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Elaine May was born on April 21, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Elaine Iva Berlin. She is an actress and writer, known for Small Time Crooks (2000), A New Leaf (1971) and Ishtar (1987). She was previously married to David L. Rubinfine, Sheldon Harnick and Marvin May. See full bio »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Small Time Crooks
A New Leaf
A New Leaf Henrietta Lowell
Ishtar Writer
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 2016 Crisis in Six Scenes (TV Series)
Kay Munsinger
- Episode #1.5 (2016) ... Kay Munsinger
- Episode #1.4 (2016) ... Kay Munsinger
- Episode #1.3 (2016) ... Kay Munsinger
- Episode #1.2 (2016) ... Kay Munsinger
- Episode #1.6 (2016) ... Kay Munsinger
 2000 Small Time Crooks
 1994 Wolf
Operator (voice, uncredited)
 1990 In the Spirit
Marianne Flan
 1978 California Suite
Millie Michaels
 1976 Mikey and Nicky
Woman on TV (voice, uncredited)
 1971 A New Leaf
Henrietta Lowell
 1967 Bach to Bach (Short)
 1967 The Graduate
Girl with Note for Benjamin (uncredited)
 1967 Luv
Ellen Manville
 1967 Enter Laughing
Angela Marlowe
 1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Candy Carter
- The Red Mill (1958) ... Candy Carter
 1958 Omnibus (TV Series)
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Stage: Wrote "Adult Entertainment", opened off-Broadway, directed by Stanley Donen. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 2 Articles | See more »

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Esther Dale


5' 4" (1.63 m)

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If all of the people who hate Ishtar had seen it, I would be a rich woman. See more »


Her play, "Hot Line", was nominated for a 1983 Joseph Jefferson Award for "New Work" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. See more »

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