Andrea Martin

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Andrea Martin
Born Andrea Louise Martin
(1947-01-15) January 15, 1947 (age 68)
Portland, Maine, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Comedian/Singer/Author
Years active 1969–present
Spouse(s) Bob Dolman (m. 1980–1990; divorced; 2 children)

Andrea Louise Martin (born January 15, 1947) is an American actress, singer, author and comedian.[1][2] She has appeared in films such as Black Christmas, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, on stage in productions such as the 2013 revival of Pippin for which she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, My Favorite Year, for which she also won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Martin also appeared on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof, Candide, Oklahoma!, Young Frankenstein, Act One, Exit the King and in the television series SCTV.

Martin has received five Best Featured Actress Tony Award nominations, more than any other actress in the award's history.

Personal life[edit]

Martin was born in Portland, Maine,[3] in 1947, eldest of three children born to Sybil A. (née Manoogian) and John Papazian Martin.[4] Her paternal grandparents were Armenian immigrants who moved to the U.S. from Turkey to escape the Armenian Genocide.[5][6][7] Her maternal grandparents were Armenians from Yerevan and Istanbul.[8] Her father owned Martin's Foods, a grocery store chain.[9]

She has two sons, Jack (born ca. 1981) and Joe (born 1983),[10] with ex-husband Bob Dolman, a screenwriter. Through this marriage, she was the sister-in-law of actress Nancy Dolman and her husband Martin Short.[11]

Though her success in Canadian television and theatre and familial ties to Canada might lead the public to assume she is Canadian, Martin is an American citizen. Her two sons have dual Canadian-American status due to their father's Canadian cititzenship.[12]


Soon after graduating from Emerson College, she won a role in a touring company of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. After frequent visits to Toronto, she relocated from New York City to Toronto in 1970 and immediately found steady work in television, film, and theater.

In 1972, she played the character of Robin in a Toronto production of Godspell, with a company that included future stars Gilda Radner, Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Victor Garber, and musical director Paul Shaffer.[13] Two of her early film appearances were in 1973's Cannibal Girls for which she won the Sitges Film Festival Award for Best Actress, and, in 1974, as the bookish sorority sister Phyllis in Black Christmas, a Canadian slasher film.

In 1976, she joined then-unknowns John Candy, Dave Thomas, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Harold Ramis and Joe Flaherty on the Canadian sketch comedy television series, SCTV, which was set at fictional television station "Second City Television", or SCTV, in Melonville. Martin most notably portrayed leopard-print-wearing station manager Edith Prickley, whose dealings with the staff, including president/owner Guy Caballero, clueless newscaster Earl Camembert, and washed-up actor Johnny LaRue, helped to provide much of the show's humor. Her other memorable characterizations included repressed sexologist Dr. Cheryl Kinsey, insecure self-affirmation guru Libby Wolfson, pidgin-tongued janitress Pirini Scleroso, tone-deaf children's entertainer Mrs. Falbo, Texan curio pitchwoman Edna Boil, and impossibly tight-jeaned Melba, the Disco Queen. Her talent for impersonation was key in her humorous portrayals of such luminaries as Barbra Streisand, Ethel Merman, Arlene Francis, Pauline Kael, Sally Field, Sophia Loren, Beverly Sills, Lynn Redgrave, Linda Lavin, Bernadette Peters, Liza Minnelli, Connie Francis, Mother Teresa, Joni Mitchell, Alice B. Toklas, Patti Smith, Brenda Vaccaro and Indira Gandhi.[14] In 1981, Martin was Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Variety Show for her work in SCTV.

Her 1970s stage work eventually included the Toronto branch of the improvisational comedy troupe The Second City, a group which produced almost the entire cast of SCTV. In 1992, she made her Broadway debut in the musical My Favorite Year, for which she won the Tony Award, Theatre World Award, and Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Additional Broadway credits include Candide (1997) and Oklahoma! (2002), and the Broadway premiere of Young Frankenstein (2007), all of which brought her Tony Award nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Martin starred alongside Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon in the Broadway revival of Exit the King. For her performance as Juliette, she was nominated for a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award. She wrote and performed in the critically acclaimed one-woman show Nude, Nude, Totally Nude in Los Angeles and New York City,[15] receiving a 1996 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One Person Show.

