Judith Malina

Judith Malina

Highest Rated: 100% Radio Unnameable (2012)

Lowest Rated: 17% When in Rome (2010)

Birthday: Jun 4, 1926

Birthplace: Not Available

Character actress Judith Malina is best known for co-founding the innovative Living Theater in 1946 with Julian Beck, who would become her husband. Malina is the daughter of an orthodox Jewish-German rabbi who moved to the U.S. in 1928 to escape political oppression. She became friends with Beck when she was 17. While Beck was interested in painting, Malina wanted to be an actress, and in 1945, she attended Erwin Piscator's Dramatic Workshop at the New School on a partial scholarship. Malina and Beck's Living Theater was closely related to the avant-garde theater movement of the early '40s. Their one-act productions were often improvisational or penned by such esteemed playwrights as Gertrude Stein, Bertold Brecht, or Paul Goodman. The subject matter of the plays became increasingly political during the '50s and Malina and Beck were no strangers to jail as a result of their involvement in nonviolent protests. In 1959, they won an Obie Award for their July 16, 1959, production of Jack Gelber's The Connection. The play's success landed them an invite to perform at the Theatre des Nations in Paris and their efforts there won them a grand prize. By the early '60s, the Living Theater was plagued with heavy debt and tax troubles. Malina and Beck were eventually tried for tax debt and jailed for contempt of court. Their Living Theater then moved to Europe where troupe members led a nomadic existence and changed the types of plays they put on. They returned to the U.S. to tour. In 1969, the main troupe split up and Malina and Beck went to Brazil in the early '70s. In addition to her theatrical work, Malina had a sporadic film career that began in 1975 with a small role in Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon. In Barry Sonnenfeld's Addams Family (1991), Malina played Granny. She had a starring role as an Italian immigrant in Household Saints (1993).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Searching For Camelot Actor 2014
No Score Yet Amore e rabbia (Love and Anger) Actor 2013
100% Radio Unnameable Actor $24.5K 2012
No Score Yet Love And Politics Actor 2012
95% Paul Goodman Changed My Life Actor $32K 2011
17% When in Rome Umberto's Grandma $32.6M 2010
No Score Yet Another Glorious Day Actor 2009
No Score Yet Heavy Petting Actor 2007
No Score Yet Operation Lysistrata Actor 2006
85% Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis Actor 2006
No Score Yet Resist!: To Be With the Living Actor 2004
95% In the Mirror of Maya Deren Actor 2003
53% Let It Snow Grammy 2001
No Score Yet The Deli Mrs. Amico 1997
76% Addams Family Values Grandmama 1993
50% Household Saints Carmela 1993
64% The Addams Family Granny 1991
88% Awakenings Rose 1990
85% Enemies, a Love Story Masha's Mother 1989
No Score Yet China Girl Mrs. Monte 1987
57% The Secret of My Success Mrs. Meacham 1987
89% Radio Days Mrs. Waldbaum 1987
No Score Yet Signals Through the Flames: The Story of the Living Theatre Actor 1983
95% Dog Day Afternoon Mother 1975
No Score Yet Paradise Now Actor 1970
No Score Yet Love and Anger Actor Director 1969
No Score Yet Walden - Diaries Notes and Sketches Actor 1969
No Score Yet Flaming Creatures Actor 1963


No Score Yet ER
"June Allyson" 1996


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