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Marilyn Chris

Marilyn Chris

Born on Thursday, May 19, 1938

Interviewed on: Friday, May 1, 2015
Location: Her Home
Interviewed by: Mary Bacon
Interview #40
"It was all about discovering things. During the course you discover stuff about yourself as well."
Marilyn Chris Highlights
Video Length: 5 minutes, 29 seconds
Marilyn Chris Interview
Video Length: 1 hour, 13 minutes

Marilyn Chris is an actress and director born in Brooklyn, New York.  She worked with many theatre companies including The Living Theatre, the Negro Ensemble Company, and the Jewish Repertory Theatre. With The Living Theatre from 1959-1963, she appeared in many of their productions. She was in THE GOOD SOLDIER SCHWEIK (1963), directed by Robert Kalfin at the beginning of the Chelsea Theater Center. Robert Kalfin also directed her in KADDISH (1972), for which she won an OBIE and a Drama Desk Award. She also acted in THE YOUNG GIRL AND THE MONSOON (1997) at Playwrights Horizons. Chris is married to Lee Wallace, whom she met while they were both in LAUGH A LITTLE, CRY A LITTLE in 1974; the two of them have worked often with the Jewish Repertory Theatre in productions such as TAKING STOCK (1990) and GOD OF VENGEANCE (1992).

Marilyn Chris also starred for many years on ABC’sOne Life to Live,” playing the character Wanda Wolek. Chris also played the role of Edie Hoffman on ABC’s “All My Children.” Her credits in film include: Love with the Proper Stranger (1963), The People Next Door (1970), The Honeymoon Killers (1970), The Black Marble (1980), and Trees Lounge (1996).

Mentioned in Interview

Ira Lewis, Robert Kalfin, Minos Volankis, Jack Gilbert, Jimmy Spicer, Jacque Levy, Judith Malina, Julian Beck, William Carlos Williams, Joseph Chaikin, Martin Sheen, Julie Bovasso, Marilyn Sokol, Alan Ginsberg, Kenneth Brown, Rochelle Owens, Joe Cino, Paul Foster, Jose Quintero, Jack Gelber, Professor Irwin Corey, Tom O'Horgan, Lee Wallace, Karen Black, Gene Wilder, David Pressman, Larry Rivers, Ed Kovins, Stanley Brechner, The Open Theatre, Jewish Repertory Theatre, American Place Theatre, The Apple Theater Co., The Gate, Chelsea Theater Center, The Living Theatre, Circle in the Square, La Mama E.T.C., Caffe Cino, Provincetown Playhouse, The Cricket, THE CONNECTION, THE BRIG, MANY LOVES, TONIGHT WE IMPROVISE, THE APPLE, MAN IS MAN, THE SCREENS, KADDISH, FUTZ, IN THE JUNGLE OF THE CITIES, THE GOOD SOLDIER SCHWEIK, RHINOCEROS, JUNE BUG GRADUATES TONIGHT, ANASTASIA, ELEPHANTS, BETTY LEMON, GOD OF VENGEANCE, THE SUNSHINE BOYS, LAUGH A LITTLE CRY A LITTLE