Actress, singer, and recording artist ELLEN GREENE (Miss Adelaide), has spent the last two seasons portraying the endearing, cheese-loving Vivian, one of the Darling Mermaid Darlings, on the critically praised ABC series Pushing Daisies. She has also recently been seen in a completely different role, offering a dramatic, chilling performance as Virginia Grey, the mother of Sylar, on the NBC drama Heroes.
Greene began her career as a nightclub singer, selling out famed venues such as Brothers & Sisters and Reno Sweeney. She has won acclaim for her interpretations of an eclectic array of material that ranges from Kurt Weill to Peter Allen and Tori Amos. Her singing, in fact, led to her first Broadway outing, the original musical Rachel Lily Rosenbloom and Don’t You Ever Forget It. When she was 21, Joseph Papp, the late founder of New York’s Public Theater, took her under his wing and cast her in productions of In the Boom Boom Room and The Threepenny Opera; she earned a Tony nomination for her work in the latter as Jenny – a role originally created by Lotte Lenya.
Greene, of course, is best known for her lovably ditzy, comical, and ultimately moving portrayal of the innocent flower shop worker with a heart of gold, Audrey, in both the original stage production (Drama Desk nominee for Outstanding Actress in a Musical) and the subsequent film of Little Shop of Horrors. Her film work also includes Next Stop, Greenwich Village as well as roles in I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can, Talk Radio, Pump Up the Volume, Stepping Out, Fathers & Sons, The Professional, Killer: A Journal of a Murderer, Jaded, One Fine Day, Sex and a Girl, and The Cooler, among others, and in the upcoming film Privileged. Her many television credits include her role of Sister Ruth, a rock-singer turned evangelist, in the HBO miniseries Glory! Glory!, for which she received an ACE award nomination.
Greene’s debut solo CD, In His Eyes – based on her concert act Torch, which was performed to rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic – was named the vocal recording of the year by Playbill Magazine. For more information visit ellengreene.com.