Joan Benedict Steiger

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Joan Benedict Steiger is an American actress of film, television and stage, best known for her role as Edith Fairchild on General Hospital.[1]

Benedict Steiger was born in Brooklyn, New York and first performed at the age of seven at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She continued her training at Rome Opera Ballet School before studying with legendary acting coaches Robert Lewis and Stella Adler, founders of the Actor’s Studio in New York.


Her list of stage credits include acclaimed productions of contemporary offerings such as “Promises, Promises,” “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,”[2] “Collected Stories” by Donald Margulies, P.J. Barry’s “The Octette Bridge Club,” Horton Foote’s “The Traveling Lady,” and Morris West’s “The World is Made of Glass;” opposite Don Knotts in the comedy “The Mind with the Dirty Man;” classics like “Richard III,” and “Dr. Faustus;” and her two solo shows, “Leona” (about notorious “Queen of Mean” Leona Helmsley) and the recent “The Loves of My Life,” based on her own life.


Benedict Steiger is also known for a classic bit from the original version of “Candid Camera,” where she played a lost tourist looking for directions from passersby, making sure that her fancy hat – beplumed with a particularly large feather – would distract them at every opportunity.[3] She was also part of the ensemble of the original “Steve Allen Show,” where she did double duty as the spokesperson for Hazel Bishop cosmetics. On daytime drama, she had regular and recurring roles on “General Hospital,” “Days of our Lives,” and “Capitol.” Her dozens of series guest appearances include classic series like “Fantasy Island,” “T.J. Hooker,” “The Incredible Hulk” and Fox’s “Dollhouse.”[4] She has a starring role the 2011 feature “Dead Border.” [5]

Personal life[edit]

Joan Benedict Steiger is also known for her personal relationships, which are the basis for her one-woman show, “The Loves of my Life.” Steiger’s first marriage was to actor John Myhers, best known for his work in “How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying.” [6] They were married for thirty years before Myhers’ passing. Benedict Steiger is also the widow of the Academy Award winning actor Rod Steiger, whom she married October 10, 2000. They appeared in two films together, “A Month of Sundays” and the telefilm “The Flying Dutchman.[7] ” Following Rod Steiger’s passing in 2002, Benedict Steiger’s partner was actor Jeremy Slate, a veteran of over 80 films and television shows dating back to 1959, until his death in 2006.[8]

Benedict Steiger currently lives in Malibu, California.


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