Mary Woronov

Mary Woronov (born December 8, 1943) is an American actress, published author and figurative painter. She is primarily known as a "cult star" because of her work with Andy Warhol and her roles in Roger Corman's cult films. Woronov has appeared in over 80 movies and on stage at Lincoln Center and off-Broadway productions as well as numerous times in mainstream American TV series, such as Charlie's Angels and Knight Rider. She frequently co-starred with friend Paul Bartel; the pair appeared in 17 films together, often playing a married couple.

Mary Woronov
Woronov in February 2007
Born (1943-12-08) December 8, 1943
Other namesMary Might, Mary Pfft, Mary Whitehead, Mary Gershunny, Mary Waronov, Mary Woronoff
OccupationActress, writer, painter
Years active1966present
Theodore Gershuny (m. 19701973)

Early life

Woronov was born to Carol Eschholz[1] in the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida,[2] when it served as the Ream General Hospital during World War II.[3] Her stepfather, Victor D. Woronov (1907–1975), who adopted her, was a cancer surgeon in Brooklyn. She attended Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights and Cornell University.



She first made headlines in the early 1960s as a Warhol superstar. She danced with Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Warhol's multimedia presentation of the Velvet Underground. She played Hanoi Hannah in Chelsea Girls, the 1966 experimental underground film directed by Andy Warhol. The film was Warhol's first major commercial success after a long line of avant-garde art films (both feature-length and short). Of this time she has said,

Of all the girls at Andy Warhol's Factory, I was the butch one. [Warhol] put me in his Screen Test and I spent my nights at Max's Kansas City. ... I was the strong girl at the Factory.[4]

She became a fan of the L.A. punk music scene, and made an appearance with actors Jack Nance and John Hullette in the Suicidal Tendencies music video "Institutionalized" (1983).[5] She later appeared in the band's music video for the song "Possessed To Skate" (1987).

Woronov's notable appearances include the 1975 cult film Death Race 2000 and 1979's Rock 'n' Roll High School (and the 1991 sequel Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever), but her breakthrough role was in the 1982 cult film Eating Raoul. She has since had roles in numerous films including Blood Theatre (1984), Night of the Comet (1984), Chopping Mall and Nomads (1986), Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989), Dick Tracy (1990), Where Sleeping Dogs Lie (1991), Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)[6] and All About Evil (2010).[7]

She has also made guest appearances on TV shows such as Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Charlie's Angels, Mr. Belvedere, Murder, She Wrote, Amazing Stories, St. Elsewhere, Wings, Babylon 5, Family Matters, and Highlander: The Series.

