Randee Heller stars in "Mad Men" on AMC in the recurring role of Ida Blankenship.

Randee Heller grew up in New York and at age seven informed her mom that she had entered herself in the Lyons Club Talent Show. She placed second. Undeterred, the next year she place first. Twelve years later, she made her New York debut in "Godspell," then soon joined the cast of "Grease" as Rizzo on Broadway. Besides acting, she also showcased her musical talents singing with Top 40 bands in the New York area.
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A television series written by Joan Rivers brought her to Los Angeles.

In L.A., she soon became a series regular on the groundbreaking "Soap," playing the very first lesbian on network television. She was also a regular on such comedies as "Mama Malone," "Better Days," "Boys Will Be Boys," starring Matthew Perry, and many others. She's gone on to play guest-starring roles on "Grey's Anatomy," "Brothers and Sisters," "Nip/Tuck," "ER" and hundreds of other shows and was a recurring character on "The Division," "Judging Amy" and "Crossing Jordan." Film roles include "Bullworth," "Monster-in-Law" and "The Freddie Prinz Story."

Adept at both comedy and drama, she considers herself fortunate to have played two iconic roles in contemporary American entertainment: Lucille LaRusso, Ralph Macchio's mother in "The Karate Kid" and Ida Blankenship, Don Draper's secretary in "Mad Men."

Onstage in Los Angeles, she has appeared in "Uncommon Women and Others," "Bermuda Avenue Triangle" and "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife." She also had the good fortune to play Barbra Steisand's mother during Streisand's "Timeless 2000 World Tour."

Heller is the mother of two wonderful daughters: Sloane, an on-camera journalist in Kansas City, and Cody, a film and television writer in Los Angeles.




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Age: 69 years old
Birthday: June 10, 1947
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY


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