Joanna P. Adler

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Joanna P. Adler
Born 1964
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present

Joanna P. Adler (born 1964) is an American actress, known for her roles in Off-Broadway plays. She has won Obie Award in 1995. In 2014, Adler starred in the second season of Lifetime television series, Devious Maids.

Life and career[edit]

Adler graduated Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.[1] She later appeared in number of television commercials and in the independent movies, most notable The Event and Book of Love. In 1995, Adler has won Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actress for The Boys in the Basement.[2][3] She also performed in many other stage productions during her career. On television, Adler guest-starred in Sex and the City, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, Orange Is the New Black, and also had recurring roles on Gravity, and Are We There Yet?.[4][5]

In December 2013 came the announcement that Adler had been cast as a series regular for second season of the Lifetime television comedy-drama series, Devious Maids.[5] She played the role of Opal, a new maid who is secretive & conniving, reminiscent of Mrs. Danvers from Hitchcock’s Rebecca.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Five Spot Neurotic Girl
1996 The Proprietor New York - F. Freemder
1997 Ties to Rachel Deke
1998 A Perfect Murder Vyczowski
1998 Side Streets Policewoman
1998 The Silent Love of the Fish The Boy Short film
1999 Just the Ticket Vickie
1999 A Fish in the Bathtub Heather
2000 Down to You Piercing Woman
2000 Drop Back Ten McCue's Bartender
2001 Trigger Happy Katja
2003 The Event Gaby
2003 School of Rock Summer's Mother
2004 Book of Love Melissa
2004 Boutique Cordelia Short film
2004 My Mom and Dad Betty Short film
2006 Shut Up and Sing Sheila
2006 The Big Bad Swim Dr. Gaskill
2010 An Invisible Sign Lisa's Mom
2013 Dinner@40 Abby Short film
2014 Revenge of the Green Dragons Prosecutor Gwen Shore
2014 5 Flights Up Boy's Mother


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Sex and the City Syd Episode: "Bay of Married Pigs"
2000 Cosby Dr. Ball Episode: "The Song Remains the Same"
2008 New Amsterdam Tech Episode: "Soldier's Heart"
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Anna Nobile Episode: "Legacy"
2009 The Unusuals Jennifer Goodman Episode: "42"
2009 Ugly Betty Wedding Planner Episode: "In the Stars"
2006, 2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sarah Gallagher / Persephone James Episodes: "Informed" and "Savior"
2002, 2009, 2010 Law & Order Barbara Speight / Amber Woods Episodes: "Missing", "Great Satan" and "Love Eternal"
2010 Gravity Sissy Rosenblum Recurring role, 4 episodes
2010, 2011 30 Rock Donna Straunk Episodes: "When It Rains, It Pours" and "It's Never Too Late for Now"
2012 The Good Wife Miss Ledger Episode: "Don't Haze Me, Bro"
2012 Chicago Fire Sondra Sherman Episode: "One Minute"
2011–2012 Are We There Yet? Mrs. Phillips Recurring role, 9 episodes
2006–2013 The Venture Bros. Voice 7 episodes
2013, 2015 Orange Is the New Black Chaplain Royce Recurring role, 4 episodes
2014 Devious Maids Opal Sinclair Series regular, 13 episodes


  1. ^ Adler, Joanna (Joanna P. Adler)
  2. ^ "Private Tutor". Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  3. ^ "New York Search Obies Theater Awards". Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  4. ^ "Devious Maids: Joanna Adler Joins the Cast for Season 2 TVHackr". 2013-12-20. Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  5. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie. "Josh Hamilton Joins Fox's 'Gracepoint', Joanna Adler Added To 'Devious Maids'". Retrieved 2013-12-24. 

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