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Helen Hanft (1934–2013)


Helen Hanft was born in The Bronx in New York City in 1934. She began her career on the stage in the late 1950's in theatre productions after studying drama at The Performing Arts High School. She transferred to Off-Off-Broadway productions, starring in a series of plays written by Tom Eyen. One of the plays was to make Hanft a star of both ... See full bio »

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Known For

Manhattan
Manhattan Party Guest
(1979)
License to Drive
License to Drive Miss Hellberg
(1988)
Moonstruck
Moonstruck Lotte
(1987)
The Purple Rose of Cairo
The Purple Rose of Cairo Movie Audience
(1985)

Filmography

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 2009 The New Tenants (Short)
Grandma
 2009 When the Evening Comes
Rose Bushman
 2008 Old Days (Short)
Sylvia
 2007/II Noise
Forceful Juror
 2006 Puccini for Beginners
Old Lady At Cinema
 2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Ruth Cohen
- Yesterday (2002) ... Ruth Cohen
 2002 Dummy
Mrs. Gurkel
 2002 The Job (TV Series)
Middle-Aged Woman
- Gina (2002) ... Middle-Aged Woman
 1997-2001 Law & Order (TV Series)
Vera / Martha
- Who Let the Dogs Out? (2001) ... Vera
- Denial (1997) ... Martha
 2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Mrs. Billings
- Noncompliance (2000) ... Mrs. Billings
 1999 Fever
Louisa
 1999 Trick
Greasy Spoon Waitress
 1997 Mr. Jealousy
Millie
 1996 The Associate
Mrs. Cupchick
 1994 I.Q.
Rose
 1994 North
Operator
 1992 Used People
Aunt Ruthie
 1991 The Butcher's Wife
Molly
 1990 Mathnet (TV Series)
Female Customer
- The Case of the Parking Meter Massacre (1990) ... Female Customer
 1990 Betsy's Wedding
Fitter
 1989 Kojak: Ariana (TV Movie)
Woman
 1989 Identity Crisis
Hag
 1989 New York Stories
Citizen (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
 1988 License to Drive
Miss Hellberg
 1988 Coming to America
Subway Lady
 1988 Clinton and Nadine (TV Movie)
Lady Manager
 1987 The Lawnmower Man (Short)
Mrs. Parkette
 1987 Moonstruck
Lotte
 1986 Lover Man (Short)
The Madame
 1986 Apology (TV Movie)
Cashier
 1986 Off Beat
Waitress
 1986 9½ Weeks
Flea Market Shawl Seller
 1985 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Mrs. Washburn
- Back Home (1985) ... Mrs. Washburn
 1985 Big Shots in America (TV Movie)
Mrs. Cohen
 1985 The Purple Rose of Cairo
Movie Audience
 1984 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Waitress
- Summer Switch (1984) ... Waitress
 1982 Love, Sidney (TV Series)
- The Activist (1982)
 1981 Honky Tonk Freeway
Bag Lady
 1981 Arthur
Perry's Wife
 1980 Stardust Memories
Vivian Orkin
 1980 Willie & Phil
Used Cars Salesperson
 1979 Manhattan
Party Guest
 1976 NBC Special Treat (TV Series)
Shopping Bag Lady
- Luke Was There (1976) ... Shopping Bag Lady
 1976 Next Stop, Greenwich Village
Herb's Wife
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She played Henrietta in Tom Eyen's play, "My Next Husband Will Be A Beauty!," at La Ma Ma ETC. Theatre in New York City with Mari-Claire Charba (played Virginia), Alan Lysander James (played Henry), and Tom McDonald (played Boy) in the cast. Tom Eyen was director and designer. Kenneth Meek was lighting designer. See more »

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Met Dom DeLuise in high school and they remained lifelong friends. See more »

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