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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". Gleason's film roles, though few and small, have been notable, especially as the embarrassed wife of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow's prospective sperm-donor (Tony Roberts) in Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986) and as Woody Allen's indifferent wife in "Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989). She also had a brief but memorable turn as Mark Wahlberg's unhappy mother in "Boogie Nights" (1997). Gleason's first break on the small screen was in a regular role on the sitcom "Hello, Larry" (NBC, 1979-81), about a radio show host who gives on-air romantic advice. She went on to appear in several specials, including recreating her role from...

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".

Gleason's film roles, though few and small, have been notable, especially as the embarrassed wife of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow's prospective sperm-donor (Tony Roberts) in Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986) and as Woody Allen's indifferent wife in "Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989). She also had a brief but memorable turn as Mark Wahlberg's unhappy mother in "Boogie Nights" (1997). Gleason's first break on the small screen was in a regular role on the sitcom "Hello, Larry" (NBC, 1979-81), about a radio show host who gives on-air romantic advice. She went on to appear in several specials, including recreating her role from "Into the Woods" for PBS' "American Playhouse" series in 1991. Gleason landed a regular role on the CBS sitcom "Love & War" (1992-95), as Nadine Berkus, a waitress wannabe who has fled her suburban housewife existence and jailbird husband to make a life of her own. With pretensions to upgrading the restaurant, she brought a daffy elegance to a character who seemed perpetually on the make. She returned to series TV with a 1996 recurring role as a love interest of Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) on the hit NBC drama "ER".

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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.
 American Perfekt (1997) Shirley Dutton
9.
 Boogie Nights (1997) Dirk'S Mother
10.
 Edie & Pen (1996) Maude
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1972:
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:
Broadway debut in the musical, "I Love My Wife"
1979:
TV series debut as Morgan Winslow in "Hello, Larry" (NBC)
1980:
Regular on TV game show, "Chain Reaction"
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Hosted "Personal Side", a cable-TV talk show on which she interviewed 13 actresses during the 1980s
1982:
Moved to NYC
1983:
TV-movie debut, "Still the Beaver"
1985:
Returned to Broadway to act in a revival of the play, "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg/Joe Egg"
1986:
Film debut as group therapy member in "Heartburn"
1987:
Received considerable acclaim on Broadway as the Baker's Wife in the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical, "Into the Woods"; won Tony Award as Best Actress in a Musical
1991:
Starred on Broadway opposite Barry Bostwick in the problem-plagued and ultimately short-lived musical, "Nick and Nora"
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Played regular role of Nadine on the CBS sitcom, "Love & War"
1996:
Had a recurring role on "ER" (NBC)
1997:
Co-starred with Debi Mazar in the short-lived CBS sitcom "Temporarily Yours"
1997:
Had feature role as the mother of Mark Wahlberg in "Boogie Nights"
1998:
Co-starred in the Lifetime sitcom "Oh Baby"
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
2005:
Starred in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" the Broadway musical adapted from the 1988 movie starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin; earned a Tony nomination for her role
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Education

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

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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