Deanna has always been a formidable, respected and influential leader who displayed integrity, strength, and a great ability to judge character. For the first time in her life, she is shaken to her core. Seeing her husband and son die has made her realize she unwittingly shielded herself and the community from the harsh realities outside the walls. Her concepts of an ideal society are imploding around her. She’s become a shell of the strong-willed leader she once was.
Tovah Feldshuh most recently starred on Broadway as Berthe in the Tony® Award-winning Musical Pippin. Her show, Golda’s Balcony by William Gibson, became the longest-running one-woman play in Broadway history. She also starred in Yentl, Sarava, Lend Me a Tenor, and Irena’s Vow. For her work on the New York stage, she has earned four Tony® nominations for Best Actress and won four Drama Desks, four Outer Critics Circles, the Obie, the Theatre World and the Lucille Lortel Awards.
Film audiences recognize Feldshuh from Kissing Jessica Stein, for which she won a Golden Satellite Award; A Walk on the Moon; The Idolmaker; Lady in the Water; Just My Luck; Brewster’s Millions; and The Blue Iguana; among others. Feldshuh recently completed filming roles in Peter Bogdanovich’s She’s Funny That Way, with Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson; Angelica, with Janet McTeer and Jena Malone; Unreachable by Conventional Means; The Life; and the title role in Glinda, a film that centers on a widow of a jazz musician reclaiming the joy of life, which was selected as the “Best in Fest” at the 2014 Palm Beach Film Festival.
In addition to her role as Deanna on The Walking Dead, Feldshuh will also be seen as Ivana on the upcoming Starz series Flesh and Bone, about the cutthroat world of professional ballerinas. She received her first Emmy ® nomination for Helena, the Czech freedom fighter, in the NBC mini-series Holocaust; and her second nomination for her continuing role as defense attorney Danielle Melnick on NBC’s Law & Order. Feldshuh starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in The Amazing Howard Hughes; James Woods in Citizen Cohn; Bill Cosby on The Cosby Mysteries and The Cosby Show; Richard Dreyfuss in The Education of Max Bickford; Piper Perabo in Covert Affairs; America Ferrara in Ugly Betty; and in The Good Wife, with Julianna Margulies, among others.
Feldshuh, long known for her commitment to social justice causes, is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College; and has taught at Yale, Cornell and New York Universities. She was awarded two honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees and is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award, the Hadassah Mother of the Year Award, and the Israel Peace Medal.