Joanna Gleason

Birth Place: Winnipeg, MB, CANADA

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Joanna Gleason BIO

Born Joanne Hall, daughter of Maurice and Marilyn (Plottel) Hall (Halprin) on June 2, 1950 in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. At the time her father worked at the Canadian Wheat Board. He later started his TV career and after becoming known as Monty Hall went on to fame as host of Let's Make a Deal. It is interesting to note that Monty's brother Robert also changed his name to Hall.
Joanna graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1968. While there she had a cameo in the school's production of The Music Man.
She continued her education at UCLA, then Occidental College, from which she graduated. Joanna has been a teacher herself, holding classes and workshops all over the country. She has also begun crafting new theatrical works and in early 2002 she directed her first New York play.
Joanna was in the TV Show "Hello, Larry" which was used as the basic outline for the 90s TV smash hit "Fraiser." She was also a star on "Bette" with Bette Midler and Lindsay Lohan and had a good run on TV's "Love and War" where she got to direct a little as well. She is also known for her television roles in shows such as Friends, The West Wing, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, The Affair, The Newsroom, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
She has also won numerous awards. In 1988 Joanna won the Tony as Best Actress for her role as the Baker's Wife in Sondheim's "Into the Woods." She also won a Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for the same performance. She received another Tony nomination and a Drama Desk nomination for her work in "Joe Egg." Joanna won a Theater World Award for "The Real Thing," and another Drama Desk award for "Social Security."
Since 1994 Joanna has been married to actor Chris Sarandon. These two appeared together in movies such as Road Ends, Edie and Pen, Let the Devil Wear Black, and American Perfekt. They met while doing Broadway?s 1991 adoption of the Thin Man: "Nick and Nora". Sadly, this was not a successful play. But the two returned to the stage in 1998's "Thorn and Bloom."
Previously she was married to Michael Bennahum and Paul Gleason from whom she kept her surname for acting purposes. You may remember Paul Gleason as the principle from The Breakfast Club or as the police chief in Die Hard. Paul was also a minor league baseball player for the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox organizations.
Her siblings are television writer/director Sharon Hall Kessler, and Emmy-award winning television writer/director Richard Hall.
Joanna and Chris have 4 children. Aaron David Gleason ("Gilly Leads" as he has chosen as his name since age 19), from Joanna's marriage to Paul Gleason, has his own band, All Hours (formerly known as The Midnight Radio), which has been signed by Hybrid Recordings. Stephanie, Alexis, and Michael are from Chris' second marriage to Lisa Ann Cooper.

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Joanna Gleason STAGE CREDITS

[Off-Broadway]
Roundabout Production, 2011
Gloria

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2009
Performer [Replacement]

[Off-Broadway]
2009
Arlene

[Off-Broadway]
2008
Alison

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2005
Muriel

[San Diego, CA (Regional)]
World Premiere, 2004
Muriel

[Off-Broadway]
2004
Dr. Emma Brookner

[New York]
Reading, 2004
Muriel

[Broadway]
Reunion Concert, 1997
Baker's Wife

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1991
Performer

Nora Charles

[Off-Broadway]
1989
Artie

[Off-Broadway]
1989
Melissa Gardner [Replacement]

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1987
Baker's Wife [Replacement]

Baker's Wife

[San Diego, CA (Regional)]
Old Globe Production (Pre-Broadway), 1986
Baker's Wife

[Broadway]
1986
Trudy Heyman

[Off-Broadway]
1986
Virginia Noyles

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1985
Pam

[Off-Broadway]
1985
Pam

[Off-Broadway]
1984
Performer

[Broadway]
1984
Performer [Replacement]

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1977
Monica

[New York]
Workshop, 1990
Performer

Joanna Gleason Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2002]
Director

