Stephanie Zimbalist

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Stephanie Zimbalist
Born (1956-10-08) October 8, 1956 (age 61)
New York City, U.S.
Years active 1977–present
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)
Parent(s) Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Loranda Spalding
Relatives Efrem Zimbalist (paternal grandfather)
Alma Gluck (paternal grandmother)
Marcia Davenport (paternal aunt)
Website stephaniezimbalist.net

Stephanie Zimbalist (born October 8, 1956) is an American actress best known for her role as Laura Holt in the NBC detective series Remington Steele.

Background[edit]

Stephanie Zimbalist was born in New York City, the daughter of Loranda Stephanie (née Spalding, 1933–2007) and actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (1918–2014). The family soon moved to Los Angeles, where Stephanie grew up. She was educated at the Marlborough School (Los Angeles) and graduated from Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia. She attended the Juilliard School before commencing her acting career.[1]

Zimbalist's paternal grandfather, Efrem Zimbalist, born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, was a world-famous concert violinist, music teacher at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, and composer. Her paternal grandmother, Alma Gluck, born in Romania, was a leading soprano of her day.[2] Zimbalist's aunt, Marcia Davenport, was a prominent author, music journalist and historian.[3]

Acting career[edit]

Television and film career[edit]

Zimbalist's early television and movie appearances include The Gathering (1977, with Edward Asner), Forever (1978), The Magic of Lassie (1978), The Long Journey Back (TV, 1978), The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal (1979), The Awakening (1980, with Charlton Heston), The Golden Moment (1980), in which she played a Soviet Olympic gymnast, and Tomorrow's Child (TV, 1982). She co-starred with her father, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., in the tragic 1979 TV movie The Best Place to Be.

Another early role for Zimbalist was that of Elly Zendt in the mini-series Centennial, based on James Michener's epic novel of the same name, which was first televised on NBC between October 1978 and February 1979. She also guest starred as Josephine "Josie" Collins in the television series Family episode "Ballerina" (1979).

In her TV work, Zimbalist is best known in the TV role of female sleuth Laura Holt in the NBC series Remington Steele (1982–87) opposite Pierce Brosnan and Doris Roberts, on which her father also guest-starred.

Since then, Zimbalist has taken leading roles in several television movies such as The Man in the Brown Suit (1988), the Emmy Award winning Caroline? (1990), The Great Elephant Escape (1995), and some guest roles in television series such as Touched by an Angel and Diagnosis Murder.[4]

Theater[edit]

Onstage, Zimbalist played opposite Tommy Tune in the touring musical My One and Only, taking the featured role of "Edith Herbert". She has made several appearances with the Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura, California, winning the local critics' "Robby Award" for Best Actress in a Drama in The Rainmaker, at the Rubicon community theatre in 2001. Throughout the 2000s, Zimbalist took roles in plays concerning nineteenth-century artists including Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Van Gogh. In 2009 she portrayed actress Katharine Hepburn in Tea at Five.[5]

Other work[edit]

Zimbalist has also released audiobooks, including The Girls, which won a Listen-Up award in 2006, and Queen of the Underworld.

She appeared in the 2006 documentary Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars.[6] She also played Christa McAuliffe in the play Defying Gravity in 2003, written by Jane Anderson.[7]

Stage roles[edit]

  • Gypsy (1969)
  • Stars & Stripes (1970)
  • Little Mary Sunshine (1971)
  • Peter Pan (1974)
  • Kiss Me Kate (1976)
  • Festival (1979)
  • The Tempest (1979)
  • American Mosaic (1982)
  • The Cherry Orchard (1983)
  • Barbarians (1986)
  • Summer & Smoke (1986)
  • My One & Only (1987)
  • Carousel (1988)
  • The Baby Dance (1990–1991)
  • The Threepenny Opera (1992)
  • The Philadelphia Story (1992–1993)
  • The Crimson Thread (1994)
  • AdWars (1995)
  • Sylvia (1996–1997)
  • Wonderful Town (1997)
  • Mr. Bundy (1998)
  • The Gregory Peck Reading Series (1998)
  • Denial (1999)
  • Far East (1999)
  • 14th Annual Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival (2000)
  • Side Man (2000)
  • Accomplice (2000)
  • The Rainmaker (2000–2001)
  • Walking Wounded (2000)
  • A Cowardly Cavalcade (2000)
  • The Gregory Peck Reading Series (2001)
  • 15th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival (2001)
  • 16th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival (2002)
  • The Cherry Orchard (2002)
  • Dancing At Lughnasa (2003)
  • Tall Tales (2003)
  • Romantique (2003)
  • Defying Gravity (2003)
  • Follies (2004)
  • Vincent in Brixton (2004)
  • The Night of the Iguana (2004)
  • Confidentially Chaikovski (2005)
  • Theater 150's 10-Minute Play Festival (2006)
  • Mesmeric Mozart (2006)
  • 20th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival (2006)
  • Tea At Five (2006, 2009, 2010, 2012)
  • The Memory of Water (2007)
  • Hamlet (2007)
  • A Little Night Music (2007), (2013)
  • You Can't Take It With You (2007)
  • 22nd Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival (2008)
  • The Spin Cycle (2008)
  • The Price (2009)
  • Truth and Justice (2010)
  • The Subject Was Roses (2011)
  • Steel Magnolias (2011, 2013)
  • The Lion in Winter (2011)
  • Sex and Education (2014)
  • Living on Love (2015)

