The star of Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva" got her big break in the 2004 Broadway show "Taboo," produced by Rosie O'Donnell.
Elliott wanted to make a good impression on the TV personality so she put together an ensemble that cost $117, which can be costly for a struggling actress.
"Rosie asked, 'How much did that outfit cost you?' and I said, 'Oh, you know.' And she said, 'No, really. How much did it cost you?' and I said, '$117,' and she said, 'Well, if you get the job I'm going to reimburse you.' The first day of rehearsal I got a check for $117, which was really cool."
The $10 million production of "Taboo" — a musical about Boy George and his relationship with fashion designer Leigh Bowery — closed after just 100 performances.
Even though the show didn't do well, Elliott says O'Donnell's passion for the show meant a lot to the cast and crew.
"It was immeasurable. Her heart was so into that show and I think it meant a lot to her and it meant a lot to us too."
Elliott has now gone from Broadway to starring in her own TV show. She plays a shallow, aspiring model reincarnated as a plus-size lawyer. It co-stars Margaret Cho.
The premiere set a record for Lifetime with its best ratings yet.
Elliott and O'Donnell were recently reunited when O'Donnell guest-starred on "Drop Dead Diva, " which airs 9 p.m. EDT Sundays. She will appear in another episode in September and has blogged about the experience on her Web site saying, "I love this show."
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