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Elaine May (born under the name Elaine Iva Berlin) is an American actress, comedian, film director, playwright, and screenwriter from Philadelphia. Her professional career started in the 1950s and is still ongoing. She has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. She is best remembered for directing the Cold ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »


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 2021 The Same Storm
Ruth Lipsman Berg
 2021 The Good Fight (TV Series)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- And the Détente Had an End... (2021) ... Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- And the Two Partners Had a Fight... (2021) ... Ruth Bader Ginsburg
 2016 Crisis in Six Scenes (TV Mini 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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(4/17/73-4/28/73) Stage: Wrote "Adaptation", performed in an Actors Theatre of Louisville production at an Off-Broadway Theatre in New York City with Vaughn McBride (Games Master); Linda Selman (Female Player); G. W. Bailey (Male Player) and Toby Tompkins (Contestant) in the cast. Terrence McNally's play, "Next," was performed ... See more »

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I'm a pariah at dinner parties because I don't get all this about Lincoln. It's not like he wanted to free the slaves right away. And all that death. Why didn't we just stop buying cotton? See more »


After working together on Heaven Can Wait (1978) and Reds (1981), Warren Beatty commissioned her to help him develop and write a biopic of Howard Hughes. Her script was one of several that Beatty developed over the years, along with Howard Hughes scripts by Bo Goldman and Robert Towne, among others. It is uncertain if any of her original work has made its way into the upcoming Beatty Hughes ... See more »

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