Janet Margolin Biography

Birthday: 1943-07-25
Place of Birth: New York City, New York
Wiki Biography: Pretty, demure-looking Janet Margolin was born in New York City in 1943 and educated at the New York High School of Performing Arts. The long-haired brunette was discovered for films by director Frank Perry as she was making great strides as a teen on Broadway. He saw her in the play "Daughter of Silence," for which she earned a Tony nomination, and took her immediately to Hollywood, casting her as the schizophrenic lass in David and Lisa (1962) opposite Keir Dullea. She bowled over the critics. The movie, which was praised for its handling of delicate, mature subject matter, should have paved the way to stardom for Janet but strangely didn't. She churned out uneventful second leads in such notable fare as Bus Riley's Back in Town (1965), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), and Nevada Smith (1966). Though she had better luck with her ingenue roles in Enter Laughing (1967) and Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run (1969), the offers starting drying up by decade's end and she turned to TV work. Woody used her again, albeit briefly, in Annie Hall (1977). After a brief first marriage, Janet met and married actor Ted Wass of TV's "Soap" (1977) and "Blossom" (1990) fame. Janet was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and died at age 50.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Take the Money and Run Louise 1969
Lanigan's Rabbi Miriam Small 1976 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
David and Lisa 1963 Drama
Morituri 1965
The Greatest Story Ever Told Mary of Bethany 1965 0
Nevada Smith 1966 0
Enter Laughing 1967 Comedy, Romance
Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell 1968
Take the Money and Run Louise 1971 Comedy, Crime
Family Flight 1972 Drama
Pray for the Wildcats 1974 Thriller
Annie Hall Robin 1977 0, Biography
The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal 1979 Drama
Last Embrace Ellie Fabian 1979 Thriller
Distant Thunder Barbara Lambert 1988
Ghostbusters II The Prosecutor 1989 0, 0