The Info List - Tovah Feldshuh

Terri Sue "Tovah" Feldshuh (born December 27, 1952) is an American actress, singer and playwright. She has been a Broadway star for more than four decades, earning four Tony Award
Tony Award
nominations. She has also received two Emmy Award
Emmy Award
nominations for Holocaust and Law & Order, and appeared in such films as A Walk on the Moon, She's Funny That Way, and Kissing Jessica Stein. In 2015–2016, she played the role of Deanna Monroe
Deanna Monroe
on AMC's television adaptation of The Walking Dead.


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Theater 2.2 Film and television

3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Films 4.2 Television

5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Feldshuh was born to a Jewish family in New York City, the daughter of Lillian (née Kaplan) and Sidney Feldshuh, who was a lawyer.[2] Her brother David Feldshuh is the Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright of Miss Evers' Boys. She was raised in Scarsdale, New York, in Westchester County, and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. In her high school years she was a student at the National Music Camp (later named the Interlochen Arts Camp) as a star in their drama division. She started her career under British director Michael Langham at the Guthrie Theater
Guthrie Theater
where she was awarded the McKnight Fellowship in Acting.[3] Career[edit] Theater[edit] Feldshuh appeared on the stage under the name "Terri Fairchild" before deciding to incorporate her Hebrew name and her original surname as her professional name, Tovah Feldshuh. She said of her name changes: "I fell in love with a Christian boy, Michael Fairchild, who didn't want to kiss a Terri Sue. He said: 'Terri Sue doesn't fit you at all. What's that other name of yours? Tovah? Now that's a name!"[4] In 1994, she joked that she could have changed her name to "Goody Two-Shoes," since "Tovah" is Hebrew for "good," while "Feldshuh" translates from German as "field shoe."[5] She made her Broadway debut in the short-lived 1973 musical Cyrano starring Christopher Plummer. She appeared in the title role in Yentl both off-Broadway at the Chelsea Theater Center and later on Broadway. Both productions are detailed in the book, Chelsea on the Edge: The Adventures of an American Theater, which describes tensions between Feldshuh and director Robert Kalfin over the play's interpretation.[6] Other Broadway credits include Saravà, Lend Me a Tenor, and Golda's Balcony, William Gibson's work about the late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Golda's Balcony set a record as the longest-running one-woman play in Broadway history on January 2, 2005.[7] Feldshuh made her cabaret debut at the Algonquin Hotel
Algonquin Hotel
Oak Room with her act, Tovah: Crossovah! From Broadway to Cabaret, which was followed by Tovah: Out of Her Mind! She took the latter show on the road to Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Hong Kong, and Sydney. The West End production sold out an eight-week run at the Duke of York's Theatre. The Boston Globe selected her as "Best Cabaret
Artist of 2000."[8] In 2000, she co-wrote and performed in a one-woman play about actress Tallulah Bankhead titled Tallulah Hallelujah![9] She returned to Broadway in the Dan Gordon play Irena's Vow in March 2009. She had appeared off-Broadway in this play in September 2008.[10] In 2012, Feldshuh performed as Mama Rose in a revival of Gypsy. It was announced at the September 21, 2013, Broadway performance of Pippin that Andrea Martin's last performance as Berthe (Pippin's grandmother) would be the following day and that Feldshuh would be subsequently taking over the role. In 2014, she starred in Gypsy at the Bristol Riverside Theatre as Mama Rose.[11][12] In February 2015, she performed a one-woman show which she called Aging Is Optional at 54 Below.