Joanna Gleason Biography (1950-)

Original name, Joanna Hall; born June 2, 1950, in Toronto, Ontario, (one source says Winnipeg, Manitoba) Canada; daughter of Monty (a television personality and producer) and Marilyn (an actress, writer, and producer; maiden name,Plottel) Hall; married Paul Gleason (a director), 1975 (divorced, 1981); married Michael Bennahum (an investment banker and producer), 1984 (divorced, c.1990); married Chris Sarandon, 1994; children: (first marriage) Aaron; (thirdmarriage) three stepchildren. Addresses: Agent: United Talent Agency,9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Manager: Connie Tavel, Tavel Entertainment, 9171 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 406, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Actress, director
Birth Details
June 2, 1950
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Promises, Promises, Long Beach Opera Company, then San Francisco Light Opera Company, both 1972
  • Hamlet, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1974
  • (Broadway debut) Monica, I Love My Wife, Ethel Barrymore Theatre,1977
  • Hey, Look Me Over!, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City, 1981
  • Jill, A Hell of a Town, GeVa Theatre, Rochester, NY, 1984, then Westside Arts Center, Cheryl Crawford Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • The Real Thing, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1984-1985
  • Pam, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (also known as Joe Egg),Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1985, then Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • Virginia Noyes, It's Only a Play, Manhattan Theatre Club, New YorkCity, 1985
  • Trudy Heyman, Social Security, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 1986
  • Baker's wife, Into the Woods, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1987, then Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1987-1988
  • Melissa Gardner, Love Letters, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT,1988, then Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • Artie, Eleemosynary, Stage II, New York City, 1989
  • Nora Charles, Nick & Nora, Marquis Theatre, New York City, 1991
  • Pigeon sister, The Odd Couple, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1991
  • Stage Work
  • Director
  • A Letter from Ethel Kennedy, MCC Theater, New York City, 2002
  • Film Appearances
  • Diana, member of therapy group, Heartburn, Paramount, 1986
  • Carol, Hannah and Her Sisters, Orion, 1987
  • Wendy Stern, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Orion, 1989
  • Assistant District Attorney Liz Kennedy, FX2: The Deadly Art of Illusion (also known as F/X2), Orion, 1991
  • Adult Gertrude, Mr. Holland's Opus, 1995
  • Maude, Edie & Pen (also known as Desert Gamble), 1997
  • Dirk's mother, Boogie Nights, New Line Cinema, 1997
  • Shirley, American Perfekt, American Perfekt Productions, 1997
  • Armacost, Road Ends, New City, 1997
  • Dr. Rona Harvey, Let the Devil Wear Black, Trimark, 1999
  • Mrs. Kitty Donolly, The Wedding Planner (also known as WeddingPlanner - verliebt, verlobt, verplant), Columbia, 2001
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Morgan Winslow, Hello, Larry, NBC, 1979-1980
  • Chain Reaction, 1980
  • Nadine Berkus, Love & War (also known as Love Is Hell),CBS, 1992-1995
  • Joan Silver, Temporarily Yours (also known as Temp Yours, TempMine), CBS, 1997
  • Charlotte, Oh Baby, Lifetime, 1998
  • Connie Randolph, Bette, CBS, 2000
  • Also appeared as host, Personal Side.
  • Pilots
  • Geri Sanborn, Why Us?, NBC, 1981
  • Jennifer Simpson, Great Day, CBS, 1983
  • Episodic
  • Morgan Winslow, "The Trip: Parts 1 & 2," Diff'rent Strokes, 1979
  • Morgan Winslow, "Feudin' and Fussin': Parts 1 & 2," Diff'rent Strokes, 1979
  • Morgan Winslow, "Thanksgiving Crossover: Parts 1 & 2," Diff'rent Strokes, 1979
  • Jinx, "Life under Water," American Playhouse, PBS, 1989
  • Baker's wife, "Into the Woods," American Playhouse, PBS, 1991
  • LeAnne the stewardess, "Family," Tracey Takes On ... , HBO, 1996
  • Iris, "The Match Game," ER, NBC, 1996
  • Leslie, "Inconstant Moon," The Outer Limits, Showtime and syndicated, 1996
  • Iris, "Fire in the Belly," ER, NBC, 1996
  • Iris, "Take These Broken Wings," ER, NBC, 1996
  • Mrs. Rabe, "Anatomy Lesson," Perversions of Science, HBO, 1997
  • Voice of Husky Bobby, King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 1997
  • Athena Gillington, "Petty Woman," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1997
  • "The Teacher," George & Leo, CBS, 1998
  • Katherine Hawkins, "Age," Tracey Takes On ... , HBO, 1998
  • Voice of Leanne, "Leanne's Saga," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 1998
  • Voice of nurse, "Junkie Business," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 1998
  • Voice, "Propane Boom," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 1998
  • Voice of Marie's mother, "And They Call It Bobby Love," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 1998
  • Kim, "The One Where Rachel Smokes," Friends, NBC, 1999
  • Kim, "The One with Ross' Teeth," Friends, NBC, 1999
  • Voice, "Happy Hank's Giving," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 1999
  • "Monty Hall: Let's Make a Deal," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Defense Attorney Henrietta Lightstone, "Vanished: Parts 1 & 2," The Practice, ABC, 2001
  • Attorney Jordan Kendall, "Bartlet for America," The West Wing, NBC, 2001
  • Attorney Jordan Kendall, "H. Con-172," The West Wing, NBC, 2002
  • Movies
  • Kimberly Cleaver, Still the Beaver, CBS, 1983
  • Marie Margulies, The Boys (also known as The Guys), ABC, 1991
  • Irene, For Richer, For Poorer (also known as Getting Thereand Father, Son and the Mistress), HBO, 1992
  • Annemarie, Born Too Soon, NBC, 1993
  • Shirley, For the Love of Aaron (also known as The Creature, theKid, and Margaret), CBS, 1994
  • Julia, "1974," If These Walls Could Talk, HBO, 1996
  • Television Work
  • Episodic
  • Director, Oh Baby, 1998

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