Robin Bartlett

Robin Bartlett (born April 22, 1951) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in two NBC sitcoms The Powers That Be and Mad About You.

Robin Bartlett
Born (1951-04-22) April 22, 1951 (age 70)
Years active1969–present
(m. 1976; div. 1984)

Terence Cannon
(m. 1990)


She appeared in the short-lived series The Powers That Be and had a recurring role as Debbie Buchman (the lesbian sister of Paul Reiser's character) in the series Mad About You and as a TV producer on Series. She has played a teacher at least twice—as Mrs. Elliott in 1989's Lean on Me, then again as French teacher Mrs. Grober in the 1991 film If Looks Could Kill. In addition, she portrayed the dean of a private school in an episode ("The Ida Funkhouser Roadside Memorial") of the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm.

In June 2010 it was announced Barlett would be appearing as Hannah Pitt in Signature Theatre Company's 20th-anniversary production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America.[1] She also portrayed Bridget Kearns in Shutter Island in 2010.

In 2013, she portrayed Dr. Miranda Crump in American Horror Story's second season, Asylum, and later that year returned for the third season, Coven, portraying Cecily Pembroke.

She starred in the 2014 film H., for which she was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female in 2016.



Year Title Role Notes
1980 Heaven's Gate Mrs. Lezak
1982 Sophie's Choice Lillian Grossman
1987 Baby Boom Yuppie Wife
1987 Moonstruck Barbara
1989 Lean on Me Mrs. Elliot
1989 See You in the Morning Group Therapy Patient
1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors Wedding Guest
1990 Postcards from the Edge Aretha
1990 Alice Nina
1991 If Looks Could Kill Patricia Grober Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1991 Regarding Henry Phyllis
1991 Deceived Charlotte
1995 Dangerous Minds Mrs. Carla Nichols
1997 Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves Patti Szalinski
1998 City of Angels Anne
2005 The Dying Gaul Bella
2010 Shutter Island Bridget Kearns
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Lillian Gorfein
2014 H. Helen Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
2015 Chronic Martha
2017 The Glass Castle Erma
2021 The Seventh Day Helen
2021 Land of Dreams Jackie
2022 The Fabelmans Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Playing for Time Etalina Television movie
1981 Ryan's Hope Judy Prince Episode: "#1.1619"
1981 Skokie JDL Girl Television movie
1988 Spenser: For Hire Mrs. Drake Episode: "To the End of the Line"
1989 Miami Vice Rhoda King Episode: "The Cell Within"
1992 Coach Sarah Episode: "If That's Opportunity, Don't Answer"
1992–93 The Powers That Be Sophie Lipkin 20 episodes
1993 Fallen Angels Jean Medill Episode: "Murder, Obliquely"
1993 It Had to Be You Eve Parkin 6 episodes
1993 12:01 Anne Jackson Television movie
1994–99 Mad About You Debbie Buchman 29 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2000–04 Judging Amy Atty. Roberta Orr 3 episodes
2000 Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane Professor Norris Episode: "I Don't Feel So Good"
2000 Touched by an Angel Toni Episode: "Quality Time"
2000 Bull Dr. Rose Wright Episode: "To Have and to Hold"
2001 Danny Unknown Episode: "Forget About Your Boss"
2002 The West Wing Susan Thomas Episode: "The Red Mass"
2003 The Agency Nili Demsky Episode: "Unholy Alliances"
2003–04 Dragnet Donna Bostick 6 episodes
2004 Medical Investigation Dr. Salgado Episode: "Team"
2004 NYPD Blue Evelyn Winker Episode: "I Love My Wives, But Oh You Kid"
2005 American Dad! Clara Episode: "Stan Knows Best"
2005 The Closer Leah Rainey Episode: "Flashpoint"
2005 Nip/Tuck Dr. Meredith Forsythe Episode: "KiKi"
2006 Justice Regina Stack Episode: "Death Spiral"
2007 The Singles Table Mrs. Braunstein Episode: "The Work Dinner"
2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm Dean Episode: "The Ida Funkhouser Roadside Memorial"
2010 CSI: Miami Stephanie Hollister Episode: "Backfire"
2013 American Horror Story: Asylum Dr. Miranda Crump Episode: "Continuum"
2013 American Horror Story: Coven Cecily Pembroke 3 episodes
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Hot Dog Lady Episode: "Nick Offerman Wears a Green Flannel Shirt & Brown Boots"
2015 Battle Creek Judge Warren Episode: "The Hand-Off"
2015 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Miss Miriam Episode: "The Mattress"
2016 Vice Principals Mrs. Leblanc Episode: "The Foundation of Learning"


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