[13] Film and television[edit] In 1973, Feldshuh appeared on television in a supporting role in Scream, Pretty Peggy. In 1976, she also had a supporting role in Ryan's Hope, and in the following year, 1977, she played Katharine Hepburn in The Amazing Howard Hughes. However, Feldshuh came to international prominence as Helena Slomova in the 1978 mini-series Holocaust, based on Gerald Green's novel. Between 1991 and 2007, Feldshuh had a recurring role as defense attorney Danielle Melnick on Law & Order. Feldshuh's feature film appearances have included Lady in the Water, The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal, A Walk on the Moon, Happy Accidents, Brewster's Millions, The Idolmaker, The Blue Iguana, A Day in October, The Believer, Love Comes Lately, Just My Luck, and Kissing Jessica Stein. She also appeared as Ruthie in the 2004 film The Tollbooth. Feldshuh appeared in Goyband, co-starring Adam Pascal, Amy Davidson, Cris Judd, Dean Edwards, Tibor Feldman and Natasha Lyonne. She was also slated to star in the psychological thriller Acts of Mercy. In 2009, Feldshuh recorded the song "Bein Nahar Prat" for the organization Pioneers For A Cure, with the proceeds benefiting Ellen's Run. In 2012, she appeared as Mossad
agent Rivka in the Covert Affairs episode "Wishful Beginnings". In 2014 she appeared in the film She's Funny That Way. March 2015 saw her make her debut in a starring role on AMC's highly rated The Walking Dead. Feldshuh had never seen the show before being cast as former politician Deanna Monroe, whose character Feldshuh says she based on Hillary Clinton.[14] She also appeared in the six-part miniseries Flesh and Bone, which debuted in 2015 on Starz. As of 2015, Feldshuh has a recurring role on the musical-comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend as Naomi Bunch, the image-conscious and hypercritical mother of the show's main character Rebecca (played by Rachel Bloom). Personal life[edit] Feldshuh married New York attorney Andrew Harris Levy in 1977. Actress Ruth Gordon
Ruth Gordon
was her maid of honor. They have a son, Garson, an economist and graduate of Harvard and Oxford universities; and a daughter, Amanda, who graduated from MIT. When Amanda married in 2014, Feldshuh gave her the advice, “You know how to have a successful marriage? Shut one eye, and don't leave. Some of it's fun and some of it isn't. It can be challenging, but you do not leave the field of play.”[4][15] Her nephew, Noah Feldshuh, is a member of alternative rock band X Ambassadors.[16] For her charity work, she is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award, Hadassah's Myrtle Wreath, and the Israel Peace Medal. The National Foundation for Jewish Culture honored her with the 2002 Jewish Image Award and the Performing Arts award in 2006.[17][18] When doing research for her role as Irene Gut Opdyke
Irene Gut Opdyke
in the play Irena's Vow, Feldshuh traveled to Borshchiv, Ukraine, and discovered that her own ancestor, Moishe Feldshuh, had lived there in the early 20th century.[4] In March 2015, Feldshuh hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro
Mt. Kilimanjaro
with her son. She told Variety she was inspired after the 2014 death of her mother at age 103, and her own athletic role in Pippin, in which she had to swing on a trapeze. "I really do feel we're only in this body once," she said. "I just want enough money to buy experience. I can forego a dress, but the idea of taking a trip and trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro, or going on the Trans-Siberian railroad, or tracking lemurs in Madagascar
— these things are very exciting to me. To see the world until I leave my own body. It’s now or not at all."[14] Filmography[edit] Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1978 Nunzio Michelle

