Jeannie Berlin

Actor, Acting teacher, Screenwriter
This spirited young nymph of the early 1970s who, during her brief heyday, tended to play sensuous yet flustered and gawky "Jewish-American princesses". The only child of comedienne-writer-director Elaine May, Berlin ... Read more »
Born: 10/31/1949 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (12)

Inherent Vice 2014 (Movie)

Aunt Reet (Actor)

Margaret 2011 (Movie)

Emily (Actor)

In the Spirit 1990 (Movie)

Crystal (Actor)

Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York 1974 (Movie)

Sheila (Actor)

Bone 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Portnoy's Complaint 1972 (Movie)

Bubbles Girardi (Actor)

The Heartbreak Kid 1972 (Movie)

Lila (Actor)

Getting Straight 1970 (Movie)

Judy Kramer (Actor)

In Name Only 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Baby Maker 1970 (Movie)

Charlotte (Actor)

Why? 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Two on a Bench (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This spirited young nymph of the early 1970s who, during her brief heyday, tended to play sensuous yet flustered and gawky "Jewish-American princesses". The only child of comedienne-writer-director Elaine May, Berlin played several prominent supporting roles while still in her teens in "Getting Straight" and "The Baby Makers" (both 1970). Her most notable film work came when May directed her in the appealingly off-beat "The Heartbreak Kid" (1972), an adaptation of Neil Simon's comedy of embarrassment. As the bewildered bride whose husband of three days becomes involved with a cool blonde WASP, Berlin received excellent notices and an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress. "Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York" (1975), which cast Berlin in the title role, was a prominent failure, though, and she has subsequently been involved in occasional stage work. She did, however, return to the big screen when she wrote and played a leading role (opposite, among others, her mother) in the black comedy "In the Spirit" (1990).

Relationships

Jack Berlin

Grandfather
maternal ran a Yiddish theater company in the 1930s

Elaine May Actor

Mother
Born April 21, 1932

Marvin May

Father

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York
thrown out of the drama program after a year

Milestones

2011

Cast alongside Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, and Mark Ruffalo in "Margaret"; filming began in 2005 but spent more than five years in post-production

2003

Guest starred on the short-lived series "Miss Match" (NBC)

1998

Acted alongside mother in off-Broadway production "Power Plays"

1990

Returned to feature films; wrote the screenplay (with Laurie Jones) and played one of the leading roles in "In the Spirit"

1975

Played first leading role in film, "Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York"

1972

Received a Best Supportin Actress Oscar nomination as the abandoned bride in "The Heartbreak Kid," directed by her mother Elaine May

1968

Made feature film debut in a small role in "Alice's Restaurant"

1968

Acted in the TV-movie romantic comedy "In Name Only" (ABC), a remake of the 1952 film "We're Not Married"

Began her acting career at age 14 in an off-Broadway production of "Rumpelstiltskin"

Became involved in writing and directing for the theater: wrote and directed a play produced in Los Angeles, "The Party"; also wrote the play "Fanny Wants Out"

Acted onstage in "Adaptation" in Los Angeles, CA

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