Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Jane Hoffman Biography (1911-)
Full name, Jane Ruth Hoffman; born July 24, 1911, in Seattle, WA; daughter ofSamuel Lewis (a salesman) and Marguerite (Kirschbaum) Hoffman; married JamesW. McGlone, Jr. (a businessman), July, 1936 (divorced, 1945); married William Friedberg (a writer), December 9, 1945 (divorced, 1950); married Richard McMurray (an actor), September 9, 1950 (divorced, 1969); children: (third marriage) Samuel. Addresses: HOME--New York, NY.
Favorite roles: Mommy, The American Dream, Agnes, A Delicate Balance, and Vlasta Huml, The Increased Difficulty of Concentration.
- Birth Details
- July 24, 1911
- Seattle, Washington, United States
- STAGE DEBUT--The kid, The Poor Nut, Henry Duffy Stock Company, Seattle, 1926.
- BROADWAY DEBUT--'Tis of Thee, revue, Maxine Elliott Theatre, October 26,1940.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Crazy with the Heat, Lowes State Theatre, New York City, then Buffalo, NY, 1941.
- appeared in The Desert Song and The New Moon, both at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ, 1942.
- understudy, Betty-Jean, Something for the Boys, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1943.
- Rose and understudy Molly, One Touch of Venus, Imperial Theatre, New YorkCity, 1943.
- Lotus, Calico Wedding, National Theatre, New York City, 1945.
- Mrs. James, Mermaids Singing, Empire Theatre, New York City, 1945.
- Sister, The Constant Wife, John Drew Theatre, East Hampton, NY, 1946.
- Dagmar, The Trial of Mary Dugan, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, PA, 1947.
- Marion Froude, Biography, Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, NJ, 1947.
- Miss Evans, A Temporary Island, Maxine Elliot Theatre, New York City, 1948.
- appeared in Chicken Every Sunday and Twentieth Century, both Olney Playhouse, MD, 1948.
- Mrs. Whiting, A Story for Strangers, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1948.
- Miss Johnson, Two Blind Mice, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1949.
- Liz, The Philadelphia Story and Stella, Anna Lucasta, both at the Cort Theatre, New York City, 1949.
- Flora, The Rose Tattoo, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1951.
- Ada Ryan, Tin Wedding, Westport Country Playhouse, CT, 1952.
- Mrs. Putnam and understudy Elizabeth Proctor, The Crucible, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1953.
- appeared in Affairs of State and Life with Father, both at the Cecil WoodTheatre, Fishkill, NY, 1953.
- understudy Janet Mackenzie, Witness for the Prosecution, Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, 1954.
- Mrs. Yang, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1956.
- Amy Underhill, The Third Best Sport, Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1958.
- Mommy, The Sand Box, Jazz Gallery, 1960.
- the Housewife, Rhinoceros, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1961.
- Mommy, The American Dream, York Playhouse, New York City, 1961.
- the Mother, Picnic on a Battlefield, Mrs. Peep, The Killer, Mommy, The Sandbox, and Mommy, The American Dream, all in a program of one-acts entitled,The Theatre of the Absurd, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1962.
- The World of Jules Feiffer, Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, 1962.
- old woman and peasant woman, Mother Courage and Her Children, Martin BeckTheatre, New York City, 1963.
- repeated role, Mommy, The American Dream, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1963.
- Emilie Ducotel, My Three Angels, Playhouse-on-the-Mall, Paramus, NJ, 1963.
- Mrs. Bennington, Fair Game for Lovers, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1964.
- Mlle. Suisson, A Murderer Among Us, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1964.
- repeated role of Mommy, The American Dream, Cherry Lane Theatre, New YorkCity, 1964.
- Nurse, Medea, at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 1964.
- Charity Perrin, The Child Buyer, Garrick Theatre, New York City, 1964.
Credits; With the Stanford Repertory Theatre, University of Stanford,CA
- Mrs. Antrolius, The Skin of Our Teeth, Nerine, The Scoundrel Scapin, thecountess, All's Well That Ends Well, the old woman, The Chairs, Flora, A Slight Ache, all 1965-1966, the wife, Inadmissible Evidence, the gossip columnist, Once in a Lifetime, Mrs. Peachum, The Beggar's Opera, all 1966-67.
