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Jeannie Berlin Biography

Birth Name:
Jeannie Brette May
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Actor, writer

Fast Facts

  • Inspired by her mother, writer/director Elaine May, to pursue a career in the entertainment industry
  • First acted in a stage production of Rumpelstiltskin at the age of 14
  • Attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts for a short time
  • Breakout role was in her mother's 1972 film The Heartbreak Kid, a part that earned her the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
  • Took a break from acting for more than 20 years before returning to film in 1990
  • Starred as Frosty Moons in Elaine May's stage production Adult Entertainment at the Variety Arts Theatre in 2002
  • Made her Broadway debut as Joanne in Elaine May's After the Night and the Music at the Biltmore Theatre in 2005
  • Performed in a stage production of Other Desert Cities opposite JoBeth Williams, Robert Foxworth and Justin Long at the Mark Taper Forum in 2012
  • Narrated the audiobook for Thomas Pynchon's 2013 novel Bleeding Edge


  • 2011National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 1973Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1972Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1972New York Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actress: winner