Joanna Gleason Movies

[1986]Heartburn Diana

[1986]Hannah and Her Sisters Carol

[1989]Crimes and Misdemeanors Wendy Stern

[1991]F/X2 Liz Kennedy

[1995]Mr. Holland's Opus Adult Gertrude

[1996]Edie & Pen Maude

[1997]Boogie Nights Dirk's Mother

[1997]American Perfekt Shirley

[1997]Road Ends Armacost

[1999]Let the Devil Wear Black Dr. Rona Harvey

[2001]The Wedding Planner Mrs. Donolly

[2006]Wedding Daze Lois

[2007]The Girl in the Park Sarah

[2008]The Women Barbara

[2008]My Sassy Girl Kitty, Aunt Sally

[2008]Sex and the City Therapist

[2009]The Rebound Roberta Finklestein

[2013]Last Vegas Miriam

[2014]The Skeleton Twins Judy


Joanna Gleason TV Shows

Bette Connie Randolph

Hello, Larry Morgan Winslow

King of the Hill Maddy Platter, Marie's Mother, Operator

Love & War Nadine Berkus

Oh Baby Charlotte St. John

Sensitive Skin Veronica

The Good Wife Judge Carmella Romano

The West Wing Atty. Jordon Kendall

Tracey Takes On... Katherine Hawkins, LeAnne the Stewardess

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Photos: James Lapine, Joanna Gleason & More Visit HARMONY on Broadway

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Aspire Performing Arts Will Present INTO THE WOODS in Fair Lawn This Month

ASPIRE Performing Arts will present Into the Woods in Fair Lawn from January 19-21. Get all the production details here!

World Premiere of MARILYN, MOM & ME to Open International City Theatre 2024 Season

International City Theatre will open its 2024 season with the world premiere of Yankee’s deeply personal comic drama, Marilyn, Mom & Me.

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Photos: The Broadway World Cabaret Studio Portraits

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Chris Sarandon Chats With Tony-Winner Kelli O'Hara On COOKING BY HEART Podcast

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Review: Fairy Tales Go Out of the Frying Pan and INTO THE WOODS at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

A record 16 of the 17 credited cast members are transplants from the Broadway run, including an astounding 97% of its behind-the-curtain crew. In essence, we are getting the bona fide Broadway show, from its stars to its set decorators, here in the heart of Florida. I cannot fathom a better way for local audiences to experience INTO THE WOODS.

Theater Resources Unlimited to Present Virtual Fundraiser TRUSPEAK... HEAR OUR VOICES!

Theater Resources Unlimited will present a virtual evening of awareness featuring five short new plays that speak to social issues that affect us all.

Chuck Cooper, Cady Huffman, and More to Appear at TRUSPEAK: HEAR OUR VOICES! Virtual Benefit Gala in June

Theatre Resources Unlimited (TRU) has announced the star-studded cast of  TRUSPEAK… HEAR OUR VOICES!, an evening to raise awareness of current social issues, as well as awareness of the work TRU has been doing for the theater community for over 30 years.

Max Chernin, Ashley Pérez Flanagan & More Join OUT OF MYSELF �" SONGS OF PETER FOLEY

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Joanna Gleason to Direct Phylicia Rashad in MASTER CLASS at Theatre Aspen

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Listen: James Lapine, Chip Zien and Danielle Ferland Kick Off GIANTS IN THE SKY Podcast

The Broadway Podcast Network is launching new podcast, “Giants in the Sky: How Sondheim and Lapine Went Into the Woods” hosted by Ben Rimalower, makes its series debut. Listen now!

Listen To Chris Sarandon Interview Mario Cantone For His COOKING BY HEART Podcast

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Theater Resources Unlimited Presents TRUSPEAK ... HEAR OUR VOICES! Gala, June 4

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Listen: Chris Sarandon Interviews Hal Linden, Joanna Gleason & More on COOKING BY HEART Podcast

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Joanna Gleason FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Joanna Gleason has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

Joanna Gleason has not appeared in the West End.

Joanna Gleason has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She was nominated for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Sons of the Prophet". She also received a nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels". Gleason was recognized with a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for her role in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels". She received a nomination for Best Actress - Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in "Into the Woods". Gleason was also nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Into the Woods". Additionally, she received a nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Into the Woods". In the play category, Gleason was nominated for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Joe Egg". She also received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "Joe Egg". Lastly, Gleason was honored with a Performance award at the Theatre World Awards for her work in "I Love My Wife".

Joanna Gleason has won several awards throughout her career. She received the Best Actress - Musical award from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in "Into the Woods." She also won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical award at the Tony Awards for her role in "Into the Woods." Additionally, Gleason was honored with the Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical award at the Drama Desk Awards for her work in "Into the Woods." She also received a Performance award from the Theatre World Awards for her role in "I Love My Wife."

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