People in the Film
Judith Abrams was a Berg family friend. She is the niece of Fannie Merrill, Gertrude Berg's best friend and personal assistant who worked as casting director and general “Gal Friday” on all Berg's projects.
Joyce Antler is the Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture at Brandeis University, where she teaches in the American Studies Department and Women's and Gender Studies Program. Her major fields of interest include women's history, American Jewish history
and culture, the history of education, and history as theater. She is the author or editor of ten books, including, most recently, You Never Call! You Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother.
Ed Asner is a film and television actor and former Screen Actors Guild President, primarily known for his role as Lou Grant on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its spin-off series, "Lou Grant". He was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family. He played a prominent role in the 1980 SAG strike.
Adam Berg is a grandson of Gertrude Berg.
Anna Berger is an actress who got her start on Gertrude Berg’s television show.
Chris Milanos Downey is an educational consultant from a Greek background.
Madeline Lee Gilford was an American film and stage actress and social activist, who later enjoyed a later career as a theatrical producer. Gilford was the widow of actor Jack Gilford. Both Madeline and Jack were subpoenaed and blacklisted during the McCarthy Era for much of the 1950s. Gilford continued her role as a social activist in the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and was more recently arrested for civil disobedience in 1999 while protesting the police shooting of Amadou Diallo in New York City. Gilford co-authored a memoir in 1978 with Kate Mostel, the wife of Zero Mostel, entitled 170 Years in Show Business.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the second woman named as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and the first Jewish woman to serve there. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton with the support of Judiciary Chairman Senator Orrin Hatch in 1993.
Gary David Goldberg is a television producer best known for the series "Brooklyn Bridge". He got his start on the hit sitcom "Newhart". He also produced the critically acclaimed series "Lou Grant", and created the sitcoms "Family Ties" and "Spin City".
Viola Harris appeared on "The Goldbergs", and has performed in many movies including "Choke", "Whiffs" and "High School Hellcats", released in 1958, in which she portrayed Linda Martin. In 2003 she appeared in the off Broadway production "Oh Boy!".
Norman Lear is an Emmy-winning televison producer known for the creation of hit sitcoms such as "All In The Family", "Maude", "The Jeffersons", "One Day at a Time", "Sanford and Son", and "Good Times". He also directed Dick Van Dyke in two films, “Divorce American Style” and “Cold Turkey”.
Arlene “Fuzzy” McQuade is an actress who portrayed Rosalie on the series "The Goldbergs" from 1949 to 1956. She is also known for her work in "Telephone Time", "Fight for the Title", and the "Hawaii Five-O" episode Full Fathom Five. Her credits also include the role of "Ginnie" in the film “Touch of Evil” (with Charlton Heston, 1958), the TV Westerns "Death Valley Days" "The Lawless Years" and "Have Gun - Will Travel", the movie “The Nick Joseph Story” in which she played Billie North.
Zero Mostel was a popular stage actor known for his work in "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum", "The Comedians", and "Fiddler on the Roof". He was a close friend of Philip Loeb.
Kate Mostel was the wife of Zero Mostel and close friend of Philip Loeb. He stayed at their house for awhile shortly before his death.
Margaret Nagle is a screenwriter/producer. She just finished working with Terence Winter and Martin Scorcese on the new TV series "Boardwalk Empire" for HBO. Her television pilot " The Eastmans" with Donald Suterhland was just shot for CBS. Margaret wrote the Emmy award winning HBO movie "Warm Springs" about FDR and his struggle with polio. Currently she is writing the sequel "The Defining Moment" based on the book by Newsweek journalist Jon Alter. Margaret spent 4 years developing a film based on the life of Gertude Berg for HBO. She is so grateful that Aviva has finally told the story of this remarkable woman.
Larry Robinson was cast as the son of Molly Goldberg, "Sammy Goldberg", for the television series "The Goldbergs". He went on to perform that role for the majority of the series and in the Paramount
Picture film, "Molly". His credits also include the TV series “Kitty Foyle” (1958), and episodes of “Judging Amy”.
Anne Schwartz is a granddaughter of Gertrude Berg.
Dr. David Schwartz is the son-in-law of Gertrude Berg.
Henry Schwartz is a grandson of Gertrude Berg.
Leona Schwartz is the daughter of Eli Mintz.
Andrea Roane Skehan is an award-winning anchorperson on Washington's WUSA TV 9. She has been a newsperson at the station since 1981. She is best known for her healthcare initiatives, such as her spokespersonship for the "Buddy Check 9" program. In 2006, Washingtonian Magazine named her one of The Outstanding Washingtonians of the Year. Roane joined Channel 9 after a two-year stint as anchor of WETA's now-defunct "Metro Week." She first anchored at WUSA on weekday mornings, picking up the noon broadcast in 1983. In 1989, she began anchoring the 4 p.m. newscast.
Menashe Skulnick was often called "The Jewish Charlie Chaplin". A veteran of vaudeville, Broadway (Odets' "The Flowering Peach") and early film, he was cast as "Uncle David" on “The Rise of the Goldbergs” radio show and later in the early TV version of "The Goldbergs".
Dr. Glenn D. Smith, Jr. is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Mississippi State University. His first book, “Something on My Own”: Gertrude Berg and American Broadcasting, 1929-1956, was published by Syracuse University Press in 2007. He is currently researching the career of union activist and blacklisted actor, Philip Loeb.
Susan Stamberg is an NPR correspondent, longtime host of NPR's "All Things Considered", and member of The Broadcast Hall of Fame
Robert Thompson is the Trustee Professor of Television and Popular Culture at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture. His areas of research are television history, Popular Culture, media criticism, and TV programming. Thompson's various sound bites have been dubbed by the Associated Press as "Thompson-isms". He holds a B.A. in political science with a minor in art history from the University of Chicago and an M.A. and Ph.D. in radio, television and film from Northwestern University
Jack Urbont is a television and film composer. Among his many credits: he composed the theme song for the long-running television series, “General Hospital”.
Mindy Weisel is a former cast member of "The Goldbergs" who is also an accomplished artist in the mediums of glass and paintings. She has exhibited at The Troyer Gallery, Volta Gallery, Prada Gallery, Yale University, and participated in panel discussions at Yale, The National Gallery of Art, and The Corcoran Gallery. Weisel has been nominated for the Kreeger Museum Artist Award, and the Rutgers National Artist on Paper Award.