1980 The Idolmaker Brenda Roberts

1981 Cheaper to Keep Her K. D. Locke

1983 Daniel Linda Mindish

1984 An All Consuming Passion Vivian Palmer Video

1985 Brewster's Millions Marilyn

1985 Silver Bullet Older Jane (voice)

1988 The Blue Iguana Detective Vera Quinn

1991 Saying Kaddish

1991 En dag i oktober Emma Kublitz

1995 The Real Shlemiel Zlateh the Goat, Aunt Sarah, The Matchmaker (voice)

1995 Trouble Goldie Short

1995 Comfortably Numb Victoria Stevens

1997 Hudson River Blues Charlotte

1998 Montana Greta

1998 Charlie Hoboken Angie Cedars

1999 A Walk on the Moon Lillian Kantrowitz

1999 The Corruptor Margaret Wheeler

2000 Happy Accidents Lillian Weaver

2001 The Believer Woman in Shul

2001 Kissing Jessica Stein Judy Stein Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress
– Motion Picture

2001 Friends & Family Alma Jennings

2001 Old Love Ethel Brockeles Short

2001 The 3 Little Wolfs Sarah Wolf

2002 Noon Blue Apples Sponge-Brush Woman

2002 The End of the Bar Mrs. Garner

2004 The Tollbooth Ruthie Cohen Method Fest Independent Film Festival—Best Supporting Actress

2005 Alchemy Senior Editor

2005 Life on the Ledge Mother

2005 The Reality Trap Irina Bolton

2006 Just My Luck Madame Z

2006 Lady in the Water Mrs. Bubchik

2006 O Jerusalem Golda Meir

2007 The Shallow End of the Ocean Jason's Mother Short

2007 Love Comes Lately Ethel

2007 Love Life Hannah

2008 Eavesdrop Susie

2008 A House Divided Rebecca Meir

2008 Goyband Leah

2009 Acts of Mercy Nurse Ruth Baker

2010 A Buddy Story Buddy's Mom

2010 Ten Stories Tall Grace Parker

2010 Heterosexuals Remy

2012 All the Broken Pieces Grandmother Short

2014 A Little Game Blackstone Head of School

2014 Glinda Glinda Short

2014 The Hyperglot Elaine Short

2015 Angelica Nora

2015 She's Funny That Way Miriam

2016 Baked in Brooklyn David's Mom


Year Title Role Notes

1973 Scream, Pretty Peggy Agnes Thornton TV Movie

1976 Ryan's Hope Martha McKee 12 Episodes

1976 Gibbsville Carole Episode: "Trapped"

1976 Serpico Erica Molinas Episode: "Rapid Fire"

1977 Family Susan Bowers Episode: "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall..."

1977 The Bob Newhart Show Veronica Kidd Episode: "The Heartbreak Kidd"

1977 Barnaby Jones Laura Woods Episode: "Circle of Treachery"

1977 The Amazing Howard Hughes Katharine Hepburn TV Movie

1977 The World of Darkness Clara Sanford TV Movie

1977 The Love Boat Susan Ridley Episode: "A Tasteful Affair/Oh, Dale!/The Main Event"

1978 Holocaust Helena Slomova 4 Episodes

1978 Once Upon a Classic Sandy Episode: "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court"

1978 Terror Out of the Sky Jeannie Devereux TV Movie

1979 The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal Florence TV Movie

1979 Beggarman, Thief Monika Wolner TV Movie

1980 The Women's Room Iso TV Movie

1980 Murder Ink Laura Ireland Unknown Episodes

1984 Airwolf Sarah Lebow Episode: "Fight Like a Dove"

1984 The Love Boat Margo Bush Episode: "Ace Meets the Champ/Why Justin Can't Read/Call Me a Doctor"

1985 The Equalizer Samantha Page Episode: "Desperately"

1987 Mariah Deena Hertz 7 Episodes

1987 L.A. Law Lynn Palmer 2 Episodes

1990 ABC Afterschool Specials Mrs. Carr Episode: "All That Glitters"

1991 Against the Law Connor Episode: "Evil Conduct"

1991–2007 Law & Order Danielle Melnick 13 Episodes

1992 Lifestories: Families in Crisis

Episode: "The Secret Life of Mary Margaret: Portrait of a Bulimic"

1992 Citizen Cohn Iva Schlesinger TV Movie

1992 CBS Schoolbreak Special Denise Warshak Episode: "Sexual Considerations"

1993 TriBeCa Sheila Goldberg Episode: "The Loft"

1994 As the World Turns Dr. Bethany Rose 13 Episodes

1994 The Cosby
Mysteries Rose Episode: "Home, Street Home"

1995 Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story Eleanor Alter TV Movie

1997 All My Children Lila Stevenson 2 Episodes

1998 A Will of their Own Mrs. Rubenstein Episode #1.1

1999 Cosby

Episode: "There's Something About Hilton"

2002 The Education of Max Bickford Sharon Bickford 2 Episodes

2003 Queens Supreme Marie Episode: "Flawed Heroes"

2003 The Harriman Alaska Expedition Retraced Narrator TV Movie Documentary

2006–2007 Crossing Jordan Mrs. Elaine Brandau 3 Episodes

2010 Ugly Betty Mrs. Varner Episode: "Blackout!"

2010 The Good Wife Lena Episode: "Doubt"

2011 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Danielle Melnick Episode: "To the Boy in the Blue Knit Cap"

