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Dinah Manoff is a Actor and Scriptwriter American born on 25 january 1958 at New York City (USA)

Dinah Manoff

Dinah Manoff
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Birth name Dinah Beth Manoff
Nationality USA
Birth 25 january 1958 (62 years) at New York City (USA)

Dinah Beth Manoff (born January 25, 1958) is an American stage, film and television actress and television director best known for her roles as Elaine Lefkowitz on Soap, Marty Maraschino in the film Grease, Libby Tucker in both the stage and film adaptations of I Ought to Be in Pictures, for which she won a Tony award, and Carol Weston on Empty Nest. She starred in numerous television movies and guest starred on various television programs in this timespan. she mostly appeared on TV during the 1990s, but she has been seen in more recent theatrical films such as The Amati Girls and Bart Got a Room and a co-starring role on State of Grace.

Manoff is the daughter of actress Lee Grant and screenwriter Arnold Manoff. Since 1997, Manoff has been married to Arthur Mortell and currently resides in Bainbridge Island, Washington. She had previously resided in Los Angeles, California and New York City, New York.


Manoff has been married twice and has three children. She married French designer Jean-Marc Joubert in 1980. They were divorced in 1985. In 1997, she married motivational speaker Arthur Mortell with whom she has three children: Dashiell (born 1997) and twin boys.

Usually with

Mars Callahan
Mars Callahan
(1 films)
Lee Grant
Lee Grant
(3 films)
Allan Carr
Allan Carr
(1 films)
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Filmography of Dinah Manoff (18 films)

