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Judith Malina

Highest Rated:   100% Radio Unnameable (2012)
Lowest Rated:   17% When in Rome (2010)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Searching For Camelot
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Amore e rabbia (Love and Anger)
  • Actor
2013
100% Radio Unnameable
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Love And Politics
  • Actor
2012
95% Paul Goodman Changed My Life
  • Actor
2011
17% When in Rome
  • Umberto's Grandma
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
94% In the Mirror of Maya Deren
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Nothing Really Happens
  • Actor
2003
53% Let It Snow
  • Grammy
2001
No Score Yet The Deli
  • Mrs. Amico
1997
78% Addams Family Values
  • Grandmama
1993
50% Household Saints
  • Carmela
1993
60% The Addams Family
  • Granny
1991
88% Awakenings
  • Rose
1990
91% Enemies, a Love Story
  • Masha's Mother
1989
No Score Yet China Girl
  • Mrs. Monte
1987
58% The Secret of My Success
  • Mrs. Meacham
1987
88% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • "June Allyson"

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