Laura Esterman Biography (1945-)

Born April 12, 1945, in New York, NY; daughter of Benjamin (a doctor) and Sophie (maiden name, Milgram) Esterman.

Birth Details
April 12, 1945
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • (Broadway debut) Essie, The Time of Your Life, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1969
  • Sharon Stover, The Pig Pen, St. Clements Church, New York City, 1970
  • Sissy, The Carpenters, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1970-1971
  • Sidonia, Waltz of the Toreadors, Philadelphia Drama Club, Philadelphia, PA, 1972, then Circle in the Square/Joseph E. Levine Theatre, New YorkCity, 1973
  • Regina Engstrand, Ghosts, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1973
  • Masha, The Seagull, Roundabout Theatre, 1973-1974
  • Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, New York Shakespeare Festival, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, New York City, 1974
  • Sara Benjamin, God's Favorite, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1974-1975
  • Mrs. Brimmins, Rubbers (double-bill with Yanks 3 Detroit 0 Topof the Seventh), American Place Theatre, 1975
  • Lavinia, Mourning Becomes Electra, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, c. 1975
  • Lorna, Golden Boy, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1975
  • Shirley, Even the Window Is Gone, New Dramatists, Inc., New York City, 1976
  • Young woman, The Pokey, Manhattan Theatre Club, 1976
  • Giulianella, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Arena Stage, Washington, DC, c. 1976
  • The Rivals, Center Stage Theatre, Baltimore, MD, c. 1977
  • The Bridge at Belharbor (one-act), Manhattan Theatre Club, 1977
  • Kathleen, Terra Nova, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, c. 1978
  • Margarita, The Master and Margarita, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public/LuEsther Hall, New York City, 1978
  • Mimi, Chinchilla, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1979
  • Tiebele, Tiebele and Her Demon, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New YorkCity, 1979-1980
  • Dusa, Dusa, Fish, Stas, and VI, Manhattan Theatre Club, 1980
  • Cleopatra Maximovna, The Suicide, ANTA Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Rip Van Winkle; or, The Works, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven,CT, c. 1981
  • Melinda, The Recruiting Officer, Brooklyn Academy of Music Theatre, Brooklyn, NY, 1981
  • Helena, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Brooklyn Academy of Music Theatre, 1981
  • Peasant woman, Oedipus the King, Brooklyn Academy of Music Theatre/Lepercq Square, 1981
  • Irene Connor, Two Fish in the Sky, New York Shakespeare Festival,Theatre at St. Peters Church, New York City, 1982
  • Title role, Mary Barnes, AMDA Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Kvetch, Odyssey Theatre, Los Angeles, 1986, then Westside Arts Theatre, New York City, 1987
  • Benefactors, Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY, c. 1987
  • Luisa Baccara, Tamara, Park Avenue Armory, New York City, 1987-1989
  • Mrs. Samsa, Metamorphosis, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City,1989
  • Bessie, Marvin's Room, Goodman Theatre Studio, 1990, then Playwrights Horizons, New York City, 1991
  • Clara, The Show Off, Roundabout Theatre Company, Criterion Theatre, New York City, 1992
  • Tess Brodsky, The Yiddish Trojan Women, American Jewish Theatre, New York City, 1996
  • Good As New, MCC Theater, New York City, 1997
  • Anne Bittenhand, The Psychic Life of Savages, Wilma Theater, 1998
  • The American Clock, Roundabout Theatre Company, Signature Theatre,New York City, 1998
  • Amanda Wingfield, The Glass Menagerie, Yale Repertory, New Haven,CT, 1999
  • Maureen, The Wax, Playwrights Horizons, 2000-2001
  • True Love, Zipper Theater, New York City, 2001-2002
  • Made debut as Masha, Three Sisters, Mummers Theatre, Oklahoma City, OK; appeared as Nicole, Bonjour la Bonjour, Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN; in Animal Kingdom, Berkshire Theatre Festival; Sunrise atCampobello, Berkshire Theatre Festival; Alms for the Middle Class, GeVa Theatre, Rochester, NY; and Out of Our Father's House.
  • Major Tours
  • Beatrice, Much Ado about Nothing, U.S. cities, 1977-1978
  • Film Appearances
  • Woman voyager, Alone in the Dark, 1982
  • Nora Lawlor, Ironweed, TriStar, 1987
  • Lolly, Awakenings, Columbia, 1990
  • Bag lady, Me and Him, Columbia, 1990
  • New York journalist, The Doors, TriStar, 1991
  • Cousin Ophelia, Addams Family Values, Paramount, 1993
  • Neighbor, Jaded, 1999
  • Vanessa Boulette, Suspended Animation, New City Releasing, 2001
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Arlene, Children of the Night, CBS, 1985
  • Sarah's cousin, The Confession, Cinemax, 1999
  • Episodic
  • Miss Conover, "A Pocketful of Steele," Remington Steele, 1984
  • Psychiatrist, "Cheers," St. Elsewhere, 1985
  • Ms. Resnick, "Into the Frying Pan," The Facts of Life, 1985
  • Gloria Rheinhold, "Fifty Ways to Floss Your Lover," L.A. Law, 1987
  • Waitress, "Matchmaker," Family Ties, 1987
  • Susan Braver, "The Trial of Bernhard Goetz," American Playhouse, PBS, 1988
  • Professor Florence Cooley, "Paranoia," Law & Order, NBC, 1995
  • Eva Walcoff, "Blood Money," Law & Order, NBC, 1999
  • Marge, "Alone in a Crowd," Third Watch, NBC, 2000
  • "Noncompliance," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also knownas Law & Order: S.V.U.), NBC, 2000
  • Also appeared in Another World.
  • Radio Appearances
  • Appeared as the Madonna Vampira, Jack Flanders: 4th Tower of Inverness, ABS Foundation; Ruby, Ruby, the Galactic Gumshoe, NPR Radio.
  • Taped Readings
  • Angie Fenimore's Beyond the Darkness: My Death Journey to the Edge ofHell, BDD, 1995

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