Mona Lee was born in Germany and came to the US with her German mother and military dad. She's a working actress whose 40 years of experience includes regional theatre, major motion pictures, and network TV shows.
While a student in the Theatre Department of the University of Texas at Austin, she was awarded a full scholarship to the Juillard School under the tutelage of the legendary, John Houseman. Her extensive stage work includes appearances in The Prodigious Snob at Lincoln Center; as Guest Artist for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; and a tour of the Second Time Around, starring Pat O'Brien. She performed Marigolds; Crimes of the Heart; and many other stage performances in California, New York and Texas.
Mona’s been cast in over 50 films, TV movies, and many commercials such as Coca Cola, Chevy’s “Coming Home” series launching Chevy’s new electric hybrid vehicles and ESPN’s promotions for the Longhorn Network.
This summer Boyhood directed by Richard Linklater is up for a theatrical release. Boyhood won Linklater the Silver Bear Award for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival. Mona coaches Ellar Coltrane the young star of the movie and also has a cameo role in the film.
Mona has done six projects in total with Linklater who has also taken Mona’s acting classes. She plays Mitch’s ear-pulling mom in Dazed and Confused, roles in Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly, $5.15, and Bernie in which Mona has a scene with her friend, Matthew McConaughy.
Mona has a co-starring role in The Teller And The Truth directed by Andrew Shapter which will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
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She’s had co-starring roles in NBC’s Friday Night Lights, Lifetime’s, Drop Dead Diva, and NBC’s, My Generation.
Her first "Mom" role was co-starring as the mother of star, Christian Slater in the popular teen cult movie, The Legend of Billie Jean. Mona can be seen in many co-starring and supporting roles, like the 20th Century Fox film, Hope Floats, directed by Forest Whitaker and starring Sandra Bullock. She appeared in co-starring roles in the TV mini-series, True Women, and in the television drama,Tornado Alley.
An actress, screenwriter and an acting coach, Mona is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA. She's been active in her unions having served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Houston Council of SAG.
Mona is a passionate gardener. She's often lured back into the garden for another look at her rich native and tropical flora. Coming from a military family, Mona moved around the world. "I loved when we were stationed in Hawaii. That's what aroused my inner gardener. I relax looking at plants and flowers. I feel very comfortable in Texas, too. I love the hill country and hiking at Enchanted Rock and German breakfast in Fredericksburg. I love the diversity of cultures in Texas, especially the Mexican culture and people."