Lisa Jane Persky
Lisa Jane Persky (born May 5, 1955) is an American actress, journalist, author, artist, and photographer. She is best known for her supporting roles in the films The Great Santini (1979) and Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), and her work in the late 1970s as a writer and photojournalist for New York Rocker magazine.
Lisa Jane Persky
|Occupation||Actress, author, artist, photographer|
Andy Zax (m. 2008)
Early life and educationEdit
After her parents' divorce, her father married novelist Judith Rossner (Looking for Mr. Goodbar) and her mother married classical violinist Vladimir Weisman. Persky grew up in New York's Greenwich Village at 87 Christopher Street, a building known for such notable tenants as H.M. Koutoukas and Yoko Ono. She attended P.S. 41 for elementary school then the High School of Art and Design, where she studied graphic design.
Immediately after she graduated from high school, Persky's neighbor Koutoukas, a playwright, told her that he had written a play for her. He cast her, with the salary of $25 per week, as "Cordelia Wells, The World's Most Perfect Teenager" in Grandmother Is in the Strawberry Patch. The play was produced at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, and was the first of several collaborations between Persky and Koutoukas. In 1976, she performed as Mary-Eleanor in Tom Eyen's Women Behind Bars, directed by Ron Link and starring Divine.
She has since appeared in many plays, including Broadway's Steaming, and has received critical acclaim for her stage performances in Los Angeles. She received the Drama-Logue and LA Weekly Theater awards (for Best Actress) for Mayo Simon's These Men, in which she starred at the Los Angeles Actors Theatre Company, and for Hearts on Fire at the Odyssey. She also received a Drama Critics Circle award nomination (for Outstanding Performance) forThese Men.
Her breakout performance as a film actress came in 1979, playing the role of Robert Duvall's daughter in The Great Santini. She has gone on to act in over two dozen films, including American Pop, The Cotton Club, Peggy Sue Got Married, The Big Easy, When Harry Met Sally..., and Coneheads. In her role as Katrina in Destiny Turns on the Radio (1995), she gave actor/director Quentin Tarantino his first on-screen kiss. In 2013, she appeared as herself in I Am Divine, Jeffrey Schwarz's documentary about the actor Divine.
Persky's television work has included a recurring role on Private Eye, as well as appearances on NYPD Blue, The X-Files, King of the Hill, E/R, The Golden Girls, and dozens more. She has also appeared in such made-for-TV movies as Meat Loaf: To Hell and Back and KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.
Writing and editingEdit
An early participant in the CBGB music scene, she was a founding staff member at New York Rocker magazine. During that era, she documented the burgeoning punk and new wave movement as a writer and a photojournalist. She revisited the era on the "New York Rockers" panel at the 2012 EMP Pop Conference.
As a journalist, her work has appeared in publications including Fortean Times and LA Weekly. In 2010, she became a founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, where she was also Art Director. She left the publication in December 2012.
Her fiction has appeared, among other places, in the magazines BOMB and Eclectica (where, billed as Eljay Persky, she was one of 30 writers selected to be anthologized in their Eclectica: Best Fiction Vol. 1 collection).
In addition to her fine-art photography, her photographry has been featured in magazines such as Mojo, Q, and Uncut, and in books, including Gary Valentine's memoir, New York Rocker: My Life in The Blank Generation, Punk: The Whole Story, and Lance Out Loud, to which she also contributed an essay. Her collage work has appeared in publications including the Los Angeles Times and LA Style, and it earned her an Award for Design Excellence from Print magazine. In 2008, she co-produced and curated Los Angeles Loteria; An Exploration of Identity, an edition of prints in honor of the 40th anniversary of Aardvark Letterpress. In 2012, she contributed the foreword to the catalog for photographer Bobby Grossman's exhibit Low Fidelity - The Photos of Bobby Grossman.
Personal life and miscellaneous appearancesEdit
Persky was the subject of a critically lauded song by Blondie, "(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear". The song was written by her then-boyfriend, Gary Valentine, who was the band's bassist at the time.
In 2009, Persky began making appearances on The Best Show on WFMU radio program, as both a regular caller and as an in-studio special guest. She is also a semi-regular on the Life Elsewhere program on WMNF, Tampa.
