Melanie Joy Mayron (born October 20, 1952) is an American actress and director of film and television. Mayron is best known for portraying the role of photographer Melissa Steadman on the ABC drama thirtysomething for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1989. In 2018, the Santa Fe Film Festival honored Mayron for her outstanding contributions to film and television.
Mayron at the AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) benefit, 1990
Melanie Joy Mayron
October 20, 1952
Mayron was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Norma (née Goodman), a real estate agent, and David Mayron, a pharmaceutical chemist. Her family is Jewish; Mayron's father is from a Sephardic background (the original surname was "Mizrahi"), while her mother is of Russian descent. She trained as an actress at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
In 1998, she and her chemist father developed a line of skincare products for babies and adults called Mayron's Goods.
Mayron appeared in the 1974 film Harry and Tonto, the 1976 movies Gable and Lombard and Car Wash, the 1977 films The Great Smokey Roadblock and You Light Up My Life, and starred in 1978's Girlfriends. In the mid-1970s, she played Brenda Morgenstern's best friend, Sandy Franks, on three episodes of the sitcom Rhoda. In 1982, she played Terry Simon, the photographer, in director Costa-Gavras' political drama Missing.
In 1988, she co-wrote and co-produced the comedy film Sticky Fingers. In 1995, Mayron directed The Baby-Sitters Club, a film based upon the book series of the same name. She also directed the television movie Toothless (1997) starring Kirstie Alley and the movie Slap Her... She's French (2002), starring Piper Perabo (which appeared on television as She Gets What She Wants). In 2006, she appeared as a judge in the reality show Looking for Stars on the Starz! channel.
In addition, she also directed episodes of thirtysomething, as well as episodes for shows such as In Treatment, The Fosters, Providence, Dawson's Creek, Ed, State of Grace, Nash Bridges, Wasteland, Tell Me You Love Me and The Naked Brothers Band, the latter series was created and ran by Mayron's former thirtysomething co-star Polly Draper.
In recent years, she has directed an episode of the Netflix original series GLOW, an episode of SEAL Team, an episode of The Enemy Within, and multiple episodes of the 2018 Charmed reboot, as well as Jane the Virgin.
|1974||Harry and Tonto||Ginger|
|1976||Gable and Lombard||Dixie|
|1977||The Great Smokey Roadblock||Lula|
|1977||You Light Up My Life||Annie Gerrard|
|1986||The Boss' Wife||Janet Keefer|
|1988||Sticky Fingers||Lolly||Also co-wrote and produced|
|1989||Checking Out||Jenny Macklin|
|1990||My Blue Heaven||Crystal Rybak|
|1994||Drop Zone||Mrs. Willins|
|2007||Itty Bitty Titty Committee||Courtney Cadmar|
|2012||Breaking the Girls||Annie|
|1975||Hustling||Dee Dee||TV film|
|1975||Medical Center||Jan Simmons||"Two Against Death"|
|1975–76||Rhoda||Sandy Franks||"With Friends Like These", "If You Don't Tell Her, I Will", "A Federal Case"|
|1977||The Love Boat||Joyce Adams||1 episode|
|1978||Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold||Madelaine||TV film|
|1980||Playing for Time||Marianne||TV film|
|1981||Lily: Sold Out||Harriet Van Dam||TV film|
|1981||The Best Little Girl in the World||Carol Link||TV film|
|1983||Will There Really Be a Morning?||Sophie||TV film|
|1984||Finder of Lost Loves||Michelle Peters||"Undying Love"|
|1985||Cagney & Lacey||Paula Eastman||"Con Games"|
|1985||Wallenberg: A Hero's Story||Sonja Kahn||TV film|
|1985–86||ABC Afterschool Special||Janet Eller / Sue||"Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale", "Wanted: The Perfect Guy"|
|1987–91||Thirtysomething||Melissa Steadman||Main role|
|1988||The Twilight Zone||Louise Simonson||"Acts of Terror"|
|1993||Ordeal in the Arctic||Susan "Sue" Hillier||TV film|
|1993||Other Women's Children||Dr. Amelia Stewart||TV film|
|1994||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Det. Betty Reed||"The Ides of Metropolis"|
|1997||Mad About You||Dorie||"Astrology"|
|1998||Something So Right||Rachel Travers||"Something About Burning Meat, Bridges and Rugs"|
|2000||Range of Motion||Alice Taylor||TV film|
|2006||Criminal Minds||Becka Doyle||"Somebody's Watching"|
|2008||Lipstick Jungle||Patty Bloom||"Nothing Sacred", "Pink Poison"|
|2012||Pretty Little Liars||Laurel Tuchman||"That Girl Is Poison"|
|2016–19||Jane the Virgin||Marlene Donaldson||Recurring role|
|1995||The Baby-Sitters Club||Film|
|1995||Freaky Friday||TV film|
|2001–2002||State of Grace||5 episodes|
|2002||Slap Her... She's French||Film|
|2004||Zeyda and the Hitman||TV film|
|2005||Campus Confidential||TV film|
|2007–2008||The Naked Brothers Band||10 episodes|
|2008||In Treatment||7 episodes|
|2011||Mean Girls 2||TV film|
|2012||Easy to Assemble||11 episodes|
|2012–2016||Pretty Little Liars||7 episodes|
|2013–2015||Switched at Birth||7 episodes|
|2015–2019||Jane the Virgin||17 episodes|
|2020||Brooklyn All American||Film|
- 1979: Bronze Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival (Girlfriends)
- 1989: Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (thirtysomething)
- 1979: BAFTA Best Film Newcomer Award for Girlfriends
- 1990: Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (thirtysomething)
- 1991: Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (thirtysomething)
- 1998: Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs (The Wonderful World of Disney: Toothless)
- "Melanie Mayron Biography (1952-)". www.filmreference.com.
- Levin, Jennifer (February 9, 2018). "Trading places: Actor-director Melanie Mayron". The Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
- ‘Slap’ Happy Actor-director Melanie Mayron is breaking stereotypes in front of and behind the camera By Naomi Pfefferman of the Jewish Journal, August 22, 2002
- "Mayron's Goods – made good, made pure, with botanicals".
- Gilchrist, Tracy E. (May 22, 2008). "Tabloids speculate about Jodie Foster's "other woman"". PinkNews.
- Staff (May 25, 2008). "Jodie Foster dumps long-time girlfriend for screenwriter Cindy Mort". New York Daily News.
- "YouTube". www.youtube.com.
- Lodge, Guy (July 31, 2018). "Film Review: 'Snapshots'". Variety. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
- Ileane Rudolph. "Catching Up With Melanie Mayron," TV Guide. Issue 2701. January 2, 2005.