- Mrs. Coffman, Come Back, Little Sheba and Stella, Light Up the Sky, bothwith the Long Island Festival Repertory Theatre at the Mineola Theatre, NY, 1968.
- Grandma, The Corner of the Bed, Gramercy Arts Theatre, New York City, 1969.
- Mrs. Gershon, Someone's Comin' Hungry, Pocket Theatre, New York City, 1969.
- Mrs. Croft, The Killing of Sister George, Tappan Zee Playhouse, NY, 1969.
- appeared in The American Hamburger League, New Theatre Workshop, 1969.
- Duchess of York, Richard III, New Theatre Workshop, 1969.
- Vlasta Huml, The Increased Difficulty of Concentration, Forum Theatre, Lincoln Center, 1969.
- Mother, Slow Memories, Theatre de Lys, New York City, 1970.
- Tante Frumkah, The Last Analysis, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1971.
- Lady Mount-Temple, Dear Oscar, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1972.
- Gertrude Saidenberg, Murder Among Friends, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1975.
- standby, Wings, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1978-79.
- Hannah Galt, The Art of Dining, New York Shakespeare Festival, Newman Theatre, New York City, 1979, then at the Eisenhower Theatre, Kennedy Theatre, Washington, DC, 1980.
- Lena Benz, One Tiger to Kill, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1980.
- Mrs. Weinblatt, Second Avenue Rag, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New YorkCity, 1980.
- Tasha Blumberg, Isn't It Romantic, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New YorkCity, 1981.
- Grandma Fortune, The House Across the Street, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 1982.
- I Love You, Love You Not, 1983.
- Ethel, The Alto Part, WPA Theatre, New York City, 1983.
- Remember Crazy Zelda?, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, 1984.
- The Torch-Bearers, Hartman Theatre, Stamford, CT, 1984.
- The Golden Windows, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1985.
- Alteratons, WPA Theatre, New York City, 1986.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Secretary, Personal Appearance, Eastern cities, 1936.
- Crazy with the Heat, New York state cities, 1941.
- Pal Joey, U.S. cities, 1942.
- Stella, Anna Lucasta, Lakewood Theatre, Barnsville, PA, and Hartford Actors Theatre, CT, 1949.
- Agnes, A Delicate Balance, U.S. cities, 1967.
- FILM DEBUT--Voice-over, Chemda, My Father's House, Kline-Levin, 1947.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- A Hatful of Rain, 1957.
- Mrs. Hayworth, Laydbug, Ladybug, United Artists, 1964.
- interviewer, Where's Poppa?, United Artists, 1971.
- information operator, They Might Be Giants, Universal, 1971.
- Mother, Up the Sandbox, Columbia, 1972.
- The Day of the Locusts, Paramount, 1975.
- The Sentinel, Universal, 1977.
- Tattoo, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981.
- Batteries Not Included, upcoming.
- Also, Black Harvest and Static.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- Mrs. Shannon, Love of Life, NBC, 1971-75.
- Actors Studio, ABC, 1948.
- Goodyear Television Playhouse, NBC, 1953.
- Alcoa Hour, NBC, 1957.
- Camera Three, CBS, 1958.
- The Big Story, NBC, 1958.
- Look Up and Live, CBS, 1959.
- The Edge of Night, CBS, 1960.
- Route 66, CBS, 1961.
- The Defenders, CBS, 1962.
- Naked City, ABC, 1962.
- East Side/West Side, CBS, 1963.
- Popi, CBS, 1976.
- Also Kojak, CBS.
- Housekeeper, "The Waltz of the Toreadors," Play of the Week, WNTA- TV, 1959.
- Mommy, "The Sandbox," Fierce, Funny and Far Out, 1961.
July 26, 2004: Hoffman died on July 26, 2004, in Woodland Hills, California. She was 93. Source:
New York Times, July 31, 2004, p. A13.
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