Mayron, Melanie 1952-

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Mayron, Melanie 1952-


Full name, Melanie Joy Mayron; born October 20, 1952, in Philadelphia, PA; daughter of David (a pharmaceutical chemist) and Norma (a real estate agent; maiden name, Goodman) Mayron; sister of Gayle Mayron (an actress); children: Olivia Joy and Miles (twins). Education: American Academy of Dramatic Arts, graduated, 1972; trained for the stage with Sandra Seacat, John Lehne, and Lee Strasberg.


Agent—Glick Agency, 1250 Sixth St., Suite 100, Santa Monica, CA 90401.


Actress, writer, director, and producer. HighTop Films, partner with Catlin Adams; Tribeca Productions, writer; Actors Studio, member of company. Codeveloper of Good Baby line of bath and body products, 2001.

Awards, Honors:

Film Award nomination, best newcomer, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and Bronze Leopard, best actress, Lucarno International Film Festival, both 1979, for Girlfriends; Emmy Award, 1989, and Emmy Award nominations, 1990 and 1991, all outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, for thirtysomething; Directors Guild of America Award nomination, outstanding directorial achievement in children's programs, 1998, for Toothless.


Television Appearances; Series:

Melissa Steadman, thirtysomething, ABC, 1987-91.

The Naked Brothers Band, Nickelodeon, 2007-2008.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Dee Dee, Hustling, ABC, 1975.

Madelaine, Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold, NBC, 1978.

Marianne, Playing for Time, CBS, 1980.

Carol Link, The Best Little Girl in the World, ABC, 1981.

Sophie Rosenstein, Will There Really Be a Morning?, CBS, 1983.

Sonja Kahn, Wallenberg: A Hero's Story, NBC, 1985.

Susan "Sue" Hillier, Ordeal in the Arctic, ABC, 1993.

Dr. Amelia Stewart, Other Women's Children, Lifetime, 1993.

(Uncredited) Waitress, "Freaky Friday," The ABC Family Movie (also known as Disney Family Films), ABC, 1995.

Mindy, Toothless, 1997.

Alice Taylor, Range of Motion, Lifetime, 2000.

Herself, The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie, Nickelodeon, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Harriet Van Dam, Lily—Sold Out, CBS, 1981.

Mrs. Janet Eller, "Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1985.

Sue, "Wanted: The Perfect Guy," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1986.

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards, Fox, 1989.

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special, ABC, 1990.

Hostess, The Party's Over (also known as Your Family Matters), Lifetime, 1990.

Inside "thirtysomething," Bravo, 2001.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Jan Simmons, "Two against Death," Medical Center, 1975.

Sandy Franks, "With Friends like These," Rhoda, CBS, 1975.

Sandy Franks, "If You Don't Tell Her, I Will," Rhoda, CBS, 1975.

Sandy Franks, "A Federal Case," Rhoda, CBS, 1976.

Michelle Peters, "Undying Love," Finder of Lost Loves, 1984.

Paula Eastman, "Con Games," Cagney & Lacey, 1985.

Louise Simonson, "Acts of Terror," The Twilight Zone (also known as The New Twilight Zone), CBS, 1988.

"Stepping Back," Tribeca, Fox, 1993.

Detective Betty Reed, "The Ides of Metropolis," Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (also known as Lois & Clark and The New Adventures of Superman), ABC, 1994.

Sandra, "Trackdown," Nash Bridges (also known as Bridges), CBS, 1996.

Doris "Dorie", "Astrology," Mad About You, NBC, 1997.

Rachel Travers, "Something about Burning Meat, Bridges, and Rugs," Something So Right, 1998.

"Defining Moments," Wasteland, 1999.

"Death Becomes Her," Wasteland, 1999.

Becka Doyle, "Somebody's Watching," Criminal Minds, CBS, 2006.

Judge, Looking for Stars, Starz, 2006.

Patty Bloom, "Chapter Two: Nothing Sacred," Lipstick Jungle, NBC, 2008.

Patty Bloom, "Chapter Three: Pink Poison," Lipstick Jungle, NBC, 2008.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Joyce Adams, The New Love Boat (also known as The Love Boat III), ABC, 1977.

Television Director; Series:

Arli$$, HBO, multiple episodes, between 1998 and 2002.

