Joanna Merlin

Joanna Merlin

actress, casting director, casting department

Joanna Merlin was born on Jul 15, 1931 in USA. Joanna Merlin's big-screen debut came with The Ten Commandments directed by Cecil B. DeMille in 1956. Joanna Merlin is known for Elle s'appelait Sarah directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, Kristin Scott Thomas stars as Julia Jarmond and Mélusine Mayance as Sarah. The most recent award Joanna Merlin achieved is Strasbourg International Film Festival. The upcoming new movie Joanna Merlin plays is Active Adults which will be released on Nov 21, 2017.

Joanna Merlin is an actress and casting director who was born in Chicago, Illinois. She made her motion-picture debut in Cecil B. DeMille's Les dix commandements (1956). In 1961 she made her Broadway debut as a replacement performer in "A Far Country," a play about Sigmund Freud. Next on Broadway she created the role of Tzeitel in the original production of "Fiddler on the Roof," produced by Harold Prince. Beginning with the original production of "Company," Merlin served as casting director for a now-legendary string of Broadway musical plays on which Prince collaborated with composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, including "Follies," "A Little Night Music," "Pacific Overtures," "Sweeney Todd," and "Merrily We Roll Along." Merlin's other Broadway casting credits include the Prince-directed "On the Twentieth Century," "Evita," "A Doll's Life," "Play Memory," and "End of the World." Since 1975, she has worked regularly as an actress in feature films, counting among her credits such notable motion pictures as Hester Street (1975); Que le spectacle commence... (1979); Fame (1980); La déchirure (1984); and Mystic Pizza (1988). Merlin appeared in several episodes of New York - Police judiciaire (1990), and for the past four and one-half years she has appeared in the recurring role of Judge Lena Petrovsky on New York - Unité spéciale (1999).

  • Birthday

    Jul 15, 1931
  • Place of Birth

    Chicago, Illinois, USA

Known For


2 wins & 0 nominations

Strasbourg International Film Festival
Best Actress in a Short Film
Winner - Festival Prize
Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn (2008)
Casting Society of America, USA
Best Casting for Feature Film, Drama
Winner - Artios Award

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