Minnesota-born actress Miriam Shor gravitated to dramatic work after a tumultuous (and highly mobile) childhood, when she was shuttled back and forth between homes in Turin, Italy, and Detroit, MI. Upon graduating from Ferndale High School in 1989 and receiving her B.F.A. in drama from the University of Michigan, Shor migrated to the Big Apple and landed a series of weighty stage roles, drawing critical kudos for each -- most memorably, Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (1998), actor/writer John Cameron Mitchell's tour de force about a transsexual rock star, at the Jane Street Theatre. The success of Hedwig prompted Shor to move into film and television work; she subsequently appeared in guest spots on such programs as My Name Is Earl and The West Wing, and accepted supporting roles in the Harold Ramis comedy remake Bedazzled (2000) and the 2001 cinematization of Hedwig, reprising her role of Yitzhak. In 2007, Shor lent a supporting role to Mary Stuart Masterson's directorial debut, the slice-of-life drama The Cake Eaters. The following year, she scored a regular part on the '70s-set prime-time drama series Swingtown as Janet Thompson.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Spent part of her childhood in Italy, where her father, a professor, had been studying on a Fulbright scholarship.
- Originated the role of Yitzhak in the off-Broadway Hedwig and the Angry Itch in 1998; reprised the role for the film version in 2001.
- Featured in the short-lived sitcom Then Came You in 2000.
- Landed the part of Mary in a 2002 Kennedy Center production of the show Merrily We Roll Along.
- Landed role of Janet Thompson on the CBS primetime drama series Swingtown in 2008.