|Born||Terri Sue Feldshuh
December 27, 1953 
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, singer, playwright|
|Spouse(s)||Andrew Harris Levy (1977-present; 2 children)|
Tovah Feldshuh (pronounced feld-shuh; born December 27, 1953) is an American actress, singer and playwright. She has been a Broadway star for more than four decades, earning four Tony Award nominations. She has also received two Emmy Award nominations for Holocaust and Law & Order, and appeared in such films as A Walk on the Moon, She's Funny That Way and Kissing Jessica Stein. She currently appears on AMC's The Walking Dead in the role of Deanna Monroe.
Terri Sue Feldshuh was born to a Jewish family in New York City, the daughter of Lillian (née Kaplan) and Sidney Feldshuh, who was a lawyer. Her brother David Feldshuh is the Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright of Miss Evers' Boys.
She was raised in Scarsdale, New York, an affluent community in Westchester County and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. She started her career under British director Michael Langham at the Guthrie Theater where she was awarded the McKnight Fellowship in Acting.
Feldshuh appeared on the stage under the name "Terri Fairchild" before deciding to incorporate her Hebrew name and her original surname as her professional name, Tovah Feldshuh. She said of her name changes: “I fell in love with a Christian boy, Michael Fairchild, who didn't want to kiss a Terri Sue. He said: ‘Terri Sue doesn't fit you at all. What’s that other name of yours? Tovah? Now that’s a name!”
She made her Broadway debut in the short-lived 1973 musical Cyrano starring Christopher Plummer. She appeared in the title role in Yentl both off-Broadway at the Chelsea Theater Center and later on Broadway. Both productions are detailed in the book, Chelsea on the Edge: The Adventures of an American Theater, which describes tensions between Feldshuh and director Robert Kalfin over the play's interpretation.
Other Broadway credits include Saravà, Lend Me a Tenor, and Golda's Balcony, William Gibson's work about the late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Golda's Balcony set a record as the longest-running one-woman play in Broadway history on January 2, 2005.
Feldshuh made her cabaret debut at the Algonquin Hotel Oak Room with her act, Tovah: Crossovah! From Broadway to Cabaret, which was followed by Tovah: Out of Her Mind!, which she took on the road to Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Hong Kong, and Sydney. The West End production sold out an eight-week run at the Duke of York's Theatre. The Boston Globe selected her as "Best Cabaret Artist of 2000". She penned the one-woman play Tallulah Hallelujah!, about actress Tallulah Bankhead, in which she also starred.
In 1973, Feldshuh appeared on television in a supporting role in Scream, Pretty Peggy. In 1976 she also had a supporting role in "Ryan's Hope", and later portrayed Katharine Hepburn in The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977), but she came to international prominence as Helena Slomova in the 1978 mini-series Holocaust.
Feldshuh had a recurring role as defense attorney Danielle Melnick on Law & Order. Feature film appearances have included Lady in the Water, The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal, A Walk on the Moon, Happy Accidents, Brewster's Millions, The Idolmaker, The Blue Iguana, A Day in October, The Believer, Love Comes Lately, Just My Luck, and Kissing Jessica Stein. She also played Ruthie in the 2004 film, The Tollbooth.
Feldshuh appeared in Goyband, co-starring Adam Pascal, Amy Davidson, Cris Judd, Dean Edwards, Tibor Feldman and Natasha Lyonne. Feldshuh also will star in Acts of Mercy, a psychological thriller. She returned to Broadway in the Dan Gordon play, Irena's Vow in March 2009. She had appeared off-Broadway in this play in September 2008. In 2009, Feldshuh recorded the song "Bein Nahar Prat" for the organization Pioneers For A Cure, with the proceeds benefiting Ellen's Run. In 2012 Feldshuh performed as Mama Rose in a revival of Gypsy. Also in 2012, she appeared as Mossad agent Rivka in the Covert Affairs episode "Wishful Beginnings".
It was announced at the September 21, 2013, Broadway performance of Pippin that Andrea Martin's last performance as Berthe (Pippin's grandmother) would be the following day and that Feldshuh would be subsequently taking over the role.
