Shirl Bernheim

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Shirl Bernheim (b. September 21, 1921, Manhattan, New York City - d. March 30, 2009, Englewood, New Jersey) was an American actress of film and television.

She was born as Shirley Raphael[1] and made her sole appearance on Broadway in her debut in 2000, aged 79, in The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, in which she played "Frieda", the mother of the lead character (played by Linda Lavin and Valerie Harper, consecutively). Bernheim appeared in the play from October 12, 2000 until May 26, 2002.

Starting late in the industry, using her married name as her professional name, Bernheim's film and television career began in 1978 and lasted until 2004, with her second appearance on Law & Order. From 1978 to 1979 she played Polly the Prize Lady on The Cheap Show, which was hosted by Dick Martin.

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