Rae Allen

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Rae Allen
Born Raffaella Julia Theresa Abruzzo
(1926-07-03) July 3, 1926 (age 90)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1958–present
Awards Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Play for And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little (1971)

Rae Allen (born Raffaella Julia Theresa Abruzzo; July 3, 1926) is an American actress of stage, film and television, and singer.


Allen was born in Brooklyn, New York to Julia (née Riccio) and Joseph Abruzzo.[1] She won the Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Play for And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little.

She had two prior Tony nominations, including one for Best Featured Actress in Damn Yankees in 1955 and for the same category in Traveller Without Luggage in 1967. She appeared in the original Broadway production of Damn Yankees as the nosy reporter Gloria and recreated the role in the film adaptation, in both of which she introduced the song, "Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, Mo."[citation needed]

She appeared on two consecutive episodes of Seinfeld as unemployment counselor Lenore Sokol, who must deal with George Costanza, who tries to get her to approve an extension of his benefits by dating her homely daughter, who ends up rejecting him. She also made appearances on television shows such as The Patty Duke Show, Hill Street Blues, All in the Family, Head of the Class, Remington Steele, The Sopranos and Grey's Anatomy, among others.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Married and divorced twice, Allen has no children.[citation needed]




  1. ^ Profile, FilmReference.com; accessed January 21, 2016.

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