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On Broadway in "Jake's Women" (1992)
On Broadway in "Jake's Women" (1992)
On stage Alda has appeared in "ART", which won the 1998 Tony for Best New Play, in Neil Simon's "Jake's Women," for which he received a Tony nomination, and "The Apple Tree," which earned him his first Tony nomination. A major breakthrough for Alda was "The Owl and the Pussycat," in which he first starred on Broadway. Among his Broadway stage credits are "Purlie Victorious" and "Fair Game for Lovers", for which he received a Theatre World Award. He's also played in "Our Town" in London's West End.

His first motion picture role was in "Gone Are the Days," in which he recreated his stage role from "Purlie Victorious." He later appeared in "The Moonshine War," "Jenny," "The Mephisto Waltz" and "Paper Lion."

Television performances include a recurring guest-starring role on ER, and starring roles in the films "Jake's Women" on CBS and "White Mile" for HBO. Other credits include "The Glass House" and "Kill Me If You Can," for which he received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Caryl Chessman.

Directing "The Four Seasons" (1981)
Directing "The Four Seasons" (1981)  

After making his directing debut on "M*A*S*H" Alda went on to direct and appear in "6 Rms Riv Vu" on television, co-starring with Carol Burnett, and several sequences in the Marlo Thomas television special, "Free to Be...You and Me." He created, wrote and co-produced the television series, "We'll Get By." He also co-produced, with Martin Bregman, the television series, "The Four Seasons," based on the hit film.

An ardent supporter of feminist causes, Alda campaigned extensively for 10 years for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. In 1976, he was appointed by President Gerald Ford to serve on the National Commission for the Observance of International Women's Year.

Since 1985 he has been a member of the Board of the Museum of Television and Radio and served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1989-99.

His wife Arlene is an award-winning professional photographer whose work has appeared in such leading magazines as Life, Vogue, People, US and Ms. She is the author of eight children's books, one of which, "Sheep, Sheep, Sheep, Help Me Fall Asleep", became a national best-seller. The Aldas have three daughters: Eve, Elizabeth and Beatrice, and seven grandchildren.

 

 

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