Penny Orloff

Penny Orloff was a working actor/dancer in Los Angeles when a Juilliard scholarship took her to New York. She had featured roles on Broadway, working for such directors as Harold Prince and Joseph Papp, and sang more than 20 Principal Soprano roles for New York City Opera under Julius Rudel and Beverly Sills.

In a career spanning more than 50 years, she starred in over 100 productions off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally.  Her first solo show, “Jewish Thighs on Broadway” (based on her best-selling novel of the same name, available on, toured the U.S. for a decade, including a successful off-Broadway run in 2005. 

Having outlived most of her early competition for film roles, since 2012 she has enjoyed acting in a range of interesting shorts, Indie, and feature films (silver-white hair and a Botox-free face are, apparently, in short supply in LA…).