Christine Ebersole has garnered countless accolades and recognition for her five-decade-spanning career. The early years of her career were marked by being a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live, co-hosting the popular “Weekend Update” segment. Guest star appearances dot her resume from these days: Will & Grace, Dolly!, Just Shoot Me, Murphy Brown, Ally McBeal, Samantha Who, Boston Legal, The Colbert Report, and Royal Pains. Her theatre career is equally as remarkable, including two Tony Awards wins for 42nd Street and Grey Gardens, respectively.
Ebersole’s career has been highly praised by the theatre community, garnering her the following accolades: a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and, from the Drama League, a citation and Outstanding Performance of the Year. For her off-Broadway run in Grey Gardens she received a special citation from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, and an Obie award. Additional off-Broadway credits include Three Sisters and Talking Heads. Her work on Broadway is even more extensive. From starring in On the Twentieth Century, the 1979 revival of Oklahoma!, a revival of Camelot the following year, and Gore Vidal’s The Best Man in 2000.
It’s no surprise that Ebersole was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame alongside Bill Irwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, and posthumously, Ntozake Shange, director Frank Galati, and sound designer Abe Jacob. The organization, founded in 1972, honors actors, playwrights, songwriters, designers, directors, and producers whose careers have spanned at least 25 years and five major production credits. Recognized with the honor, Christine Ebersole joins a group of 10 alums including Lauren Bacall, Anne Bancroft, Hume Cronyn, Colleen Dewhurst, Charles Durning, Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin, Howard Lindsay, Jason Robards, and Elizabeth Wilson. A gala for the ceremony will be held at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre on Monday, November 14th.
Her work also extends to concert and nightlife venues, performing at the Cinegrill and Cafe Carlyle. In 2010, Ebersole was awarded the Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist in a Major Engagement for her work the previous year at Cafe Carlyle. In 2011, Ebersole was one of the select performers taking part in the Playbill cruise, a gig that took her across the seas. Alongside jazz-violinist Aaron Weinstein and his trio, Ebersole played two sold out nights at Birdland in New York.
Most recently, catch Ebersole in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza, the comedy-drama starring newcomer, and son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Cooper Hoffman.