Stephanie Zimbalist is best known for her role in Remington Steele as Laura Holt. Born in Manhattan and raised in Los Angeles, Stephanie grew up swimming, riding, playing tennis, dancing, diving, clowning around, doing chores, and living the normal life of a tomboy in the great expanse of the San Fernando Valley. As a very young amateur theatrical entrepreneur, she produced, wrote, and directed pieces in her little bedroom hallway, in the stable, and on neighbors’ fireplace hearths, earning her the title, “the boss”.
But Stephanie’s abiding love of theater was kindled at Brown Ledge Camp in Mallett’s Bay, Vermont, where she acted, sang, and was nurtured in theater craft for six summers. Friends she made there count among her friends, today.
Eager to get on with it, she created her own independent project in her senior year at Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia: she returned to Los Angeles to study acting, movement, voice, tap and ballet. After graduating cum laude from high school, Stephanie’s ambitions led her to choose a professional drama school over university, and she spent a challenging time in New York “getting a dose of it”.

Returning to Los Angeles once again, she worked for her brother and sister-in-law’s company, “Correia Art Glass”, while she made the audition rounds. In time, she gave up packing glass to star in television movies, among them the Emmy Award-winning The Gathering (1977) (TV),”Centennial” (1978), The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story (1980) (TV) and Tomorrow’s Child (1982) (TV), along with the occasional guest series role. After several such projects and two feature films - The Magic of Lassie (1978), with James Stewart, and The Awakening (1980), withCharlton Heston - Stephanie was offered the role of “Laura Holt” in the MTM series, ”Remington Steele” (1982), which she played for five years with Pierce Brosnan and Doris Roberts on NBC. She appeared as Caroline? (1990) (TV) for Hallmark on CBS, which won three Emmys and earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Subsequently, Stephanie starred in The Story Lady (1991) (TV) with Jessica Tandy, Incident in a Small Town (1994) (TV) for CBS with Walter Matthau and Harry Morgan, and Stop the World, I Want to Get Off (1996) (TV), the musical, on A&E, to name a few of her more than thirty television movie appearances.

Stephanie starred in Lifetime Television’s 50th movie, Prison of Secrets (1997) (TV), followed by an episode of ”Touched by an Angel” (1994), their highest-rated show to that date. She was happy to be back in the saddle, in Ventura and Ojai, no less, filming an independent movie withDennis Hopper called The Prophet’s Game (2000), followed by Borderline Normal (2001) in Saskatchewan, Malpractice (2001) in New Orleans, and another ”Touched by an Angel” (1994). More recently, she spent a happy time guesting on ”Crossing Jordan” (2001).

Striving for excellence has always been very important to Stephanie, partly due to the standards set by her illustrious family. Alma Gluck, her grandmother, was one of the great sopranos of her day. Efrem Zimbalist Sr., her beloved grandfather, was a celebrated violinist, composer, and gifted teacher and director of the Curtis Institute of Music. Her aunt, Marcia Davenport, was a brilliant historical writer and novelist. Her wonderful father, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., is a prize-winning Broadway producer (Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Consul”, “The Medium” and “The Telephone”), gifted composer, and celebrated actor (“77 Sunset Strip” (1958), ”The F.B.I.” (1965), and many movies). His stunning “Violin Sonata” has been performed at several summer concert series. Her brother Efrem (“Skip”) and his company, “Active Interest Media”, publish several magazines, and her niece “Kristina” is in constant demand as a freelance fashion writer in New York.

After debuting on stage in the musical “Festival” in 1979 at the Las Palmas Theater in Los Angeles with Gregory Harrison and Brian Stokes Mitchell, Stephanie appeared as “Miranda” in “The Tempest” with Anthony Hopkins and Brent Carver at the Mark Taper Forum. Other theater includes “The Cherry Orchard” at the Long Wharf Theater, “Summer and Smoke” and “Barbarians” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the national tour of “My One And Only” with Tommy Tune. In 1989, she initiated a play to be written for her and Linda Purl, and directed byJenny Sullivan - “The Baby Dance” by Jane Anderson - which they produced and starred in at the Pasadena Playhouse. The production moved to Williamstown and Long Wharf, and culminated in a critically-acclaimed run at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City. She played “Polly Peacham” in “The Threepenny Opera” with Betty Buckley at Williamstown, and had a wonderful time with “Tracy Lord” in “The Philadelphia Story” at the Cleveland PlayHouse. In 1994, Stephanie took on the double roles of an Irish peasant and a New Bedford fisherman’s wife in the original production of “The Crimson Thread” in Connecticut (which she co-produced), and the Pasadena Playhouse. A second tread on the L.A. boards under Jenny Sullivan’s direction was the hilarious, tour-de-force turn as a nail-spitting media barracuda in the West Coast premiere of “AdWars” with the wonderful David Dukes (R.I.P.).

