Early life and education
Miles was born in Nice, France, the daughter of Jeanne Patterson Miles, an American painter, and Johannes Schiefer, a French painter and art curator. She immigrated to the United States, and was naturalized a citizen, in 1941. She graduated from The Putney School, a progressive independent high school in Putney, Vermont, in 1958. She was accepted into the Actors Studio, where she studied alongside Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Dustin Hoffman.
Miles won two Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Laura Wingfield in the 1973 film production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie: the Super Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in Drama, and Supporting Actress of the Year.
She has also played supporting roles in various movies, including The Way We Live Now (1970), Bug (1975), The Ultimate Warrior (1975), The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (1978), A Fire in the Sky (1978), Cross Creek (1983), Blackout (1988), Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (1990), Above Suspicion (1995), Judge Dredd (1995) and Sex and Breakfast (2007). She is known to Star Trek: The Next Generation fans as Perrin, Sarek's wife, from the episodes "Sarek" and "Unification".
In 2001, she had a secondary role as the wife of a storekeeper in Tom Selleck's Turner Network Television Western film, Crossfire Trail. She was also in an episode of The Incredible Hulk entitled "The Quiet Room" and in the episode "Murder on the Flip Side" of the NBC crime drama The Eddie Capra Mysteries.
Miles married William Burns in May 1970; they divorced in 1977. She remarried to film producer Michael Brandman in 1978; they have one son, Miles Brandman.
- The Way We Live Now (1970) as Amelia
- The Glass Menagerie (1973 - TV movie) as Laura Wingfield
- Born Innocent (1974 - TV movie) as Counselor Barbara Clark
- Aloha Means Goodbye (1974 - TV movie) as Pamela Crane
- The Trial of Chaplain Jensen (1975 - TV movie) as Kathleen Jensen
- Bug (1975) as Carrie Parmiter
- The Ultimate Warrior (1975) as Melinda
- Delta County, U.S.A. (1977 - TV movie) as Kate McCain Nicholas
- A Fire in the Sky (1978 - TV movie) as Jennifer Dreiser
- The Orphan (1979) as David's mother
- The Promise of Love (1980 - TV movie) as Toni Emilio, Kathy's mother
- The Sound of Murder (1982) as Ann Norberry
- Cross Creek (1983) as Mrs. Turner
- As Is (1986 - TV movie) as Lily
- Right to Die (1987 - TV movie) as Katherine
- Blackout (1988) as Eleanor Carpenter
- Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (1990) as Gertrude
- The Water Engine (1992 - TV movie) as Mrs. Varek
- The Habitation of Dragons (1992 - TV movie) as Evelyn Sparks
- The Heart of Justice (1992 - TV movie) as Mrs. Burgess
- Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story (1992 - TV movie) as Joyce
- Cooperstown (1993 - TV movie) as Louise
- The American Clock (1993 - TV movie) as Fanny
- Above Suspicion (1995) as Laura
- Judge Dredd (1995) as Judge McGruder
- Everything to Gain (1996 - TV movie) as Jessica Jordan
- Alone (1997 - TV movie) as Jacqueline
- Spenser: Small Vices (1999 - TV movie) as Evans
- Thin Air (2000 - TV movie) as Evans
- Crossfire Trail (2001 - TV movie) as Melissa Thompson
- Monte Walsh (2003 - TV movie) as Sairy Brennan
- Jane Doe: Ties That Bind (2007 - TV movie) as Emily Myers
- Sex and Breakfast (2007) as Dr. Wellbridge
- Grave Misconduct (2008 - TV movie) as Catherine Hallow
- Jesse Stone: Thin Ice (2009 - TV movie) as Mrs. Steinberg
- Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer (2013 - TV movie) as Pat Spencer
- "Johannes Schiefer, 83; Painter and L.I. Curator". The New York Times. 30 October 1979. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
- Cotter, Holland (1999-09-03). "Jeanne Miles, 90, Abstract Artist Inspired by Asian Art and Ideas". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
- Grigware, Don (November 9, 2015). "BWW Interview: Emmy Winning Actress Joanna Miles Discusses Front Door Open". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
- Gelman, Morrie; Accas, Gene (1998). The Best in Television: 50 Years of Emmys. General Publ. p. 101. ISBN 9781575440422.
- Gertner, Richard (1979), "1973–1974 TELEVISION ACADEMY AWARDS: Categories and Areas of Achievement For the Emmy Award", International Television Almanac, Quigley Publishing Company