Claire Benedek

Claire Benedek

Actor, Screenwriter and Director

Los Angeles, California

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December 2011
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About Claire

A bio, huh? Okay. My life… well, it's been a checkered experience. Born in Brooklyn and raised on Staten Island, I've lived in a lot of places from the U.S. to Southeast Asia, to Europe, to the Middle East.

I've been an actor all my life, even while working as a ballet dancer. I started studying ballet at age 19, and the limited support I received from most people ("Just enjoy it as a hobby, dear. You're too old to consider a career in ballet.") taught me never to pay attention when the odds are against me. As a result, I've had a career performing and teaching ballet, continued working in theatre, writing stories and novellas throughout.

My work-life (i.e. day jobs) has been as varied as my professional life, but we needn't discuss that here except to mention that I've been working as an audio-book director for the past four years. Best job I've ever had that wasn't actually performing! I've had rave reviews for my work in theatre. As a writer, I've created a couple of half-hour comedies, which I am now pitching with enthusiasm. An episode of "What's Cookin?'" is available for viewing on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/user18827252
Currently developing an hour long episodic "dramedy" derived from one of my novellas. Fingers crossed!

Credits

  • What's Cookin'?

    What's Cookin'? (2014)
    Film (Comedy and Short) Actress/Writer Sister stars Jill and Libby are ready for their Mother's Day cooking show episode. That is, until the show's director (and Libby's husband) announces he's booked a guest to appear: their lovingly larger-than-life mother. "She's promised to behave," he assures them. So, what could possibly go wrong?

  • Judging Amy

    Judging Amy (2001)
    Television (Drama) Actress A family drama focused on three generations of women living together in Hartford, Connecticut. Amy Brenneman plays Amy Gray, who left New York City behind and now works as a family court judge. Karle Warren plays Lauren, Amy's daughter; Tyne Daly is Maxine, Amy's tough, opinionated mother. Written by Anonymous

  • Beautiful

    Beautiful (2000)
    Film (Drama and Comedy) Actress Sometimes you have to give up the life of your dreams, to discover the dream of your life... On her journey to become the next Miss American Miss, a young woman is forced to reevaluate her life's goal and, in the process, discovers what's really important and what it truly means to be... Beautiful. Written by Anonymous

  • Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead

    Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994)
    Film (Action, Horror and Sci-Fi) Actress The Tall Man, that imposing menace from Morningside Mortuary, is back and once again haunting the thoughts of the now-adult Mike and his friend, ex-Ice Cream vendor Reggie. The two continue their hunt for the mysterious figure and in his path of destruction encounter a variety of dangerous situations, friends and enemies. They also must contend with the resurrected dead plus a growing number of the infamous and deadly silver spheres which aid the Tall Man as he sets his sights on indoctrinating Mike and finishing the fight begun so many years ago. Written by Warlock <asstgpa@crimjust.ccjscarolina.edu>

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