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Beth Fowler is an American actress and singer, best known for her performances on Broadway.


Fowler, Beth was born on November 1, 1940 in Jersey City.


Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Fowler was a teacher with a fondness for Broadway theatre when she decided to audition for Gantry in 1970. She was signed for the chorus and as understudy for the lead, but the show unfortunately closed on opening night. She had better luck with her next outing, Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music.

Additional Broadway credits include 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Peter Pan, Baby, Take Me Along, Teddy & Alice, the 1989 revival of Sweeney Todd, in which she portrayed Mrs. Lovett, Beauty and the Beast, in which she originated the role of Mrs. Potts, Bells Are Ringing, and The Boy from Oz where she portrayed Peter Allen's mother Marion.

On television, Fowler guest starred on Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Ed, and Gossip Girl. In 2013, she began appearing in the recurring role as Sister Jane Ingalls in the Netflix comedy-drama series, Orange Is the New Black'. Since 2000, Fowler has been a resident of New Milford, New Jersey, having previously resided in Rutherford, Teaneck, Hawthorne and Glen Rock.


  • She is a two-time Tony Award nominee. Fowler has been nominated for two Tony Awards, as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for The Boy From Oz and as Best Actress in a Musical for Sweeney Todd as Mrs. Lovett, which garnered her a Drama Desk Award nomination as well.

    Along with cast, Fowler received Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.


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  • Other Work

    • Actor: (Broadway plays) Gantry, 1970, A Little Night Music, 1974, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, 1976, Peter Pan, 1979-1981, Baby, 1984, Take Me Along, 1985, Teddy & Alice, 1987-1988, Sweeney Todd, 1989-1990 (Tony nominee best actress musical, 1990), Beauty and the Beast, 1994 (Los Angeles Ovation award), Bells Are Ringing, 2001, The Boy From Oz, 2003 (Tony nominee best featured actress musical, 2004), Escape, 2005, Inherit the Wind, 2007. (plays) Zorba, 2007.