Tovah Feldshuh portrays Mrs. Bunch, Rachel’s domineering mother, on the CW awardwinning musical series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which was recently renewed for a third season. Ms. Feldshuh is widely known for her starring turn as Deanna, the head of Alexandria, on AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead. Prior to that, she recurred on the Starz’ ballet series Flesh and Bone as ballet master Ivana. Ms. Feldshuh received her first Emmy nomination for Helena, the Czech freedom fighter, in the NBC mini-series Holocaust, and her second nomination for her continuing role as defense attorney Danielle Melnick on NBC’s Law & Order, a role she recently reprised for Chicago Justice. Ms. Feldshuh starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in The Amazing Howard Hughes, James Woods in Citizen Cohn, Bill Cosby on The Cosby Mysteries and The Cosby Show, Richard Dreyfuss in The Education of Max Bickford, Piper Perabo in Covert Affairs, America Ferrara in Ugly Betty, and in The Good Wife, with Julianna Margulies, among others.
Ms. Feldshuh recently displayed her theater skills as Berthe in the Tony Award-winning Musical Pippin. Her show, Golda’s Balcony, by William Gibson, became the longestrunning one-woman play in Broadway history, and she also starred in Yentl, Sarava, Lend Me a Tenor, and Irena’s Vow. For her work on the New York stage, she has earned four Tony nominations for Best Actress and won four Drama Desks, four Outer Critics Circles, the Obie, the Theatre World and the Lucille Lortel Awards.
Film audiences recognize Ms. Feldshuh from Kissing Jessica Stein (for which she won a Golden Satellite Award), A Walk on the Moon, The Idolmaker, Lady in the Water, Just My Luck, Brewster’s Millions, The Blue Iguana, among others. Ms. Feldshuh recently completed filming roles in Peter Bogdanovich’s She’s Funny That Way with Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, Angelica with Janet McTeer, and Jena Malone, Unreachable by Conventional Means, The Life, and the title role in Glinda, a film that centers on a widow of jazz musician reclaiming the joy of life, which was selected as the “Best in Fest” at the 2014 Palm Beach Film Festival.
Ms. Feldshuh, long known for her commitment to social justice causes, is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, has taught at Yale, Cornell and New York Universities. She was awarded two honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees and is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award, the Hadassah Mother of the Year Award, and the Israel Peace Medal. Ms. Feldshuh is married to New York attorney, Andrew Harris Levy. They have two children, Garson Brandon and Amanda Claire.