Mary Woronov

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Actress • Writer

Birth Date: December 8, 1943

Age: 80 years old

Birth Place: Palm Beach, Florida

This tall, leggy and strikingly attractive performer has built a cult following with three decades of appearances in some decidedly off-center films. Sometimes lesbian, often formidable and usually sexually aggressive, Woronov has played leads and supporting roles in more than 40 films ranging from low-budget horror, sci-fi and actioners to soft-core adult fare to major Hollywood releases. She seems most comfortable on the margins however; her best work has been done for actor-writer-director Paul Bartel.

Woronov came to NYC in the early 1960s to be a painter. She hooked up with the artistic crowd at Andy Warhol's Factory and subsequently became a "superstar" in several of the celebrated pop artist's experimental 1960s films, notably "The Chelsea Girls" (1966) where, as Hanoi Hannah, she berated a room full of fashion victims. Woronov segued to the NYC stage, winning a Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut in David Rabe's "Boom Boom Room" (1974). Her film career picked up with roles in relatively mainstream fare with a strong exploitation angle, She earned good notices playing a scheming gold digger wife of an arrogant millionaire in "Seizure" (1974), a gory horror flick from neophyte helmer Oliver Stone. Woronov seemed to find her spiritual home at producer Roger Corman's New World Pictures appearing in such memorable cheapies as Bartel's "Death Race 2000" (1975), as racecar driver Calamity Jane, and Allan Arkush's boisterous "Rock 'n' Roll High School" (1979), as a tough principal.

Woronov truly shone in Bartel's deadpan sick comedy "Eating Raoul" (1982), a cult classic which Corman refused to finance. As the prudish Mary Bland, she helped her equally strange husband (Bartel) pursue his culinary dreams in a memorably twisted manner. Woronov was again delicious as a pretentious divorcee in Bartel's "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills" (1989).

In recent years, Woronov has successfully resumed her art career as a painter, with exhibits in New York and London. She still turns up on film and TV, typically in small parts and cameos, often in gay-themed indies like Gregg Araki's "The Living End" (1992) and Richard Glatzer's "Grief" (1993), and sometimes in such unlikely multiplex fodder as Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy" (1990). Woronov even lent her ineffable cool to a tiny but memorable guest shot as a no-nonsense doctor on the acclaimed teen/family drama "My So-Called Life." She has authored a 1995 memoir entitled "Swimming Underground: My Years in the Warhol Factory."

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The Velvet UndergroundStream

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2021
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Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein

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2019

Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, FrankensteinStream

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Nancy Erlich
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2019
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The Last Drive-in With Joe Bob BriggsStream

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Reality
2018

This Side of Heaven

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Alexxx
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2016

13 Most Beautiful

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2011

Beautiful Darling

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2010

The House of the DevilStream

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Mrs. Ulman
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2009
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Frog-g-g!

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Doctor
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2004

The Halfway House

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Sister Cecelia
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2004

I Pass for Human

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Dr. Larraz
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2004

Prison-a-Go-Go!

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2003

The New Women

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Lisa LaStrada
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2001

Golpe de la Justicia

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Dr. Wright
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2000

Golpes de Justicia

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2000

Straight Right

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Dr. Wright
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2000

Invisible Mom 2

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Olivia
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1999

Sweet Jane

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Sales Lady
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1998

Mom, Can I Keep Her?

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1998

Last Call

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Joanie's Mom
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1996

The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas

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Mrs. Dimwitty
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1996

Good Girls Don't

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Wilamena LaRue
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1995

Here Come the Munsters

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Mrs. Dimwitty
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1995

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Wedding Coordinator
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1995

My So-Called LifeStream

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Dr. Linda Shields
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1994
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Babylon 5Stream

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1994

Shake, Rattle and Rock!

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E. Joyce Togar
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1994

Acting on Impulse

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Receptionist
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1993

Where Sleeping Dogs Lie

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Woman Tourist
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1992

Motorama

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Kidnapping Wife
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1991

Buster's Bedroom

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Jane
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1991

Parker Lewis Can't Lose

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1990

Watchers II

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Dr. Glatman
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1990

Club Fed

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Jezebel
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1990

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Doctor Vadar
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1990

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1989

Warlock: el Enviado del Diablo

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1989

Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills

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Lisabeth Hepburn-Saravian
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1989
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Warlock

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Channeler
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1989

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Quinella
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1989

Monsters

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Viki
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1988

Mortuary Academy

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Mary Purcell
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1988

Black Widow

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Shelley
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1987

Chopping MallStream

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Mary Bland
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1986
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TerrorVision

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Raquel Putterman
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1986

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Dancing Mary
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1986
36%

Amazing StoriesStream

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1985

Mr. Belvedere

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1985

Course vers le sommet

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1985

Hellhole

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Dr. Fletcher
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1985

Challenge of a Lifetime

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Mary Garritee
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1985

A Bunny's Tale

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Miss Renfro
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1985

Triable

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Mary Garritee
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1985

Movie House Massacre

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Miss Blackwell
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1984

Blood Theatre

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Miss Blackwell
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1984

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Audrey
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1984
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Angel of H.E.A.T.

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Samantha Vitesse
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1983

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Dr. Von Furst
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1982

Eating RaoulStream

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Mary Bland
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1982
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Heartbeeps

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Party House Owner
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1981

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Secretary
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1981

Hart to HartStream

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1979

Rock 'n' Roll High SchoolStream

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Miss Togar
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1979
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L'École en délire

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1979

TaxiStream

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Fran Strickland
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1978

The One and Only

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Arlene
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1978

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1976

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Mary McQueen
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1976

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Julie
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1976

Death Race 2000Stream

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Calamity Jane
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1975
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Cover Girl Models

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Diane
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1975

Seizure

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Mikki Hughes
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1974

Silent Night, Bloody Night

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Diane Adams
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1972

Sugar Cookies

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Camila Stone
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1972

Women in Revolt

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Penny
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1971

Kemek

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1970

Kemek

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Mary Wonderly
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1970

The Chelsea Girls

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Hanoi Hannah
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1967

Hedy

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1966