Lisa Jane Persky
|Lisa Jane Persky|
5 May 1955 |
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Years active||1977 - present|
|Spouse(s)||Andy Zax (2008-present)|
Lisa Jane Persky (born May 5, 1955) is an American actress, journalist, author, artist, and photographer.
Early life and education
Persky was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of Jane Holley (née Wilson) and Mort Persky, and, subsequent to her parents' divorce, the step-daughter of author Judith Rossner and classical violinist Vladimir Weisman. She grew up in New York's Greenwich Village, making her home at 87 Christopher Street, a building known for such notable tenants as playwright H.M. Koutoukas and Yoko Ono. Persky attended P.S. 41 elementary school and the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan, where she studied graphic design.
Immediately after she graduated from high school, Persky's neighbor H.M. Koutoukas told her that he had written a play for her, and cast her (at the sum of $25 per week) as "Cordelia Wells, The World's Most Perfect Teenager" in the play "Grandmother is in The Strawberry Patch" at the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, the first of several collaborations between the two. In 1976, she performed (as Mary-Eleanor) in Tom Eyen's Women Behind Bars, directed by Ron Link and starring Divine. Since that time, she has appeared in a wide variety of plays, including Broadway's Steaming, and has won critical acclaim in Los Angeles for many stage performances, as well as the Drama-Logue and L.A. Weekly awards for best actress for "These Men," in which she starred at LAATC (Los Angeles Actors Theatre Company), and for "Hearts on Fire" at the Odyssey. She also received a Drama Critics Circle Award nomination (for Outstanding Performance) for her role in playwright Mayo Simon's "These Men."
Her breakout performance as a film actress came in 1979, playing the role of Robert Duvall's daughter in The Great Santini and she has gone on to act in more than two dozen films, including American Pop, The Big Easy, When Harry Met Sally..., Coneheads, The Cotton Club, and Peggy Sue Got Married. While playing Katrina in 1995's Destiny Turns on the Radio, she gave actor/director Quentin Tarantino his first on-screen kiss. In 2013, she appeared as herself in I Am Divine, Jeffrey Schwarz's documentary about the late actor Divine.
In television, Persky's work has included a recurring role on Private Eye, as well as appearances on the likes of NYPD Blue, The X-Files, King of the Hill, E/R, The Golden Girls, and dozens more. She has also appeared in such made-for-TV movies as Meat Loaf: To Hell and Back and KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.
Writing and Editing
An early participant in the CBGB music scene, she was a founding member of the New York Rocker magazine staff. During that era, she documented the burgeoning punk/new wave movement both as a writer and a photojournalist. She revisited that scene on the New York Rockers panel at the 2012 EMP Pop Conference.
In 2010, she became a founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, where she was also Art Director, leaving the publication in December 2012.
Her fiction has appeared, among other places, in the magazine BOMB and Eclectica (where, billed as Eljay Persky, she was one of 30 writers selected to be anthologized in their Eclectica: Best Fiction Vol. 1 collection).
In addition to fine art photography, her work as a photographer has been featured in periodicals such as Mojo, Q, and Uncut, and also in books, including Gary Valentine's memoir, New York Rocker: My Life in The Blank Generation, Punk: The Whole Story, and Lance Out Loud, to which she also contributed an essay. Her collage work has appeared in publications including the Los Angeles Times and LA Style, and it earned her an Award for Design Excellence from Print magazine. In 2008, she co-produced and curated Los Angeles Loteria; An Exploration of Identity, an edition of prints in honor of the 40th anniversary of Aardvark Letterpress. In 2012, she contributed the foreword to the exhibit catalogue for photographer Bobby Grossman's show Low Fidelity - The Photos of Bobby Grossman.
Persky was the subject of a critically lauded song by Blondie, "(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear", which was written by her then-boyfriend, Gary Valentine, who was the band's bassist at the time.
In 2009, Persky began making appearances on The Best Show on WFMU radio program, as both as a regular caller and as an in-studio special guest. She is also a semi-regular on the Life Elsewhere program on WMNF FM, Tampa.