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A Carol Christmas, 1h32
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Christmas films, Time travel films, Ghost films
Actors Tori Spelling, Dinah Manoff, William Shatner, Gary Coleman, Michael Landes, Paula Trickey
Roles Aunt Marla
Rating52% 2.6091652.6091652.6091652.6091652.609165
Spelling plays Carol Cartman, a conceited sensationalist talk show host. She is cynical, selfish, and generally treats her employees with cold contempt. She has been molded this way by her late Aunt Marla (Dinah Manoff). On Christmas Eve, she is haunted by her Aunt who warns her of the mistake she made and the terrible fate awaiting her if she doesn't change. In the tradition of the original story, she is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. She is shown how she will die alone and unloved if she doesn't change. At the end, she becomes a warm, caring person vowing to make amends. She goes on to her television show and makes a touching speech to her audience about the importance of Christmas and giving. At the very end, the three Christmas Spirits reappear outside Carol's sister's house, where Carol decided to go after all for the holidays, and comment on their work at transforming Carol Cartman, a twist not seen in any adaptation of A Christmas Carol up to then, and which would be repeated three years later, at the end of Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas.
Bart Got a Room, 1h20
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors William H. Macy, Ashley Benson, Cheryl Hines, Alia Shawkat, Brandon Hardesty, Kate Micucci
Roles Mrs. Goodson
Rating56% 2.8010152.8010152.8010152.8010152.801015
The film chronicles nerdy high school senior Danny Stein (Steven Kaplan) and his unsuccessful attempts to secure a prom date while his divorced father and mother (played by William H. Macy and Cheryl Hines respectively) are on their own unsuccessful quests to find love. The film's name comes from the fact that the most unpopular kid in school, Bart Beeber (Chad Jamian Williams), not only secured a date for the prom, but got a hotel room after as well. This is a source of great anxiety for both Danny and his family.
The Amati Girls, 1h31
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Cloris Leachman, Mercedes Ruehl, Dinah Manoff, Sean Young, Lee Grant, Robert Picardo
Roles Denise
Rating51% 2.567922.567922.567922.567922.56792
The film centers around an Italian American family of four sisters (Mercedes Ruehl, Dinah Manoff, Sean Young, and Lily Knight) who reside in Philadelphia. After their father's death, in trying to convince their mother (Cloris Leachman) that her life is still worth living, each sister grapples with her own ideas on love, faith, and ultimately, the meaning of life.
Zigs (2001)
, 1h33
Directed by Mars Callahan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Jason Priestley, Alicia Coppola, Mars Callahan, Jeremy Blackman, Dinah Manoff, Richard Portnow
Roles Marge
Rating45% 2.2891052.2891052.2891052.2891052.289105
The film is about four young compulsive gamblers wasting their lives on booze, broads and bookies. David (Jason Priestley), the heavy-drinking ladies man. Mike (Kane Picoy), a degenerate gambler. Cory the Jersey Jinx (Peter Dobson). Brett (Justin Jon Ross), the guy who tells every girl he loves her on the first date.
Maid for Each Other, 1h33
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors Nell Carter, Joyce Van Patten, Garret Morris, Dinah Manoff, Timothy Stack, Robert Costanzo
Roles Tibby Bloom
Rating62% 3.100293.100293.100293.100293.10029
A recently widowed Beverly Hills socialite is left broke and homeless. Seeking refuge at her mothers and gaining a job as a maid for a flamboyant jazz singer the two form an unlikely bond and soon find themselves neck deep in mayhem and trouble.
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael, 1h35
Directed by Jim Abrahams
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Winona Ryder, Jeff Daniels, Laila Robins, Graham Beckel, Thomas Wilson Brown, Frances Fisher
Roles Evelyn Whittacher
Rating59% 2.9532552.9532552.9532552.9532552.953255
The film's main character is a 15-year-old girl named Dinky Bossetti (Ryder). Dinky was adopted as a baby. She appears to have little acceptance in her social circle, although it is not obvious which came first - her antisocial attitude or her being rejected by her peers. Her adoptive mother is disappointed that the daughter she chose has no interest in "feminine" things, such as makeup and nice clothing. Her classmates ostracize, taunt, and throw things at her regularly. Dinky finds solace in her "Ark", a small cabin-boat beached on a lake shore. In and around the boat, Dinky has collected a menagerie of abandoned animals.
Bloodhounds of Broadway, 1h28
Directed by Howard Brookner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical, Romance
Actors Matt Dillon, Jennifer Grey, Julie Hagerty, Tony Azito, Rutger Hauer, Madonna
Roles Maud Milligan
Rating56% 2.8050452.8050452.8050452.8050452.805045
Broadway, New Year's Eve, 1928. A muckraking reporter, Waldo Winchester, frames four major stories during the wild New Year's Eve of 1928.
Staying Together, 1h31
Directed by Lee Grant
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Sean Astin, Stockard Channing, Melinda Dillon, Levon Helm, Dinah Manoff, Dermot Mulroney
Roles Lois Cook
Rating62% 3.149683.149683.149683.149683.14968
Three brothers live at home with their parents and work at the family restaurant that has been managed by their father for the past 25 years. The brothers expect one day to take over the restaurant themselves, but one morning their father comes to the realization that he hates working there and he sells the restaurant without consulting the rest of the family. This begins to break apart the family, and one of the brothers, angry with the father's decision, leaves to find another job. The father subsequently dies from a heart attack.
Child's Play, 1h27
Directed by Tom Holland
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Horror, Crime, Slasher
