Joanna Miles

Joanna Miles (born March 6, 1940) is an American actress. She was awarded two Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Laura Wingfield in the 1973 film production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie.

Joanna Miles
Miles and Larry Keith on All My Children, 1972
Born (1940-03-06) March 6, 1940
Years active1954—present
Spouse(s)William Burns (1970–1977)
Michael Brandman (1978–present)

Early life and education

Miles was born in Nice, France, the daughter of Jeanne Patterson Miles, an American painter, and Johannes Schiefer, a French painter and art curator.[1][2][3] She immigrated to the United States, and was naturalized a citizen, in 1941.[1] She graduated from The Putney School, a progressive independent high school in Putney, Vermont, in 1958. She was accepted into the Actors Studio, where she studied alongside Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, and Dustin Hoffman.[4]

Acting career

Miles won two Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Laura Wingfield in the 1973 film production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie: the Super Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in Drama,[5] and Supporting Actress of the Year.[6]

She has also played supporting roles in various movies, including The Way We Live Now (1970), Bug (1975), The Ultimate Warrior (1975), The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (1978), A Fire in the Sky (1978), Cross Creek (1983), Blackout (1988), Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (1990), Above Suspicion (1995), Judge Dredd (1995) and Sex and Breakfast (2007). She is known to Star Trek: The Next Generation fans as Perrin, Sarek's wife, from the episodes Sarek and Unification.

In 2001, she had a secondary role as the wife of a storekeeper in Tom Selleck's Turner Network Television Western film, Crossfire Trail. She was also in an episode of The Incredible Hulk entitled "The Quiet Room" and in the episode "Murder on the Flip Side" of the NBC crime drama The Eddie Capra Mysteries.

Personal life

Miles married William Burns in May 1970; they divorced in 1977. She remarried to film producer Michael Brandman in 1978; they have one son, Miles Brandman.[1]


  1. "Joanna Miles Biography (1940-)". Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  2. "Johannes Schiefer, 83; Painter and L.I. Curator". Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  3. Cotter, Holland (1999-09-03). "Jeanne Miles, 90, Abstract Artist Inspired by Asian Art and Ideas". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  4. Grigware, Don (November 9, 2015). "BWW Interview: Emmy Winning Actress Joanna Miles Discusses Front Door Open". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  5. Gelman, Morrie; Accas, Gene (1998). The Best in Television: 50 Years of Emmys. General Publ. p. 101. ISBN 9781575440422.
  6. Gertner, Richard (1979), "1973–1974 TELEVISION ACADEMY AWARDS: Categories and Areas of Achievement For the Emmy Award", International Television Almanac, Quigley Publishing Company
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