2012 Beautiful People Lynch TV Movie

2012 Covert Affairs Rivka Singer 2 Episodes

2015 Blue Bloods Sylvia Hayden Episode: "Bad Company"

2015 Flesh and Bone Ivana 7 Episodes

2015–2016 The Walking Dead Deanna Monroe 11 Episodes: Recurring (Season 5) Also Starring (Season 6)

2015–present Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Naomi Bunch Recurring

2017 Salvation President Pauline Mackenzie 3 Episodes

2017 Chicago
Justice Danielle Melnick Episode: "Fake'

Awards and nominations[edit]

2016 Saturn Awards
Saturn Awards
for Best Supporting Actress
in a Drama Series ("The Walking Dead", nominee) 2005 Method Fest Independent Film Festival for Best Supporting Actress (The Tollbooth, winner) 2004 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress
in a Play (Golda's Balcony, nominee) 2003 Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress
(Kissing Jessica Stein, winner) 2003 Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Guest Actress
in a Drama Series (Law & Order, nominee) 2003 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show (Golda's Balcony, winner) 1993 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress
in a Musical (Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, nominee) 1989 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Featured Actress
in a Play (Lend Me a Tenor, nominee) 1989 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress
in a Play (Lend Me a Tenor, winner) 1979 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress
in a Musical (Saravà, nominee) 1978 Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress
in a Drama Series (Holocaust, nominee) 1976 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress
in a Play (Yentl, nominee) 1976 Theatre World Award (Yentl, winner) 1976 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress
in a Play (Yentl, nominee) 1975 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress
in a Play (Yentl, nominee) 1975 Drama Desk Special Award (Yentl, winner)


^ John A. Willis (2000). Screen World Volume 50: 1999. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. p. 307. ISBN 978-1-55783-410-2.  ^ " Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh
Bio". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-12-06.  ^ "Tovah Feldshuh's official website". Tovahfeldshuh.com. Retrieved 2012-12-06.  ^ a b c Jerry Tallmer (March 4, 2009). "Finding herself". The Villager. Retrieved March 11, 2015.  ^ Vernon Scott (April 1, 1994). "Capitalizing on the triumph of "Schindler's List" at last". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 5, 2016.  ^ Chelsea on the Edge: The Adventures of an American Theater by Davi Napoleon, Iowa State University Press, 1991. pp. 156-160. ^ "''Golda's Balcony''". Goldasbalcony.com. Retrieved 2014-08-15.  ^ " Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh
official website". Tovahfeldshuh.com. Retrieved 2012-12-06.  ^ "Tallulah Hallelujah". Theatermania.com. 2000.  ^ Gans, Andrew "Feldshuh to Return to Broadway in March in Irena's Vow" Archived 2008-12-25 at the Wayback Machine. playbill.com, December 22, 2008 ^ " Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh
in Gypsy Bristol Riverside Theatre". Brtstage.org. Retrieved 2014-08-15.  ^ "Welcome to Tovah Feldshuh's Official Site!". Tovahfeldshuh.com. Retrieved 2014-08-15.  ^ Holden, Stephen (February 21, 2015). "Review: Tovah Feldshuh Embraces Life at 54 Below". The New York Times. Retrieved March 11, 2015.  ^ a b Geoff Berkshire (March 1, 2015). "'Walking Dead' Q&A: Tovah Feldshuh On Playing Alexandria Leader Deanna Monroe
Deanna Monroe
and Rick's Big Shave". Variety. Retrieved March 11, 2015.  ^ Rosalie R. Radomsky (December 7, 2014). "A Broadway Baby Takes on a Co-Star". The New York Times. Retrieved March 11, 2015.  ^ Feldshuh, Tovah (June 23, 2015). " Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh
tweet (Verified Account)". Twitter.com. Retrieved July 6, 2015. My nephew Noah Feldshuh goes on Jimmy Fallon tonight he's the gorgeous one on the far right   ^ Jewish Culture website - report on Feldshuh Archived June 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. ^ NFJC citations Archived June 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

