Berger, Anna

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Berger, Anna

(Anna Vita Berger, Anne Berger)


Born July 28, in New York, NY; daughter of William and Bella (maiden name, Heller) Berger; married Robert Malatzky (a board of education administrator), December 22, 1957; children: Joanne, Susan. Education: Attended George Washington University and the New School for Social Research; trained for the stage at the Actors Studio.


Agent—Michael Greene and Associates, 7080 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 1017, Hollywood, CA 90028.


Actress. New York City public schools, drama teacher; private drama teacher, New York City. Also known as Anne Berger.


Stage Appearances:

Mrs. Kramer, Twilight Walk, Fulton Theatre, New York City, 1951.

The Flowering Peach, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1954.

A Very Special Baby, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1956.

(As Anna Vita Berger) Golde, Tevya and His Daughters, Carnegie Hall Playhouse, New York City, 1957.

Woman of Manasseh and Succoth, Gideon, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1961–62.

Goldie, "Epstein" (one–act play), Unlikely Heroes, Plymouth Theatre, 1971.

Him, Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1974.

Filomena, The Mute Who Sang, New Dramatists, New York City, 1977.

Appeared in Paradise Lost, Center Stage, Baltimore, MD; appeared in other productions, including … And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, Bye, Bye Birdie (musical), Come Blow Your Horn, Community Property, The Dog beneath the Skin, Enter Laughing, God's Favorite, Golden Boy, Juno and the Paycock, The Last Analysis, Lovers and Other Strangers, A Majority of One, The Midnight Ride of Alvin Blum, Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Rose Tattoo, Scuba–Duba, The Silver Tassie, Within the Gates, and The World of Sholom Aleichem.

Major Tours:

Diamond Lil, U.S. cities, 1950–51.

Mother, Torch Song Trilogy, U.S. cities, 1984–85.

Film Appearances:

Caroline, Middle of the Night, Columbia, 1959.

Mother, The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three (also known as Pelham 1–2–3, The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3, and El tomar de Pelham uno dos tres), United Artists, 1974.

Poultry woman, Hester Street, Midwest Films, 1975.

Nurse, Endless Love, Universal, 1981.

Analyst, Lovesick, Warner Bros., 1983.

Funeral woman, The House on Carroll Street, Orion, 1988.

Aunt May, Crime and Misdemeanors, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1989.

Mama Gabooch, Book of Love, New Line Cinema, 1990.

Mother Weinschank, God's Payroll (also known as Dangerous Obsession, Divine Obsession, and Mortal Sins), Panorama Entertainment, 1990.

Mrs. Greene, Mobsters (also known as The Evil Empire), Universal, 1991.

Mrs. Malt, The Dark Backward (also known as The Man with Three Arms), Strand Releasing, 1991.

Congressperson Pamela Warner, Deep Cover, New Line Cinema, 1992.

Clairette Taieb, Le grand pardon II (also known as Day of Atonement), Alexandre Films/TF1 Films Productions, 1992, Trimark Pictures, 1993.

The Killers Within, 1995.

Epstein's mother, Mother Night, Fine Line Features, 1996.

Honorine Azoulay, Soleil, France 2 Cinema/Idunafilm/Medusa Produzione/Progefi, 1997.

Mrs. Levotsky, Lost Souls, New Line Cinema, 2000.

Older waitress, Sunset Strip, Twentieth Century–Fox, 2000.

Rose, Clover Bend, 2001.

Seymour's mother, Ghost World, United Artists, 2001.

Also appeared in Brothers.

Television Appearances; Series:

Beryl Feldman, Ryan's Hope, ABC, 1979.

Mrs. Tarkasian, Singer & Sons, NBC, 1990.

Ma Tenuti, Johnny Bago, CBS, 1993.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Celia Blackman, Seventh Avenue, NBC, 1977.

Hester Slatkin, People Like Us, NBC, 1990.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Mrs. Berg, "Raid on Entebbe," The Big Event, NBC, 1977.

Mrs. Charlie Moore, Contract on Cherry Street (also known as Stakeout on Cherry Street), NBC, 1977.

Mrs. Munro, The Last Tenant, 1978.

Real estate agent, Terrible Joe Moran, CBS, 1984.

Woman, NYPD Mounted (also known as NY Mounted), CBS, 1991.

Irate tourist, The Thirteenth Year, The Disney Channel, 1999.

Mrs. Goldberg, Something to Sing About, syndicated, 2000.

Stella, The Amati Girls, Fox Family Channel, 2000.

Mrs. Rabinowitz, New Americans, 2002.

Harriet Tubbleman, The Hebrew Hammer, Comedy Central, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Elaine Freiburg, Missing Parents, Showtime, 1994.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Mrs. Paletto, "The Face of Autumn," The Lux Video Theatre, CBS, 1952.

"And Crown Thy Good," Goodyear Television Playhouse (also known as Goodyear Playhouse), 1954.

