Lavinia Penniman, the busybody aunt of wealthy but socially awkward heiress Catherine Sloper.
After making her Broadway debut in Bedroom Farce, Ivey has starred in 10 Broadway shows, as well as appearing on TV’s White Collar, Will & Grace and more.
Other Honors for This Role:
—Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance
1983: Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, Steaming
1985: Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, Hurlyburly
1992: Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play, Park Your Car in Harvard Yard
The skirt Ivey wears in The Heiress weighs 30 pounds, and she has referred to her costume as her “weight loss program.”
“The audiences love this story and they’re very responsive to everything—the laughter, the pathos, the sadness. They really seem to relate to it. It really is a universal story that doesn’t change.”—Ivey in an interview with Broadway.com, 11/1/12.