Annie Golden (born October 19, 1951) is an American actress and singer. She first came to prominence as the lead singer of the punk band The Shirts from 1975-1981 with whom she recorded three albums. She began her acting career as Mother in the 1977 Broadway revival of Hair; later taking on the role of Jeannie Ryan in the 1979 film version of the musical. Other notable film credits include Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Baby Boom (1987), Longtime Companion (1989), Strictly Business (1991), Prelude to a Kiss (1992), 12 Monkeys (1995), The American Astronaut (2001), It Runs in the Family (2003), Adventures of Power (2008), and I Love You Phillip Morris (2009).
|Known for||Orange Is The New Black|
Golden is best known for portraying mute Norma Romano in the Netflix comedy-drama web television series Orange Is the New Black from 2013-2019. In 1985-1986 she appeared as the recurring character Tommy in Miami Vice, and from 1989-1992 she portrayed the recurring role of Margaret O'Keefe on the sitcom Cheers. She has appeared as a guest star on several television programs, including American Playhouse, Dear John, Father Dowling Mysteries, High Maintenance, Law & Order, and True Blue among others.
Golden was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. She sang in school and church choirs as a child. Her father died at age 52 and her mother died in 1974, at the age of 42. Golden on her family: "My mom never saw me do anything." She said that "she had no training." When she met Art LaMonica in 1971, he invited her to join his group called Lackeys & Schemers.
Golden began her career as the lead singer of The Shirts (which headlined CBGB in the late 70s). During the early 1990s she performed as part of the duo Golden Carillo with Frank Carillo. They released three albums, Fire in Newtown, Toxic Emotion, and Back for More. She returned to The Shirts, but she has also performed solo and with a band. In 1984, her song "Hang Up the Phone" was featured on the soundtrack of the film Sixteen Candles. She performs a revue of songs from her stage career along with originals called Annie Golden's Velvet Prison.
Film and TV
While with The Shirts, Golden was discovered by Miloš Forman, who gave her a part in Hair. She had featured roles on the television series Cheers and Miami Vice. Golden was the voice of Marina in the Don Bluth animated feature film The Pebble and the Penguin. She played a taxi driver in Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys (1995), wherein she had a scene with Bruce Willis and Madeline Stowe.
In recent years, she has been seen in commercials for Coinstar, in which she portrays The Tooth Fairy. She appears in the musical film Temptation with actor Adam Pascal, Tony Award winners Alice Ripley and Anika Noni Rose, and film actress Zoe Saldana and in 2009 had a small role in I Love You Phillip Morris with actors Ewan McGregor and Jim Carrey, playing a simple woman requiring legal assistance.
In 2013, she began playing the role of the nearly mute Norma Romano in the Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black, for which she won a 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award (along with the rest of the ensemble cast).
On Broadway, she has appeared in the 1977 revival of Hair, Leader of the Pack (1985), Ah, Wilderness! (1988), On the Town (1998), and The Full Monty (2000). She had the title role in the workshop of the short-lived adaptation of Stephen King's novel Carrie. She also played the role of Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's musical Assassins during its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in New York City in 1990–1991, and is featured on the cast recording of it, on the RCA label. In 2003 she joined other original Off-Broadway cast members in a Reprise! (Los Angeles) concert production of Assassins. In 2007, she was stand-by for the two comic villain roles in the musical Xanadu on Broadway.
She played Lucy Schmeeler, the whiny friend with the chronic cold, in the Off-Broadway Public Theater production at the Delacorte Theater of On the Town in August 1997. She also appeared in the lab production of the musical Hit The Lights! in 1993 at the Vineyard Theatre.
Golden has appeared in three separate versions of Hair: a Broadway revival in 1977, the motion picture in 1979 and a special benefit performance concert in 2004. Golden starred with Peter Scolari in the world premiere of The Nutcracker and I from November 29, 2011 to December 31, 2011 at the George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Comically playing the Sugar Rush Fairy (and three other roles) in this musical comedy featuring the music of Tchaikovsky and lyrics by Gerard Alessandrini, she and Scolari were compared in one review to the team of Imogene Coca and Sid Caesar.
