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Also Known As: Jeannie Brette May Died:
Born: November 1, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, acting teacher, director, playwright

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This spirited young nymph of the early 1970s who, during her brief heyday, tended to play sensuous yet flustered and gawky "Jewish-American princesses". The only child of comedienne-writer-director Elaine May, Berlin played several prominent supporting roles while still in her teens in "Getting Straight" and "The Baby Makers" (both 1970). Her most notable film work came when May directed her in the appealingly off-beat "The Heartbreak Kid" (1972), an adaptation of Neil Simon's comedy of embarrassment. As the bewildered bride whose husband of three days becomes involved with a cool blonde WASP, Berlin received excellent notices and an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress. "Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York" (1975), which cast Berlin in the title role, was a prominent failure, though, and she has subsequently been involved in occasional stage work. She did, however, return to the big screen when she wrote and played a leading role (opposite, among others, her mother) in the black comedy "In the Spirit" (1990).

This spirited young nymph of the early 1970s who, during her brief heyday, tended to play sensuous yet flustered and gawky "Jewish-American princesses". The only child of comedienne-writer-director Elaine May, Berlin played several prominent supporting roles while still in her teens in "Getting Straight" and "The Baby Makers" (both 1970). Her most notable film work came when May directed her in the appealingly off-beat "The Heartbreak Kid" (1972), an adaptation of Neil Simon's comedy of embarrassment. As the bewildered bride whose husband of three days becomes involved with a cool blonde WASP, Berlin received excellent notices and an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress. "Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York" (1975), which cast Berlin in the title role, was a prominent failure, though, and she has subsequently been involved in occasional stage work. She did, however, return to the big screen when she wrote and played a leading role (opposite, among others, her mother) in the black comedy "In the Spirit" (1990).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Margaret (2011)
2.
 In the Spirit (1990) Crystal
4.
 The Heartbreak Kid (1972) Lila [Kolodny]
5.
 Portnoy's Complaint (1972) Bubbles Girardi
6.
 Bone (1972) The girl
7.
 Two on a Bench (1971) Harriet
8.
 Why? (1971)
9.
 The Baby Maker (1970) Charlotte
10.
 The Strawberry Statement (1970) Clipboard girl
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Milestones close milestones

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Began her acting career at age 14 in an off-Broadway production of "Rumpelstiltskin"
1969:
Acted in the TV-movie romantic comedy "In Name Only" (ABC), a remake of the 1952 film "We're Not Married"
1969:
Made feature film debut in a small role in "Alice's Restaurant"
1972:
Received a Best Supportin Actress Oscar nomination as the abandoned bride in "The Heartbreak Kid," directed by her mother Elaine May
1975:
Played first leading role in film, "Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York"
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Acted onstage in "Adaptation" in Los Angeles, CA
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Became involved in writing and directing for the theater: wrote and directed a play produced in Los Angeles, "The Party"; also wrote the play "Fanny Wants Out"
1990:
Returned to feature films; wrote the screenplay (with Laurie Jones) and played one of the leading roles in "In the Spirit"
1998:
Acted alongside mother in off-Broadway production "Power Plays"
2003:
Guest starred on the short-lived series "Miss Match" (NBC)
2011:
Cast alongside Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, and Mark Ruffalo in "Margaret"; filming began in 2005 but spent more than five years in post-production
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -

Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
Jack Berlin. Actor. Maternal; ran a Yiddish theater company in the 1930s.
mother:
Elaine May. Actor, director, screenwriter. Berlin is her only child.
father:
Marvin May.

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