Tovah Feldshuh Biography (1952-)

Surname is pronounced "felt-shoe"; original name, Terri Feldshuh; born December 27, 1952, in New York, NY; daughter of Sidney (a lawyer) and Lillian (maiden name, Kaplan) Feldshuh; married Andrew Harris-Levy (a lawyer), March 20, 1977; children: Garson Brandon, Amanda Claire. Addresses: Agent: The Gage Group, 315 West 57th St., Suite 408, New York, NY 10019.; Manager: Fox-Albert Management, 88 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023.; Contact: 322 Central Park West, #11B, New York, NY 10025.

Actress, playwright
Birth Details
December 27, 1952
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Bit parts, Cyrano de Bergerac, Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, 1971
  • Foodseller and nun, Cyrano (musical), Palace Theatre, New York City, 1973
  • Adrian's self-image, Brainchild, Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1974
  • Myriam, Dreyfus in Rehearsal, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1974
  • Title role, Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy, Brooklyn Academy of Music Playhouse, Brooklyn, NY, 1974-1975 produced as Yentl, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1975-1976
  • Straws in the Wind, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1975
  • Rodgers and Hart, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1975
  • Abigail Williams, The Crucible, American Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, CT, 1976
  • Celia, As You Like It, American Shakespeare Theatre, 1976
  • Irina Prozoroff, Three Sisters, Brooklyn Academy of Music Playhouse, New York City, 1977
  • The Torchbearers, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 1977-1978
  • Dona Flor, Sarava!, Mark Hellinger Theatre, then Broadway Theatre,both New York City, 1979
  • VIP Night on Broadway, Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1979
  • Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1980
  • Isabella, Measure for Measure, Old Globe Theatre, 1981
  • Margery Pinchwife, The Country Wife, Old Globe Theatre, 1981
  • A Touch of Tovah, Old Globe Theatre, 1981
  • Regina, Another Part of the Forest, Center Theatre Group, AhmansonTheatre, Los Angeles, 1981-1982
  • Kate Hardcastle, She Stoops to Conquer, Roundabout/Triplex Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • Mrs. Jelliwell, Springtime for Henry, Roundabout/Christian C. Yegen Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • The Time of Your Life, Theatre at St. Peter's Church, New York City, 1986
  • A Shayna Maidel, Philadelphia Drama Guild Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1986-1987
  • Bobbi Michele, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, American Jewish Theatre, New York City, 1988
  • Mirandolina, The Mistress of the Inn, Roundabout/Christian C. Yegen Theatre, 1988
  • Maria Merelli, Lend Me a Tenor, Morris Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore, MD, then Royale Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, Circle in the Square Theatre, New YorkCity, 1993
  • The Best of the West, Symphony Space, New York City, 1993
  • Bessie Burger, Awake and Sing!, Jewish Repertory Theatre, New YorkCity, 1995
  • Tovah: Out of Her Mind!, Playhouse 91, New York City, 1996
  • Stella Alder, Names, American Jewish Theatre, 1997
  • Tallulah Bankhead, Tallulah's Party, Kaufman Theatre, New York City, 1998
  • Do Rei Mi, City Center Theatre, 1999
  • Tallulah Bankhead, Tallulah Hallelujah!, Douglas Fairbanks Theater, New York City, 2000, and other productions
  • Kilt, off-Broadway production, 2002
  • Also appeared in solo shows at the Guthrie Theatre, 1980 and 1981; Children of the Sun; Tovah: Crossovah! From Broadway to Cabaret, Algonquin Oak Room; as Diana Vreeland, Full Gallop, Hartford Theaterworks;title role, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Cornell University.
  • Major Tours
  • Title role, Peter Pan, U.S. cities, 1978
  • Also toured the world in Tovah: Out of Her Mind!
  • Film Appearances
  • Michelle, Nunzio, Universal, 1978
  • K. D. Locke, Cheaper to Keep Her, American Cinema, 1980
  • Brenda Roberts, The Idolmaker, United Artists, 1980
  • Linda Mindish, Daniel, Paramount, 1983
  • Voice of the older Jane, Silver Bullet (also known as Stephen King's Silver Bullet and Cycle of the Werewolf), Paramount, 1985
  • Marilyn, Brewster's Millions, Universal, 1985
  • Detective Vera Quinn, The Blue Iguana, Paramount, 1988
  • Emma Kublitz, En Dag i Oktober (also known as A Day in October), Castle Hill, 1992
