Joan Copeland Biography (1922-)

Born Joan Maxine Miller, June 1, 1922, in New York, NY; daughter of Isidore (a women's clothing manufacturer) and Augusta (maiden name, Barnett) Miller; sister of Arthur Miller (a playwright); married George J. Kupchik (an engineer); children: Eric. Addresses: Agent: Alliance Talent, Los Angeles,CA.

Favorite roles--Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Melanie in Conversation Piece, and Vera in Pal Joey.

Actress, singer
Birth Details
June 1, 1922
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Brooklyn Academy of Music,Brooklyn, NY, 1945
  • Desdemona, Othello, Equity Library Theatre, New York City, 1946
  • Title role, Claudia, Hempstead Summer Theatre, Hempstead, NY, 1946
  • The Servant of Two Masters, Equity Library Theatre, 1946
  • How I Wonder, Hudson Theatre, New York City, 1947
  • There's Always Juliet, Equity Library Theatre, 1947
  • (Broadway debut) Nadine, Sundown Beach, Belasco Theatre, 1948
  • Susan Carmichael, The Detective Story, Hudson Theatre, 1949
  • Evangeline Orth, Not for Children, Coronet Theatre, New York City,1951
  • Ann Deever, All My Sons, Robin Hood Theatre, Arden, DE, 1953
  • The Tender Trap, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1954
  • The Diary of Anne Frank, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1955
  • Betty Shapiro, The Grass Is Always Greener, Downtown National Theatre, New York City, 1955
  • Elise, The Miser, Downtown National Theatre, 1955
  • Melanie, Conversation Piece, Barbizon-Plaza Theatre, New York City, 1957
  • Maria, Handful of Fire, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1958
  • Raina, Arms and the Man, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT,1959
  • Mrs. Erlynne, Delightful Season, Gramercy Arts Theatre, New York City, 1960
  • Tatiana, Tovarich, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1963
  • Marchesa Valentina Crespi, Something More!, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1964
  • Esther Franz, The Price, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1968
  • Coco, Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, 1969
  • Esther, Two by Two, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1970
  • Leonie Frothingham, End of Summer, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1974
  • Vera, Pal Joey, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1976
  • Florence Grayson, Checking Out, Longacre Theatre, 1976
  • Lillian Hellman, Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1978
  • Mame, 1979
  • Title role, Candida, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1979
  • Rose Baum, The American Clock, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Esther Franz, The Price, American Jewish Theatre, 92nd Street YM-YWHA, New York City, 1981
  • Tasha Blumberg, Isn't It Romantic?, Playwrights Horizons, New York City, 1983 , then Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • Mrs. Thompson, Hunting Cockroaches, Manhattan Theatre Club, 1987
  • The Torchbearers, Greenwich House Theatre, New York City, 2000
  • Major Tours
  • Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady, U.S. cities, 1964
  • Kate, Brighton Beach Memoirs, U.S. cities, 1983
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Aunt, The Goddess, Columbia, 1958
  • Lillian Kingsley, Middle of the Night, Columbia, 1959
  • Pauline, "The Hustle," Roseland, Cinema Shares International, 1977
  • Rita, It's My Turn (also known as A Perfect Circle), Columbia, 1980
  • Mrs. Harrison, Kate's mother, A Little Sex, Universal, 1982
  • Sunny Felix, Happy New Year, Columbia, 1987
  • Audrey, Her Alibi, 1989
  • Ruth Weiss, The Laser Man, ADN Associates, 1990
  • Mrs. Prelot, Jungle2Jungle (also known as Jungle 2 Jungle),Buena Vista, 1997
  • Senator Bevens, The Peacemaker, DreamWorks Distribution, L.L.C., 1997
  • Madame Reynolds, The Object of My Affection, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Grandmother, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, Paramount, 1998
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Maggie Porter, Love of Life, CBS, 1960-62
  • Kay Logan, Love of Life, CBS, 1962-63
  • Third Andrea Whiting, Search for Tomorrow, CBS, 1967-72
  • Monica Courtland, How to Survive a Marriage, NBC, 1974
  • First Greta Aldrin, As the World Turns, CBS, 1983
  • Gwendolyn "Aunt Gwendolyn" Lord Abbott, One Life to Live, ABC, 1979
  • Selma Hanen, One Life to Live, ABC, 1995
  • Movies
  • Mrs. Friedlander, Cagney and Lacey, CBS, 1981
  • Mrs. Finkelstein, Murder in Black and White, CBS, 1990
  • Cathleen Nesbitt, The Audrey Hepburn Story, ABC, 2000
  • Specials
  • Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS,1984
  • Grandmother, Women & Wallace, PBS, 1990
  • Intimate Portrait: Marilyn Monroe, Lifetime, 1996
  • Pilots
  • Marion, "Baby on Board," CBS Summer Playhouse, CBS, 1988
  • Doris Thurmond, "Pilot," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1994
  • Episodic
  • "Don't Knock It Till You've Tried It," Naked City, 1962
  • Elizabeth Tannen, "New Year's Wedding," All in the Family, CBS, 1976
  • Judge Rebecca Stein, "The Wages of Love," Law & Order, NBC, 1991
  • Judge Rebecca Stein, "Night & Fog," Law & Order, NBC, 1993
  • Judge Rebecca Stein, "Volunteers," Law & Order, NBC, 1993
  • Judge Rebecca Stein, "Seed," Law & Order, NBC, 1995
  • Judge Rebecca Stein, "Angel," Law & Order, NBC, 1995
  • Hanna Steiner, "A Miracle Happens Here," ER, NBC, 1995
  • Judge Rebecca Stein, "Good Girl," Law & Order, NBC, 1996
  • Judge Rebecca Stein, "Blood," Law & Order, NBC, 1997
  • Also appeared as Cora, "The Iceman Cometh," Play of the Week, WNTA-TV; in Nurse, NBC.

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