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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameDinah Beth Manoff
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dinah Manoff was born in New York City, New York, to screenwriter Arnold Manoff and actress, director, and writer Lee Grant. She began her professional career in the PBS production of "The Great Cherub Knitwear Strike". After subsequent guest appearances on various television series, she received a Tony Award in 1980 for her performance in the Broadway production of Neil Simon's "I Ought To Be In Pictures", a role she reprised in the film version, starring opposite Walter Matthau. Additional theater credits include Broadway's "Leader of the Pack", "Alfred and Victoria", "Kingdom on Earth" and the Los Angeles stage production of "Love Letters", opposite Patrick Cassidy. On television, Manoff was a regular on Witt-Thomas-Harris' Soap (1977) and also appeared in the television movies The Cover Girl and the Cop (1989) (aka "Beauty & Denise"), Raid on Entebbe (1976), For Ladies Only (1981), The Seduction of Gina (1984), A Matter of Sex (1984), Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac (1984), the miniseries Celebrity (1984) and the NBC movie-of-the-week Babies (1990), with Lindsay Wagner. Manoff's feature film credits include Ordinary People (1980), Grease (1978), Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989), Child's Play (1988), _Backfire (1988).

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Spouse (2)

Arthur William Mortell Jr. (1997 - present) ( 3 children)
Jean-Marc Joubert (7 September 1982 - 1987) ( divorced)

Trivia (18)

Daughter of Arnold Manoff.
Daughter of Lee Grant.
Son, Dashiell born 1997.
In the film musical Grease (1978), Dinah managed to nab the plucky, sexpot role of "Marty Maraschino", despite the fact she lacked in dancing and singing skills. She faked her way through auditions and personality, alone, got her the part. Later, when it came down to doing the choreography, Dinah remained conveniently hidden in the background.
(January 18, 2002) Dinah gave birth to twin boys, Oliver and Desi.
Has never done a nude scene or posed nude in her career.
Won Broadway's 1980 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for "I Ought to be in Pictures," a part she recreated in the film version of the same title, I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982).
She is best known for her portrayal of "Marty Maraschino" in the 1978 film Grease (1978).
Guest starred in The Golden Girls (1985) and starred in the spin-off Empty Nest (1988). Her mother Lee Grant turned down a starring role in The Golden Girls.
Is a staunch liberal Democrat.
In 1975 (at age 19) Manoff was accepted into the Actors Studio.
Lives in Bainbridge Island,Washington [2009]
Her acting mentor was the late Richard Mulligan.
Met Richard Mulligan on an episode of Soap (1977), playing his daughter-in-law and Ted Wass's wife, a decade later, she would later played his daughter on Empty Nest (1988).
Best known by the public for her role as Carol Weston on Empty Nest (1988).
Credits Richard Mulligan as her favorite acting mentor/best friend.
As an actress, she was highly influenced by Richard Mulligan.
Her son, Dashiell Manoff Mortell. was killed in a nine vehicle crash on Interstate 90 near Cle Elum in Washington state on January 7, 2017.

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