Other theater credits include the leads in The Rose Tattoo and Betty's Summer Vacation, for which she won the Elliot Norton Award for Best Actress, both produced at The Huntington Theatre in Boston. During the winter of 2012–2013, she played Berthe, Pippin's grandmother, in the American Repertory Theater production of Pippin in Cambridge, Massachusetts, singing the classic song "No Time At All".[16] The show transferred to Broadway at the Music Box Theatre and opened in April 2013. For Pippin Martin won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Martin's last performance as Berthe in the Broadway production of Pippin was on September 22, 2013. She appeared on Broadway in the new play written and directed by James Lapine, Act One, for which she received the Outer Critics Circle Award.

Martin has played Wanda the Word Fairy in numerous short segments on Sesame Street. She also appeared on Kate & Allie as the executive producer of a low-rated cable channel, which was spun-off into her own CBS series, "Roxie." Star Trek fans may recognize her as one of two actresses to play Ishka, Quark's iconoclastic mother on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. For her role, she was made up to appear as an older woman although in reality Martin is less than three years older than Armin Shimerman, who played Quark.

She has won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program in 1982 and 1983. She has done considerable voice work in such animated film and television productions such as Anastasia, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Rugrats as Aunt Miriam, The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue as Muriel - Floyd's Wife, The Simpsons (as Apu's mother), Recess as Lunchlady Harriet, the 1999 version of The Woody Woodpecker Show, Earthworm Jim, Kim Possible, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Brother Bear 2. She also appeared in the 1993 television adaptation of Gypsy starring Bette Midler.

Her many screen credits include All Over the Guy in which she played Dan Bucatinsky's Mom, Club Paradise, Wag the Dog, All I Want for Christmas, Worth Winning, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Stepping Out, The Producers, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, in which she portrayed Aunt Voula, a role she reprised in the small-screen adaptation. In 2006, she played a major role in the remake of Black Christmas. She played Helaine in the 2009 break-out independent film Breaking Upwards. In the episode titled Pupil, she played an emergency room patient on the Showtime series, Nurse Jackie, which was aired July 27, 2009. In 2012, She provided the voice of Penny in the American Dad episode "Stan's Best Friend" and appeared in an episode of 30 Rock titled "My Whole Life Is Thunder." Martin recently appeared in Night at the Museum 3 and has completed a season for Hulu's original series, Difficult People, starring Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner and produced by Amy Poehler. It premieres August 5th, 2015.

She recently starred in the NBC sitcom Working the Engels and will return as Aunt Voula in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, scheduled for release in March 2016. In December 2015, Martin will star in the Roundabout Theater revival of Noises Off! directed by Jeremy Herrin.

Martin tours throughout Canada and the United States in her one-woman show, "Andrea Martin: Final Days, Everything Must Go!" with her musical director Seth Rudetsky.


Since 2000, Martin has been a prominent spokesperson for the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) and host of their annual gala.

Published works[edit]


  1. ^ "Andrea Martin Biography", accessed August 31, 2011
  2. ^ "Andrea Martin Listing" TV Guide, accessed August 31, 2011
  3. ^ "Secretary of State's Kids Page: Famous People from Maine, Andrea Martin" State of, accessed August 31, 2011
  4. ^ Routher, Ray."Doing OK"Maine Sunday Telegram (Portland, Maine) (abstract), April 28, 2002, p1E
  5. ^ Hoey, Dennis."Obituary:John P. Martin"Portland Press, November 15, 2010
  6. ^ Wadler, Joyce."Boldface Names: Today He Would Have His Own Show on Fox"The New York Times, January 26, 2005
  7. ^ Alicia Anstead (March 3, 2005). "Andrea Martin". Bangor Daily News. Archived from the original on February 2, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Sybil A. Martin"Portland Press Herald (ME) (abstract), January 19, 1995, p.11B
  9. ^ Intini, John."Andrea Martin finishes the sentences", March 16, 2005
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  11. ^ "Biography" InternetMovieDatabae, accessed August 31, 2011
  12. ^ Henderson, Kathy."Andrea Martin", December 17, 2007
  13. ^ [1], accessed August 16, 2014
  14. ^ "Andrea Martin Characters and Impersonations", accessed August 31, 2011
  15. ^ Brantley, Ben."Theater Review;Overly Fond of Food and Doris Day, for Starters"The New York Times, April 5, 1996
  16. ^ Pippin

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