|Born||Betty Ann Isacson
October 16, 1925
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
|Spouse(s)||Daniel Patrick O'Connor|
Lenka Peterson (born Betty Ann Isacson; October 16, 1925) is an American actress of stage, film and television.
Life and career
Peterson was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Lenke (née Leinweber), a lab technician, and Sven Edward Isacson, a physician. One of the first members admitted to New York's Actors Studio, Peterson's Broadway portrayals included Ella in Sundown Beach (1948), Maude in The Grass Harp (1952), Kitty in The Time of Your Life (1955), Sally and Mary in All the Way Home (1960), Rose in Nuts (1980), and Sarah in Quilters (1984), among others.
Peterson was nominated for a 1985 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in Quilters. She guest starred in such early television productions as Hallmark Hall of Fame (1952), The Philco Television Playhouse (1955), and Actors Studio (1949 and 1950).
She has also been a cast member of the television series Young Dr. Malone, Search for Tomorrow, playing Isabel Moore in 1962 and Evelyn Reedy in 1977, A Flame in the Wind, Another World as Marie Fenton from 1983-1984 and later Lorna Devon's adopted grandmother, and Code of Vengeance.
- Robert Lewis (1996) . "Actors Studio, 1947". Slings and Arrows: Theater in My Life. New York: Applause Books. p. 183. ISBN 1-55783-244-7.
At the end of the summer, on Gadget's return from Hollywood, we settled the roster of actors for our two classes in what we called the Actors Studio - using the word 'studio' as we had when we named our workshop in the Group, the Group Theatre Studio. Kazan's people met twice a week and included, among others, Julie Harris, Jocelyn Brando, Cloris Leachman, James Whitmore, Joan Copeland, Steven Hill, Lou Gilbert, Rudy Bond, Anne Hegira, Peg Hillias, Lenka Peterson, Edward Binns, and Tom Avera.
- Lenka Peterson at the Internet Movie Database
- Lenka Peterson at the Internet Broadway Database
- Lenka Peterson at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Lenka Peterson papers, 1943-1996, held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
- Lenka Peterson at the University of Wisconsin's Actors Studio audio collection
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