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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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Since her Broadway debut in the 1977 musical hit by Cy Coleman "I Love My Wife," Joanna Gleason has won acclaim for the forthright intelligence of her performances and the elegant grace she brings to her roles. She was the critical friend of the parents of a spastic child in "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" (1985); the Baker's Wife, who movingly yearns for a child in the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical "Into the Woods" (1987), for which she won a Tony Award; and the feminine half of the famed sleuthing team in the disappointing, short-lived 1991 musical "Nick and Nora."

Since her Broadway debut in the 1977 musical hit by Cy Coleman "I Love My Wife," Joanna Gleason has won acclaim for the forthright intelligence of her performances and the elegant grace she brings to her roles. She was the critical friend of the parents of a spastic child in "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" (1985); the Baker's Wife, who movingly yearns for a child in the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical "Into the Woods" (1987), for which she won a Tony Award; and the feminine half of the famed sleuthing team in the disappointing, short-lived 1991 musical "Nick and Nora."

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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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1980:
Regular on TV game show, "Chain Reaction"
1983:
Made TV-movie debut in "Still the Beaver"
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)
1997:
Co-starred with Debi Mazar in the short-lived CBS sitcom "Temporarily Yours"
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Memorably guest starred as Rachel's boss on the sitcom "Friends."
2000:
Portrayed the manager and best friend of Bette Midler in the CBS fall sitcom "Bette"
2001:
Had featured role in "The Wedding Planner" starring Jennifer Lopez
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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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