The Naked Brothers Band, Nickelodeon, 2007-2008.

In Treatment, HBO, 2008.

Television Director; Movies:

"Freaky Friday," The ABC Family Movie (also known as Disney Family Films), ABC, 1995.

Toothless, ABC, 1997.

Zeyda and the Hitman (also known as Running with the Hitman), 2004.

Campus Confidential, ABC Family Channel, 2005.

Television Director; Episodic:

"Going Limp," thirtysomething, ABC, 1990.

"The Distance," thirtysomething, ABC, 1990.

"Stepping Back," Tribeca, Fox, 1993.

"Moon Over Miami," Sirens, ABC, 1993.

"Quiero Vivir," Moon over Miami, ABC, 1993.

Winnetka Road, NBC, 1994.

"Internal Affairs," New York Undercover (also known as Uptown Undercover), Fox, 1995.

"Toy Soldiers," New York Undercover (also known as Uptown Undercover), Fox, 1996.

"No Greater Love," New York Undercover (also known as Uptown Undercover), Fox, 1996.

"Trackdown," Nash Bridges (also known as Bridges), CBS, 1996.

"Capital Punishment," New York Undercover (also known as Uptown Undercover), Fox, 1998.

"Just the Perfect Blendship," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1998.

"Defining Moments," Wasteland, 1999.

"The Kiss," Providence, NBC, 2000.

"Closure," Ed, NBC, 2001.

State of Grace, Fox Family, 2001.

Tell Me You Love Me, HBO, 2007.

Also directed episodes of Beyond the Break, Noggin; and Sirens, ABC.

Film Appearances:

Ginger, Harry and Tonto, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1974.

Marsha, Car Wash, Universal, 1976.

Dixie, Gable and Lombard, Universal, 1976.

Annie Gerrard, You Light Up My Life, Columbia, 1977.

Susan Weinblatt, Girlfriends, Warner Bros., 1978.

Lula, The Great Smokey Roadblock (also known as The Last of the Cowboys), Dimension, 1978.

Susan, Heartbeeps, Universal, 1981.

Terry Simon, Missing, Universal, 1982.

Janet Keefer, The Boss's Wife, TriStar, 1986.

Lolly, Sticky Fingers, Spectrafilm, 1988.

Jenny Macklin, Checking Out, Warner Bros., 1989.

Crystal Rybak, My Blue Heaven, Warner Bros., 1990.

Mrs. Joan Willins, Drop Zone, Paramount, 1994.

(Uncredited) Waitress, The Baby-Sitters Club, Columbia, 1995.

Ellie, East of A, 1999.

Night manager, Clockstoppers, Paramount, 2002.

Courtney, Itty Bitty Titty Committee, Power Up Films, 2007.

Film Producer:

(With Catlin Adams) Sticky Fingers, Spectrafilm, 1988.

(With Adams) Little Shiny Shoes, Actors Make Movies, 1988.

Film Director:

The Baby-Sitters Club, Columbia, 1995.

Slap Her, She's French (also known as She Gets What She Wants and Freche Biester!), ContentFilm, 2002.

Stage Appearances:

Gilmer, Godspell (musical), Marines Memorial Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 1974, then LaMama Experimental Theatre Club, New York City, 1982.

Shulamith, Gethsemane Springs, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1976.

(Broadway debut) Nancy Scott, The Goodbye People, Belasco Theatre, 1979.

Bunny, Actors Studio, New York City, 1980.

Isabelle, Crossing Delancey, Jewish Repertory Theatre, 1985.

Major Tours:

(Stage debut) Kate Draper, Godspell (musical), U.S. cities, 1972-73.



(With Catlin Adams) Sticky Fingers, Spectrafilm, 1988.

Also coauthor of The Laziest Man on Earth.

Television Movies:

"Freaky Friday," The ABC Family Movie (also known as Disney Family Films), ABC, 1995.

Toothless, ABC, 1997.

Television Episodes:

"Stepping Back," Tribeca, Fox, 1993.


Author of Maggie & Mille; coauthor of the play Little Shiny Shoes and the television scripts The Pretend Game and Tunes for a Small Harmonica.



People Weekly, July 30, 2001, p. 48.