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Lynn Cohen BIO

An inspiration for women seeking a second act, Ms. Cohen, born in Kansas City, Missouri, arrived in New York, with dreams of success on the stage like many others. The plot twist was that the tiny dynamo with striking, unconventional looks was in her mid-40s.

Her stage career included appearing opposite Vanessa Redgrave in Peter Hall's Orpheus Descending in 1989. She helped develop the legendary Vanya on 42nd Street, which grew from a workshop led by Andre Gregory, including Julianne Moore and Wallace Shawn - the project eventually was adapted by David Mamet and filmed in 1994 with director Louis Malle. Appearing in many Off-Broadway shows, she received the Lucille Lortel Best Featured actress award for her gender reversal performance in the all-women production of I Remember Mama directed by Jack Cummings III.

Ms. Cohen appeared for ten years as Judge Elizabeth Mizener in Law and Order but became a household name with her memorable performance as Magda in Sex and the City. Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) was terrified by the tiny maid who discovered her sex toys, but ultimately, they forged a loving bond. She appeared in dozens of television shows, among them The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Blue Bloods, The Affair, Chicago Med, Damages and Nurse Jackie.

Movie directors eventually discovered her quirky persona when Woody Allen cast her as the victim in "Manhattan Murder Mystery". Steven Spielberg saw her strength as Golda Meier in Munich. A new generation discovered her as Mags in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, a role she said she took upon the recommendation of her granddaughter. She appeared in movies opposite Liev Schreiber, Daniel Craig, Kevin Kline, Peter Dinklage, Helen Hunt, Paul Dano among many others. Ms. Cohen appeared in 121 movies, 13 in 2019 alone. She departed with four productions in development.

Ms. Cohen studied with Alvina Kraus at Northwestern University and in New York with Michael Howard and took acting classes throughout her life and was known for her generosity in mentoring and encouraging other actors.

Lynn Cohen Photos


All-Female Staged Reading, 2018

Off-Broadway Revival at Cherry Lane Theatre, 2017

Off-Broadway, 2015
Bella [Replacement]

Barefoot Theatre Company Production, 2012

Rennie Waltzer

Porter/Weird Sister 3

The Rebbetsin


[Regional (US)]
Regional Revival, 1999
Signora Fioria


Avdotya Nazarovna





Sister Temple (Understudy)

Nurse Porter (Understudy)

Eva Temple (Understudy)

Player Queen/Lady-in-Waiting

Eugenie Krantz

Tasha Blumberg [Replacement]


[New York]
Workshop, 2001
Mrs. Schumacher

Lynn Cohen Awards and Nominations

The Lortels - 2014 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Lynn Cohen, I Remember Mama

Lynn Cohen Videos

Lynn Cohen News

Tim Daly, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Lea Delaria, and More Will Lead THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA Off-Broadway

​​​​​​​La Femme Theatre Productions will illuminate the Off-Broadway stage this season with an evocative 21 st century production of Tennessee Williams's timeless masterpiece, The Night of the Iguana.

Tim Daly, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Lea DeLaria & More to Star in THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA at La Femme Theatre Productions

La Femme Theatre Productions has revealed the full cast of Tennessee Williams's 'The Night of the Iguana' directed by Emily Mann.

French Riviera Film Festival Reveals 2023 Winning Shorts And Specialty Awards

The fifth annual French Riviera Film Festival, held on May 19 and 20, 2023 in Cannes, France, has revealed the winning shorts of the 2023 competition.

Agent and DGRW Founding Partner Jim Wilhelm Passes Away at 68

Theatrical agent JIM WILHELM passed away early Monday morning, April 24th, 2023 in New York City at the age of 68 after a short, quiet fight with cancer.

Jessica Fishenfeld to Sing Debut Album THE NOTHING LAMP & More World Premieres at Coffey Street Studio

Amanda + James presents multi-genre soprano and actor Jessica Fishenfeld (America's Got Talent, Stonewall), celebrating not one, not two, but THREE live world premieres within this adventurous musical experience, alongside pianist Mila Henry (The American Opera Project, Opera Cowgirls). 

Berkshire Theatre Group Announces 2021/22 Fall and Winter Season

Berkshire Theatre Group has announced the 2021/22 fall and winter season at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield and The Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. Berkshire Theatre Group carefully monitors CDC guidelines for COVID-19 on a regular basis. They will continue to update procedures as needed. 