At L.A.’s Coronet Theater for many months, Stephanie kicked up a lotta sand as the loveable dog in A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia”. In 1998, she starred in the world premiere of Jane Martin’s “Mr. Bundy” at the Humana Festival of Actors Theatre of Louisville, and happily played opposite Lucie Arnaz in “Wonderful Town” for the Reprise! series in L.A. Stephanie was thrilled to be reunited with her dear “Baby Dance” friends, John Bennett Perry and Jenny Sullivan for the Rubicon Theatre’s award-winning, double run of “The Rainmaker”. A dream came true, tackling the towering role of “Terry” in Warren Leight’s knockout “Side Man” at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, followed by a tour of “Accomplice” on the east coast (after a month’s holiday in London, St. Petersberg, Moscow, Rostov [birthplace of her grandfather, Efrem Zimbalist Sr.], Istanbul, Athens, and sailing the Dodecanes!). For several springs now, Stephanie has opened the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival with a reading of one of his plays at their Gala event – she’s happily shared those boards with Alec Baldwin, Elizabeth Ashley, John Goodman, Patricia Neal,Linda Hart, and the charming Rex Reed. Having worked in New Orleans with the Festival and in Malpractice (2001) and made friends in Nola, the recent tragedies there hit especially hard.

Stephanie had another dream come true, to play “Varya” in “The Cherry Orchard”, with the added thrill of playing opposite one of her acting heroes, the amazing and delightful Alfred Molina. Recently, she played “Ursula” in Nicholas Wright’s wonderful play, “Vincent in Brixton”, at the Pasadena Playhouse. Also at the Rubicon Theatre, she’s played in Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa”, Jane Anderson’s “Defying Gravity”, and trod the boards with her father, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., for the first time, in Tennessee Williams’s “The Night of the Iguana”.

Filmography:

2012 Hamlet’s Ghost (filming)
Justina Keller/Queen Gertrude
2008 The Delivery (short)
The Red Queen
2006 Truth (video)
Meredith
2006 Lucy’s Piano (short)
Alice
2003 Judging Amy (TV series)
Ms. Friedman
2003 Crossing Jordan (TV series)
Mrs. Sullivan
1997-2001 Touched by an Angel (TV series)
Dr. Kate Calder / Jessica Albright
2001 Malpractice
Beth Garrett
2001 Nash Bridges (TV series)
Joy Larson
2001 Borderline Normal
Vicky Walling
2001 V.I.P. (TV series)
Bobbi Canary
2000 The Prophet’s Game
Francis Aldobrandi
2000 Bread and Roses
Stephanie Zimbalist – Party Guest (uncredited)
2000 Family Law (TV series)
Elizabeth Lane
1999 Chicken Soup for the Soul (TV series)
Mom
1999 Diagnosis Murder (TV series)
Vanessa Sellars
1999 Twice in a Lifetime (TV series)
Ann Rutherford / Dana Hancock
1997 Prison of Secrets (TV movie)
Lynn Schaffer
1996Dead Ahead (TV movie)
Maura Loch
1996 Stop the World, I Want to Get Off (TV movie)
Evie/Anya/Ara/Ginnie
1995 Whose Daughter Is She? (TV movie)
Cathy
1995 The Great Elephant Escape (TV movie)
Beverly Cunningham
1994 Voices from Within (TV movie)
Ann Parkhurst
1994 Batman (TV series)
Janet Van Dorn
1994 Incident in a Small Town (TV movie)
Lily Margaret Bell
1994 Animated Stories from the Bible: Music Video – Volume 2 (video) (voice)
1994 Animated Stories from the Bible: Music Video – Volume 1 (video)
Eve (voice)
1993 Jericho Fever (TV movie)
Bonnie Whitney
1993 The Hidden Room (TV series)
Della
1992 Sexual Advances (TV movie)
Paula Pratt
1992 Breaking the Silence (TV movie)
Janey Kirkland
1991 The Story Lady (TV movie)
Julie Pollard
1991 The Killing Mind (TV movie)
Isobel Neiman
1990 Caroline? (TV movie)
Caroline
1990 Personals (TV movie)
1989 The Hitchhiker (TV series)
Heather
1989 The Man in the Brown Suit (TV movie)
Anne Beddingfeld
1988 The Creation (video short)
Eve (voice)
1987 Celebration Family (TV movie)
Janet Marston
1982-1987Remington Steele (TV series)
Laura Holt
1985 A Letter to Three Wives (TV movie)
Debra Bishop
1985 Love on the Run (TV movie)
Diana Rockland
1982 Tomorrow’s Child (TV movie)
Kay Spence
1981Elvis and the Beauty Queen (TV movie)
Linda Thompson
1980 The Babysitter (TV movie)
Joanna Redwine
1980 The Awakening
Margaret Corbeck
1980 The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story (TV movie)
Anya Andreyev
1980 Hagen (TV series)
Linda
1979 The Best Place to Be (TV movie)
Maryanne Callahan
1979 Family (TV series)
Josie
1978-1979 Centennial (TV mini-series)
Elly Zendt
1979 The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal (TV movie)
Connie
1978 Long Journey Back (TV movie)
Celia Casella
1978 The Magic of Lassie
Kelly Mitchell
1978 The Love Boat (TV series)
Jenny Lang
1978 Forever (TV movie)
Katherine Danziger
1977 The Gathering (TV movie)
Toni
1977 In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan (TV movie)
Mary Ellen Quinlan
1977 Lucan (TV series)
Tashi
1977 Yesterday’s Child (TV movie)
Ann Talbot

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