Laila Robins Biography (1959-)

Born March 14, 1959, in St. Paul, MN; daughter of Janis (a research chemist)and Brigita (maiden name, Svarcs) Robins. Addresses: Agent: Sarah Fargo, Paradigm, 19 West 44th St., Suite 1410, New York, NY 10036.

Birth Details
March 14, 1959
St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Solveig, Peer Gynt, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1984
  • (Broadway debut) Annie, The Real Thing, Plymouth Theatre, 1984
  • Stepdaughter, Six Characters in Search of an Author, American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA, 1984
  • Alma Winemilker, Summer and Smoke, Williamstown Theatre Festival,1986
  • Mary Shelly, Bloody Poetry, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, New York City, 1987
  • Nan Sinclair, The Film Society, Second Stage Theatre Company, McGinn-Cazale Theatre, New York City, 1988
  • Monica Bowlin, Maids of Honor, Workshop of the Players Art Theatre, New York City, 1990
  • Laura, The Extra Man, Manhattan Theatre Club, City Center Stage IITheatre, New York City, 1992
  • Nina, The Seagull, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Madison, NJ, 1992
  • Melitta, Mrs. Klein, Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1995-96
  • Portia, The Merchant of Venice, New York Shakespeare Festival, Anspacher Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 1995
  • Blanche DuBois, A Streetcar Named Desire, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, 1997
  • Kyra Hollis, Skylight, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1997
  • Susanna Hall, The Herbal Bed, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1998
  • Summer and Smoke, Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, 1999
  • Emily Shapiro, Resurrection Blues, Guthrie Theatre, 1999
  • May, Fool for Love, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 1999
  • Title role, Hedda Gabler, Guthrie Theatre, 2000
  • Zelda Fitzgerald, The Fitzgeralds (reading), Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, 2000
  • Tiny Alice, Second Stage Theatre Company, 2000-2001
  • Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra, Guthrie Theatre, 2002
  • Linda, Fiction, McCarter Theatre, 2003
  • Constance, King John, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, 2003
  • Agnetha, Frozen, Manhattan Class Company, Circle in the Square, East Thirteenth Street Theatre, New York City, 2004
  • Macbeth, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, 2004
  • Agnetha, "Frozen," The Play's the Thing (recorded for future radiobroadcasts), The Play's The Thing, L.A. TheatreWorks, SkirballCultural Center, Los Angeles, 2005
  • Judy, Sore Throats, Theatre for a New Audience, Duke Theatre on Forty-Second Street, New York City, 2006
  • The Chekhov Cycle (staged readings), Two Rivers Theatre Company, Margate Performing Arts Center, Margate, NJ, 2006
  • Also appeared in Arms and the Man, Comedy of Errors, Electra, The Homecoming, Macbeth, and Twelfth Night, all at New Jersey Shakespeare Festival; The Barbarians, Ivanov, La Ronde, Richard Corey, and Undiscovered Country, all atWilliamstown Theatre Festival; Chopin in Space and Major Barbara, both at Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT; For Dear Life, NewYork Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, New York City; TheLady from the Sea, Center Stage, Baltimore, MD; The Philadelphia Story, Arena Stage, Washington, DC; and The Women, Hartford Stage, Hartford, CT; also performs at readings and benefits.
  • Major Tours
  • Melitta, Mrs. Klein, U.S. cities, 1995
  • Film Appearances
  • Marty Ellis, A Walk on the Moon, Midwest, 1987
  • Susan "Sue" Page, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Paramount, 1987
  • Kate Rainwood, An Innocent Man, Buena Vista, 1989
  • Elizabeth Zaks, Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael, Paramount, 1990
  • Rachel, Live Nude Girls, Republic, 1995
  • Emma, Female Perversions (also known as Phantasien einer Frau), October Films, 1996
  • Catherine, The Blood Oranges, Trimark Pictures, 1997
  • Patricia Findley, True Crime, Warner Bros., 1999
  • Viv, Drop Back Ten, E Films, 2000
  • Barbara Mattei, Searching for Paradise, Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, 2002
  • Irene, Nowhere to Go But Up (also known as Happy End and I Want to Be Famous), Studio Canal, 2003
  • Mother, Jailbait, Kindred Media Group, 2004
  • Michaela Stark, Slippery Slope, Fresh Films, 2005
  • Miss Millie, Things that Hang from Trees, Aviles Street Productions, 2006
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Victoria Heller, Gabriel's Fire, ABC, 1990-91
  • Nora Paxton, The Book of Daniel, NBC, 2006
  • Miniseries
  • Charm Blackburn, Trial: The Price of Passion, NBC, 1992
  • Movies
  • Phoebe, Dream Breakers (also known as In Evil's Grasp and The O'Connors), CBS, 1989
  • Frances Hannon, Oxygen, Cinemax, 1999
  • Rita Fiore, Spenser: Small Vices (also known as Robert B. Parker's "Small Vices"), Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Episodic
  • Cindy Claussen, "The Last Campaign," The Equalizer, 1988
  • Diana Hawthorne, "Trophy," Law & Order, NBC, 1996
  • Jean Kohl (some sources cite Jean Cole), "House of Rage," Nothing Sacred, ABC, 1997
  • Liann Crosby, "Venom," Law & Order, NBC, 1998
  • Ellen Travis, "A Single Life," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 1999
  • Young Livia, "Down Neck," The Sopranos, HBO, 1999
  • Sharon Reiner, "Journey to the Himalayas," Third Watch, NBC, 2000
  • Young Livia, "Fortunate Son," The Sopranos, HBO, 2001
  • Dominique Boucher, "Conundrum," Witchblade, TNT, 2001
  • Dominique Boucher, "Diplopia," Witchblade, TNT, 2001
  • Kit Sternman, "Enemy Within," Law & Order: Criminal Intent (also known as Law & Order: CI), NBC, 2001
  • Audra Clark, "The Cold War," Sex and the City, HBO, 2004

Further Reference


    • Playbill Online,, April 9, 1997; September 14,1999

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