Ronnie Gilbert Biography (1926-)

Born September 7, 1926, in New York, NY; daughter of Charles (a factory worker) and Sarah (a dressmaker) Gilbert; married Martin Weg (divorced, 1959); children: Lisa. Addresses: Office--Redwood Records, 476 W. MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94609.

Birth Details
September 7, 1926
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; Stage Appearances
  • The Man in the Glass Booth, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1968.
  • Is This Real?, Terrace Theater, John F. Kennedy Center for the PerformingArts, Washington, DC, 1985.
  • Title role, Mother Jones, Stackner Cabaret, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre,Milwaukee, WI, 1991-92, then Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA, 1993.
  • Also appeared in Antigone and Specimen Days, both Public Theatre, New York City; Re-Arrangements, Tourists and Refugees, and Trespassing, all TheatreLa MaMa, New York City; Medea and Tongues & Savage Love, both St. Louis Repertory Theatre, St. Louis,MO; Houdini, Lamb's Theatre, New York City; America Hurrah, Royal Court Theatre, London, England; Happy Days, Waterfront Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Playgrounds (Dance Play), VancouverPlayhouse, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Tourists and Refugees II, Venezuela Festival, Caracas, Venezuela; A Christmas Carol, Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC;and The Roundhouse and The Tempest, both London, England.
  • Credits; Stage Work; Director
  • (With Dianne Houston) Is This Real?, Terrace Theater, John F.
  • Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 1985.
  • Credits; Major Tours
  • Appeared in Trio (also known as Lies and Secrets), New York City; London,England; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Paris, France. Also appeared in Three Journeys of Aladdin, New York City, Rennes, France; Angers, France; Orleans, France; Paris, France; London, England; and Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Credits; Film Appearances
  • Reporter, Danger Woman, Universal, 1946.
  • Herself, Festival (documentary) Patchke Productions, 1967.
  • Miss Chase, Isadora (also known as The Loves of Isadora), Universal, 1968.
  • Mother, Windflowers (also known as The Story of a Draft Dodger), Film-Makers, 1968.
  • Herself, The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time (documentary), 1981.
  • Hard Travelin', 1985.
  • Herself, Women of Summer, 1985.
  • Mace, Club Life, Troma, 1987.
  • Second Mugger, Crossing Delancey, Warner Bros., 1988.
  • Mrs. Taylor, Running on Empty, Warner Bros., 1988.
  • Narrator, Forever Activists (documentary), Tara Releasing, 1991.
  • Also appeared in Going On, The Hopi: Songs from the Fourth World, and Loin de Vietnam.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Specials
  • Song performer, Sing Out America! With Judy Collins, 1989.
  • "Peter, Paul & Mary: Lifelines," Great Performances, PBS, 1996.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Miniseries
  • Voice, The Civil War, PBS, 1990.
  • The Spirit Is Free, Redwood, 1985.
  • Recorded extensively with the Weavers, 1950-81, for Decca, Vanguard and Loom Records, including: Folk Songs Around the World; Carnegie Hall, Vols. I and II; Fifteenth Reunion; American Folk Singers and Balladeers; Reunion at Carnegie Hall; The Weavers: Together Again; others. Also Legend of Bessie Smith, RCA Victor; Alone with Ronnie Gilbert, Mercury; others.
  • Writings;Plays; Unless Indicated Otherwise
  • Is This Real?, Terrace Theatre, John F. Kennedy Center for the PerformingArts, 1985.
  • Author of book for musical, Mother Jones, Stackner Cabaret, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, 1991-92, then Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA, 1993.
  • Writings;Nonfiction
  • Ronnie Gilbert on Mother Jones, Conari Press (Berkeley, CA), 1993.

Further Reference


  • American Theatre, July-August, 1993, pp. 47-48.

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