Joanna Gleason Biography

 
Date Of Birth:
June 02, 1950 (69)
Birth Place:
Winnipeg, MB, CANADA
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 ... (read more)
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Date of Birth: June 02, 1950 (69)

Birth Place: Winnipeg, MB, CANADA

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 ... (read more)

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 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 recieved 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.

Joanna Gleason Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Joanna Gleason, Sons of the Prophet
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2005 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Joanna Gleason, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
 
Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Joanna Gleason, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1988 - Best Actress - Musical Gold Star
Joanna Gleason, Into the Woods
 
Tony Awards - 1988 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Joanna Gleason, Into the Woods
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1987 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical Gold Star
Joanna Gleason, Into the Woods
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1985 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Joanna Gleason, Joe Egg
 
Tony Awards - 1985 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Joanna Gleason, Joe Egg
 
Theatre World Awards - 1977 - Performance Gold Star
Joanna Gleason, I Love My Wife