Paula Strasberg

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Paula Strasberg
Born Paulina Miller[1]
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died April 29, 1966 (56-57)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, acting coach
Spouse(s) Lee Strasberg (c. 1934-1966; her death); 2 children

Paula Strasberg (1909[2] – April 29, 1966) was a former stage actress who became actor and teacher Lee Strasberg's second wife, mother of actors John and Susan Strasberg as well as Marilyn Monroe's acting coach and confidante.


Her first Broadway credit, as Paula Miller, was in 1927, appearing in The Cradle Song. She appeared in more than 20 more stage roles until Me and Molly in 1948. A life member of The Actors Studio,[3] Strasberg was blacklisted for her membership in the American Communist Party, although her husband was not and apparently suffered no adverse effects on his career. Paula Strasberg went on to become Marilyn Monroe's acting coach and confidante until Monroe's death in 1962, supplanting Natasha Lytess.[citation needed]

Personal life

Her children John (born 1941) and Susan Strasberg (1938-1999) were also actors. Susan Strasberg described her mother as a "combination delicatessen, pharmacist, Jewish mother".[4]


Paula Strasberg died of bone marrow cancer at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan on April 29, 1966, aged 56 or 57, and is interred at Westchester Hills Cemetery in Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County, New York.[5]


  1. "Paula Strasberg Dies". The Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 1966-05-02. p. 43. Retrieved 2014-01-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Paula Strasberg at Find a Grave
  3. Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 280. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Summers, Anthony (1986). Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe. New American Library. p. 173. ISBN 0-451-40014-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Profile,; accessed March 4, 2015.

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