Official website Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh
on IMDb Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh
at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh
- Downstage Center interview at American Theatre Wing.org

Awards for Tovah Feldshuh

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress
in a Play

Frances Sternhagen
Frances Sternhagen
(1975) Rachel Roberts (1976) Rosemary De Angelis (1977) Eileen Atkins (1978) Pamela Reed
Pamela Reed
(1979) Lois de Banzie (1980) Swoosie Kurtz
Swoosie Kurtz
(1981) Amanda Plummer
Amanda Plummer
(1982) Judith Ivey (1983) Christine Baranski
Christine Baranski
(1984) Judith Ivey (1985) Joanna Gleason
Joanna Gleason
(1986) Mary Alice
Mary Alice
(1987) Christine Estabrook (1988) Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh
(1989) Frances Conroy
Frances Conroy
(1990) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1991) Christine Baranski
Christine Baranski
(1992) Madeline Kahn
Madeline Kahn
(1993) Jane Adams (1994) Tara Fitzgerald
Tara Fitzgerald
(1995) Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch
(1996) Dana Ivey (1997) Allison Janney
Allison Janney
(1998) Anna Friel
Anna Friel
(1999) Marylouise Burke (2000) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2001) Katie Finneran
Katie Finneran
(2002) Lynn Redgrave
Lynn Redgrave
(2003) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2004) Adriane Lenox
Adriane Lenox
(2005) Frances de la Tour (2006) Martha Plimpton
Martha Plimpton
(2007) Linda Lavin
Linda Lavin
(2008) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(2009) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2010) Edie Falco
Edie Falco
(2011) Judith Light
Judith Light
(2012) Judith Light
Judith Light
(2013) Celia Keenan-Bolger (2014) Annaleigh Ashford
Annaleigh Ashford
(2015) Saycon Sengbloh (2016) Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon

v t e

Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance

Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1984) Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
(1985) Eric Bogosian
Eric Bogosian
(1986) Barbara Cook
Barbara Cook
(1987) — (1988) — (1989) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1990) Eileen Atkins (1991) Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewart
(1992) Anna Deavere Smith
Anna Deavere Smith
(1993) Anna Deavere Smith
Anna Deavere Smith
(1994) James Lecesne
James Lecesne
(1995) Mary Louise Wilson (1996) Fiona Shaw
Fiona Shaw
(1997) John Leguizamo
John Leguizamo
(1998) David Hare (1999) Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage
(2000) Pamela Gien (2001) Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch
(2002) Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh
(2003) Jefferson Mays
Jefferson Mays
(2004) Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal
(2005) Antony Sher (2006) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2007) Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
(2008) Lorenzo Pisoni (2009) Jim Brochu
Jim Brochu
(2010) John Leguizamo
John Leguizamo
(2011) Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy
(2012) Michael Urie
Michael Urie
(2013) John Douglas Thompson (2014) Benjamin Scheuer (2015) Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
(2016) Ed Dixon (2017)

v t e

Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress
– Motion Picture

Musical or Comedy (1996–2005, retired)

Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds
(1996) Joan Cusack
Joan Cusack
(1997) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1998) Catherine Keener
Catherine Keener
(1999) Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson
(2000) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2001) Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh
(2002) Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Clarkson
(2003) Regina King
Regina King
(2004) Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson

Motion Picture Drama (1996–2005, retired)

Courtney Love
Courtney Love
(1996) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(1997) Kimberly Elise
Kimberly Elise
(1998) Chloë Sevigny
Chloë Sevigny
(1999) Jennifer Ehle
Jennifer Ehle
/ Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(2000) Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly
(2001) Edie Falco
Edie Falco
(2002) Maria Bello
Maria Bello
(2003) Gena Rowlands
Gena Rowlands
(2004) Laura Linney
Laura Linney

Motion Picture (2006–present)

Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
(2006) Amy Ryan
Amy Ryan
(2007) Rosemarie DeWitt
Rosemarie DeWitt
(2008) Mo'Nique
(2009) Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver
(2010) Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain
(2011) Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway
(2012) June Squibb (2013) Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette
(2014) Alicia Vikander
Alicia Vikander
(2015) Naomie Harris
Naomie Harris
(2016) Lois Smith
Lois Smith

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