In February 2015, she performed a one-woman show, Aging Is Optional, at 54 Below. In March 2015, she made her debut in a starring role on AMC's highly rated The Walking Dead. She had never seen the show before being cast as former politician Deanna Monroe, whose character Feldshuh says she based on Hillary Clinton.
Feldshuh married New York attorney Andrew Harris Levy in 1977. Actress Ruth Gordon was her maid of honor. They have a son, Garson, an economist and graduate of Harvard and Oxford universities; and a daughter, Amanda, who graduated from MIT. When Amanda married in 2014, Feldshuh gave her the advice, “You know how to have a successful marriage? Shut one eye, and don't leave. Some of it's fun and some of it isn't. It can be challenging, but you do not leave the field of play.”
For her charity work, she is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award, Hadassah's Myrtle Wreath, and the Israel Peace Medal. The National Foundation for Jewish Culture honored her with the 2002 Jewish Image Award and the Performing Arts award in 2006.
When doing research for her role as Irene Gut Opdyke in the play Irena's Vow, Feldshuh traveled to Borshchiv, Ukraine, and discovered that her own ancestor, Moishe Feldshuh, had lived there in the early 20th century.
In March 2015, Feldshuh hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro with her son. She told Variety she was inspired after the 2014 death of her mother at age 103, and her own athletic role in Pippin, in which she had to swing on a trapeze. "I really do feel we're only in this body once," she said. "I just want enough money to buy experience. I can forego a dress, but the idea of taking a trip and trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro, or going on the Trans-Siberian railroad, or tracking lemurs in Madagascar — these things are very exciting to me. To see the world until I leave my own body. It’s now or not at all."
|1973||Scream, Pretty Peggy||Agnes Thornton||Gordon Hessler||TV Movie|
|1976||Ryan's Hope||Martha McKee||TV Series (12 Episodes)|
|Gibbsville||Carole||Alf Kjellin||TV Series (1 Episode : "Trapped")|
|Serpico||Erica Molinas||Alex March||TV Series (1 Episode : "Rapid Fire")|
|1977||Family||Susan Bowers||Robert Hartford-Davis||TV Series (1 Episode : "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...")|
|The Bob Newhart Show||Veronica Kidd||Dick Martin||TV Series (1 Episode : "The Heartbreak Kidd")|
|Barnaby Jones||Laura Woods||Walter Grauman||TV Series (1 Episode : "Circle of Treachery")|
|The Amazing Howard Hughes||Katharine Hepburn||William A. Graham||TV Movie|
|The World of Darkness||Clara Sanford||Jerry London||TV Movie|
|The Love Boat||Susan Ridley||Richard Kinon
|TV Series (1 Episode)|
|1978||Holocaust||Helena Slomova||Marvin J. Chomsky||TV Mini-Series (4 Episodes)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
|Once Upon a Classic||Sandy||Ben Bolt||TV Series (1 Episode : "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court")|
|Terror Out of the Sky||Jeannie Devereux||Lee H. Katzin||TV Movie|
|1979||The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal||Florence||Mel Stuart||TV Movie|
|Beggarman, Thief||Monika Wolner||Lawrence Doheny||TV Movie|
|1980||The Women's Room||Iso||Glenn Jordan||TV Movie|
|The Idolmaker||Brenda Roberts||Taylor Hackford|
|Murder Ink||Laura Ireland||John G. Avildsen||TV Series|
|1981||Cheaper to Keep Her||K. D. Locke||Ken Annakin|
|1983||Daniel||Linda Mindish||Sidney Lumet|
|1984||Airwolf||Sarah Lebow||Stephen Dollinger||TV Series (1 Episode : "Fight Like a Dove")|
|An All Consuming Passion||Vivian Palmer||Kathryn Nesmith||Video|
|The Love Boat||Margo Bush||Robert Scheerer||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|1985||Brewster's Millions||Marilyn||Walter Hill|