|1979||The Great Santini||Mary Anne Meechum|
|1980||Love in a Taxi||Marian|
|1983||Breathless||Salesgirl||billed as Lisa Persky|
|1984||The Cotton Club||Frances Flegenheimer|
|1985||The Sure Thing||Mary Ann Webster|
|1986||Peggy Sue Got Married||Delores Dodge|
|1986||The Big Easy||McCabe|
|1989||Great Balls of Fire!||Babe|
|1989||When Harry Met Sally...||Alice|
|1990||In the Best Interest of the Children||Gwen Hatcher|
|1990||The Last of the Finest||Harriet Gross|
|1994||Pontiac Moon||Alicia Frank|
|1995||Destiny Turns on the Radio||Katrina|
|1999||Tumbleweeds||Diner Waitress||billed as Lisa Persky|
|1999||The Wetonkawa Flash|
|2001||My First Mister||Sheila|
|2001||An American Rhapsody||Pattie|
|2002||Dogwalker, TheThe Dogwalker||Allison|
|2013||I am Divine||Herself|
|1977||The Fitzpatricks||Episodes: "Halloween" and "The New Fitzpatrick"|
|1978||NBC Special Treat||Cindy||Episode: "Snowbound"|
|1978||KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park (TV movie)||Dirty Dee|
|1980||Shirley||Episode: "The Three Dates of Shirley Miller"|
|1981||ABC Afterschool Specials||Jo Dayton||Episode: "A Matter of Time"|
|1981||The Choice (TV movie)||Emmy Soames|
|1981||Quincy M.E.||Penny Stone||Episode: "Sugar and Spice"|
|1982||The Incredible Hulk||Rita||Episode: "A Minor Problem"|
|1982||Open All Night||Laurie|
|1982||Trapper John, M.D.||Sally||Episode: "Ladies in Waiting"|
|1983||Desperate Intruder (TV movie)||Linda|
|1984||E/R||Episode: "Sentimental Journey"|
|1984||Shattered Vows (TV movie)||Sister Cathy|
|1985||The Golden Girls||Kate Zbornak||Episode: "Guess Who's Coming to the Wedding?"|
|1985||Amazing Stories||Shirley||Episode: "The Main Attraction"|
|1985||New Love, American Style||Episode: "Love and Leaving Home"|
|1986||Crime Story||Joanne Goldman||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1986||The Twilight Zone||Sandra||Episode: "The Once and Future King"|
|1987||Private Eye||Dottie||Episodes: "Pilot," "Nickey the Rose," "War Buddy," "Blue Movie," "Blue Hotel Pt.1," "Nobody Dies in Chinatown"|
|1988||Private Eye||Dottie||Episode: "Hollywood Confidential"|
|1988||Sharing Richard (TV movie)||Roberta|
|1988||thirtysomething||Sharon Berman||Episode: "Whose Forest Is This?"|
|1989||It's Garry Shandling's Show||Kitty||Episode: "Vegas: Part 2"|
|1990||Grand||Jenny||Episode: "Norris' Romance"|
|1991||The Antagonists||Joanie Rutledge|
|1992||Designing Women||Heather McPhaul||Episode: "All About Odes to Atlanta"|
|1992||Mann & Machine||Episode: "Cold, Cold Heart"|
|1993||Murphy Brown||Jane||Episode: "Games Mothers Play"|
|1994||Quantum Leap||Marion||Episode: "Memphis Melody - July 3, 1954"|
|1995||The Marshal||Felton Voorhees||Episodes: "Twoslip" and "Pass the Gemelli"|
|1995||Touched by an Angel||Alison||Episode: "The Big Bang"|
|1997||The Pretender||Lamont||Episode: "Bomb Squad"|
|1998||Perfect Assassins (TV movie)||Janice Franklin|
|1999||The X-Files||Laura Weinsider||Episode: "Terms of Endearment"|
|1999||King of the Hill||Actress (voice)||Episode: "Love Hurts and So Does Art"|
|1999||Touched by an Angel||Stasi||Episode: "The Last Day of the Rest of Your Life"|
|2000||Meat Loaf: To Hell and Back (TV movie)||Wilma Aday|
|2002||The Practice||Karen Garvey||Episode: "The Test"|
|2002||The Division||Ann Fenwick||Episode: "Illusions"|
|2004||NYPD Blue||Jessica Applebaum||Episode: "What's Your Poison?"|
|2005||Invasion||Disheveled Woman||Episode: "Unnatural Selection"|
|2005||Twins||Marcy||Episode: "Horse Sense"|
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- "Yoko Revisits Her Old Home". Instagram.com. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
- Contributor's Notes, Eclectica magazine, October / November 2005. Accessed August 6, 2008. "Eljay Persky grew up in New York City's Greenwich Village, attending the High School of Art and Design."
- Women Behind Bars. Google.com. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
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- Quentin Tarantino: the cinema of cool By Jeff Dawson. Google,com. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
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- "Punk: The Whole Story". Amazon.com. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
- "Lance Out Loud". Amazon.com. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
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- "Low Fidelity - The Photos of Bobby Grossman". ShebangDesign.com. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
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- "Life Elsewhere". WMNF.org. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
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