Tovah Feldshuh has had a year immersed in Television. She recently finished playing Deanna Monroe, head of Alexandria, in the runaway hit THE WALKING DEAD for AMC. She can also be seen on Starz as Russian Ballet Mistress, Ivana, in the miniseries FLESH & BONE. Most recently, she was tapped to play Naomi Bunch, mother of Rebecca in the Golden Globe-winning hit, CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND on the CW, where she can be seen singing the dignified showstopper: “Where’s the Bathroom!”
You may remember her for her Emmy Nominated work as defense attorney Danielle Melnick in LAW & ORDER or her portrayal of Czech Freedom Fighter, Helena Slomova, in NBC’s HOLOCAUST, for which she received her second nomination. She has starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in THE AMAZING HOWARD HUGHES, James Woods in CITIZEN COHN, Bill Cosby on THE COSBY MYSTERIES and THE COSBY SHOW, Richard Dreyfuss in THE EDUCATION OF MAX BICKFORD, and Piper Perabo in USA’s COVERT AFFAIRS.
Last season on Broadway, Ms. Feldshuh stopped the show as the trapeze-swinging Berthe in the Tony Award-winning musical revival of PIPPIN. Prior to that, she played Lady Politic in the acclaimed revival of Ben Jonson’s VOLPONE at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. As Jason Zinoman of The New York Times raved, “No one earns more laughs than the marvelous Tovah Feldshuh. Her diva-like flourishes are precisely timed, her entrances and exits designed for maximum impact.”
For her other work on the New York stage, from YENTL to SARAVA! and LEND ME A TENOR to GOLDA’S BALCONY and IRENA’S VOW, she has earned four Tony nominations for Best Actress and won four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Obie, the Theatre World Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actress. On October 3, 2004, GOLDA’S BALCONY became the longest-running one-woman show in the history of Broadway, a record it still holds. Since then, Ms. Feldshuh toured GOLDA to Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Buffalo, San Diego’s Old Globe, where she was honored the Theatre Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performance, and Washington D.C.’s Theater J, where she won the Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress.
She made her directorial debut in New York City with Naomi Ragen’s WOMEN’S MINYAN. Other shows on Broadway include CYRANO (with Christopher Plummer), RODGERS AND HART and DREYFUS IN REHEARSAL. Feldshuh portrayed the title roles in the Roundabout Theatre’s SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER and MISTRESS OF THE INN, BAM’s THREE SISTERS with Rosemary Harris and Ellen Burstyn, and played in the long-running hits LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE and THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES. She also starred as the legendary Tallulah Bankhead in her own TALLULAH HALLELUJAH!, which was chosen as one of the Ten Best Plays of the Year by USA Today. Among other roles, Ms. Feldshuh has portrayed Mama Rose in GYPSY, Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP, Jean Brodie in THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE, Sarah Bernhardt, Stella Adler, Sophie Tucker, Katharine Hepburn, three queens of Henry VIII and nine Jews from birth to death in Off-Broadway’s HELLO MUDDAH, HELLO FADDUH. She also played Ms. Hepburn in Matthew Lombardo’s one-woman show TEA AT FIVE.
Film audiences recognize Ms. Feldshuh from Fox Searchlight’s KISSING JESSICA STEIN, for which she won the Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress; A WALK ON THE MOON with Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen; HAPPY ACCIDENTS with Marisa Tomei, THE CORRUPTOR with Mark Wahlberg, DANIEL with Tim Hutton, THE IDOLMAKER directed by Taylor Hackford, BREWSTER’S MILLIONS, CHEAPER TO KEEP HER, THREE LITTLE WOLFS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY, OLD LOVE, NUNZIO, THE BELIEVER, LIFE ON THE LEDGE, THE ALCHEMIST, LOVE LIFE, EAVESDROP, A BUDDY STORY and TOLL BOOTH (winner – Best Supporting Actress - Method Fest). She appeared onscreen in O JERUSALEM in which she plays Golda Meir opposite Ian Holm and Tom Conti, LADY IN THE WATER for M. Night Shyamalan opposite Paul Giamatti, and JUST MY LUCK with Lindsay Lohan. She can also be seen in Peter Bogdanovich’s SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY with Jennifer Aniston & Owen Wilson, ANGELICA with Janet McTeer, THE LIFE with Ryan O’Nan and Jerry Ferrara, and Laura Lopez's ACTS OF MERCY, as ex-Vietnam and Korean War nurse Ruth Baker. Two marvelous short films recently released include: BROKEN PIECES (a study of Alzheimer’s) by Daniella Kahane and GLINDA, a short film by Nicole Cosgrove in which Ms. Feldshuh was awarded Best Actress - Holly Shorts Film Festival.
Her one-woman show, TOVAH: OUT OF HER MIND!, sold out in London’s West End at the Duke Of York’s and culminated in a symphonic concert with Billy Crystal at Los Angeles’ Royce Hall. The Boston Globe selected TOVAH: OUT OF HER MIND! as the best one-person show of 2000. Ms. Feldshuh created a new concert entitled MINING GOLDA: MY JOURNEY TO GOLDA MEIR which played the West End, Manchester, Leeds, Johannesburg, and Sydney. She was the first artist ever to be asked to extend at the renowned NYC nightclub Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency with TOVAH: IN A NUTSHELL! Her concert entitled TOVAH: ON, OFF, AND NOW UNDER BROADWAY brought her debut at 54 Below, where she returned for two more sold-out engagements with AGING IS OPTIONAL (cause God I hope it is!).
Her latest act is TOVAH IS LEONA! brings back the infamous Leona Helmsley, direct from Purgatory. The Queen of Mean hilariously attempts to become the Queen of Cabaret! JUly 5th, 6th, and 7th at 54 Below. "If you're indicted you're invited!" "HARRY on down!" [Buy Tickets]
On the West Coast, she starred at the Ahmanson as Regina in Lillian Hellman’s ANOTHER PART OF THE FOREST and served as a leading lady for Jack O’Brien and Craig Noel at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in such shows as ROMEO & JULIET, TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, THE COUNTRY WIFE, and TOVAH: A RUSH HOUR REVUE, where she was named an Associate Artist and won two Drama Logue Awards for her Juliet and for her first one-woman show.
Ms. Feldshuh, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and a winner of the McKnight Fellowship to the Guthrie Theatre and the University of Minnesota, has taught at Yale, Cornell and New York Universities and was awarded two honorary Doctors of Humane Letters. She is a supporter of Seeds of Peace, a non-profit, non-political organization that helps teenagers from regions of conflict and is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award, Voice for Humanity Award and the Israel Peace Medal. Ms. Feldshuh is married to New York Attorney, Andrew Harris Levy. They have two children, Garson Brandon and Amanda Claire, now married to Joel Ryzowy.