ANITA GILLETTE is a Broadway veteran with fourteen Broadway shows to her credit, including CHAPTER TWO (Tony Nomination, LA Drama Critics Award) CABARET, CARNIVAL, GYPSY, GUYS & DOLLS, DON’T DRINK THE WATER, ALL AMERICAN, JIMMY, THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG, BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, MR. PRESIDENT, THE GAY LIFE, KELLY, SHOWBOAT and ENCORES’ BLOOMER GIRL and 70 GIRLS 70. Off Broadway and Regional credits include: LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE, THE SEAGULL, SHIRLEY VALENTINE, SKIN OF OUR TEETH, JUNO, RICH & FAMOUS, MOVING TARGETS, TRAVESTIES, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, FLAMINGO COURT, MY FAIR LADY, THE WINSLOW BOY, IRENE, SOUTH PACIFIC, SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, (with Joanne Woodward) THE GREAT WALTZ (recorded for RCA), KNICKERBOCKER HOLIDAY (with Burt Lancaster) and MORNING’S AT SEVEN.
She is Tina Fey’s mom on 30 ROCK and Marg Helgenberger’s mom on CSI but she may be best known as MONA, the mistress, in MOONSTRUCK and now kids know her from the Disney show SHAKE IT UP! She had major roles in the following films: SHALL WE DANCE (with Richard Gere), BOYS ON THE SIDE, LARGER THAN LIFE, (Bill Murray’s mother) THE GURU, (with Bobby Canavale) SHE’S THE ONE, (Jennifer Aniston’s mother) BOB ROBERTS, (Jack Black’s mother) THE GREAT NEW WONDERFUL, HIDING VICTORIA, THE LAST ADAM, BUM RAP, CHARLIE HOBOKEN and UNDERTOW. Films for television include A CHRISTMAS MEMORY and SUMMER OF BEN TYLER.
She now has a recurring role on Law & Order SVU. She was a series regular on QUINCY, ALMOST GROWN (by David Chase) THE WAR AT HOME, BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE, ME & THE CHIMP, NORMAL, OHIO, THE BAXTERS, ALL THAT GLITTERS. Her episodic work includes SEX & THE CITY, COLD CASE, WOMEN’S MURDER CLUB, FRASIER, LAW & ORDER, MAD ABOUT YOU. She has appeared on every major game show including PYRAMID, PASSWORD, MATCHGAME, TO TELL THE TRUTH, WHAT’S MY LINE, etc., etc. She was a foil for Johnny Carson for at least 50 TONIGHT shows, and appeared many times on other talk shows and the BELL TELEPHONE HOUR.
She is currently performing her one woman show AFTER ALL whenever she can!