Laura Esterman

Laura Esterman (born April 12, 1945)[1] is an American actress, known for portraying Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe in contemporary radio dramas, and for her Drama Desk Award and Obie Award winning performance in the 1992 original stage production of Scott McPherson's Marvin's Room.

Laura Esterman
Born (1945-04-12) April 12, 1945 (age 76)
New York City, US
OccupationFilm, television and radio actress

Life and careerEdit

Esterman was born in New York City, the daughter of Sophie (née Milgram) and Benjamin Esterman, a doctor.[1] She studied acting at HB Studio.[2] She made her Broadway debut in the 1969 revival of The Time of Your Life. Her other Broadway credits include The Waltz of the Toreadors, God's Favorite, Teibele and Her Demon, The Suicide, Metamorphosis and The Show-Off.[3]

In 1972, Esterman played the Madonna Vampyra in the ZBS Foundation radio play The Fourth Tower of Inverness, the first in the long-running Jack Flanders series. Esterman returned to ZBS in 1982 to star as the title character in the first Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe serial, and has reprised the role many times in the decades to come, most recently Ruby 10 in 2018. Many of her Ruby appearances are credited to a stage name, "Blanche Blackwell". Esterman also returned as the Madonna Vampyra in the 2000 sequel, Return to Inverness.

Esterman has also worked in television and film. Her television credits include Remington Steele, St. Elsewhere, The Facts of Life, L.A. Law, Family Ties, Law & Order, Third Watch and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit among others. Her movie credits include Alone in the Dark, Ironweed, Awakenings, The Doors, Addams Family Values, The Confession and Arranged among others.


  1. ^ a b "Laura Esterman Biography (1945-)". 1945-04-12. Retrieved 2009-05-22. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Alumni". Retrieved 15 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Laura Esterman at the Internet Broadway Database

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