Melanie Mayron

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Melanie Mayron
Melanie Mayron at the AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) benefit cropped.jpg
Mayron in 1990
Melanie Joy Mayron

(1952-10-20) October 20, 1952 (age 69)
OccupationActress, director
Years active1974–present

Melanie Joy Mayron (born October 20, 1952) is an American actress and director of film and television. Mayron is best known for portraying the role of photographer Melissa Steadman on the ABC drama thirtysomething for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1989.[1] In 2018, the Santa Fe Film Festival honored Mayron for her outstanding contributions to film and television.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Mayron was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Norma (née Goodman), a real estate agent, and David Mayron, a pharmaceutical chemist.[1] Her family is Jewish; Mayron's father is from a Sephardic background (the original surname was "Mizrahi"), while her mother is of Russian descent.[3] She trained as an actress at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.[1]

In 1998, she and her chemist father developed a line of skincare products for babies and adults called Mayron's Goods.[4]

Mayron was in a long-term relationship with screenwriter and producer Cynthia Mort, with whom she shared co-parenting of their two children.[5][6]


Mayron appeared in the 1974 film Harry and Tonto, the 1976 movies Gable and Lombard and Car Wash, and the 1977 films The Great Smokey Roadblock and You Light Up My Life, and starred in 1978's Girlfriends.[1] In the mid-1970s, she played Brenda Morgenstern's best friend, Sandy Franks, on three episodes of the sitcom Rhoda.[1] In 1982, she played Terry Simon, the photographer, in director Costa-Gavras' political drama Missing.[1]

In 1988, she co-wrote and co-produced the comedy film Sticky Fingers.[1] In 1995, Mayron directed The Baby-Sitters Club, a film based upon the book series of the same name.[1] She also directed the television movie Toothless (1997) starring Kirstie Alley and the movie Slap Her... She's French (2002), starring Piper Perabo (which appeared on television as She Gets What She Wants). In 2006, she appeared as a judge in the reality show Looking for Stars on the Starz! channel.[1]

She also directed episodes of thirtysomething, as well as episodes for shows such as In Treatment, The Fosters, Providence, Dawson's Creek, Ed, State of Grace, Nash Bridges, Wasteland, Tell Me You Love Me and The Naked Brothers Band; the latter series was created and ran by Mayron's former thirtysomething co-star Polly Draper.

In 2015, she directed and released on YouTube The Living Room Sessions, a collection of videos of up-and-coming musical artists performing acoustic sets in her living room.[7]

Mayron has directed an episode of the Netflix original series GLOW, an episode of SEAL Team, an episode of The Enemy Within, and multiple episodes of the 2018 Charmed reboot, as well as Jane the Virgin.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1974 Harry and Tonto Ginger
1976 Gable and Lombard Dixie
1976 Car Wash Marsha
1977 The Great Smokey Roadblock Lula
1977 You Light Up My Life Annie Gerrard
1978 Girlfriends Susan Weinblatt
1981 Heartbeeps Susan
1982 Missing Terry Simon
1986 The Boss' Wife Janet Keefer
1988 Sticky Fingers Lolly Also co-wrote and produced
1989 Checking Out Jenny Macklin
1990 My Blue Heaven Crystal Rybak
1994 Drop Zone Mrs. Willins
2007 Itty Bitty Titty Committee Courtney Cadmar
2012 Breaking the Girls Annie


Year Title Role Notes
1975 Hustling Dee Dee TV film
1975 Medical Center Jan Simmons "Two Against Death"
1975–76 Rhoda Sandy Franks "With Friends Like These", "If You Don't Tell Her, I Will", "A Federal Case"
1977 The Love Boat Joyce Adams 1 episode
1978 Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold Madelaine TV film
1980 Playing for Time Marianne TV film
1981 Lily: Sold Out Harriet Van Dam TV film
1981 The Best Little Girl in the World Carol Link TV film
1983 Will There Really Be a Morning? Sophie TV film
1984 Finder of Lost Loves Michelle Peters "Undying Love"
1985 Cagney & Lacey Paula Eastman "Con Games"
1985 Wallenberg: A Hero's Story Sonja Kahn TV film
1985–86 ABC Afterschool Special Janet Eller / Sue "Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale", "Wanted: The Perfect Guy"
1987–91 Thirtysomething Melissa Steadman Main role
1988 The Twilight Zone Louise Simonson "Acts of Terror"
1993 Ordeal in the Arctic Sue Hillier TV film
1993 Tribeca Maggie "Stepping Back"
1993 Other Women's Children Dr. Amelia Stewart TV film
1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Detective Betty Reed "The Ides of Metropolis"
1997 Mad About You Dorie "Astrology"
1997 Toothless Mindy TV film
1998 Something So Right Rachel Travers "Something About Burning Meat, Bridges and Rugs"
2000 Range of Motion Alice Taylor TV film
2006 Criminal Minds Becka Doyle "Somebody's Watching"
2008 Lipstick Jungle Patty Bloom "Nothing Sacred", "Pink Poison"
2012 Pretty Little Liars Laurel Tuchman "That Girl Is Poison"
2016–19 Jane the Virgin Marlene Donaldson Recurring role


Year Title Notes
1995 The Baby-Sitters Club Film
1995 Freaky Friday TV film
1997 Toothless TV film
1998–2002 Arliss 7 episodes
2001–2002 State of Grace 5 episodes
2002 Slap Her... She's French Film
2004 Zeyda and the Hitman TV film
2005 Campus Confidential TV film
2007–2008 The Naked Brothers Band 10 episodes
2008 In Treatment 7 episodes
2011 Mean Girls 2 TV film
2012 Easy to Assemble 11 episodes
2012–2016 Pretty Little Liars 7 episodes
2013–2015 Switched at Birth 7 episodes
2015–2019 Jane the Virgin 17 episodes
2018 Snapshots Film[8]
2018-21 Dynasty 6 episodes
2019 BH90210 Episode: "The Table Read"
2020 Brooklyn All American Film
2020 Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector Episode: "God Complex"
2020 Diary of a Future President Episode: "State of the Union"
2020 Tommy Episode: "The Swatting Game"
2020 The Baker & The Beauty Episode: "May I Have This Dance?"
2021 Why Women Kill Episode: "The Unguarded Moment"




See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Melanie Mayron Biography (1952-)".
  2. ^ Levin, Jennifer (February 9, 2018). "Trading places: Actor-director Melanie Mayron". The Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  3. ^ ‘Slap’ Happy Actor-director Melanie Mayron is breaking stereotypes in front of and behind the camera By Naomi Pfefferman of the Jewish Journal, August 22, 2002
  4. ^ "Mayron's Goods – made good, made pure, with botanicals".
  5. ^ Gilchrist, Tracy E. (May 22, 2008). "Tabloids speculate about Jodie Foster's "other woman"". PinkNews.
  6. ^ Staff (May 25, 2008). "Jodie Foster dumps long-time girlfriend for screenwriter Cindy Mort". New York Daily News.
  7. ^ YouTube.
  8. ^ Lodge, Guy (July 31, 2018). "Film Review: 'Snapshots'". Variety. Retrieved August 2, 2018.

Further reading[edit]

  • Ileane Rudolph. "Catching Up With Melanie Mayron," TV Guide. Issue 2701. January 2, 2005.

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