Michele Pawk (born November 16, 1961) is an American actress and singer.
Born in Butler, Pennsylvania
, Pawk attended Allegheny College
and the College Conservatory of Music
, after which she spent a year working in a musical revue
at Disney World
. In 1988, she made her Broadway
debut in a shortlived musical entitled Mail
, but it wasn't until 1992 that she made her mark with her performance in the Ira
and George Gershwin
-inspired production Crazy for You
, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award
as Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. From there she went on to three successful revivals - Merrily We Roll Along
(1996), and Cabaret
(1998) - and an original musical, Seussical
(2000), based on the works of Dr. Seuss
In 2002, Pawk earned critical raves for her performance in Hollywood Arms, the Carrie Hamilton – Carol Burnett play adapted from Burnett's memoir, One More Time. Her portrayal of an alcoholic who dreams of success as a movie magazine writer, a character based on Burnett's mother, won her the Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Play. She is currently featured in Hairspray as Velma Von Tussle, after appearing in Mamma Mia! as "Donna" (Oct 19, 2005 - Feb 20, 2006).
Pawk's television credits include L.A. Law, The Golden Girls, and all three editions of the Law & Order franchise. She appeared in small roles in the films Jeffrey (1995) and Cradle Will Rock (1999). She also guest starred on an episode of Quantum Leap (1990).
She is married to actor John Dossett. They have one son, Jack, born in 2000. The couple have been residents of South Orange, New Jersey.
Awards and nominations
- 2003 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play – Hollywood ArmsNominations
- 1992 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – Crazy for You
- 1998 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – Cabaret
- 2006 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play – The Paris Letter