THE WORLD WITHOUT YOU Will Screen at 16th LA Femme Film Festival

The 16th Annual LA Femme International Film Festival will hold a special screening of the feature film drama The World Without You

TogetherLAFestival Returns with Playwright Meet and Greets

Meet the playwrights from the 2nd week of LA's first TogetherLAFestival. Presented by Alternative Theatre Los Angeles (ATLA) in association with LA Stage Alliance (LASA), a?oeTogether LA: A Virtual Stage Festivala?? is celebrating the vibrant and diverse intimate theatre scene of the greater Los Angeles area.

Berkshire Theatre Group Announces BOBBIE'S FALL SERIES Outside Under a Tent at The Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge

Following the success of Bobbie's Summer Series, Berkshire Theatre Group has announced Bobbie's Fall Series, introducing outdoor afternoon entertainment on weekends, including jazz Sundays, in September and October.

Berkshire Theatre Group Announces BOBBIE'S SUMMER SERIES Featuring Wanda L. Houston, Billy Keane and More

Berkshire Theatre Group has announced another event for the community, Bobbie's Summer Series, where on select weekends in August, Berkshire County's talented musicians and dancers will provide diverse entertainment for adults and children alike.

Frameline44 Reveals Frameline44 Pride Showcase Lineup

Frameline, the world's longest-running and largest showcase of queer cinema, is proud to announce the full program for the Frameline44 Pride Showcase taking place Thursday, June 25 through Sunday, June 28, 2020 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of San Francisco Pride.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Lynn Cohen

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, actress Lynn Cohen who gained fame in 'Sex and the City' and 'The Hunger Games' died on February 14th. Cohen has appeared in over 120 movies as well as a string of Broadway and Off-Broadway plays and television appearances. She was 86. Today, BroadwayWorld remembers Cohen with a look back at some photos from our archives...

Stage Actor and SEX AND THE CITY Star Lynn Cohen Passes Away

Screen and stage actor Lynn Cohen has passed away.

New Yiddish Rep Will Present THE WHORE FROM OHIO by Hanoch Levin

New Yiddish Rep will present 'The Whore from Ohio' by Hanoch Levin, Israel's foremost playwright, at Theater for the New City February 19 to 23, performed in Yiddish with projected surtitles. This black comedy, which deals memorably with ultimate questions of fantasy, lust and mortality, is one Levin's most famous plays. It is translated into Yiddish from the original Hebrew by Eli Rosen. Gara Sandler directs.

Cast Chosen For Planet Connections Rep Of Plays

Planet Connections' starts out 2020 with 'DARK PLANET: Not Your Mother's Valentine's Day,' short plays unapologetically looking at life through a clever a?" albeit caustic a?" lens. Frank, Funny, Engaging, Engrossing, and Enlightening, Performing Thursdays & Fridays, February 6 a?" 21, at the Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th St, NYC. This event a?" celebrating the diversity of the performing arts & artists of NYC a?" will be accompanied by an opening night party and special Valentine's Day event.

Comedian Jon Dore To Play The Den Theatre in December

Comedian Jon Dore brings his stand-up tour to The Den Theatre for two performances only December 13 a?" 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm on The Den's Upstairs Main Stage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago.

VIDEO: International Film by Trans Filipina Filmmaker Premieres in Manila, Philippines

Co-produced by Tony winner Jhett Tolentino, Isabel Sandoval's latest feature film Lingua Franca is scheduled for another special screening tonight, 17 October 2019, at Gateway Cinemas in Quezon City (QC).

AFTER CLASS, Starring Justin Long & Fran Drescher, Will Be Released in December

Deadline reports that Gravitas Ventures will release family comedy 'After Class' this December. The film stars Justin Long and Fran Drescher.

THE WORLD WITHOUT YOU to Make Worldwide Premiere at the 22nd Annual Dances with Films

The feature film drama The World Without You, starring Radha Mitchell and James Tupper, will premiere on June 22nd at 5PM at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.  Along with Mitchell and Tupper, the all-star cast includes Chris Mulkey (Captain Phillips), Perrey Reeves (Famous in Love, Entourage), PJ Byrne (Wolf of Wall Street, Green Book), Annika Marks (Anguish), Lyndie Greenwood (Sleepy Hollow), Lynn Cohen (Hunger Games, Munich), and Suzanne C. Johnson (Empty Space).  

Casting Society Of America Announces Town Hall On The Topic Of Ageism

The Casting Society of America has announced town hall for senior actors on June 10 in New York City as part of its "Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in Casting Initiative." The town hall will tackle the issue of agesim in the casting industry.


How many Broadway shows has Lynn Cohen been in?

Lynn Cohen has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

How many West End shows has Lynn Cohen been in?

Lynn Cohen has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Lynn Cohen been nominated for?

Lynn Cohen has been nominated for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play at The Lortel Awards for her role in I Remember Mama.

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