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Also Known As: Andrea Louise Martin Died:
Born: January 15, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Portland, Maine, USA Profession: actor, comedian, screenwriter

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Petite and wide-eyed with a mass of curls, Andrea Martin created several memorable characters as part of the troupe writing and performing on "Second City TV/SCTV/SCTV Network" (syndicated 1977-81; NBC 1981-83). Two of her more memorable creations were the gibberish-spouting cleaning woman Prini Schlerosi and the leopard-skin-clad, tightly wound TV station manager Edith Prickley. During the course of the series run, Martin was nominated for 10 Emmy Awards for her writing (winning back to back awards in 1982 and 1983) and one for her characterizations.

Petite and wide-eyed with a mass of curls, Andrea Martin created several memorable characters as part of the troupe writing and performing on "Second City TV/SCTV/SCTV Network" (syndicated 1977-81; NBC 1981-83). Two of her more memorable creations were the gibberish-spouting cleaning woman Prini Schlerosi and the leopard-skin-clad, tightly wound TV station manager Edith Prickley. During the course of the series run, Martin was nominated for 10 Emmy Awards for her writing (winning back to back awards in 1982 and 1983) and one for her characterizations.

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CAST: (feature film)

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3.
 Breaking Upwards (2009)
4.
 Toe Tactic, The (2008)
5.
 Cake Eaters (2007)
6.
 Brother Bear 2 (2006)
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 TV Set, The (2006)
8.
 Black Christmas (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

1970:
Cast as Lucy in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"
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Moved to Toronto; began acting in theatrical productions
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Co-starred in Canadian production of "Godspell" with Martin Short, Gilda Radner and Victor Garber
1973:
Feature debut, "Cannibal Girls" directed by Ivan Reitman
1977:
Was member of both the writing staff and performing ensemble of "Second City Television/SCTV/SCTV Network"; aired in syndication from 1977-1981; aired on NBC from 1981-1983
1986:
Guest-starred on the CBS sitcom "Kate and Allie"
1987:
Starred in short-lived CBS sitcom "Roxie"; a spin-off from "Kate and Allie"
:
Began secondary career as voice actor with the animated "The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley" (NBC)
1989:
Headlined own variety special "Andrea Martin: Together Again"; also served as executive producer and writer
1992:
Broadway debut in the short-lived musical "My Favorite Year"
1994:
Had recurring role on the short-lived "The Martin Short Show" (NBC)
1994:
Had featured role of Mistress Quickly, in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "The Merry Wives of Windsor"
1996:
Appeared in one-person show "Nude Nude Totally Nude"
1997:
Returned to Broadway as the Old Lady in Hal Prince's revival of "Candide"
2001:
Played the title character's motherly agent in the film adaptation of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
2002:
Returned to Broadway as Aunt Eller in the Trevor Nunn-directed revival of "Oklahoma!"
2002:
Starred as Aunt Voula in the summer hit "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," written by and starred Nia Vardalos
2003:
Again portrayed Aunt Voula for the short lived CBS sitcom "My Big Fat Greek Life," based on the hit movie
2005:
Starred on Broadway as Golde opposite Harvey Fierstein's Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof"
2008:
Cast in Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" as Frau Blucher; received a Tony nomination for Featured Actress in a Musical
2009:
Joined the cast of the Broadway production of Eugene Ionesco┬┐s "Exit the King"
2010:
Performed the one-woman show "Final Days! Everything Must Go!" in Toronto
2013:
Featured in the revival of the Broadway musical "Pippin," leading to a Tony Award win
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Education

Emerson College: Boston , Massachusetts -

Notes

"My first movie ['Cannibal Girls'] . . . Best acting I've ever done--no preconceived ideas of what acting should be." --Martin quoted in TIME OUT NEW YORK, March 27-April 3, 1996

"Far too often, she's been better than her material." --Blake Green writing about Martin in NEWSDAY, July 3, 1994

". . . my observations in life naturally go toward the irreverent and comedic. So no matter how painful the subject, I was always turning it around to shed some light on it by the comedy I saw.

I've never told stories from a depressing place because that's not naturally how I live my life . . . I need to twist to it around to save myself." --Andrea Martin quoted in LOS ANGELES TIMES, October 13, 1996

Family close complete family listing

son:
Jack. Born c. 1981.
son:
Jack. Factory worker. Separated from Ann Merkerson c. 1957.
son:
Joseph. Born c. 1983.
son:
Joseph. Has two; both older.
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