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Also Known As: Joanna Hall Died:
Born: June 2, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA Profession: singer, actor

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A wonderfully familiar face to movie audiences and TV viewers, and a hero to lovers of Broadway, Joanna Gleason was born in Toronto, Canada in 1950. Her father was TV game show host Monty Hall, and as Gleason's family relocated to New York and then to Los Angeles, Gleason had ample opportunity to become inspired by the entertainment industry. She graduated from Occidental College and began auditioning for roles on both the stage and screen, eventually landing her debut Broadway role in the play "I Love My Wife" in 1977. After a monumental 14 month run with the production, Gleason moved to the screen, co-starring on the sitcom "Hello, Larry" (NBC, 1979-1980). After returning to Broadway for "Joe Egg" in 1985 and appearing in the Woody Allen film "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986), Gleason landed one of her most famous and celebrated roles, playing the baker's wife in the original Broadway cast of Steven Sondheim's acclaimed musical "Into the Woods." She would return to the screen for a period following the show's hugely successful run, co-starring on "Love & War" (CBS, 1992-95) and in the film "Boogie Nights" (1997), in addition to guest starring on shows like  "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006) and...

A wonderfully familiar face to movie audiences and TV viewers, and a hero to lovers of Broadway, Joanna Gleason was born in Toronto, Canada in 1950. Her father was TV game show host Monty Hall, and as Gleason's family relocated to New York and then to Los Angeles, Gleason had ample opportunity to become inspired by the entertainment industry. She graduated from Occidental College and began auditioning for roles on both the stage and screen, eventually landing her debut Broadway role in the play "I Love My Wife" in 1977. After a monumental 14 month run with the production, Gleason moved to the screen, co-starring on the sitcom "Hello, Larry" (NBC, 1979-1980). After returning to Broadway for "Joe Egg" in 1985 and appearing in the Woody Allen film "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986), Gleason landed one of her most famous and celebrated roles, playing the baker's wife in the original Broadway cast of Steven Sondheim's acclaimed musical "Into the Woods." She would return to the screen for a period following the show's hugely successful run, co-starring on "Love & War" (CBS, 1992-95) and in the film "Boogie Nights" (1997), in addition to guest starring on shows like  "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006) and "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004). When Gleason returned to the stage, it was to tremendous acclaim, starring in back-to-back Broadway and off-Broadway productions of "The Normal Heart," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," and "Sons of the Prophet" from 2004 to 2008. After mounting a well received autobiographical cabaret act at 54 Below in 2013, Gleason joined the cast of the Canadian-made HBO series "Sensitive Skin" (HBO, 2014-), alongside Kim Cattrall.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Last Vegas (2013)
3.
 My Sassy Girl (2008)
4.
 Sex and the City (2008)
5.
 The Women (2008)
6.
 Wedding Daze (2006)
7.
 Wedding Planner, The (2001) Mrs Donolly
8.
 Boogie Nights (1997) Dirk'S Mother
9.
 American Perfekt (1997) Shirley Dutton
10.
 Edie & Pen (1996) Maude
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1991:
Starred on Broadway opposite Barry Bostwick in the problem-plagued and ultimately short-lived musical, "Nick and Nora"
1996:
Had a recurring role on "ER" (NBC)
2000:
Portrayed the manager and best friend of Bette Midler in the CBS fall sitcom "Bette"
1983:
Made TV-movie debut in "Still the Beaver"
1997:
Co-starred with Debi Mazar in the short-lived CBS sitcom "Temporarily Yours"
2001:
Had featured role in "The Wedding Planner" starring Jennifer Lopez
1980:
Regular on TV game show, "Chain Reaction"
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Memorably guest starred as Rachel's boss on the sitcom "Friends."
1992:
Co-starred on the series "Love & War" and directed several episodes.
1972:
Made stage debut in productions of "Promises, Promises" with the Long Beach and San Francisco Light Opera companies
1974:
Starred opposite Stacy Keach in "Hamlet" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles
1977:
Made Broadway debut in the musical "I Love My Wife"
1998:
Co-starred in the Lifetime sitcom "Oh Baby"
1986:
Made featurefilm debut as a group therapy member in "Heartburn"
1997:
Had feature role as the mother of Mark Wahlberg in "Boogie Nights"
1987:
Memorably played the baker's wife in the original Broadway cast of Steven Sondheim's acclaimed musical "Into the Woods."
2005:
Starred in the Broadway production of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."
1979:
Made her TV acting debut playing Morgan Winslow on the sitcom "Hello, Larry."
1985:
Co-starred on Broadway in "Joe Egg."
2009:
Cast as Roberta Finklestein in "The Rebound"
2014:
Played Veronica on "Sensitive Skin"
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Played Carol in the Woody Allen film "Hannah and Her Sisters."
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Appeared in the film "Mr. Holland's Opus."
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Played the recurring character Attorney Jordon Kendall on "The West Wing."
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Starred in an acclaimed off-Broadway production of "The Normal Heart."
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Starred in an off-Broadway production of "Something You Did."
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Starred off-Broadway in "Sons of the Prophet."
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Performed a one woman autobiographical cabaret act at 54 Below.
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Appeared in the acclaimed film "The Skeleton Twins."
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Education

Beverly Hills High School: Beverly Hills, California -
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles, California -
Occidental College: -

Notes

"Joanna Gleason is an astringent comic actress with impeccable timing and her own strong voice."--Frank Rich (NEW YORK TIMES review of "Nick and Nora", December 9, 1991)

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husband:
Michael Bennahum. Producer. Second marriage ended c. 1990; co-founded production company The Beagle Group with Gleason.
husband:
Chris Sarandon. Actor. Formerly married to actress Susan Sarandon; met when they appeared together in "Nick and Nora" on Broadway in 1991; married in 1994; has three children by previous marriage.

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father:
Monty Hall. TV host, producer. Born August 25, 1923 in Winnipeg, Canada; created, produced, and hosted TV game show, "Let's Make a Deal" (1963-1990).
mother:
Marilyn Doreen Hall. Actor, writer, producer.
brother:
Richard David Hall.
sister:
Sharon Fay Hall.
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