|1979||The Great Santini||Mary Anne Meechum|
|1980||Love in a Taxi||Marian|
|1983||Breathless||Salesgirl||billed as Lisa Persky|
|1984||The Cotton Club||Frances Flegenheimer|
|1985||The Sure Thing||Mary Ann Webster|
|1986||Peggy Sue Got Married||Delores Dodge|
|1987||The Big Easy||McCabe|
|1989||Great Balls of Fire!||Babe|
|1989||When Harry Met Sally...||Alice|
|1990||In the Best Interest of the Children||Gwen Hatcher|
|1990||The Last of the Finest||Harriet Gross|
|1994||Pontiac Moon||Alicia Frank|
|1995||Destiny Turns on the Radio||Katrina|
|1999||Tumbleweeds||Diner Waitress||billed as Lisa Persky|
|1999||The Wetonkawa Flash|
|2001||My First Mister||Sheila|
|2001||An American Rhapsody||Pattie|
|2013||I Am Divine||herself|
|1977||The Fitzpatricks||Episodes: "Halloween" and "The New Fitzpatrick"|
|1978||NBC Special Treat||Cindy||Episode: "Snowbound"|
|1978||KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park||Dirty Dee||Television film|
|1980||Shirley||Episode: "The Three Dates of Shirley Miller"|
|1981||ABC Afterschool Specials||Jo Dayton||Episode: "A Matter of Time"|
|1981||The Choice||Emmy Soames||Television film|
|1981||Quincy M.E.||Penny Stone||Episode: "Sugar and Spice"|
|1982||The Incredible Hulk||Rita||Episode: "A Minor Problem"|
|1982||Open All Night||Laurie|
|1982||Trapper John, M.D.||Sally||Episode: "Ladies in Waiting"|
|1983||Desperate Intruder||Linda||Television film|
|1984||E/R||Episode: "Sentimental Journey"|
|1984||Shattered Vows||Sister Cathy||Television film|
|1985||The Golden Girls||Kate Zbornak||Episode: "Guess Who's Coming to the Wedding?"|
|1985||Amazing Stories||Shirley||Episode: "The Main Attraction"|
|1985||New Love, American Style||Episode: "Love and Leaving Home"|
|1986||Crime Story||Joanne Goldman||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1986||The Twilight Zone||Sandra||Episode: "The Once and Future King"|
|1987||Private Eye||Dottie||Episodes: "Pilot," "Nickey the Rose," "War Buddy," "Blue Movie," "Blue Hotel Pt.1," "Nobody Dies in Chinatown"|
|1988||Private Eye||Dottie||Episode: "Hollywood Confidential"|
|1988||thirtysomething||Sharon Berman||Episode: "Whose Forest Is This?"|
|1989||It's Garry Shandling's Show||Kitty||Episode: "Vegas: Part 2"|
|1990||Grand||Jenny||Episode: "Norris' Romance"|
|1991||The Antagonists||Joanie Rutledge|
|1992||Designing Women||Heather McPhaul||Episode: "All About Odes to Atlanta"|
|1992||Mann & Machine||Episode: "Cold, Cold Heart"|
|1993||Murphy Brown||Jane||Episode: "Games Mothers Play"|
|1994||Quantum Leap||Marion||Episode: "Memphis Melody - July 3, 1954"|
|1995||The Marshal||Felton Voorhees||Episodes: "Twoslip" and "Pass the Gemelli"|
|1995||Touched by an Angel||Alison||Episode: "The Big Bang"|
|1997||The Pretender||Lamont||Episode: "Bomb Squad"|
|1998||Perfect Assassins||Janice Franklin||Television film|
|1999||The X-Files||Laura Weinsider||Episode: "Terms of Endearment"|
|1999||King of the Hill||Actress (voice)||Episode: "Love Hurts and So Does Art"|
|1999||Touched by an Angel||Stasi||Episode: "The Last Day of the Rest of Your Life"|
|2000||Meat Loaf: To Hell and Back||Wilma Aday||Television film|
|2002||The Practice||Karen Garvey||Episode: "The Test"|
|2002||The Division||Ann Fenwick||Episode: "Illusions"|
|2004||NYPD Blue||Jessica Applebaum||Episode: "What's Your Poison?"|
|2005||Invasion||Disheveled Woman||Episode: "Unnatural Selection"|
|2005||Twins||Marcy||Episode: "Horse Sense"|
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- Persky, Lisa Jane (March 21, 2010). "H.M. Koutoukas; A Remembrance". Noir Pictures.
- "Yoko Revisits Her Old Home". Instagram. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
- "Eljay Persky grew up in New York City's Greenwich Village, attending the High School of Art and Design." Eclectica Magazine, October / November 2005. Accessed August 6, 2008.
- La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: Grandmother is in the Strawberry Patch (1973)". Accessed July 18, 2018.
- Women Behind Bars. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
- "Steaming". Playbill Vault. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
- "Lisa Jane Persky". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
- Canby, Vincent (February 13, 1981). "'American Pop' Grown-Up Animation". The New York Times. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- Dawson, Jeffrey (1995). Quentin Tarantino: The Cinema of Cool. Applause Books. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
- "I am Divine - The Movie". DivineMovie.com. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
- "Private Eye TV intro". YouTube.com. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
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- "New York Rocker". Rip-her-to-shreds.com. May 1976. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
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- "Strange Days: Obituaries/Curtis Harrington". The Fortean Times. Archived from the original on November 1, 2007. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
- "RODNEY BINGENHEIMER: A Child of the Myth". LA Weekly. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
- "One of Milo Challenger's Stories". BOMB (magazine). Retrieved April 30, 2013.
- "Best Fiction Volume One Sales Sheet" (PDF). Eclectica. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
- "New York Rocker: My Life in the Blank Generation". Amazon.com. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
- "Punk: The Whole Story". Amazon.com. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
- "Lance Out Loud". Amazon.com. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
- "Aardvark Letterpress marks its 40th year with loteria-like fine art prints". The Los Angeles Times. June 15, 2008. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
- "Los Angeles Loteria". Bert Green Fine Art. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
- "Low Fidelity - The Photos of Bobby Grossman". Shebangdesign.com. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
- "Life Elsewhere". WMNF.org. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
- "20th Anniversary Guest Stars". LeapBack2009.com. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
- "Lisa Jane Persky". NJKISSxpo.com. Retrieved May 7, 2013.