Mary Woronov

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Mary Woronov
Mary Woronov by David Shankbone.jpg
Woronov in February 2007
Born (1943-12-08) December 8, 1943 (age 70)
Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Other names Penny Arcade
Mary Might, Mary Pfft, Mary Whitehead, Mary Gershunny, Mary Waronov, Mary Woronoff
Occupation Actress, Writer, Painter
Years active 1966–present
Spouse(s) Theodore Gershuny (m. 1970–73)
Website
http://www.maryworonov.com

Mary Woronov (born December 8, 1943) is an American actress, published author and figurative painter. She is primarily known as a "Cult Queen" because of her work with Andy Warhol and her roles in Roger Corman's cult films. Woronov has appeared in over 80 movies, on stage at Lincoln Center and off Broadway productions, as well as numerous appearances in mainstream television series, such as Charlie's Angels and Knight Rider.

Early life[edit]

Woronov was born in the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida,[1] in the period that it served as the Ream General Hospital during World War II.[2] She is the daughter of Carol Eschholz.[3] Woronov's adoptive father, Victor D. Woronov (1907-1975), was a cancer surgeon in Brooklyn. She attended Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights.

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

Mary Woronov first made headlines in the early 1960s as a Warhol superstar. She danced with Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Warhol's multimedia presentation of the Velvet Underground. She played Hanoi Hannah in Chelsea Girls, the 1966 experimental underground film directed by Andy Warhol. The film was Warhol's first major commercial success after a long line of avant-garde art films (both feature length and short).

Woronov's notable appearances include in the 1975 cult film Death Race 2000 and 1979's Rock 'n' Roll High School (and the 1991 sequel Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever), but her breakthrough role was in the 1982 cult film Eating Raoul. She has since had roles in numerous films including Blood Theatre (1984), Night of the Comet (1985) Chopping Mall and Nomads (1986), Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989), Dick Tracy (1990), Where Sleeping Dogs Lie (1991), Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)[4] and All About Evil (2010).[5]

Woronov has also made guest appearances on TV shows such as Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Charlie's Angels, Mr. Belvedere, Murder, She Wrote, Amazing Stories, St. Elsewhere, Wings, Babylon 5, Family Matters, and Highlander: The Series.

She became a fan of the L.A. punk music scene and made a cameo appearance with actors Jack Nance and John Hullette in 1983's Suicidal Tendencies' Institutionalized video.[6]

Writing[edit]

