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Tovah Feldshuh Biography

Birth Name:
Terri Sue Feldshuh
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Actor, playwright

Fast Facts

  • Started using her Hebrew name (Tovah) after a boyfriend said the name Terri Sue didn't fit her
  • Her older brother David wrote the play Miss Evers' Boys, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize
  • Speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish
  • In high school, wrote and directed the senior class play
  • Won the McKnight Fellowship in Acting to the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis
  • Made her Broadway debut in the musical Cyrano in 1973, opposite Christopher Plummer
  • Played the title role in the original Broadway production of Yentl in 1975
  • Actress Ruth Gordon was her maid of honor at her 1977 wedding to attorney Andrew Harris Levy
  • Replaced Andrea Martin as Berthe in the 2013 revival production of Pippin; the role required her to sing a song while performing on a trapeze
  • Supports Seeds of Peace, an organization that helps teens from regions of conflict
  • Was awarded the Israel Peace Medal


  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1978Emmy-Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: nominated


  • David Feldshuh -- Brother
  • Amanda Claire Levy -- Daughter
  • Sidney Feldshuh -- Father
  • Andrew Harris Levy -- Husband
  • Lillian Kaplan Feldshuh -- Mother
  • Noah Feldshuh -- Nephew
  • Garson Brandon Levy -- Son