Mercedes Ruehl

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Mercedes Ruehl

Ruehl in East Hampton, New York in October 2009
Born Mercedes J. Ruehl
February 28, 1948 (1948-02-28) (age 66)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1976–present
Spouse David Geiser

Mercedes Ruehl (b. 28 February 1948) is an American stage, television and motion picture actress. She was born in New York City. She is best known for her supporting role in the 1991 movie The Fisher King.

Work[change | edit source]

Movies[change | edit source]

Year Movie Role Other notes
1976 Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands American girl in casino
1979 The Warriors Policewoman in Central Park
1981 Four Friends Woman in Taxi
1986 Twisted Cybelle
Heartburn Eve
1987 Leader of the Band Miss Cooper
Radio Days Ad Men
84 Charing Cross Road Kay
The Secret of My Success Sheila
1988 Big Mrs. Baskin
Married to the Mob Connie Russo National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
1989 Slaves of New York Samantha
Crimes and Misdemeanors Party Guest uncredited
1990 Crazy People Dr. Liz Baylor
1991 Another You Elaine
The Fisher King Anne Napolitano Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1993 Lost in Yonkers Bella Kurnitz
Last Action Hero Irene Madigan
1994 On Hope Wendy
1995 Indictment: The McMartin Trial Lael Rubin
1997 Roseanna's Grave Roseanna 'Rosa'
1999 The Minus Man Jane Durwin
Out of the Cold Tina
2000 Spooky House Boss
What's Cooking? Elizabeth 'Lizzy' Avila
More Dogs Than Bones Victoria 'Vic' Galletti
The Amati Girls Grace
2004 Zeyda and the Hitman Esther
2007 A Happy Death Aunt Rosa
2009 Loving Leah Janice Lever

Television[change | edit source]

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Mom's on Strike Sandy
1985 Our Family Honor Louise Taylor Episode: "Homecoming"
1986 Kate & Allie Millie Episode: "Late Bloomer"
1990 Cosby Show, TheThe Cosby Show Bernadette Foley Episode: "The Moves"
1995 Indictment: The McMartin Trial Lael Rubin
1995–1996 Frasier Kate Costas 5 episodes
1997 SUBWAY Stories: Tales from the Underground Leyla Segment: "Underground"
North Shore Fish Florence
1998 Gia Kathleen Carangi
2000 All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story Jane Newhall
Lost Child, TheThe Lost Child Rebecca Hallmark Hall of Fame
2001 Mr. Life
2002 Guilt by Association Susan Walker
Widows Dolly Rawlins Miniseries
2004 1-800-Missing Emanuelle Baker Episode: "These Dreams Before Me"
Bad Apple Lorraine Gibbons
Law & Order Zina Rybakov Episode: "All in the Family"
2005 Mom at Sixteen Terry Jeffries Nominated — Prism Award Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries
2006 Entourage Rita Chase Episodes: "Aquamom" and "Return To Queens Blvd"
A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story Sylvia Guerrero Nominated — Imagen Award for Best Actress - Television
2007 Psych Detective Goochberg Episode: "Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast"
2009 Law & Order Judge Clara Lloyd Episode: "By Perjury"