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Also Known As: Melanie Joy Mayron Died:
Born: October 20, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, director, producer, screenwriter

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Best-known for her intense portrayal of the free-spirited Melissa in the acclaimed ABC drama series "thirtysomething," the petite auburn-haired Mayron began her career touring the US in a production of "Godspell." She made her film debut as a teenage hitchhiker opposite Art Carney in "Harry and Tonto" (1974) and earned acclaim for her realistic portrait of a zaftig Jewish photographer whose roommate leaves to marry in Claudia Weill's "Girlfriends" (1978). Subsequent film appearances failed to capitalize on her unique appeal and, except for Costa-Gavras' "Missing" (1982), she was virtually wasted. Mayron joined director-screenwriter Catlin Adams to create HighTop Films, for which she produced the 1988 feature "Sticky Fingers," which failed to find an audience or strong critical response, and the 1988 award-winning short "Little Shiny Shoes."Mayron found her biggest success on TV. Beginning with her portrayal of a prostitute in "Hustling" (ABC, 1975), she gave a series of sharply etched performances, notably "Playing for Time" (CBS, 1980) and "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story" (NBC, 1985). Beginning in 1990, Mayron turned her considerable talents behind the camera, helming two episodes of "thirtysomething."...

Best-known for her intense portrayal of the free-spirited Melissa in the acclaimed ABC drama series "thirtysomething," the petite auburn-haired Mayron began her career touring the US in a production of "Godspell." She made her film debut as a teenage hitchhiker opposite Art Carney in "Harry and Tonto" (1974) and earned acclaim for her realistic portrait of a zaftig Jewish photographer whose roommate leaves to marry in Claudia Weill's "Girlfriends" (1978). Subsequent film appearances failed to capitalize on her unique appeal and, except for Costa-Gavras' "Missing" (1982), she was virtually wasted. Mayron joined director-screenwriter Catlin Adams to create HighTop Films, for which she produced the 1988 feature "Sticky Fingers," which failed to find an audience or strong critical response, and the 1988 award-winning short "Little Shiny Shoes."

Mayron found her biggest success on TV. Beginning with her portrayal of a prostitute in "Hustling" (ABC, 1975), she gave a series of sharply etched performances, notably "Playing for Time" (CBS, 1980) and "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story" (NBC, 1985). Beginning in 1990, Mayron turned her considerable talents behind the camera, helming two episodes of "thirtysomething." She went on to direct episodes of "Tribeca" (Fox, 1993), "Sirens" (ABC, 1993) and "Winnetka Road" (NBC, 1994) as well as the TV remake of "Freaky Friday" (ABC, 1995), which she also scripted. Mayron made her feature film directing debut with the underrated "The Baby-Sitters Club" (1995).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Playdate (2013)
2.
3.
  She Gets What She Wants (2005) Director
4.
  Toothless (1997) Director
5.
  Baby-Sitters Club, The (1995) Director
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  Freaky Friday (1995) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Clockstoppers (2002)
3.
 Range of Motion (2000) Alice Tyson
4.
 East of A (1999) Ellie
5.
 Toothless (1997) Mindy
6.
 Freaky Friday (1995) (Uncredited Cameo) Waitress
7.
 Drop Zone (1994) Mrs Willins
8.
 Other Women's Children (1993) Amelia Stewart
9.
 Ordeal in the Arctic (1993) Sue Hillier
10.
 My Blue Heaven (1990) Crystal
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Appeared as Melissa Steadman in ABC drama series "thirtysomething"
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directing debut on "thirtysomething" (ABC)
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Directed episodes of The WB series "Dawson's Creek"
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Directed episodes of various TV series like "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO) and "Sirens" (1993)
1975:
TV movie debut in "Hustling"
1979:
Broadway stage debut in "The Goodbye People"
1974:
Feature acting debut in "Harry and Tonto"
1995:
Feature directing debut "The Baby-Sitter's Club"
1995:
Helmed the ABC small screen remake of "Freaky Friday"
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Made second feature "Slap Her, She's French" (lensed 2000-2001); replaced director Evan Dunsky who left the project over "creative differences" ten days into shooting
1972:
Toured US in "Godspell"
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Directed episodes of CBS' "Nash Bridges"
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Formed HighTop Films with Catlin Adams; produced first feature "Sticky Fingers" in 1988 (also co-wrote and starred)
1997:
Helmed the ABC/Disney TV-movie "Toothless"
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Education

American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York, New York - 1972

Notes

"I love acting, but the directing thing is great because it uses so much more of you." --Mayron on directing "The Baby-Sitter's Club" from USA Today, April 18, 1995.

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father:
David Mayron. Pharmaceutical chemist.
mother:
Norma Mayron. Real estate agent.
sister:
Gale Mayron. Actor, TV host. Hosted an afternoon MTV interview/video show.
daughter:
Olivia Joy Mayron. Born on October 14, 1998.
son:
Miles Mayron. Born c. 1998.
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