|Silver Bullet||Older Jane's voice||Daniel Attias|
|The Equalizer||Samantha Page||Donald Petrie||TV Series (1 Episode : "Desperately")|
|1987||Mariah||Deena Hertz||TV Series (7 Episodes)|
|L.A. Law||Lynn Palmer||Anson Williams
|TV Series (2 Episodes)|
|1988||The Blue Iguana||Detective Vera Quinn||John Lafia|
|1990||ABC Afterschool Specials||Mrs. Carr||Steven Schachter||TV Series (1 Episode : "All That Glitters")|
|1991||Saying Kaddish||Oren Rudavsky|
|Against the Law||Connor||Armand Mastroianni||TV Series (1 Episode : "Evil Conduct")|
|En dag i oktober||Emma Kublitz||Kenneth Madsen|
|1992||Lifestories: Families in Crisis||Allen Coulter||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|Citizen Cohn||Iva Schlesinger||Frank Pierson||TV Movie|
|CBS Schoolbreak Special||Denise Warshak||Susan Rohrer||TV Series (1 Episode : "Sexual Considerations")|
|1993||TriBeCa||Sheila Goldberg||Joe Morton||TV Series (1 Episode : "The Loft")|
|1994||The Cosby Mysteries||Rose||Corey Allen||TV Series (1 Episode : "Home, Street Home")|
|1995||Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story||Eleanor Alter||Karen Arthur||TV Movie|
|The Real Shlemiel||Voices||Albert Hanan Kaminski|
|Comfortably Numb||Victoria Stevens||Gavin O'Connor|
|1997||All My Children||Lila Stevenson||TV Series (2 Episodes)|
|Hudson River Blues||Charlotte||Nell Cox|
|Charlie Hoboken||Angie Cedars||Thomas F. Mazziotti|
|A Will of their Own||Mrs. Rubenstein||Karen Arthur (2)||TV Mini-Series (1 Episode)|
|1999||A Walk on the Moon||Lillian Kantrowitz||Tony Goldwyn|
|The Corruptor||Margaret Wheeler||James Foley|
|Cosby||Don Scardino||TV Series (1 Episode : "There's Something About Hilton")|
|2000||Happy Accidents||Lillian Weaver||Brad Anderson|
|2001||The Believer||Woman in Shul||Henry Bean|
|Kissing Jessica Stein||Judy Stein||Charles Herman-Wurmfeld||Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture|
|Friends & Family||Alma Jennings||Kristen Coury|
|Old Love||Ethel Brockeles||Jan Schütte||Short|
|The 3 Little Wolfs||Sarah Wolf||Joey Craine|
|2002||Noon Blue Apples||Sponge-Brush Woman||Jay Lee|
|The End of the Bar||Mrs. Garner||Randy T. Dinzler|
|The Education of Max Bickford||Sharon Bickford||Don Scardino (2)||TV Series (2 Episodes)|
|2003||Queens Supreme||Marie||TV Series (1 Episode : "Flawed Heroes")|
|The Harriman Alaska Expedition Retraced||Narrator||Lawrence R. Hott||TV Movie Documentary|
|2004||The Tollbooth||Ruthie Cohen||Debra Kirschner||Method Fest Independent Film Festival - Best Supporting Actress|
|2005||Alchemy||Senior Editor||Evan Oppenheimer|
|Life on the Ledge||Mother||Lewis Helfer|
|The Reality Trap||Irina Bolton||Michael Bergmann|
|2006||Just My Luck||Madame Z||Donald Petrie (2)|
|Lady in the Water||Mrs. Bubchik||M. Night Shyamalan|
|O Jerusalem||Golda Meir||Élie Chouraqui|
|Crossing Jordan||Mrs. Elaine Brandau||TV Series (3 Episodes)|
|1991-2007||Law & Order||Danielle Melnick||TV Series (13 Episodes)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (2003)
|2007||The Shallow End of the Ocean||Jason's Mother||Evan Buxbaum||Short|
|Love Comes Lately||Ethel||Jan Schütte (2)|
|Love Life||Hannah||Maria Schrader|
|A House Divided||Rebecca Meir||Mitch Davis|
|2009||Acts of Mercy||Nurse Ruth Baker||Laura C. Lopez|
|2010||A Buddy Story||Buddy's Mom||Marc Erlbaum|
|Ugly Betty||Mrs. Varner||John Putch||TV Series (1 Episode : "Blackout!")|
|Ten Stories Tall||Grace Parker||David Garrett|
|The Good Wife||Lena||Félix Enríquez Alcalá||TV Series (1 Episode : "Doubt")|
|2011||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Danielle Melnick||Jean de Segonzac||TV Series (1 Episode : "To the Boy in the Blue Knit Cap")|