Since 2005, Golden has frequently appeared in stage concerts for composer Joe Iconis. She stars in the Barrington Stage Company production of his Broadway Bounty Hunter, with the book by Iconis, Lance Rubin and Jason "Sweettooth" Williams, directed by Julianne Boyd, which opened on August 13, 2016. This role was written by Iconis for Golden; he said of Golden: “ 'She’s essentially playing a fictionalized version of herself, so she’s been so helpful... Her personality has imbued the whole spirit of the show.' ” The Variety reviewer wrote: "Golden does woebegone really well....Surprisingly, however, the show underserves its star... except for a rousing, climactic paean to “the blood… back in my veins,” the material isn't there... There's only limited chance to see her take full command of stage and story." The Boston Globe called the musical "rowdy, funny, cheerfully cockeyed." A concert version of Broadway Bounty Hunter, starring Golden, was presented at Joe's Pub in New York City on September 26, 2016. She starred in Broadway Bounty Hunter at the Off-Broadway Greenwich House Theater in July 2019.
|1979||Hair||Jeannie Ryan||Miloš Forman|
|1985||Desperately Seeking Susan||Band Singer||Susan Seidelman|
|Key Exchange||Val||Barnet Kellman|
|Hometown||Kim Friedman||TV series (1 episode)|
|1985–86||Miami Vice||Tommy||Paul Michael Glaser, Craig Bolotin & John Nicolella||TV series (3 episodes)|
|1986||Class of '86||Jerry Adler|
|American Playhouse||Caroline||Luis Soto||TV series (1 episode)|
|Down to Earth||Starr Gardner||Russ Petranto||TV series (1 episode)|
|1987||Forever, Lulu||Diana||Amos Kollek|
|Love at Stake||Abigail Baxter||John Moffitt|
|Baby Boom||Nanny||Charles Shyer|
|1989||Longtime Companion||Heroin Addict||Norman René|
|Dear John||Sylvia||John Rich||TV series (1 episode)|
|True Blue||Connie Tollin||William A. Graham & George Mendeluk||TV series (2 episodes)|
|1989–92||Cheers||Margaret O'Keefe||James Burrows||TV series (4 episodes)|
|1990||Father Dowling Mysteries||Florence Galthworthy||Ron Satlof||TV series (1 episode)|
|1991||Strictly Business||Sheila||Kevin Hooks|
|1992||This Is My Life||Marianne||Nora Ephron|
|Prelude to a Kiss||Tin Market Musician||Norman René (2)|
|1995||The Pebble and the Penguin||Marina||Don Bluth & Gary Goldman|
|12 Monkeys||Woman Cabbie||Terry Gilliam|
|1996||One Way Out||Eve||Kevin Lynn|
|1997||Arresting Gena||Sally||Hannah Weyer|
|My Divorce||The middle sister||Andrea Clark|
|1999||Law & Order||Frances Padden||Constantine Makris||TV series (1 episode)|
|Third Watch||Amber Gastin||Christopher Chulack||TV series (1 episode)|
|2001||The American Astronaut||Cloris||Cory McAbee|
|Mourning Glory||Mediator||Barrett Esposito|
|Third Watch||Crazy Woman||Jesús Salvador Treviño||TV series (1 Episode)|
|2003||It Runs in the Family||Deb||Fred Schepisi|
|Trouble in Paradise||Dolores||Dave Coleman||Short|
|2004||Messengers||Alice Farmer||Philip Farha|
|2005||Tom and Francie||Francie||Patrick Michael Denny|
|Live at Five||Annie||Averie Storck||Short|
|2006||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Varla||Arthur W. Forney||TV series (1 episode)|
|2007||Brooklyn Rules||Dottie||Michael Corrente|
|Sexina: Popstar P.I.||Vera's Mom||Erik Sharkey|
|2008||Adventures of Power||Farrah||Ari Gold|
|2009||I Love You Phillip Morris||Eudora Mixon||Glenn Ficarra & John Requa|
|2009–10||Wiener & Wiener||Deena||Dante Russo||TV series (4 episodes)|
|2012||The Trouble with Cali||Mrs. Katie Saperstein||Paul Sorvino|
|NYC 22||Unmarried Woman||Martha Mitchell||TV series (1 episode)|
|2013–2019||Orange Is the New Black||Norma Romano||Several||TV series (32 episodes)|
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
|2015||American Songbook at NJPAC||David Stern||TV series|
|2016||Miles||Rhonda Roth||Nathan Adloff|
|2017||Different People||Flipper||Jeffrey Walker||TV series|
|2018||One Dollar||Craig Zobel||TV series|
|2019||High Maintenance||Barbie||Katja Blichfeld||TV series (1 episode)|
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