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Magic of Lassie, TheThe Magic of Lassie Kelly Mitchell
1980 Awakening, TheThe Awakening Margaret Corbeck
2000 Prophet's Game, TheThe Prophet's Game Francis Aldobrandi
2001 Borderline Normal Vicky Walling
2001 Malpractice Beth Garrett
2006 Truth Meredith Video
2006 Lucy's Piano Alice Short
2008 Delivery, TheThe Delivery The Red Queen Short
2015 Hamlet's Ghost Justina Keller / Queen Gertrude
2016 Timeless Love, AA Timeless Love Mary

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1977 Yesterday's Child Ann Talbot TV film
1977 Lucan Tashi "Listen to the Heart Beat"
1977 In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan Mary Ellen Quinlan TV film
1977 Gathering, TheThe Gathering Toni TV film
1978 Forever Katherine Danziger TV film
1978 Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat Jenny Lang "The Caper: Parts 1 & 2"
1978 Long Journey Back Celia Casella TV film
1978–79 Centennial Elly Zendt TV miniseries
1979 Triangle Factory Fire Scandal, TheThe Triangle Factory Fire Scandal Connie TV film
1979 Family Josie "Ballerina"
1979 Best Place to Be, TheThe Best Place to Be Maryanne Callahan TV film
1980 Hagen Linda "Hear No Evil"
1980 Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story, TheThe Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story Anya Andreyev TV film
1980 Babysitter, TheThe Babysitter Joanna Redwine TV film
1981 Elvis and the Beauty Queen Linda Thompson TV film
1982 Tomorrow's Child Kay Spence TV film
1982–1987 Remington Steele Laura Holt Main role
1985 Love on the Run Diana Rockland TV film
1985 Greatest Adventure Stories from the Bible Eve "The Creation"
1985 Letter to Three Wives, AA Letter to Three Wives Debra Bishop TV film
1987 Celebration Family Janet Marston TV film
1989 Man in the Brown Suit, TheThe Man in the Brown Suit Anne Beddingfeld TV film
1989 Hitchhiker, TheThe Hitchhiker Heather "Hootch"
1990 Personals Sarah Martin TV film
1990 Caroline? Caroline TV film
1991 Killing Mind, TheThe Killing Mind Isobel Neiman TV film
1991 Story Lady, TheThe Story Lady Julie Pollard TV film
1992 Breaking the Silence Janey Kirkland TV film
1992 Sexual Advances Paula Pratt TV film
1993 Hidden Room, TheThe Hidden Room Della "While She Was Out"
1993 Jericho Fever Bonnie Whitney TV film
1994 Incident in a Small Town Lily Margaret Bell TV film
1994 Batman: The Animated Series Janet Van Dorn (voice) "Trial"
1994 Voices from Within Ann Parkhurst TV film
1995 Great Elephant Escape, TheThe Great Elephant Escape Beverly Cunningham TV film
1995 Whose Daughter Is She? Cathy TV film
1996 Stop the World – I Want to Get Off Evie TV film
1996 Dead Ahead Maura Loch TV film
1997 Touched by an Angel Dr. Kate Calder "My Dinner with Andrew"
1997 Prison of Secrets Lynn Schaffer TV film
1999 Twice in a Lifetime Dana Hancock / Ann Rutherford "Ashes to Ashes"
1999 Diagnosis: Murder Vanessa Sellars "The Seven Deadly Sins"
1999 Chicken Soup for the Soul Mom "Simple Wooden Boxes"
2000 Family Law Elizabeth Lane "Second Chance"
2001 V.I.P. Bobbi Canary "Get Vallery"
2001 Nash Bridges Joy Larson "Kill Joy"
2001 Touched by an Angel Jessica Albright "Heaven's Portal"
2003 Crossing Jordan Mrs. Sullivan "Cruel & Unusual"
2003 Judging Amy Ms. Friedman "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephanie Zimbalist official web site
  2. ^ Efrem Zimbalist Jr., My Dinner of Herbs, Limelight Editions, 2004.
  3. ^ Marcia Davenport, Too Strong for Fantasy, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1966.
  4. ^ IMDB.com full list of Film and Television credits, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000258/
  5. ^ Donelan, Charles (December 2, 2009). "Tea at Five Tells Hepburn Story". The Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars imdb
  7. ^ Brandes, Phillip. "Theater Review. On keeping dreams aloft" Los Angeles Times, November 24, 2003

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