Joanna Gleason

Joanna Gleason

Highest Rated: 92% Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

Lowest Rated: 14% The Women (2008)

Birthday: Jun 2, 1950

Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

A wonderfully familiar face to movie audiences and TV viewers, and a hero to lovers of Broadway, Joanna Gleason was born in Toronto, Canada in 1950. Her father was TV game show host Monty Hall, and as Gleason's family relocated to New York and then to Los Angeles, Gleason had ample opportunity to become inspired by the entertainment industry. She graduated from Occidental College and began auditioning for roles on both the stage and screen, eventually landing her debut Broadway role in the play "I Love My Wife" in 1977. After a monumental 14 month run with the production, Gleason moved to the screen, co-starring on the sitcom "Hello, Larry" (NBC, 1979-1980). After returning to Broadway for "Joe Egg" in 1985 and appearing in the Woody Allen film "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986), Gleason landed one of her most famous and celebrated roles, playing the baker's wife in the original Broadway cast of Steven Sondheim's acclaimed musical "Into the Woods." She would return to the screen for a period following the show's hugely successful run, co-starring on "Love & War" (CBS, 1992-95) and in the film "Boogie Nights" (1997), in addition to guest starring on shows like  "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006) and "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004). When Gleason returned to the stage, it was to tremendous acclaim, starring in back-to-back Broadway and off-Broadway productions of "The Normal Heart," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," and "Sons of the Prophet" from 2004 to 2008. After mounting a well received autobiographical cabaret act at 54 Below in 2013, Gleason joined the cast of the Canadian-made HBO series "Sensitive Skin" (HBO, 2014-), alongside Kim Cattrall.

Highest rated movies

Crimes and Misdemeanors
Hannah and Her Sisters
If These Walls Could Talk
The Skeleton Twins
Last Vegas
The Rebound




86% 69% The Skeleton Twins Judy (Character) $5.3M 2014
46% 59% Last Vegas Miriam (Character) $63.9M 2013
41% 46% The Rebound Roberta (Character) - 2009
14% 38% The Women Barbara (Character) $26.9M 2008
No Score Yet 50% My Sassy Girl Aunt Sally (Character) - 2008
33% 38% Wedding Daze Lois (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 53% Fathers and Sons Silvia (Character) - 2005
17% 59% The Wedding Planner Mrs. Donolly (Character) $60.4M 2001
No Score Yet 59% American Perfekt Shirley Dutton (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 20% Road Ends Armacost (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 33% Edie & Pen Maude (Character) - 1996
88% 74% If These Walls Could Talk Julia (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet For the Love of Aaron Shirley (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Born Too Soon Annemarie (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 20% For Richer, for Poorer Irene (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 94% Into the Woods Unknown (Character) - 1991
40% 36% FX2 Liz Kennedy (Character) $21.0M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Boys Marie (Character) - 1991
92% 91% Crimes and Misdemeanors Wendy Stern (Character) $17.6M 1989
43% 46% Heartburn Diana (Character) $24.3M 1986
91% 90% Hannah and Her Sisters Carol (Character) $37.3M 1986


No Score Yet 83% Sensitive Skin Veronica (Character) 2014 2016
58% 91% The Newsroom Nancy Skinner (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet 88% Blue Bloods Grace Newhouse (Guest Star) 2013
93% 91% The Good Wife Judge Carmella Romano (Guest Star) 2009-2010 2012
94% 75% Royal Pains Evelyn Woodward (Guest Star) 2011
72% 100% The Unusuals Estelle Shraeger (Guest Star) 2009
75% 95% The West Wing Atty. Jordon Kendall (Guest Star) 2001-2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
62% No Score Yet Bette Connie Randolph (Character) 2000-2001
No Score Yet 56% King of the Hill Maddy Platter (Guest Voice) 1998-2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Oh Baby Unknown (Character) 1998-2000
79% 94% Friends Kim Clozzi (Guest Star) 1999
88% No Score Yet Michael Hayes Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
70% No Score Yet George & Leo Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet 41% Murphy Brown Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perversions of Science Unknown (Character) 1997
67% No Score Yet Temporarily Yours Joan Silver (Character) 1997
No Score Yet 84% ER Iris (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet 100% The Outer Limits Unknown (Character) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love & War Nadine Berkus (Character) 1992-1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Password 79 Guest 1979-1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hello, Larry Morgan Winslow (Character) 1979-1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Unknown (Guest Star) 1979