Elizabeth Franz

Actor, Drama teacher, Secretary
"Attention must be paid" is a key line of the character of Linda Loman in the play "Death of a Salesman" and after the 50th Anniversary production that opened on Broadway in February 1999, that sentiment applied to the ... Read more »
Born: 06/18/1941 in Akron, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (35)

Grey's Anatomy 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Christmas with the Kranks 2004 (Movie)

Bev Scheel (Actor)

Law & Order 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

Gilmore Girls 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Judging Amy 1989 - 1990, 1993 - 1994, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Death of a Salesman 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway '99: Launching the Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

Twisted 1997 (Movie)

Ms Bundress (Actor)

Walking to the Waterline 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Pallbearer 1996 (Movie)

Aunt Lucille (Actor)

The Substance of Fire 1996 (Movie)

Miss Barzakian (Actor)

Thinner 1996 (Movie)

Leda Rossington (Actor)

Notes For My Daughter 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Sabrina 1995 (Movie)

Joanna (Actor)

Shameful Secrets 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Sisters 1989 - 1990, 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

School Ties 1992 (Movie)

Jane Dillon (Actor)

A Town's Revenge 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Dear John 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

Roseanne 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jacknife 1989 (Movie)

Pru Buckman (Actor)

Dottie 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret of My Success 1987 (Movie)

Grace Foster (Actor)

The Joy That Kills 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Pilgrim, Farewell 1979 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

A Girl Thing (TV Show)

Actor

An Unexpected Love (TV Show)

Actor

Face of a Stranger (TV Show)

Actor

It's Nothing Personal (TV Show)

Actor

Love and Other Sorrows (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

"Attention must be paid" is a key line of the character of Linda Loman in the play "Death of a Salesman" and after the 50th Anniversary production that opened on Broadway in February 1999, that sentiment applied to the actress playing the role. Elizabeth Franz garnered some of the best reviews of her career and picked up her first Tony Award for her featured role. After years working in repertory theaters across the USA, playing roles on daytime dramas and small parts in film, she had arrived. Determination, however, had been the cornerstone of her career.

Relationships

Brother
has two

Edward Binns

Husband
married from 1983 until his death in 1990

Harriet Frankovich

Mother
half-Irish, half-Native American suffered with emotional problems

Joseph Franovich

Father
suffered with diabetes of Serbo-Croatian descent

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York, New York

Milestones

2004

Cast in the holiday comedy "Christmas with the Kranks" directed by Joe Roth

2000

Reprised Linda Loman in Showtime production of "Death of a Salesman"; earned Emmy nomination

1996

First played Linda Loman opposite Hal Holbrook in "Death of a Salesman"

1992

Portrayed Matt Damon's mother in "School Ties"

1987

Reprised part of Kate Jerome in "Broadway Bound", the second of Simon's autobiographical trilogy

1987

Had title role in the "American Playhouse" presentation "Dottie", about an agoraphobic

1987

Returned to films after a seven-year absence with small role in "The Secret of My Success"

1980

Feature film debut in "Pilgrim Farewell"

1979

Breakthrough stage role, the titular nun in Christopher Durang's biting "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You"

1972

Was a member of the company of Trinity Square Players in Providence, Rhode Island

1967

Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guidenstern Are Dead"

1965

Professional stage debut in the Off-Broadway production "In White America"

1946

At age five, saw "The Bishop's Wife" with Loretta Young and decided to become an actress

Raised in Akron, Ohio

Originated role of Kate Jerome, a character based on the playwright's mother, in Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs"; earned first Tony Award nomination

Spent one season with the Arena Stage in Washington, DC

Received widespread praise for her portrayal of Linda Loman opposite Brian Dennehy in the 50th Anniversaty production of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman"; play first produced in Chicago before transferring to Broadway; won Tony Award

Worked as a secretary after graduating from high school in order to earn enough money to enroll in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC

Portrayed Alma Rudder on the NBC daytime drama "Another World"

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