwright David Rabe and late actress Jill Clayburgh, Rabe grew up surrounded by the theater. She made her Broadway debut in 2005’s Steel Magnolias and followed with stints in Heartbreak House and The American Plan.

Other Honors for this Role:
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance 

Tony History: 
This is Rabe's first Tony Award nomination.

Fun Fact:
Rabe recently did a reading of the film Nothing Else Like It On Earth alongside current Broadway star Daniel Radcliffe.

Quotable Quotes:
“I think doing Shakespeare like this not only makes you a better actor, I think it also makes you a better person.” —Rabe in an interview with Broadway.com, 11/10

Other Nominees for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play