|Born||Ilene Susan Graff
February 28, 1949
Queens, New York
|Spouse(s)||Ben Lanzarone (m. 1978)|
|Children||Nikka Graff Lanzarone|
Ilene Susan Graff (born February 28, 1949) is an American actress and singer.
The Queens, New York native began her professional career as a teenager when she performed as a background singer and commercial actress while attending Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village. She graduated from Ithaca College in 1970.
Graff's Broadway credits include Promises, Promises, Grease, and I Love My Wife. Her television work includes Barnaby Jones, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, Three's Company, Lewis & Clark, and St. Elsewhere. From 1985 until 1990, she played what is possibly her best known role, Marsha Owens, the wife of Bob Uecker's character, George, in the sitcom Mr. Belvedere.
In addition to her roles on television, Graff also appeared in the motion picture Ladybugs playing the girlfriend of Rodney Dangerfield and mother of Jonathan Brandis. Her recent screen credits include films The Things We Carry, Ma-i pa-deo, and Loving Annabelle.
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Graff is the daughter of Jerry Graff, a member of the musical group The Pied Pipers. While performing in Grease she met and married composer Ben Lanzarone, and they have one daughter, Nikka, born 1983. Graff is the older sister of Tony Award-nominated actor, film producer, writer, film director and former Short Circus member Todd Graff and cousin of Tony winner Randy Graff. She serves as the spokesperson for the AMC Cancer Research Center.
- Hart of Dixie .... Clora Tucker (6 episode, 2011-2015)
- The Things We Carry (2009) .... Kim
- My Father (2007) .... Nancy Parker ... aka My Father (South Korea: DVD title)
- Loving Annabelle (2006) .... Mother Immaculata
- Living with Fran .... Jessica (1 episode, 2006)
- Haunted .... Emily Eastway (1 episode, 2002)
- South Pacific (2001) (TV) .... Singing Ngana ... aka Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific (USA: complete title)
- Touched by an Angel .... Gloria Brewer (1 episode, 1997)
- Abandoned and Deceived (1995) (TV)
- Sisters.... Cynthia (1 episode, 1994)
- Ladybugs (1992) .... Bess
- Walter & Emily .... Dr. Barbara Morris (1 episode, 1992)
- Opposites Attract (1990) (TV) .... Frannie
- Mr. Belvedere .... Marsha Cameron Owens (117 episodes, 1985–1990)
- Jury Duty: The Comedy (1990; TV) .... Marilyn Worth ... aka The Great American Sex Scandal
- New Love, American Style (1 episode, 1986) .... Love at First Sight/Love and the Judge (1986; TV)
- St. Elsewhere .... Heidi Brechman (1 episode, 1985)
- Earthlings (1984) (TV) .... Jane Lassiter
- The Paper Chase.... Carolyn (1 episode, 1983)
- Three's Company .... Daphne Smith (1 episode, 1983)
- Charley's Aunt (1983; TV) .... Kitty Verdun
- Remington Steele.... Ivy Shapiro (1 episode, 1982)
- Madame's Place.... Gloria Beecham Meade (1 episode, 1982)
- Mork & Mindy .... Tracy /Receptionist ... (4 episodes, 1981-1982)
- Lewis & Clark .... Alicia Lewis (3 episodes, 1981)
- Laverne & Shirley .... Monique (1 episode, 1980)
- Beulah Land (1980; TV mini-series) .... Annabel Davis
- Angie.... Debbie (1 episode, 1980)
- Supertrain .... Penny Whitaker (3 episodes, 1979)
- Barnaby Jones .... Stephanie Capello (2 episodes, 1979)