"Middle of the Night," The Philco Television Playhouse (also known as Arena Theatre, The Philco–Goodyear Television Playhouse, and Repertory Theatre), NBC, 1954.

"The Mother," The Philco Television Playhouse (also known as Arena Theatre, The Philco–Goodyear Television Playhouse, and Repertory Theatre), NBC, 1954.

"Golden Lads and Girls," Naked City, ABC, 1963.

"Not Bad for Openers," East Side/West Side, CBS, 1963.

Mrs. Lipnick, "The Nicest Guys on the Block," Kojak, CBS, 1975.

Mrs. Goldman, "Cop Killer," The Blue Knight, CBS, 1976.

Mrs. Kline, "Victim," Harry O, ABC, 1976.

Woman, "They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used to," Baretta, ABC, 1976.

Popi, CBS, 1976.

Betsy, "The Ultimatum," Rhoda, CBS, 1977.

Mrs. Himmel, "The Rand Report," Barney Miller, ABC, 1977.

Mary Taylor, "Repo Man," CHiPS (also known as CHiPs Patrol), NBC, 1979.

Miriam Buckman, "Advancement," Barney Miller, ABC, 1981.

"The Wedding," Kate & Allie, CBS, 1989.

Lotte Strauss, "Photo Opportunity," thirtysomething, ABC, 1990.

Mrs. Garber, "Coming to America," Nurses, NBC, 1991.

"M Is for the Many Things She Forgot She Gave Me," Anything but Love, ABC, 1991.

Betty Howell, "Hit the Road, Jack," Civil Wars, ABC, 1992.

Betty Howell, "The Old Man and the 'C,'" Civil Wars, ABC, 1992.

Betty Howell, "Shop 'til You Drop," Civil Wars, ABC, 1992.

Betty Howell, "Watt, Me Worry?," Civil Wars, ABC, 1992.

Cat woman, "George Puts on a Happy Face," The George Carlin Show, Fox, 1994.

Mary Collito, "With the Greatest of Ease," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1994.

Secretary number seventy, "The Secret Life of Jim Dial," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1994.

Old woman, "One Simple Little Favour," Charlie Grace, ABC, 1995.

Ruby Simpkins, "Letting Go," The Commish, ABC, 1995.

Aunt Sophie, "Love, Death & Soda," The Home Court, NBC, 1996.

Marian Kadell, "A Tushful of Dollars," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1996.

Mr. Brazil's caregiver, "Fear of Flying," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1996.

Mrs. Goldberg, "From Flushing with Love," The Nanny, CBS, 1997.

Aunt Marilyn, "The Wedding," The Nanny, CBS, 1998.

Rita Stipe, "Moving Out," Everybody Loves Raymond (also known as Raymond), CBS, 1998.

Rosemary, "Twin Petes," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1998.

Homemaker, "Halloween," Bette! (also known as Bette and The Bette Show), CBS, 2000.

Mrs. Palermo, "JAG TV," JAG, CBS, 2000.

Rita Stipe, "Marie and Frank's New Friends," Everybody Loves Raymond (also known as Raymond), CBS, 2000.

Cookie Cirillo, "Eloise," The Sopranos (also known as Made in New Jersey), HBO, 2002.

Cookie Cirillo, "Mergers and Acquisitions," The Sopranos (also known as Made in New Jersey), HBO, 2002.

Cookie Cirillo, "Whitecaps," The Sopranos (also known as Made in New Jersey), HBO, 2002.

Karen's grandmother, "Resilience," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order's Sex Crimes, Law & Order: SVU, and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2002.

"Make Over," My Wife and Kids (also known as Wife and Kids), ABC, 2002.

Amy, "Diamond Dogs," Law & Order: Criminal Intent (also known as Law & Order: CI), NBC, 2005.

Belle, "Old Man Quiver," NYPD Blue, ABC, 2005.

Betsy Lewis, "Snakes," CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (also known as CSI, CSI: Las Vegas, CSI: Weekends, and Les experts), CBS, 2005.

Appeared as Bella, Empty Nest, NBC; and as Ms. Stricker, Life Goes On (also known as Glenbrook), ABC. Also appeared in episodes of other series, including As the World Turns, NBC; The Blue Knight, CBS; Clinic; The Doctors, NBC; One Life to Live (also known as Between Heaven and Hell), ABC; Doc, CBS; The Goldbergs, NBC; Leg Work, CBS; Snip; and Tracey Takes On …, HBO. Some sources cite an appearance as Alice Golota in NYPD Blue, ABC.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Louise, Street Killing, ABC, 1976.

Mrs. Goldman, Cagney and Lacey, CBS, 1981.

Mary Collito, Chicago Hope, CBS, 1994.


Albums; with Others:

While credited as Anna Vita Berger, appeared in the cast album Tevya and His Daughters, Columbia.