  • Voices of Aunt Sarah, Zlateh the goat, and the matchmaker, Die Schelmevon Schelm (animated; also known as Aaron's Magic Village, TheReal Shemiel, and Le monde est un grand chelm), Columbia/TriStar,1995
  • Goldie, Trouble, 1995
  • Victoria Stevens, Comfortably Numb, Meistrich Corporation, 1995
  • Charlotte, Hudson River Blues (also known as Family Blues),Silverline Pictures/Gun for Hire Films, 1997
  • Angie Cedars, Charlie Hoboken, Northern Arts Entertainment, 1998
  • Lilian Kantrowitz, A Walk on the Moon, Miramax, 1999
  • U.S. Attorney Margaret Wheeler, The Corruptor, New Line Cinema, 1999
  • Lillian, Happy Accidents, IFC Films, 2000
  • Alma Jennings, Friends and Family, 2000
  • Woman in Shul at Rosh Hashannah, The Believer, Fireworks Pictures,2001
  • Judy Stein, Kissing Jessica Stein, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2001
  • Mrs. Garner, My Angel Is a Centerfold, 2001
  • Noon Blue Apples, 2002
  • Herself, Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Where There,2002
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Martha McKee, Ryan's Hope, ABC, 1976
  • Dr. Deena Hertz, Mariah (also known as Mariah State, Mariah State Prison, and Equations), ABC, 1987
  • Dr. Bethany Rose, As the World Turns, CBS, 1994
  • Movies
  • Agnes Thornton, Scream, Pretty Peggy, ABC, 1973
  • Katharine Hepburn, The Amazing Howard Hughes, CBS, 1977
  • Jeannie Devereux, Terror out of the Sky (also known as The Revenge of the Savage Bees), CBS, 1978
  • Monika Wolner, Beggarman, Thief, NBC, 1979
  • Florence, The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal, NBC, 1979
  • Iso, The Women's Room, ABC, 1980
  • Iva Schlesinger, Citizen Cohn (also known as Rules of Misconduct: The Roy Cohn Story), HBO, 1992
  • Greta, Montana (also known as Nothing Personal), HBO, 1997
  • Miniseries
  • Helena Slomova, Holocaust, NBC, 1978
  • Eleanor, Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story (also known as Mia: Child of Hollywood), Fox, 1995
  • Mrs. Rubenstein, A Will of Their Own, NBC, 1998
  • Specials
  • Hot Properties, 1985
  • "Ida Wells Barnett," An American Portrait, CBS, 1986
  • Mrs. Carr, "All That Glitters," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1990
  • Narrator, Dosvedanya Means Goodbye, PBS, 1990
  • Talia, Saying Kaddish, ABC, 1991
  • Denise Warshak, "Sexual Considerations," CBS Schoolbreak Specials,CBS, 1992
  • Pilots
  • Clara Sanford, The World of Darkness, CBS, 1977
  • Laura Ireland, Murder Ink, CBS, 1983
  • Episodic
  • "Trapped," Gibbsville, NBC, 1976
  • "Rapid Fire," Serpico, NBC, 1976
  • "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall," Family, ABC, 1977
  • Veronica Kidd, "The Heartbreak Kid," The Bob Newhart Show, CBS, 1977
  • "Circle of Treachery," Barnaby Jones, CBS, 1977
  • Susan Ridley, "Oh, Dale!/The Main Event/A Tasteful Affair," The Love Boat, ABC, 1977
  • Sandy, "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," Once Upon a Classic, PBS, 1978
  • Sarah Le Bow, "Fight Like a Dove," Airwolf, CBS, 1984
  • Margo Bush, "Ace Meets the Champ/Why Justin Can't Read/Call Me a Doctor,"The Love Boat, ABC, 1984
  • Samantha Page, "Desperately," The Equalizer, CBS, 1985
  • Lynn Palmer, "Brackman Vasectomized," L.A. Law, NBC, 1987
  • Lynn Palmer, "The Brothers Grim," L.A. Law, NBC, 1987
  • Danielle Melnick, "Aria," Law & Order, NBC, 1991
  • Danielle Melnick, "Helpless," Law & Order, NBC, 1992
  • "The Secret Life of Mary-Margaret: Portrait of a Bulimic," Lifestories: Families in Crisis, HBO, 1992
  • Voice of herself, "The Piggy in the Puddle," Reading Rainbow, PBS,1992
  • Danielle Melnick, "Golden Years," Law & Order, NBC, 1994
  • Rose, "Home, Street Home," The Cosby Mysteries, CBS, 1994
  • Danielle Melnick, "Hot Pursuit," Law & Order, NBC, 1995
  • Danielle Melnick, "Aftershock," Law & Order, NBC, 1996
  • Danielle Melnick, "Survivor," Law & Order, NBC, 1996
  • Danielle Melnick, "Punk," Law & Order, NBC, 1998
  • Danielle Melnick, "Disappeared," Law & Order, NBC, 1998
  • "There's Something about Hilton," Cosby, CBS, 1999
  • Danielle Melnick, "Collision," Law & Order, NBC, 2000
  • Sharon Bickford, Max's sister, "Genesis," The Education of Max Bickford, CBS, 2002
  • Stage Plays
  • Tallulah Hallelujah!, Douglas Fairbanks Theater, New York City, 2000

Further Reference


    • Back Stage, April 26, 1996, p. 37; June 21, 1996, p. 24; April 10,1998, p. 13
    • Tovah Feldshuh Official Site,, May 24, 2002

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