Raffaella Julia Theresa Abruzzo (born July 3, 1926), professionally known as Rae Allen, is an American actress and director of stage, film and television actress, and singer. Her early roles were in Broadway theatre productions, starting from 1948 she moved to television and film roles in the early 1960s

Rae Allen
Raffaella Julia Theresa Abruzzo

(1926-07-03) July 3, 1926 (age 93)
EducationNew York University (MFA)
OccupationActress (stage, television and film) and theatre director, singer
Years active1948–2011
AwardsTony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Play for And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little (1971)

Early and personal lifeEdit

Allen was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Julia (née Riccio) and Joseph Abruzzo,[1] and trained at the HB Studio[2] in New York City's Greenwich Village. She won the Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Play for And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little. She was married to John M. Allen and divorced and married politician Herbert Harris. Allen has no children.


Allen won the Tony Award, for Best Featured Actress in a Play for And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, she had two prior Tony nominations, including one for Best Featured Actress in Damn Yankees in 1955 and for the same category in Traveller Without Luggage in 1967. She appeared in the original Broadway production of Damn Yankees as the nosy reporter Gloria and recreated the role in the film adaptation, in both of which she introduced the song, "Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, Mo."

Film and televisionEdit

She has appeared in such films as Reign Over Me, A League Of Their Own, Stargate, among others. On television she appeared on two consecutive episodes of Seinfeld as unemployment counselor Lenore Sokol, who must deal with George Costanza, who tries to get her to approve an extension of his benefits by dating her homely daughter, who ends up rejecting him. She also made appearances on television shows such as The Patty Duke Show, Hill Street Blues, All in the Family, Car 54 Where Are You, Head of the Class, Remington Steele, The Sopranos and Grey's Anatomy, among others.

Selected rolesEdit

Broadway theatreEdit

Selected television appearancesEdit


  1. ^ Profile, FilmReference.com; accessed January 21, 2016.
  2. ^ alumni

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