BIOGRAPHY

TOVAH FELDSHUH is a six-time Emmy & Tony nominee and has been awarded three honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters. Additionally, for her theatre work, she has won four Drama Desks, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, three Dramalogues, the Obie, the Theatre World, and the Helen Hayes and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Actress. She has recently been twice nominated as Best Actress in a Drama in Los Angeles for her work in the play Sisters-in-Law, in which she originated the role of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

 

On the Page: Tovah’s first memoir, Lilyville: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I’ve Played was published in April by Hachette Book Group and can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, Indie Bound, and more. See www.tovahfeldshuh.com/lilyville for more information and to order.

 

On the Stage: Broadway: Yentl, Cyrano, Rodgers & Hart, Dreyfus in Rehearsal, Sarava!, Lend Me a Tenor, Golda's Balcony, Irena's Vow, and the show-stopping, trapeze-swinging Berthe in Pippin. Off-Broadway and around the country: Dozens of productions playing everything from three queens of Henry VIII and Tallulah Bankhead to Yussel “The Muscle" Jacobs, nine Jews from birth to death in Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! and Holocaust denier Brenda Goodsen opposite Ed Asner in The Soap Myth. In the pre-COVID summer, she starred in the world premiere of Wade Dooley’s The Prompter directed by Scott Schwartz, where she played Irene Young, a legendary diva making her Broadway comeback after a 40-year absence. Immediately on the heels of The Prompter, she filmed Clifford for Paramount Pictures, traveled to the Sing-Sing in New Guinea, and flew from there to Los Angeles to star as RBG in the LA Premiere of Jonathan Shapiro’s Sisters-In-Law. She's thrilled to bring to New York Becoming Dr. Ruth by Mark St. Germain which she first played under the baton of Artistic Director David Ellenstein at North Coast Rep as a streamed performance for subscribers. Since then, the production continued to be developed and deepened through its boffo run at Bay Street Theater under the direction of Scott Schwartz and now again at the exquisite Safra Hall in the Museum of Jewish Heritage. 

 

On TV: Deanna Monroe on "The Walking Dead", Danielle Melnick on "Law & Order", POTUS Pauline Mackenzie on "Salvation", and Naomi Bunch on "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" where Feldshuh can be seen singing the dignified showstopper: "Where's the Bathroom!"  As the pandemic subsided in 2021, she completed filming "Scenes from a Marriage" for HBO playing Oscar Isaac’s mother, Miryam. 

 

On Film: Kissing Jessica Stein, (Golden Satellite Award), A Walk on the Moon, Brewster's Millions, Just My Luck, Daniel, The Idolmaker, and Ms. Feldshuh's award-winning performance as Prime Minister Golda Meir in Golda's Balcony which has been made into a film entitled Golda's Balcony The Film that won 25 out of 25 Audience Choice Awards. In the last two months, she has completed two feature films: one playing Sir Anthony Hopkins' wife and Anne Hathaway's mother in Armageddon Time by James Gray and a second playing the matriarch Rosalind L. Russell in Start Without Me produced by Matt Damon and directed by Joel Gretsch. 

 

In Concert: Her one-woman shows, “Tovah is LEONA!” and “Aging is Optional”  enjoy sold-out engagements and rave reviews in New York, San Francisco, Boca Raton and Delray. "Tovah: Out of Her Mind" has played all over the world and was voted Best One Woman Show of the Year by the BOSTON GLOBE. 

 

She’s the wife of New York attorney, Andrew Harris Levy, the mother of Brandon, married to Jami, and Amanda, married to Joel, and the grandmother of Rafael Levi,  Sidney Mei, and Camille Willa. Follow Tovah’s pre-pandemic travels around the world on Instagram @tovahfeld.