Mercedes Ruehl Biography (1948?-)

Born February 28, 1948 (some sources cite 1950), in Jackson Heights, Queens,New York, NY; father, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; mother's name, Mercedes (a schoolteacher); companion of David Geiser (an artist); children: Christopher, Jake Xavier. Addresses: Agent: Steve Dontanville, William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Birth Details
February 28, 1948?
New York, New York

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • American girl in casino, Dona Flor e seus dois maridos (also knownas Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands), 1976
  • Police officer in Central Park, The Warriors, Paramount, 1979
  • Woman in taxi, Four Friends (also known as Georgia's Friends), Filmways, 1981
  • Cybelle, Twisted, Hemdale, 1986
  • Eve, Heartburn, Paramount, 1986
  • Advertising agency executive, Radio Days, Orion, 1987
  • Kay, 84 Charing Cross Road, Columbia, 1987
  • Miss Cooper, Leader of the Band, 1987
  • Sheila, The Secret of My Success (also known as The Secret of My Succe$s), Universal, 1987
  • Connie Russo, Married to the Mob, Orion, 1988
  • Mrs. Baskin, Big, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1988
  • (Uncredited) Party guest, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Orion, 1989
  • Samantha, Slaves of New York, TriStar, 1989
  • Dr. Elizabeth "Liz" Baylor, Crazy People, Paramount, 1990
  • Anne Napolitano, The Fisher King, TriStar, 1991
  • Elaine, Another You, TriStar, 1991
  • Bella Kurnitz, Lost in Yonkers (also known as Neil Simon's Lostin Yonkers), Columbia, 1993
  • Ilene Madigan, Last Action Hero, Columbia, 1993
  • Roseanna "Rosa" Beatto, Roseanna's Grave (also known as For Roseanna and For the Love of Roseanna), Fine Line, 1997
  • Jane Durwin, The Minus Man, Artisan Entertainment, 1999
  • Tina, Out of the Cold, Dream Rock/First Look Media/Moonstone Entertainment, 1999
  • Victoria "Vic" Galetti, More Dogs than Bones, Dream Entertainment,1999
  • Elizabeth Avila, What's Cooking?, Trimark Pictures, 2000
  • Grace, The Amati Girls, Providence Entertainment, 2000
  • Boss, Spooky House, 2000, Highway, 2002
  • Esther, Zeyda and the Hitman, Miracle Pictures, 2004
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Station manager Kate Costas, a recurring role, Frasier, NBC, 1995-1996
  • Miniseries
  • Dolly Rawlins, Widows, ABC, 2002
  • Movies
  • Deputy district attorney Lael Rubin, Indictment: The McMartin Trial (also known as The Naked Movie Star Games and Nothing but the Truth: The McMartin Story), HBO, 1995
  • Florence, North Shore Fish, Showtime, 1996
  • Kathleen Carangi, Gia, HBO, 1998
  • Dr. Jane Newhall, The Mary Kay Letourneau Story: All-American Girl, USA Network, 2000
  • Susan Walker, Guilt by Association (also known as Coupable paramour), Court TV, 2002
  • Lorraine Gibbons, Bad Apple, TNT, 2004
  • Specials
  • Sandy Steuben, "Mom's on Strike," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1984
  • Rebecca Miller, "The Lost Child," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 2000
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 45th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1991
  • Herself, The 64th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1992
  • Presenter, The 65th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1993
  • Herself, The 47th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1993
  • Herself, The 49th Annual Tony Awards, 1995
  • Episodic
  • Louise Taylor, "Homecoming," Our Family Honor, ABC, 1985
  • (As Mercedes Reuhle) "Late Bloomer," Kate & Allie, CBS, 1986
  • Bernadette Foley, "The Moves," The Cosby Show, NBC, 1990
  • Wendy, "On Hope," Directed By, Showtime, 1994
  • Leyla, "Underground," Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground,HBO, 1997
  • Herself, Intimate Portrait: Brooke Shields, Lifetime, 2001
  • Guest, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 2002
  • Guest, Theatre Talk, PBS, 2002
  • Emanuelle Baker, "These Dreams before Me," Missing (also known as1-800-Missing), Lifetime, 2004
  • Also appeared in episodes of Late Show with David Letterman, CBS.
  • Pilots
  • Kate Guttman, Everyday Life, NBC, 2004
  • Stage Appearances
  • Vanities, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, OH, and Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis, IN, both 1977-1978
  • Girl, Billy Irish, Actors Collective, Ray Gordon Theatre, 1980
  • Beatrice, Much Ado about Nothing, Denver Center Theatre Company, Denver, CO, 1980-1982
  • Dorine, Tartuffe, Denver Center Theatre Company, 1980-1982
  • Laninia, Androcles and the Lion, Denver Center Theatre Company, 1980-1982
  • Lena, Misalliance, Denver Center Theatre Company, 1980-1982
  • Title role, Medea, Denver Center Theatre Company, 1980-1982
  • Fran, The Day They Shot John Lennon, 1982-1983
  • Masha, Three Sisters, McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, NJ, 1982-1983
  • Joyce, Flirtations, T.O.M.I. Terrace Theatre, 1983
  • Lucille, June Moon, Manhattan Punch Line, Lion Theatre, New York City, 1983-1984
  • Monday after the Miracle, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 1983-1984
  • Clara, I'm Not Rappaport, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • Joan Brennan, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, New York ShakespeareFestival, Public Theatre, Estelle R. Newman Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • Patricia, Coming of Age in Soho, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Martinson Hall, New York City, 1985
  • Karen, American Notes, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Susan Stein Shiva Theatre, New York City, 1988
  • Kate Sullivan, Other People's Money, Minetta Lane Theatre, New York City, 1989-1991, and Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT
  • Bella Kurnitz, Lost in Yonkers, Richard Rodgers Theatre, New YorkCity, 1991-1993
  • A Christmas Memory, Book-Friends Cafe, New York City, 1992
  • Beverly, The Shadow Box, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1994-1995
  • Serafina Delle Rose, The Rose Tattoo, Circle in the Square, 1995
  • Mother, As Good as New, Manhattan Class Company, New York City, 1997
  • Manhattan Casanova (staged reading), Manhattan Drama Collective, Neighborhood Playhouse, New York City, 2000, then Guild Hall, East Hampton, Long Island, NY, 2001
  • Martha, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, 2001
  • Stevie, The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, John Golden Theatre, New YorkCity, 2002
  • Title role, Lysistrata (staged reading), Harvey Theatre, BrooklynAcademy of Music, Brooklyn, New York City, 2003
  • Ashley Montana Goes Ashore in the Caicos or What Am I Doing Here?(reading), Southampton College Writers Conference, Southampton, NY, 2004
  • Appeared in Antony and Cleopatra, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, KY; and in The Vagina Monologues, Westside Theatre Downstairs, New York City; also appeared in regional theatre productions.
  • Major Tours
  • Appeared in touring productions of Come Blow Your Horn and TheMiracle Worker, both U.S. cities.
  • Radio Appearances
  • Specials
  • Serafina Delle Rose, "The Rose Tattoo," The Play's the Thing, LA Theatre Works, KCRW-Radio, 1999

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