Joanna Merlin


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Joanna Merlin is an actress and casting director who was born in Chicago, Illinois. She made her motion-picture debut in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1956). In 1961 she made her Broadway debut as a replacement performer in "A Far Country," a play about Sigmund Freud. Next on Broadway she created the role of Tzeitel in the original ... See full bio »

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The Ten Commandments Jethro's Daughter
(1956)
The Wackness Grandma Shapiro
(2008)
Mystic Pizza Mrs. Arujo
(1988)
The Last Emperor Casting Director
(1987)

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 2020 Smartphone Theatre (TV Series)
Anna
- ANNA by Savannah (2020) ... Anna
 2017 Active Adults
Miriam
 2013 Homeland (TV Series)
Grandma
- Tin Man Is Down (2013) ... Grandma
 2011 The Good Wife (TV Series)
Loni Goslin
- In Sickness (2011) ... Loni Goslin
 2000-2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Judge Lena Petrovsky / Lena Petrovsky
- Reparations (2011) ... Judge Lena Petrovsky
- Rescue (2010) ... Judge Lena Petrovsky
- Turmoil (2009) ... Judge Lena Petrovsky
- Solitary (2009) ... Judge Lena Petrovsky
- Baggage (2009) ... Judge Lena Petrovsky
 2010 Elle s'appelait Sarah
Mme Rainsferd
 2008 Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn (Short)
Jesse Sylvester
 2008 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Family Member
- The Lobotomist (2008) ... Family Member (voice)
 2008 The Wackness
Grandma Shapiro
 2007/I The Invasion
Joan Kaufman
 2004 The Jury (TV Series)
Jackie Ochs
- Too Jung to Die (2004) ... Jackie Ochs
 2003 Just Another Story
Sadie
 2001 The Jimmy Show
Emily
 1999 Witness Protection (TV Movie)
Cindy's Mother
 1999 Black and Blue (TV Movie)
Ann Benedetto
 1998 City of Angels
Teresa Messinger
 1992-1998 Law & Order (TV Series)
Deirdre Powell / Carla Bowman
- Expert (1998) ... Deirdre Powell
- Atonement (1996) ... Deirdre Powell
- Virtue (1994) ... Deirdre Powell
- Virus (1993) ... Carla Bowman
- Silence (1992) ... Carla Bowman
 1996-1997 New York Undercover (TV Series)
Carmella McNamara
- Vendetta (1997) ... Carmella McNamara
- Fade Out (1997) ... Carmella McNamara
- Going Platinum (1996) ... Carmella McNamara
- Without Mercy (1996) ... Carmella McNamara
 1996 The Prosecutors (TV Movie)
 1996 MURDER and murder
Doris
 1995 Two Bits
Guendolina
 1993 Northern Exposure (TV Series)
Nadine Fleischman
- Birds of a Feather (1993) ... Nadine Fleischman
 1993 Mr. Wonderful
Loretta
 1993 Love, Honor & Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage (TV Movie)
Rose Profaci
 1992 Baby Talk (TV Series)
 1991 In a Child's Name (TV Mini-Series)
Frances Silvano
- Episode #1.2 (1991) ... Frances Silvano
- Episode #1.1 (1991) ... Frances Silvano
 1991 A Marriage: Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz (TV Movie)
Dolly Stieglitz
 1991 Class Action
Estelle Ward
 1991 L.A. Law (TV Series)
A.D.A. Ellen Kennedy
- Pump It Up (1991) ... A.D.A. Ellen Kennedy
 1990 Murder in Black and White (TV Movie)
Dr. Bromberg
 1989 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
Marian Rosenberg
- A Matter of Conscience (1989) ... Marian Rosenberg
 1988 Mystic Pizza
Mrs. Arujo
 1987 Prince of Darkness
Bag Lady
 1987 Another World (TV Series)
Vivian Cory
- Episode dated 27 January 1987 (1987) ... Vivian Cory
- Episode dated 26 January 1987 (1987) ... Vivian Cory
 1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Marie / Wealthy Lady
- Gather Ye Acorns (1986) ... Marie / Wealthy Lady
 1984 The Killing Fields
Schanberg's Sister
 1983 Baby It's You
Mrs. Rosen
 1982 Love Child
Mrs. Sturgis
 1982 Soup for One
Allan's Mother
 1981 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Inez Marin
- Starstruck (1981) ... Inez Marin
 1980 Fame
Miss Berg
 1980 Nurse (TV Movie)
Nan Riley
 1979 All That Jazz
Nurse Pierce
 1978 The Last Tenant (TV Movie)
Mrs. Farelli
 1975 Hester Street
Jake's Landlady
 1970 All My Children (TV Series)
Judge Brauer (1997)
 1967 The Winter's Tale (TV Movie)
Paulina
 1964 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Lucia Lopez
- It's War, Man (1964) ... Lucia Lopez
 1963 The Defenders (TV Series)
Katy Martinez
- The Bagman (1963) ... Katy Martinez
 1962 Naked City (TV Series)
Gloria Werminski
 1961 The Power and the Glory (TV Movie)
 1960 CBS Repertoire Workshop (TV Series)
Musya
- The Seven Who Were Hanged (1960) ... Musya
 1958 Weddings and Babies
Josie
 1956 The Ten Commandments
Jethro's Daughter
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She was in the original Broadway cast of "Fiddler on the Roof, " playing the oldest daughter, Tzeitel, opposite Zero Mostel.
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