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Dale Soules (born October 2, 1946 (1946-10-02)) is an American actress known for starring in The Messenger, Sesame Street, and for portraying Frieda Berlin in Orange Is The New Black since 2013.[1]

Dale Soules
Born (1946-10-02) October 2, 1946 (age 72)
Known forOrange Is The New Black


Early lifeEdit

Soules was born on October 2, 1946 (1946-10-02) in New Jersey. She grew up in the Greenwood Lake section of West Milford, New Jersey and attended West Milford High School.[2] While in high school, Soules became interested in acting and began acting in Summer stock theater, singing in church choirs and started studying acting at HB Studio.[2]


Soules moved to New York in the mid 60s after high school to pursue an acting career, and initially worked behind the scenes in theater in a variety of positions.[2] Her big break came in 1968 when she landed her first Broadway role, the part of Jeanie in the original Broadway production of Hair.[2][3]

She continued to appear in a number of theater productions including four years in the play The Magic Show,[2] Hands on a Hard Body, Grey Gardens, and The Crucible.[3]

Soules joined Orange Is The New Black during its second season in the recurring role of Frieda Berlin.[4] Starting with the show's sixth season, Soules was promoted to a series regular.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Soules is openly lesbian.[5]


  1. ^ "ABOUT". Retrieved 2017-06-17.
  2. ^ a b c d e Reich, Ronni (14 June 2015). "N.J. native Dale Soules appears on stage and screen this summer". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b Keller, Ilana (25 January 2017). "From 'Hair' to 'OITNB,' Dale Soules fights for justice". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b Petski, Denise (31 May 2017). "'Orange Is The New Black' Ups Dale Soules To Series Regular". Deadline. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  5. ^ Musto, Michael (5 June 2017). "Drag Queens Have Been Reading Up a Storm (And Not to Filth) Also: Openly lesbian Dale Soules promoted on OITNB! Bette Midler headed to Fire Island?". Out Magazine.

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