Mel Gorham

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Mel Gorham (born Marilyn Schnaer) is an American actress who is best known for her role as Violet in Wayne Wang's films Smoke and Blue in the Face. Gorham is from Coral Gables, Florida and is of Cuban and Russian Jewish descent. Gorham's improvised monologue in Blue in the Face garnered her much critical acclaim and press. Major film roles in Curdled and Cop Land followed. In 1997, Gorham was then cast as the star of an NBC sitcom titled Union Square. But after the pilot was filmed, the producers replaced her with Constance Marie. Gorham returned to the world of New York City theater where she began. After a long absence, she returned to film with a role in Wayne Wang's 2001 film The Center of the World. She continues work in film and theater.
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