She has written such books as Snake, Blind Love and Swimming Underground: My Years in the Warhol Factory.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1966 Chelsea Girls Hanoi Hannah
1966 Hedy Policewoman
1966 Kiss the Boot
1966 Milk Short film
1966 Shower
1966 Superboy
1966 Beard, TheThe Beard Jean Harlow
1966 Since John F. Kennedy
1967 ****
1970 Kemek Mary Wonderly
1973 Sugar Cookies Camilla Stone
1974 Seizure Mikki Hughes
1974 Silent Night, Bloody Night Diane Adams
1975 Death Race 2000 Calamity Jane
1975 Cover Girl Models Diane
1976 Hollywood Boulevard Mary McQueen
1976 Jackson County Jail Pearl
1976 Cannonball Sandy Harris
1976 Hollywood Man Julie
1977 Mr. Billion Bit Part (uncredited)
1977 Bad Georgia Road Hackett
1978 One and Only, TheThe One and Only Arlene
1979 Lady in Red, TheThe Lady in Red Woman Bankrobber
1979 Rock 'n' Roll High School Miss Togar
1981 Heartbeeps Party House Owner
1982 Eating Raoul Mary Bland
1982 National Lampoon's Movie Madness Secretary
1983 Angel of H.E.A.T. Samantha Vitesse
1983 Get Crazy Violetta
1984 Blood Theatre Miss Blackwell
1984 Young Lust
1984 Night of the Comet Audrey
1985 Get Out of My Room
1985 Hellhole Dr. Fletcher
1986 Nomads Dancing Mary
1986 TerrorVision Raquel Putterman
1986 Chopping Mall Mary Bland
1987 Kappa Short film
1987 Black Widow Shelley
1988 Mortuary Academy Mary Purcell
1989 Warlock Channeler
1989 Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills Lisabeth Hepburn-Saravian
1989 Let It Ride Quinella
1990 Dick Tracy Welfare Person
1990 Club Fed Jezebel
1990 Watchers II Dr. Glatman
1991 Buster's Bedroom Jane
1991 Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever Doctor Vadar
1991 Motorama Kidnapping Wife
1991 Where Sleeping Dogs Lie Woman Tourist
1992 Living End, TheThe Living End Daisy
1993 Good Girls Don't Wilamena LaRue
1993 Grief Attorney
1995 Number One Fan Wedding Coordinator
1995 Glory Daze Joanie's Mom
1998 Secrets of a Chambermaid Felicity
1998 Sweet Jane Sales Lady
1998 Mom, Can I Keep Her? Dr. Klein Video
1999 Zoo Prunella
1999 Invisible Mom II Olivia Video
2000 Straight Right Dr. Wright
2001 Vampire Hunters Club, TheThe Vampire Hunters Club Receptionist Video short
2001 New Women, TheThe New Women Lisa LaStrada
2001 Perfect Fit Mom
2003 Prison A-Go-Go! Dyanne She-Bitch Slutface
2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action Acme VP, Bad Ideas
2004 Halfway House, TheThe Halfway House Sister Cecelia
2004 Frog-g-g! Doctor
2004 I Pass for Human Dr. Larraz
2005 Devil's Rejects, TheThe Devil's Rejects Abbie
2009 House of the Devil, TheThe House of the Devil Mrs. Ulman
2009 Heaven Wants Out Kitty
2011 Kitchenette: Part One Jo
2012 Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader House Mother
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1974 Somerset Stephanie Dillard TV series
1976 Charlie's Angels Maxine Episode: "Angels in Chains"
1977 Logan's Run Irene Borden Episode: "Capture"
1979 Taxi Fran Strickland Episode: "Nardo Loses Her Marbles"
1979 Mrs. Columbo Kate's fellow inmate Episode: "Off the Record"
1980 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Nola Episode: "A Dream of Jennifer"
1980 Phyl & Mikhy Anya Episode: "Mikhy's Visitor"
1984 Princess Who Had Never Laughed, TheThe Princess Who Had Never Laughed Governess TV movie
1985 Challenge of a Lifetime Mary Garritee TV movie
1985 Bunny's Tale, AA Bunny's Tale Miss Renfro TV movie
1985 Knight Rider Dr. Von Furst Episode: "Knight of the Juggernaut: Part 1"
1985 Mr. Belvedere Cheryl Episode: "The Letter"
1985 Murder, She Wrote Brady Episode: "Jessica Behind Bars"
1986 Amazing Stories Nurse Episode: "Secret Cinema"
1986 Brothers Sophia Santini Episode: "The Seduction of Lou"
1986 St. Elsewhere Episode: "Nothing Up My Sleeve"
1987 You Again? Dr. Quinn Episode: "Where the Sun Don't Shine"
1987 Shell Game Bean Sweeney Episode: "The Upstairs Gardner"
1987 Sledge Hammer! Jill Taylor Episode: "The Spa Who Loved Me"
1987 Webster Carol Episode: "San Francisco: Part 2"
Episode: "San Francisco: Part 3"
1988 Trial and Error Officer Burdette Episode: "Man's Best Friend"
1988 Monsters Viki Episode: "Pillow Talk"
1992 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Officer Gwen Episode: "Money Talks"
1993 Wings Lydia Detmeir Episode: "The Gift: Part 2"
1993 Flying Blind Mona 4 episodes
1993 Acting on Impulse Receptionist TV movie
1994 Babylon 5 Ko D'Ath Episode: "Born to the Purple"
1994 Shake, Rattle and Rock! E. Joyce Togar TV movie
1994 My So-Called Life Dr. Linda Shields Episode: "Pressure"
1995 Highlander: The Series Rita Luce Episode: "They Also Serve"
1995 Here Come the Munsters Mrs. Dimwitty TV movie
1996 Family Matters Mrs. Ramsay Episode: "Swine Lake"
1996 Munsters' Scary Little Christmas, TheThe Munsters' Scary Little Christmas Mrs. Dimwitty TV movie
1999 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Motel Manager Episode: "Get Your Kicks at Motel 66"
2000 Who's Watching Who? Starring TV movie

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