Canadian actresssinger Joanna Gleason. She is a Tony Award-winning musical theatre actresshas also had a number of no filmTV roles.
Gleason was born as Joanne Hall in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the daughter of Marilyn (née Plottel), a producer, writer,actress,television personality Monty Hall. At the time, her father worked at the Canadian Wheat Boardhad changed his name from Halprin to Hall to sound better on the radio. He later started his TV careerwent on to fame as host of Lets Make a Deal. Monty Halls brother, Robert Halprin, also changed his name to Hall.
In May 1956, the Hall family moved to New York , in the early 1960s, they again moved to Los Angeles, California. Gleason graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1968. While attending BHHS she was in the schools productions of The Music Man, The Mikado, The Grass Harp,The Madwoman of Chaillot. In high school Gleason received acting instruction from John Ingle, the soap-opera star, who taught at BHHS from 1955 to 1985. She continued her education at UCLA, then Occidental College, from which she graduated. Gleason has been a teacher herself, holding classesworkshops all over the ry.
Although Gleason has had an active filmTV career, she is probably best known for her stage work. Gleason made her Broadway debut in 1977 in I Love My Wife, for which she was honored with a Theatre World Award. Additional Broadway credits include Tom Stoppards The Real Thing, Peter Nichols A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Nick & Nora, Into the Woods (for which she won several awards including a Tony Award in the lead role of the Bakers Wife), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,The Cartells. In early 2002, she directed her first New York play.
Gleasons TVfilm career also began in the late 1970s, first in the TV show Hello, Larry. She next appeared as the host of a short lived cable talk show Personal Side in the early 1980s. This was followed by her first film roles in HannahHer Sisters (a cameo)Heartburn (both 1986). Gleason would work again with Woody Allen in CrimesMisdemeanors (1989) , this time playing the wife of Allens acter.
Gleason appeared in several films in the 1990s, including F/X2, Mr. Holls Opus, Boogie Nights,Road Ends. More recently Gleason has appeared in The Pleasure of Your Company, Wild Blue Yonder, FathersSons,The Wedding Planner. On television, she played the role of Nadine Berkus on the show Love & War from 1992–95. In addition to acting, Gleason directed several episodes of this show. She also played the role of Joan Silver on the short lived series Temporarily Yours in 1997. Gleason starred in the Lifetime series Oh Baby as Charlotte from 1998–2000 also directing episodes of this show. Shortly following this show, she starred opposite Bette MidlerLindsay Lohan on the show Bette as agent Connie Rolph. Gleason also appeared in several made-for-TV movies, including If These Walls Could Talk, For the Love of Aaron, Born Too Soon,For Richer, for Poorer. She also played the Bakers Wife in the PBS Great Performances broadcast of Into the Woods. Gleasons numerous guest starring TV credits include episodes of The West Wing, The Practice, King of the Hill, Friends, Tracey Takes On..., Murphy Brown, ER,Diffrent Strokes.
In 2007, Gleason was honored by the New Engl Theatre Conference with a Special Award for her Achievement in Theatre.
Gleason has been married to actor Chris Saron since 1994. The two met while performing in Broadway’s 1991 short-lived musical Nick & Nora. They returned to the stage together in 1998s ThornBloomhave also have collaborated together on several films including Road Ends, EdiePen, Let the Devil Wear Black,American Perfekt.
Previously Joanna Gleason was married to acting coach Paul G. Gleason, whose last name she kept as her professional surname,later to Michael Bennahum.
GleasonChris Saron have four children between them: Aaron David Gleason, from her first marriage,Stephanie, Alexis,Michael Saron, from Sarons second marriage.
Gleasons siblings are television writer/director, Sharon Hall Kessler,Emmy-award winning television writer/director, Rid Hall.
* 1977 Theatre World Award – I Love My Wife
* 1986 Drama Desk Award for Outsting Featured Actress in a Play – Its Only a Play
* 1986 Drama Desk Award for Outsting Featured Actress in a Play – Social Security
* 1988 Drama Desk Award for Outsting Featured Actress in a Musical – Into the Woods
* 1988 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical – Into the Woods
* 1985 Drama Desk Award for Outsting Featured Actress in a Play – Joe Egg
* 1985 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play – Joe Egg
* 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outsting Featured Actress in a Musical – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
* 2005 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels