Karlin, Miriam 1925-

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Karlin, Miriam 1925-


Born June 23, 1925, in London, England; daughter of Harry Samuels and Celine (maiden name, Aronowitz) Karlin. Education: Attended Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. Avocational Interests: Cooking, gardening.


Actress. Associate member of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London.

Awards, Honors:

Officer of the Order of the British Empire, 1975.


Stage Appearances:

(London debut) Lorene, The Time of Your Life, Lyric Theatre-Hammersmith, 1946.

Miss Sharp, Separate Rooms, Strand Theatre, London, 1947.

Maid to Measure (revue), Embassy Theatre, London, 1951.

Olga, Women of Twilight, Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1951, then (Broadway debut) Plymouth Theatre, 1952, later Victoria Palace Theatre, London, 1952.

Sadie Thompson, Rain, Embassy Theatre, 1953.

Mrs. Solomons, Spring Song, 1953.

Sadie, The Boychik, 1954.

Cockles and Champagne (revue), Saville Theatre, London, 1954.

The angel Rochele, "A Tale of Chelm," the first angel, "Bentche Schweig," and Hannah, "The High School," The World of Sholom Aleichem, Embassy Theatre, 1955.

Mrs. Daigle, The Bad Seed, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1955.

Miranda, Listen to the Wind, Arts Theatre, London, 1955.

Lina Szczepanowska, Misalliance, Lyric Theatre, 1956.

Mrs. Van Daan, The Diary of Anne Frank, Phoenix Theatre, London, 1956.

Annie Angel, All Kinds of Men, Arts Theatre, 1957.

Rose, The Egg, Saville Theatre, 1957.

For Adults Only (revue), Strand Theatre, 1958.

Lilly Smith, Fings Ain't Wot They Used t'Be, Theatre Royal, Stratford, England, 1959, then Garrick Theatre, London, 1960.

Marian Alexander, The Secret of the World, Theatre Royal, 1962.

Paddy, The Rag Trade, Piccadilly Theatre, London, 1962.

Flora Molar, "Out from Under," Hilda, "Orange Souffle," and Marcella Vankuchen, "The Wen," The Bellow Plays, Jeanetta Cochrane Theatre, London, then Fortune Theatre, London, 1966.

Golde, Fiddler on the Roof, Her Majesty's Theatre, London, 1967.

Hilda, It's the Underneath That Counts, King's Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1970.

Mrs. Baker, Butterflies Are Free, Playbox Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, 1971.

Vera, High Time, Hampstead, England, 1972.

Nora Scrubbs, Alpha Alpha, Open Space Theatre, London, 1972.

Title role, Mother Courage, Palace Theatre, Watford, England, 1972.

Madame Hortense, Zorba, Greenwich, England, 1973.

The mother, Tonight We Improvise, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, England, 1974.

Liselotte, Diary of a Madame (solo show), Phoenix Theatre, London, then Vienna, Austria, and Edinburgh Festival, Scotland, 1975, later Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, England, 1976.

Jocasta, Oedipus Rex, Haymarket Theatre, 1975.

Madame Dubonnet, The Seagull, Haymarket Theatre, 1975.

Grace Hoyland, Bus Stop, Phoenix Theatre, 1976.

Arkadina, The Seagull, Haymarket Theatre, 1976.

Judith Bliss, Hay Fever, Haymarket Theatre, 1976.

The Fairy Godmother, Cinderella, Palace Theatre, 1977.

We Can't Pay, We Won't Pay, Gardner Centre, Brighton, England, 1978.

Alma, The Bed Before Yesterday, Leicester, England, 1978, then Hong Kong Festival, Hong Kong, 1979.

Sheila, Relatively Speaking, Bromley, England, 1979.

Ernestine Wilton, The Undertaking, Greenwich, England, 1979.

Golde, Fiddler on the Roof, Scottish Opera Company, 1979.

Heresies, Pit Theatre, London, 1987.

Separate Tables, Albery Theatre, London, 1993.

Zofia, Tongue of a Bird, Almeida Theatre, London, 1997.

Mrs. Steinberg, Mrs. Steinberg and the Byker Boy, Bush Theatre, London, 2000.

Major Tours:

(Stage debut) Miss Callaghan, The Family Upstairs, British cities, 1943.

Miss Myers, No Escape, British cities, 1954.

Is Australia Really Necessary?, Australian cities, 1964-65.

Martha, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, British cities, 1974.

Ernestine Wilton, The Undertaking, British cities, 1979.

Film Appearances:

Down Among the Z Men (also known as The Goon Show Movie), E. J. Fancey Productions, 1952.

Barmaid, The Deep Blue Sea, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1955.

Gladys, The Woman for Joe, Rank, 1955.

Mildred, Fun at St. Fanny's, Grand Alliance, 1956.

A Touch of the Sun, Eros, 1956.

Bus conductress, Carve Her Name with Pride, 1958.

Lady in night club, The Big Money, 1958.

Gertrude, Room at the Top, Romulus, 1959.

Connie Williams, Crossroads to Crime, Allied Artists, 1960.

Soubrette, The Entertainer, Bryanston-British Lion, 1960.

Mrs. Mathias, Hand in Hand, Columbia, 1960.

Mrs. Joe, The Millionairess, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1960.

Josetta Alvarez, The Fourth Square (also known as Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Fourth Square), Allied Artists, 1961.

Mrs. Lack, Watch It, Sailor!, Columbia, 1961.

WAAF Sergeant, Operation Snafu (also known as On the Fiddle and Operation War Head), 1961, American International Pictures, 1965.

Woman in the Black Maria, I Thank a Fool, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1962.

Charwoman, The Phantom of the Opera, Universal, 1962.

Winnie Smith, Heavens Above!, Janus, 1963.

Milly, The Small World of Sammy Lee, Seven Arts, 1963.

Nellie Marsh, The Bargee, Warne-Pathe, 1964.

Mrs. Higgins, Ladies Who Do, Continental Distributing, 1964.

Ellen Newman, Just Like a Woman, Monarch, 1967.

Cat Lady, A Clockwork Orange (also known as Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange"), Warner Bros., 1971.

Aunt Rosa, Mahler, Visual Programme Systems, 1974.

Voice, Dick Deadeye, or Duty Done, 1975.

Grandmother Utz, Utz, Castle Hill Productions, 1992.

Marina, Incognito, Warner Bros., 1997.

Madame Goldstein, The Man Who Cried (also known as The Man Who Cried—Les larmes d'un homme), Universal Focus, 2000.

Buba, Kissing Buba, 2000.

Esther, Esther's Pool, Universal Studios, 2002.

Sadie, Suzie Gold, Imagem, 2004.

Audrey, Waverly, Dazzle, 2005.

Ex Memoria, Missing in Action, 2006.

Caged German grandmother, Children of Men, United International, 2006.

Mrs. Rogers, Flashbacks of a Fool, Buena Vista, 2008.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Mrs. Samson, Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank, CBS, 1988.

Mrs. Schneider (some sources cite Mrs. Hackett), Jekyll and Hyde, ABC, 1990.

Television Appearances; Series:

Paddy, The Rag Trade, 1961 and 1977.

The Mavis Bramston Show, 1965.

Yetta Feldman, So Haunt Me, 1992.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Hilda Thwaite, "Quay South," ITV Television Playhouse, ITV, 1955.

Charlie's daughter, "The Jukebox," ITV Television Playhouse, ITV, 1959.

Jeannette, "The Wild Bird," ITV Play of the Week (also known as Play of the Week), ITV, 1959.

Josetta Alvarez, "The Fourth Square," The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (also known as Edgar Wallace and Tales of Edgar Wallace), 1961.

Catherine, "Wormwood," Suspense, BBC, 1963.

"Monsieur Barnett," The Wednesday Play, BBC, 1968.

Flo, "Flo and Monty and Henry … and Henry," The Mating Machine, ITV, 1970.

"A Wen," Thirty-Minute Theatre, BBC, 1971.

"The Joke," Thirty-Minute Theatre, BBC, 1974.

Friedel, "The Joke," BBC2 Playhouse, BBC, 1974.

Mrs. Glickston, "Dorothy and Clive: Part 1 & 2," Rooms, Thames, 1974.

Shirley Ann Simons, "Take Back Your Mink," Crown Court, ITV, 1975.

Question Time, BBC, 1981.

"Barbara Windsor," The Best of British, BBC, 1994.

Florence Clay, "Thicker Than Water," Casualty, BBC1, 1996.

Rachel, "You Can Choose Your Friends," Holby City, 1999.

Hag, "The End of the World," Dark Ages, 1999.

Eva Dubrowska, "Nothing to Fear," Doctors, BBC, 2001.

Margaret Joseph, "Uncertain Justice," Doctors, BBC, 2004.

Judith Bateman, "Heads You Lose: Part 1 & 2," Dalziel and Pascoe, BBC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Cook, Alice, 1946.

The Bing Crosby Show (also known as Bing Crosby in London), ABC, 1961.

Maria, Scoop (also known as Comedy Four: Scoop), Granada, 1963.

Manicurist, Monsieur Barnett, BBC, 1968.

The queen, Salve Regina, 1969.

The Ultimate Film, Channel 4, 2004.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Marjorie Moody, Marple: By the Pricking of My Thumbs (also known as Agatha Christie-Marple: By the Pricking of My Thumbs), ITV and PBS, 2006.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

The Bruce Forsyth Show, ITV, 1965.