Janet Margolin (New York City1943 - June 25, Los Angeles17 december 1993) was an American actress, both in the theatre and in films.


Margolin was born in the summer of 1943 in New York City, the daughter of a Russian accountant. She studied at the School of Performing Arts. In 1961 (at age 18) she won during the New York Shakespeare Festival an important role in a film adaptation of a novel by Morris WestDaughters of Silence. This made her acting talent as it were discovered.

In 1962, she played her first role, as female lead in the film David and Lisa. She played the love of the main character in the movie Enter Laughing (1967). In the film Take the Money and Run (1969) she played the love of the bumbling thief played by Woody Allen, and in Annie Hall (1977) she played a social-growing woman of the character of Woody Allen.

Her last film role was in Ghostbusters II in 1989, and her last television roles were as a killer in an episode of Murder, She Wrote ("Deadly misunderstanding") and as a victim in Columbo in 1990.

Margolin died of ovarian cancer at the age of 50 on december 17, 1993 in Los Angeles. She was cremated and her ashes were placed in a urntuin in the Westwood Memorial Park, where the ashes of many well-known persons is.

Margolin is sometimes identified as the sister of actor Stuart Margolin and his brother, Director Arnold Margolin. However, obituaries of Margolin and her father have indicated that they had no brothers.


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