Jennifer Salt

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Jennifer Salt
Born(1944-09-04) September 4, 1944 (age 70)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Other namesJenifer Salt
Years active1968–Present
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Jennifer Salt
Born(1944-09-04) September 4, 1944 (age 70)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Other namesJenifer Salt
Years active1968–Present

Jennifer Salt (born September 4, 1944) is an American producer, screenwriter, and former actress.

Life and career[edit]

Jennifer Salt (seated at right of table) as Eunice Tate in a 1977 promotional photo of the premiere for the TV sitcom Soap.

Salt was born in Los Angeles, California. Her parents were screenwriter Waldo Salt and actress Mary Davenport; her stepmother was the writer Eve Merriam. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in New York City and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College.

She has made several stage appearances, winning a 1971 Theatre World award as Estelle in the play, Father's Day, but she is best remembered as Eunice Tate-Leitner, the snobbish daughter of Katherine Helmond and Robert Mandan, on the television series Soap. A notable early movie role was in 1969's Midnight Cowboy, as Joe Buck's home town lover, Crazy Annie. While living with actress Margot Kidder in Malibu in the early-1970s, she worked in tandem with American director Brian De Palma in the films The Wedding Party, Hi, Mom!, and Sisters, and appeared with Cornel Wilde and a young Scott Glenn in the TV film, Gargoyles.

She is currently retired from acting, and pursuing her writing career, including episode scripts for Nip/Tuck and other programs. She is a co-writer of the script for the 2010 Julia Roberts film Eat Pray Love based on Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir of the same name.[1]

In 2006, she was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for the Nip/Tuck episode, "Rhea Reynolds."[2]

In 2011, she joined the FX horror series American Horror Story as a writer and co-executive producer.


Her son, Jonah Greenberg, is a talent agent with CAA Beijing.[1]



1971Father's DayEstelleWon Theater World award
1981Hasty Heart



1968Murder a la Moda 'Bird'(credited as Jenifer Salt)
1969The Wedding PartyPhoebe
1969Midnight CowboyAnnie - Texas
1970Hi, Mom!Judy Bishop
1970The RevolutionaryHelen
1970Brewster McCloudHope
1972Play It Again, SamSharon
1973SistersGrace Collieraka Blood Sisters
1980It's My TurnMaisie


2010Eat Pray Love(Screenplay)



1972The F.B.I.Diane1 episode - The Franklin Papers
1972GargoylesDiana BoleyTV Movie
1973Love, American Style

"Love and the Unwedding" segment

1974The ABC Afternoon PlaybreakJudy Owensaka ABC Matinee Today
1974The Great NiagaraLoisTV movie
1977All-Star Family Feud SpecialHerself(for Soap)
1978FamilySusie Robinson1 episode - Lifeline
1979Family FortuneHerself2 episodes
1979The Love BoatPatricia Lucas
1981Terror Among UsConnie PaxtonTV Movie
1977–1981SoapEunice Tate63 episodes
1984Old FriendsLaura KingTV Movie
1985Out Of DarknessAnn ZigoTV Movie
1986Magnum, P.I.Susan Brandis1 episode - Find Me a Rainbow
1981–1986It's a LivingDeedee2 episodes
1986Family TiesMrs. Kluger1 episode - Be True To Your Preschool
1987Deadly CareCarolTV Movie
1987Murder, She WroteHelen Langley1 episode - Indian Giver
1988DuetCindy1 episode - Mommie and Me
1988Bustin' LooseWanda1 episode - The Parent Trap
1990Empty NestLinda Brody1 episode - Take My Mom, Please
1990The Marshall ChroniclesCynthia Brighman6 episodes
1990LifestoriesHelen Forchette1 episode - Jerry Forchette


2003–2010Nip/Tuck(Producer, Co-Producer, Supervising Producer, Executive Producer)
2010The Quickening(Executive Producer)
2011–presentAmerican Horror Story(Co-executive Producer)


1998Sins of the City4 episodes
2000The Stalking of Laurie ShowTV Movie, aka Rivals
2002A Nero Wolfe MysteryEpisode: "Cop Killer"
2003–2010Nip/Tuck19 episodes*
2011–presentAmerican Horror Story6 episodes

(* denotes Writers Guild of America Award nomination)


  1. ^ a b Littleton, Cynthia. Salt steps into Beijing memoir, Variety, July 27, 2010.
  2. ^ 2006 Writers Guild Awards Television and Radio Nominees Announced. WGA website, December 14, 2005.

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