|2012||Beautiful People||Lynch||Stephen Hopkins||TV Movie|
|Covert Affairs||Rivka Singer||TV Series (2 Episodes)|
|All the Broken Pieces||Grandmother||Daniella Kahane||Short|
|2014||A Little Game||Blackstone Head of School||Evan Oppenheimer (2)|
|The Hyperglot||Elaine||Michael Urie||Short|
|2015||Unreachable by Conventional Means||David's Mom||Rory Rooney|
|She's Funny That Way||Miriam||Peter Bogdanovich|
|Flesh and Bone||Ivana||TV Series (6 Episodes)|
|The Walking Dead||Deanna Monroe||TV Series (Recurring role; 4 episodes)|
Awards and nominations
- 2005 Method Fest Independent Film Festival for Best Supporting Actress (The Tollbooth, winner)
- 2004 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (Golda's Balcony, nominee)
- 2003 Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress (Kissing Jessica Stein, winner)
- 2003 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Law & Order, nominee)
- 2003 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show (Golda's Balcony, winner)
- 1993 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, nominee)
- 1989 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play (Lend Me a Tenor, nominee)
- 1989 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Lend Me a Tenor, winner)
- 1979 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical (Saravà, nominee)
- 1978 Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Holocaust, nominee)
- 1976 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (Yentl, nominee)
- 1976 Theatre World Award (Yentl, winner)
- 1976 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play (Yentl, nominee)
- 1975 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play (Yentl, nominee)
- 1975 Drama Desk Special Award (Yentl, winner)
- John A. Willis (2000). Screen World Volume 50: 1999. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. p. 307. ISBN 978-1-55783-410-2.
- "Tovah Feldshuh Bio". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-12-06.
- "Tovah Feldshuh's official website". Tovahfeldshuh.com. Retrieved 2012-12-06.
- Jerry Tallmer (March 4, 2009). "Finding herself". The Villager. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
- Chelsea on the Edge: The Adventures of an American Theater by Davi Napoleon, Iowa State University Press, 1991. pp. 156-160.
- "''Golda's Balcony''". Goldasbalcony.com. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
- "Tovah Feldshuh official website". Tovahfeldshuh.com. Retrieved 2012-12-06.
- Gans, Andrew "Feldshuh to Return to Broadway in March in Irena's Vow" playbill.com, December 22, 2008
- "Tovah Feldshuh in Gypsy | Bristol Riverside Theatre". Brtstage.org. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
- "Welcome to Tovah Feldshuh's Official Site!". Tovahfeldshuh.com. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
- Stephen Holden (February 21, 2015). "Review: Tovah Feldshuh Embraces Life at 54 Below". The New York Times. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
- Geoff Berkshire (March 1, 2015). "‘Walking Dead’ Q&A: Tovah Feldshuh On Playing Alexandria Leader Deanna Monroe and Rick’s Big Shave". Variety. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
- Rosalie R. Radomsky (December 7, 2014). "A Broadway Baby Takes on a Co-Star". The New York Times. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
- Jewish Culture website - report on Feldshuh[dead link]
- NFJC citations[dead link]
- Official website
- Tovah Feldshuh at the Internet Movie Database
- Tovah Feldshuh at the Internet Broadway Database
- Tovah Feldshuh at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- List of Broadway appearances
- Tovah Feldshuh - Downstage Center interview at American Theatre Wing.org