Dinah Manoff

Dinah Manoff

Highest Rated: 89% Ordinary People (1980)

Lowest Rated: 44% Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)

Birthday: Jan 25, 1958

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

This petite daughter of blacklisted Oscar-winning actress-director Lee Grant and writer Arnold Manoff brought impeccable comic timing to her stage and screen roles. Dinah Manoff began her career as a teenager in small roles in the 1976 PBS production "The Great Cherub Knitwear Strike" and NBC's "Raid on Entebbe" (1977). She first garnered widespread attention as Marty, the sexy Pink Lady in the hit film musical "Grease" (1978) and for her one season (1978-79) stint as Elaine Lefkowitz, the acerbic, whiny daughter of a mobster, on the ABC sitcom "Soap." Heading east, Manoff tackled Broadway and earned a 1980 Tony Award for her performance as a daughter reuniting with her estranged actor father in Neil Simon's bittersweet comedy "I Ought to Be in Pictures." (She reprised the role opposite Walter Matthau in the 1981 film version). After a strong supporting turn as a suicidal young woman in the Oscar-winning "Ordinary People" (1980) and appearances in several TV-movies, Manoff landed what is perhaps her best-known role, Carol Weston, the divorced, competitive, man-deprived daughter of Richard Mulligan on the NBC sitcom "Empty Nest" (1988-95). During her series run, Manoff branched out into writing and producing with the 1991 NBC TV-movie "Maid for Each Other," about a woman who loses her money and is forced to work as a domestic for a singing diva (Nell Carter). The duo end up as fugitives together. She also adapted her father's novel, "A Telegram From Heaven" into both a radio drama and stage play, winning critical acclaim in Los Angeles for her efforts.

Highest rated movies

Ordinary People
Staying Together
I Ought to Be in Pictures
Child's Play
The Amati Girls
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael




No Score Yet 44% A Carol Christmas Aunt Marla (Character) - 2003
46% 64% The Amati Girls Denise (Character) $47.8K 2001
No Score Yet 61% The Lost Child Helen (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maid for Each Other Tibby Bloom (Character) - 1992
44% 47% Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael Evelyn Whittacher (Character) $3.5M 1990
No Score Yet 67% Babies Laura (Character) - 1990
80% 54% Staying Together Lois Cook (Character) $4.1M 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cover Girl and the Cop Denise Danielovitch (Character) - 1989
71% 63% Child's Play Maggie Peterson (Character) $32.8M 1988
No Score Yet 31% Backfire Jill (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Classified Love Theresa Leonetti (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Seduction of Gina Mary (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 50% A Matter of Sex Glennis (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 78% Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac Priscilla Tirado (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Florida Flight 90 Priscilla Tirado (Character) - 1984
80% 45% I Ought to Be in Pictures Libby Tucker (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet For Ladies Only Mary Louise (Character) - 1981
89% 88% Ordinary People Karen (Character) - 1980
76% 87% Grease Marty Maraschino (Character) $305.3K 1978
No Score Yet 64% Raid on Entebbe Rachel Sager (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 25% The Possessed Celia (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 29% Night Terror Attendant's Girlfriend (Character) - 1976


No Score Yet No Score Yet Movie Stars Director 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brother's Keeper Director 1999
70% No Score Yet George & Leo Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cybill Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sister, Sister Director 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Empty Nest Carol Weston (Character) 1988-1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nurses Unknown (Guest Star) 1992-1993
No Score Yet 88% The Golden Girls Carol Weston (Guest Star) 1991-1992
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet 25% Night Court Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
90% No Score Yet Mork & Mindy Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet 100% Soap Unknown (Character) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Welcome Back, Kotter Unknown (Guest Star) 1976