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Lisa Edelstein Biography

Birth Place:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Fast Facts

  • A noted Manhattan nightclub denizen as a college student, she was the subject of a 1986 New York Times Magazine profile written by Maureen Dowd
  • Wrote, composed and performed in Positive Me, a 1989 musical piece about AIDS produced by off-Broadway's LaMama theater company; Thomas Gibson was in the cast
  • Made her film debut as a makeup artist in Oliver Stone's The Doors (1991)
  • Voiced the role of Lex Luthor's aide Mercy Graves in Superman: The Animated Series, as well as in the Justice League Unlimited cartoon series; also voiced Crystal Steele in the Blade Runner CD-ROM game
  • Is a longtime vegetarian
  • Does volunteer work for the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Save the Children, Planned Parenthood and AmFAR


  • 2019Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2011People's Choice Awards-Favorite TV Drama Actress: winner
  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated


  • Alvin Edelstein -- Father
  • Robert Russell -- Husband
  • Bonnie Edelstein -- Mother