Aidem, Betsy 1957–

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Aidem, Betsy 1957–

(Betsey Aidem)


Born October 28, 1957, in East Meadow, NY; daughter of Howard P. (a physician) and Roberta D. (maiden name, Turek) Aidem; married William Fichtner (divorced, 1996); children: one. Education: Briefly attended Mills College; New York University, B.F.A.

Career: Actress. Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, member of company for three seasons.

Member: Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Awards, Honors: Drama Desk Award (with others), outstanding ensemble, 1985, for Balm in Gilead.


Stage Appearances:

Shelby, The Trading Post, Workshop of the Players Art Theatre, New York City, 1981.

Jean, A Different Moon, Workshop of the Players Art Theatre, 1983.

Crossing the Bar, Center Stage, Baltimore, MD, 1983, then Playhouse 91, New York City, 1985.

Kay, Balm in Gilead, Circle Repertory Theatre Company, Minetta Lane Theatre, New York City, 1984.

Brandy, Battery, New York Theatre Workshop, New York City, 1985.

Virginia, The Golden Age, Dorset Theatre, Dorset, VT, 1985.

Sally, A Lie of the Mind, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1985–86.

Shelby, Steel Magnolias, Workshop of the Players Art, Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1987.

Carol, Road, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, New York City, 1988.

Nellie Bess Powers Clark, The Night Hank Williams Died, Workshop of the Players Art Theatre, 1989.

Georgeanne, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Manhattan Class Company Theatre, New York City, 1993.

Teible, Teible and Her Demon, Jewish Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1994.

Donna, Anonymous, McGinn/Cazale Theatre, New York City, 2000.

The Butterfly Collection, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Ms. Charlotte Belle, Tamicanfly, McGinn/Cazale Theatre, 2001.

Nancy Roy, Good Thing, St. Clement's Theatre, New York City, 2001–2002.

Phyllis, Sea of Tranquility, Atlantic Theatre Company, New York City, 2004.

Moomtaj (benefit reading), Hypothetical Theatre Company, Fez Theatre, New York City, 2004.

(As Betsey Aidem) Julie, Celebration and the Room, Atlantic Theatre Company Main Stage, 2005.

Jan, The Sugar Syndrome, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 2005.

Angela Hart, Luminescence Dating, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, 2005.

Also appeared as Miss Scoons, Angel City, and as Maria, Back Bog Beast Bait, both Syracuse Stage, Syracuse, NY; in Escape from Happiness, Ghost on Fire, Perapalas, Road, and Steel Magnolias, all New York City; in Jolson Sings Again, George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ; Loose Knit, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, and New York Shakespeare Festival, New York City; The Miser, Hartford, CT; Miss Julie, Portland, OR; 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA.

Major Tours:

Appeared in touring production of 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, European cities.

Television Appearances; Series:

Irene Holloway, The High Life, ABC, 1996.

Connie Teague, As the World Turns, 1998.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Elissa Barak, Kojak: The Belarus File (also known as The Belarus File), CBS, 1985.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Nancy, Dottie, PBS, 1986.

Angela, Fool's Fire, PBS, 1992.

Jean, Notes for My Daughter, ABC, 1995.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Sharon Kirk, "Volunteers," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 1993.

Renee Sellers, "Oscar, Meyer, Weiner," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1993.

Lauren Eisley, "Black River Bride," Moon Over Miami, ABC, 1993.

"Bright Smoke, Cold Fire," Class of '96, 1993.

Kay Brant, "Nullification," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 1997.

Susan, "The Baby Shower," Sex and the City, HBO, 1998.

Pauline Brecker, "Entitled," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2000.

Pauline Brecker, "Entitled: Part 2," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 2000.

Libby Lapham, "The Long Goodbye," The West Wing, NBC, 2003.

Emily Constantini, "Lamentation on the Reservation," The Jury, Fox, 2004.

Judge Lynn Polsky, "Boys Will Be Boys," Law & Order: Trial by Jury, NBC, 2005.

Dr. Sloane, "Strain," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Lara O'Donnell, New York News, CBS, 1995.

Film Appearances:

Passerby, A Little Sex, 1982.

Larry's sister-in-law, See You in the Morning, 1989.

Gail's nurse, Nine Months, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1995.

Mrs. Lamb, Music of the Heart, Miramax, 1999.

Minister, You Can Count on Me, Paramount, 2000.

Lydia, Maze (also known as Touched), Andora Pictures International, 2001.

Pool mother, Far from Heaven (also known as Loin du paradis), Focus Features, 2002.

Talia Greene, People I Know (also known as Der innere kreis and Im inneren kreis), Miramax, 2003.

Nurse, Winter Passing, Focus Features, 2006.

Julia Bradford, Confess, New Films International, 2006.