Themes Films about education, Films about children, Jeu, Child's Play (film series), Serial killer films, Films about toys, Comedy horror films
Actors Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif, Dinah Manoff, Jack Colvin
Roles Maggie Peterson
Rating65% 3.2989953.2989953.2989953.2989953.298995
Charles Lee Ray also nicknamed 'Chucky' and the 'Lakeshore Strangler' is a wanted fugitive and is on the run from the police in the streets of Chicago in November 1988. After he is fatally shot by Detective Mike Norris, Charles via a voodoo ritual transfers his soul into a 'Good-Guy' doll which destroys the store in an attempt to cheat death. Mike who survives the explosion finds Charles's body thinking he killed him.
Backfire (1988)
, 1h30
Directed by Gilbert Cates
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Karen Allen, Keith Carradine, Jeff Fahey, Dean Paul Martin, Bernie Casey, Virginia Capers
Roles Jill
Rating55% 2.7604552.7604552.7604552.7604552.760455
Mara is married to Vietnam veteran Donny, who has horrible visions and nightmares of his combat experiences. Mara is having an affair with Jake, and the lives of all are disrupted when she meets a mysterious stranger, Reed.
Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac, 1h30
Directed by Robert Michael Lewis
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Transport films, Aviation films
Actors Richard Masur, Ken Olin, Barry Corbin, Dr. Stephen Macht, Jeannetta Arnette, Jamie Rose
Rating60% 3.0497853.0497853.0497853.0497853.049785
On January 13, 1982 we are introduced the people whose lives will intersect on Air Florida Flight 90 from Washington, D.C. to Ft. Lauderdale. Marilyn Nichols, a stewardess has just learned she is pregnant. Priscilla Tirado and her husband Jose are flying to take up a new job. Nikki Felch is going to a trip with her boss, Joe Stiley to Alabama, but her boyfriend David Frank wants to get married. Bert Hamilton is going on a business trip to Florida, but would rather stay with his wife and son. Roger Olian is a maintenance man at a mental hospital, married to Ginger, who works in the Naval Recruitment Office. Arland D. Williams Jr. is flying to Florida to close a bank for the Federal Reserve. Marilyn, Flight attendant Kelly Duncan and the plane leave Florida and fly to Washington. They land in Washington in a blinding snowstorm. After the passengers boarded the plane they had to sit for 50 minutes. This caused ice to accumulate on the plane. Most passengers ignore the stewardesses safety talk. The de-icing that was done was done improperly. The pilots seemed unconcerned about ice on the wings. When the plane tries to take off, ice on the sensors causes the pilots to have a false idea of their speed. The plane only gets to 352 feet altitude before it stalls. The plane hits the 14th Street Bridge and crashes into the Potomac River. Bert Hamilton, Joe Stiley, Nikki Felch, Priscilla Tirado, Kelly Duncan and Arland Williams make it out of the plane and cling to a piece of wreckage in the freezing river. Roger Olain, who was on the bridge plunges into the river to try to help. Meanwhile, friends and relatives learn about the crash. Donald Usher and Melvin Windsor take off in their helicopter. Olain gets close enough to shout encouragement to the survivors. The helicopter rescues Bert Hamilton. When it returns Arland Williams passes the rescue line to Kelly Duncan. They pull Olain out of the river. Each time when offered the rope, Williams passed it on to Joe, Nikki and Priscilla. Joe is pulled to shore, but a stranger, Lenny Skutnik has to jump in and pull Priscilla to shore. By the time Nikki is rescued, Arland has slipped beneath the water. The survivors start to come to terms with what happened.
I Ought to Be in Pictures, 1h48
Directed by Herbert Ross
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about writers, Films based on plays
Actors Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Dinah Manoff, Lance Guest, Martin Ferrero, Dan Butler
Roles Libby Tucker
Rating62% 3.100533.100533.100533.100533.10053
A 19-year-old Brooklynite, Libby Tucker (Dinah Manoff), visiting her dead grandma's grave at a New York cemetery, reveals that she is moving to Hollywood to become an actress and find her father, screenwriter Herbert Tucker. Libby takes a bus to Denver, then hitchhikes the rest of the way. Libby then tries to call Herb but gets nervous and hangs up.
Ordinary People, 2h4
Directed by Robert Redford
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about families, Medical-themed films, Films about suicide, Films about psychiatry
Actors Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Timothy Hutton, Judd Hirsch, Elizabeth McGovern, M. Emmet Walsh
Roles Karen
Rating76% 3.849333.849333.849333.849333.84933
The Jarretts are an upper-middle-class family in suburban Chicago trying to return to normal life after the death of one teenage son and the attempted suicide of their surviving son, Conrad (Timothy Hutton). Conrad has recently returned home from a four-month stay in a psychiatric hospital. He feels alienated from his friends and family and begins seeing a psychiatrist, Dr. Berger (Judd Hirsch). Berger learns that Conrad was involved in a sailing accident in which his older brother, Buck, whom everyone idolized, died. Conrad now deals with post-traumatic stress disorder and survivor's guilt.
Grease (1978)
, 1h50
Directed by Randal Kleiser
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical theatre, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about education, Films about music and musicians, Théâtre, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals, Gangster films
Actors John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Barry Pearl, Michael Tucci
Roles Marty Maraschino
Rating72% 3.6020853.6020853.6020853.6020853.602085
In the summer of 1958, Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) meets local boy Danny Zuko (John Travolta) at the beach while on vacation and they soon fall in love. As the summer comes to an end, Sandy worries about returning home to Australia and never seeing Danny again, but he assures her that it is only the beginning for them.