When Americans gathered around their television sets in the late 1980s to follow the weekly saga of 30-somethings on the hit show, “thirtysomething,” they heard that unmistakable husky, gravelly voice of Polly Draper.
What they probably didn't realize is the brunette actress was born June 15, 1955, in Gary.
Draper, an actress, writer, producer and director, was nominated for an Emmy—Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series — for her role as Ellyn Warren on the ABC hit drama, “thirtysomething.”
She grew up in California and earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a master's degree in fine arts from the Yale School of Drama. Draper began acting off Broadway in 1980, later taking on televised roles, including her portrayal of Adrian in the 1993 adaptation NBC television movie of Danielle Steel's, “Heartbeat.”
In 1999, she wrote and starred in “The Tic Code,” a film about Tourette's Syndrome, a condition her husband and former bandleader for “The Arsenio Hall Show,” Michael Wolff, has.
In more recent work, Draper wrote and directed “The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie,” which became the pilot for the Nickelodeon show, “The Naked Brothers Band,” a series that earned her two Writers Guild Award nominations.
Her sons, Nat Wolff and Alex Wolff, starred in the show and have pursued careers in entertainment.