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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 "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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Made stage debut in productions of "Promises, Promises" with the Long Beach and San Francisco Light Opera companies
Starred opposite Stacy Keach in "Hamlet" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles
Made Broadway debut in the musical "I Love My Wife"
Made her TV acting debut playing Morgan Winslow on the sitcom "Hello, Larry."
Regular on TV game show, "Chain Reaction"
Made TV-movie debut in "Still the Beaver"
Co-starred on Broadway in "Joe Egg."
Made featurefilm debut as a group therapy member in "Heartburn"
Memorably played the baker's wife in the original Broadway cast of Steven Sondheim's acclaimed musical "Into the Woods."
Starred on Broadway opposite Barry Bostwick in the problem-plagued and ultimately short-lived musical, "Nick and Nora"
Co-starred on the series "Love & War" and directed several episodes.
Had a recurring role on "ER" (NBC)
Co-starred with Debi Mazar in the short-lived CBS sitcom "Temporarily Yours"
Had feature role as the mother of Mark Wahlberg in "Boogie Nights"
Co-starred in the Lifetime sitcom "Oh Baby"
Portrayed the manager and best friend of Bette Midler in the CBS fall sitcom "Bette"
Had featured role in "The Wedding Planner" starring Jennifer Lopez
Starred in the Broadway production of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."
Cast as Roberta Finklestein in "The Rebound"
Played Veronica on "Sensitive Skin"