July 25, 1943|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||December 17, 1993
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Ovarian cancer|
|Resting place||Westwood Memorial Park|
|Education||High School of Performing Arts|
|Spouse(s)||Jerry Brandt (m. 1968; div. 1971)
Ted Wass (m. 1979–93)
Janet Margolin (July 25, 1943 – December 17, 1993) was an American theater, television, and film actress.
Margolin was born in New York City, the daughter of Benjamin Margolin, an accountant who was born in Russia and was the founder and president of the Nephrosis Foundation, now the Kidney Foundation of New York. Her mother was Annette Margolin (née Lief, the daughter of Abraham and Nina Lief).
She attended the High School of Performing Arts. In 1961, at age 18, while a prop girl at the New York Shakespeare Festival, she won a "pivotal" Broadway stage role as Anna in Morris West's Daughter of Silence. The New York Times, reviewing the play, listed her among leaders of "a fine cast" and said that "her Anna has a fragile, haunted dewiness."
In 1962, she played her first movie role; she was the female lead in the film David and Lisa. She co-starred with Marlon Brando in 1965's Morituri and opposite Steve McQueen in the western Nevada Smith.
Margolin later played Wanda, the love interest of the lead character David Kolowitz, in the movie Enter Laughing (1967).
Her last movie role was in Ghostbusters II in 1989, and her last television roles were as a killer in an episode of Murder, She Wrote ("Deadly Misunderstanding") and as a victim in Columbo: Murder in Malibu in 1990.
Margolin died of ovarian cancer at the age of 50 on December 17, 1993, in Los Angeles, California. She was cremated and her ashes were placed in an urn garden at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles. She was survived by her siblings, Emily, Barbara, and Laura; her husband, actor/director Ted Wass; and their two children, Julian and Matilda.
Margolin has been frequently erroneously identified as the sister of actor Stuart Margolin and his brother, director Arnold Margolin. However, obituaries of Margolin and her father indicate that she had no brothers. She was close friends with producer/actress Jennifer Salt, who had co-starred with Wass in the 70's sitcom Soap.
|1962||David and Lisa||Lisa Brandt|
|1965||The Greatest Story Ever Told||Mary of Bethany|
|1965||Bus Riley's Back in Town||Judy|
|1965||Morituri||Esther||Alternative title: Saboteur: Code Name Morituri|
|1966||The Eavesdropper||Inés||Alternative title: El ojo que espía|
|1968||Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell||Gia Campbell|
|1969||Take the Money and Run||Louise|
|1973||Your Three Minutes Are Up||Betty|
|1979||Last Embrace||Ellie Fabian|
|1988||Distant Thunder||Barbara Lambert|
|1989||Ghostbusters II||The Prosecutor|
|1961||The Edge of Night||Betty Morrissey||August 17, 1961 episode|
|1962||Ben Casey||Illyana Trivas||Episode: "Legacy from a Stranger"|
|1962||Alcoa Premiere||Barbara||Episode: "The Hands of Danofrio"|
|1963||East Side/West Side||Doris Arno||Episode: "You Can't Beat the System"|
|1963||The Defenders||Dinah Caldwell||Episode: "Old Lady Ironsides"|
|1964||Arrest and Trial||Helen Kazar||Episode: "A Circle of Strangers"|
|1966||Ten Blocks on the Camino Real||Esmerelda||TV movie|
|1967||Coronet Blue||Riva||Episode: "The Assassins"|
|1971||Medical Center||Terri Spencer||Episode: "Web of Darkness"|
|1971||The Young Lawyers||Celia Bradbury||Episode: "The Bradbury War"|
|1971||The Interns||Rose||Episode: "The Manly Arts"|
|1971||The Last Child||Karen Miller||TV movie|
|1971||Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law||Jan Herron||Episode: "The Forest and the Trees"|
|1972||The Mod Squad||Cathy||Episode: "Eyes of the Beholder"|
|1972||Family Flight||Carol Rutledge||TV movie|
|1973-1975||Police Story||Various||3 episodes|
|1974||Pray for the Wildcats||Krissie Kincaid||TV movie|
|1974||Planet Earth||Harper-Smythe||TV movie|
|1974||Lucas Tanner||Zeta Alexander||Episode: "By the Numbers"|
|1975||The Wide World of Mystery||Susan Browning||Episode: "Please Call It Murder"|
|1975||Police Woman||Lisa Tibbett||Episode: "Pattern for Evil"|
|1976||Joe Forrester||Episode: "The Promised Land"|
|1976||Serpico||Helena||Episode: "The Serbian Connection"|
|1976-1977||Lanigan's Rabbi||Miriam Small||5 episodes|
|1977||Martinelli, Outside Man||Rosalie||TV movie|
|1977||Murder in Peyton Place||Betty Anderson Roerick||TV movie|
|1977||Sharon: Portrait of a Mistress||Carol||TV movie|
|1977||Starsky and Hutch||Dr. Judith Kaufman||2 episodes|
|1978||The Eddie Capra Mysteries||Daniella||Episode: "Nightmare at Pendragon Castle"|
|1979||The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal||Rose||TV movie|
|1980||The Plutonium Incident||Judith Longden||TV movie|
|1987||Tonight's the Night||Chris||TV movie|
|1990||Murder She Wrote||Rita Garrison||Episode: "Deadly Misunderstanding"|
|1990||Columbo||Theresa Goren||Episode: "Murder In Malibu"|
- Calta, Louis (1961), "Prop Girl, 18, Wins a Broadway Lead," The New York Times, September 6, 1961, p. 41
- Taubman, Howard (1961), "The Theatre: 'Daughter of Silence,'", The New York Times, December 1, 1961, p. 28
- "Benjamin Margolin". New York Times. 29 July 1982. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
- "Janet Margolin, Film And TV Actress, 50". New York Times. 18 December 1993. Retrieved 26 June 2016.