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Janet Margolin (July 25, 1943 – December 17, 1993) was an American theater, television and film actress.

Early life

Margolin was born in New York Citymarker, the daughter of Benjamin Margolin, an accountant who was born in Russia and was founder and president of the Nephrosis Foundation, now the Kidney Foundation of New York.

She attended the School of Performing Arts. In 1961, at age 18, while a prop girl at the New York Shakespeare Festival, she won a "pivotal" Broadway stage role as Anna in Morris West's Daughters of Silence.; the New York Times, reviewing the play, listed her among leaders of "a fine cast" and said that "her Anna has a fragile, haunted dewiness."


In 1962, she played her first movie role as the female lead in the film David and Lisa. She played the love interest of the lead character in the movie Enter Laughing (1967).

In Take the Money and Run (1969) she played the love interest of the bumbling thief played by Woody Allen, and in Annie Hall (1977) she played the social-climbing wife of the Woody Allen character.

Her last movie role was in Ghostbusters II in 1989, and her last television roles were as a killer on an episode of Murder, She Wrote ("Deadly Misunderstanding") and as a victim in Columbo ("Murder in Malibu") in 1990.

Personal life

Margolin died of ovarian cancer at the age of 50 on December 17, 1993, in Los Angeles, Californiamarker. She was cremated and her ashes were placed in an urn garden at Westwood Memorial Parkmarker in Los Angelesmarker. She was survived by her siblings; her husband, actor/director Ted Wass; and their two children.

Margolin is sometimes identified as the sister of actor Stuart Margolin and his brother, director Arnold Margolin. However, obituaries of Margolin and her father indicate that she had no brothers.



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