Dinah Manoff

Actor, Producer, Screenwriter
This petite daughter of blacklisted Oscar-winning actress-director Lee Grant and writer Arnold Manoff brought impeccable comic timing to her stage and screen roles. Dinah Manoff began her career as a teenager in small ... Read more »
Born: 01/24/1958 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (41)

Bart Got a Room 2009 (Movie)

Mrs Goodson (Actor)

State of Grace 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Amati Girls 2001 (Movie)

Denise (Actor)

The Lost Child 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Empty Nest 1986 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cybill 1988 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1988 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blossom 1988 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurses 1988 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wendy's Ski Family Challenge 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Search For the New Ideal Man 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael 1990 (Movie)

Evelyn Whittacher (Actor)

Bloodhounds of Broadway 1989 (Movie)

Maud Milligan (Actor)

Staying Together 1989 (Movie)

Lois Cook (Actor)

Backfire 1988 (Movie)

Jill (Actor)

Child's Play 1988 (Movie)

Maggie Peterson (Actor)

Sirens 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Line 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

She's With Me 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

I Ought to Be in Pictures 1982 (Movie)

Libby (Actor)

Soap 1977 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Ordinary People 1980 (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

Grease 1978 (Movie)

Marty (Actor)

Night Terror 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Possessed 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stronger 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Carol Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

A Matter of Sex (TV Show)

Actor

Babies (TV Show)

Actor

Classified Love (TV Show)

Actor

For Ladies Only (TV Show)

Actor

Maid For Each Other (TV Show)

Actor

Raid on Entebbe (TV Show)

Actor

The Cover Girl and the Cop (TV Show)

Actor

The Possessed (Movie)

(Actor)

The Seduction of Gina (TV Show)

Actor
Director (5)

Brother's Keeper 1986 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

Minor Adjustments 1986 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

Movie Stars 1986 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

Sister, Sister 1986 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

This petite daughter of blacklisted Oscar-winning actress-director Lee Grant and writer Arnold Manoff brought impeccable comic timing to her stage and screen roles. Dinah Manoff began her career as a teenager in small roles in the 1976 PBS production "The Great Cherub Knitwear Strike" and NBC's "Raid on Entebbe" (1977). She first garnered widespread attention as Marty, the sexy Pink Lady in the hit film musical "Grease" (1978) and for her one season (1978-79) stint as Elaine Lefkowitz, the acerbic, whiny daughter of a mobster, on the ABC sitcom "Soap". Heading east, Manoff tackled Broadway and earned a 1980 Tony Award for her performance as a daughter reuniting with her estranged actor father in Neil Simon's bittersweet comedy "I Ought to Be in Pictures". (She reprised the role opposite Walter Matthau in the 1981 film version). After a strong supporting turn as a suicidal young woman in the Oscar-winning "Ordinary People" (1980) and appearances in several TV-movies, Manoff landed what is perhaps her best-known role, Carol Weston, the divorced, competitive, man-deprived daughter of Richard Mulligan on the NBC sitcom "Empty Nest" (1988-95). During her series run, Manoff branched out into writing and producing with the 1991 NBC TV-movie "Maid for Each Other", about a woman who loses her money and is forced to work as a domestic for a singing diva (Nell Carter). The duo end up as fugitives together. She also adapted her father's novel, "A Telegram From Heaven" into both a radio drama and stage play, winning critical acclaim in Los Angeles for her efforts.

Relationships

Lee Grant

Mother

Jean-Marc Joubert

Husband
divorced

Arnold Manoff

Father
blacklisted by HUAC in the 1950s died in 1965

Arthur Mortell

Husband

Dashiell Mortell

Son
born c. 1996

EDUCATION

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia , California

Milestones

2001

Co-starred in the Fox Family Channel series "State of Grace"

1992

Co-executive produced, wrote teleplay and starred in the NBC TV-movie "Maid for Each Other"

1991

Adapted "A Telegram From Heaven", a 1942 novel by her father, into a play; first performed on National Rublic Radio and L.A. Theatre Works (November)

1987

L.A. stage debut, "Alfred and Victoria: A Life"

1981

Reprised stage role in the film version of "I Ought to Be in Pictures"

1980

Broadway debut, "I Ought to Be in Pictures"; earned Tony Award

1980

Had featured role as a suicidal friend of Timothy Hutton's in the Oscar-winning "Ordinary People"

1978

Film debut in "Grease" as Marty

1978

Played the regular role of Elaine Lefkowitz on the ABC sitcom "Soap"

1976

TV debut, "The Great Cherub Knitwear Strike" (PBS)

Appeared as Carol Weston on the NBC sitcom "Empty Nest"

Bonus Trivia

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On her film debut, Manoff told People (April 13, 1998), "I thought I was ugly. I was fat. I wasn't good. I spent my time giggling and putting my head down. I was overwhelmed."

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She was directed by her mother Lee Grant in the 1976 short "The Stronger", the 1984 NBC TV-movie "A Matter of Sex" and the 1989 feature "Staying Together".

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