Described by the London Times, “Purl cuts loose with all the authority of a seasoned jazz vocalist…she is mesmerizing” and by the Los Angeles Times as “a true American sweetheart…riveting…a gifted song stylist”, Purl is known to millions for her running roles on multiple, iconic television series. Besides being Richie Cunningham’s girlfriend, Fonzie’s fiancée on Happy Days, Matlock’s daughter Charlene Matlock, Pam’s Mom/Steve Carell’s girlflriend on The Office, she has starred in over 45 made-for-TV movies. Recent roles include recurring on Homleand and Designated Survivor.
Theatre credits (partial listing) Broadway: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Getting and Spending. Off-broadway, The Baby Dance. Regional at such theatres as: Long Wharf, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Santa Fe Opera, Cleveland Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, The Lensic Santa Fe, Berkeley Rep, Williamstown Theatre Festival (six seasons); Theatre Princesse Grace, Monaco; Imperial Theatre, Tokyo, Japan. Partial film: Bender, Mighty Joe Young, Leo and Loree; Sundays. Upcoming: Swing of Things, Angel’s Prayer.
Purl currently tours with The Year of Magical Thinking and in concert. Solo albums include Alone Together, Out of the World, Midnight Caravan and Up Jumped Spring. Upcoming: Try Your Wings. Past concert venues include Catalina Jazz Club, 54 Below, Naples Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Princess Grace Theatre (Monaco), Crazy Coqs (London), Club Raye (Paris) and Satin Doll (Tokyo).