Writing and other work

She has written such books as Snake; Blind Love; and Swimming Underground: My Years in the Warhol Factory. She appeared in Barneys New York fall 2014 advertising campaign, "L.A. Stories," shot by Bruce Weber.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1966 Chelsea Girls Hanoi Hannah
1966 Hedy Policewoman
1966 Kiss the Boot
1966 Milk Short film
1966 Shower
1966 Superboy
1966 The Beard Jean Harlow
1966 Since John F. Kennedy
1967 Four Stars
1970 Kemek Mary Wonderly
1973 Sugar Cookies Camilla Stone
1974 Seizure Mikki Hughes
1974 Silent Night, Bloody Night Diane Adams
1975 Death Race 2000 Calamity Jane
1975 Cover Girl Models Diane
1976 Hollywood Boulevard Mary McQueen
1976 Jackson County Jail Pearl
1976 Cannonball Sandy Harris
1976 Hollywood Man Julie
1977 Mr. Billion Bit Part (uncredited)
1977 Bad Georgia Road Hackett
1978 The One and Only Arlene
1979 The Lady in Red Woman Bankrobber
1979 Rock 'n' Roll High School Miss Togar
1981 Heartbeeps Party House Owner
1982 Eating Raoul Mary Bland
1982 National Lampoon's Movie Madness Secretary
1983 Angel of H.E.A.T. Samantha Vitesse
1983 Get Crazy Violetta
1984 Blood Theatre Miss Blackwell
1984 Young Lust
1984 Night of the Comet Audrey
1985 Get Out of My Room
1985 Hellhole Dr. Fletcher
1986 Nomads Dancing Mary
1986 TerrorVision Raquel Putterman
1986 Chopping Mall Mary Bland
1987 Kappa Short film
1987 Black Widow Shelley
1988 Mortuary Academy Mary Purcell
1989 Warlock Channeler
1989 Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills Lisabeth Hepburn-Saravian
1989 Let It Ride Quinella
1990 Dick Tracy Welfare Person
1990 Club Fed Jezebel
1990 Watchers II Dr. Glatman
1991 Buster's Bedroom Jane
1991 Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever Doctor Vadar
1991 Motorama Kidnapping Wife
1991 Where Sleeping Dogs Lie Woman Tourist
1992 The Living End Daisy
1993 Good Girls Don't Wilamena LaRue
1993 Grief Attorney
1995 Number One Fan Wedding Coordinator
1995 Glory Daze Joanie's Mom
1998 Secrets of a Chambermaid Felicity
1998 Sweet Jane Sales Lady
1998 Mom, Can I Keep Her? Dr. Klein Video
1999 Zoo Prunella
1999 Invisible Mom II Olivia Video
2000 Straight Right Dr. Wright
2001 The Vampire Hunters Club Receptionist Video short
2001 The New Women Lisa LaStrada
2001 Perfect Fit Mom
2003 Prison A-Go-Go! Dyanne She-Bitch Slutface
2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action Acme VP, Bad Ideas
2004 The Halfway House Sister Cecelia
2004 Frog-g-g! Doctor
2004 I Pass for Human Dr. Larraz
2005 The Devil's Rejects Abbie
2009 The House of the Devil Mrs. Ulman
2009 Heaven Wants Out Kitty
2011 Kitchenette: Part One Jo
2012 Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader House Mother
Year Title Role Notes
1974 Somerset Stephanie Dillard TV series
1976 Charlie's Angels Maxine Episode: "Angels in Chains"
1977 Logan's Run Irene Borden Episode: "Capture"
1979 Taxi Fran Strickland Episode: "Nardo Loses Her Marbles"
1979 Mrs. Columbo Kate's fellow inmate Episode: "Off the Record"
1980 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Nola Episode: "A Dream of Jennifer"
1980 Phyl & Mikhy Anya Episode: "Mikhy's Visitor"
1984 Hart to Hart Clavell Episode: "The Dog Who Knew Too Much"
1984 The Princess Who Had Never Laughed Governess TV movie
1985 Challenge of a Lifetime Mary Garritee TV movie
1985 A Bunny's Tale Miss Renfro TV movie
1985 Knight Rider Dr. Von Furst Episode: "Knight of the Juggernaut: Part 1"
1985 Mr. Belvedere Cheryl Episode: "The Letter"
1985 Murder, She Wrote Brady Episode: "Jessica Behind Bars"
1986 Amazing Stories Nurse Episode: "Secret Cinema"
1986 Brothers Sophia Santini Episode: "The Seduction of Lou"
1986 St. Elsewhere Episode: "Nothing Up My Sleeve"
1987 You Again? Dr. Quinn Episode: "Where the Sun Don't Shine"
1987 Shell Game Bean Sweeney Episode: "The Upstairs Gardner"
1987 Sledge Hammer! Jill Taylor Episode: "The Spa Who Loved Me"
1987 Webster Carol Episode: "San Francisco: Part 2"
Episode: "San Francisco: Part 3"
1988 Trial and Error Officer Burdette Episode: "Man's Best Friend"
1988 Monsters Viki Episode: "Pillow Talk"
1992 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Officer Gwen Episode: "Money Talks"
1993 Wings Lydia Detmeir Episode: "The Gift: Part 2"
1993 Flying Blind Mona 4 episodes
1993 Acting on Impulse Receptionist TV movie
1994 Babylon 5 Ko'Dath Episode: "Born to the Purple"
1994 Shake, Rattle and Rock! E. Joyce Togar TV movie
1994 My So-Called Life Dr. Linda Shields Episode: "Pressure"
1995 Highlander: The Series Rita Luce Episode: "They Also Serve"
1995 Here Come the Munsters Mrs. Dimwitty TV movie
1996 Family Matters Mrs. Ramsay Episode: "Swine Lake"
1996 The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas Mrs. Dimwitty TV movie
1999 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Motel Manager Episode: "Get Your Kicks at Motel 66"
2000 Who's Watching Who? Starring TV movie


  1. "Mary Woronov Biography (1946?-)". Retrieved 2009-10-22.
  2. "Mary Woronov. The Warhol cine-star and born again punk looks back in bemusement". Archived from the original on May 21, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-29.
  3. "U.S. Military in Palm Beach". Retrieved 2010-09-29.
  4. "L.A. Stories," Barneys New York fall advertising mailer, 2014, p.7.
  5. Rose, Cynthia. "Mary Woronov Interview". Archived from the original on September 17, 2007.
  6. The Show Must Go On! 'All About Evil' Teaser Trailer Debut
  7. Final All About Evil One-Sheet and Info on the Special Los Angeles Screening
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