Joanna Gleason

Active - 1983 - 2014  |   Born - Jun 2, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada  |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Comedy Drama

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Joanna Gleason trained for an acting career at UCLA then made her Broadway debut in 1977's I Love My Wife, which earned her a Theatre World Award. She was later honored with an Emmy for her portrayal of several characters in the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. Her film manifest includes a brace of Woody Allen pictures, Hannah and Her Sisters (1985) and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). She was also seen on episodic TV as Morgan Winslow on Hello Larry (1979) and Nadine Berkus on Love and War (1992-95). She enjoyed a brief run on NBC's hit medical drama ER, and also appeared on such programs as Murphy Brown, King of the Hill, and Friends. She appeared in the Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy The Wedding Planner, and appeared in the 2008 remake of The Women.Joanna Gleason is the daughter of Canadian game-show host Monty Hall.

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  • Daughter of Monty Hall, the host of game show Let's Make a Deal.
  • Wanted to act from age 10.
  • Made her stage debut in the 1972 Los Angeles production of the musical Promises, Promises; made her Broadway debut in the 1977 Cy Coleman musical I Love My Wife.
  • Won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle awards as the Baker's Wife in the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine fairy tale musical Into the Woods (1987).
  • Notable film roles include parts in the Woody Allen comedy-dramas Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989).
  • Earned a 2005 Tony nomination for her role as Muriel in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a part she took before it was completely written.