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Born: July 25, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Profession: actor, singer, comedian

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Few performers ever get to recreate a signature stage role on film, but Miriam Shor was among the lucky ones when she was tapped to play the Croatian-born aspiring drag queen Yitzhak in the feature film "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" (2001). As with her acclaimed stage take on the part, many were duped into believing that this attractive brunette was really a man. Although born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Miriam Shor spent her formative years in Italy where her academic father was teaching and studying. Even after her parents' divorce, she divided her time between Detroit, Michigan (where her mother settled) and Venice, Italy (where her father was living). Around age 12, Shor watched her older sister in a high school production of "Hello, Dolly!" and found her calling. Active in the arts in high school, she was among the first people in the newly formed BFA theater program at the University of Michigan. Even before her junior year, Shor scored her union card when she was cast in an Equity production of "A Man for All Seasons" in Connecticut. Like many, she headed for the Big Apple after graduating college. Unlike most struggling actors, Shor didn't have to fall back on waiting tables; in fact, within...

Few performers ever get to recreate a signature stage role on film, but Miriam Shor was among the lucky ones when she was tapped to play the Croatian-born aspiring drag queen Yitzhak in the feature film "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" (2001). As with her acclaimed stage take on the part, many were duped into believing that this attractive brunette was really a man. Although born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Miriam Shor spent her formative years in Italy where her academic father was teaching and studying. Even after her parents' divorce, she divided her time between Detroit, Michigan (where her mother settled) and Venice, Italy (where her father was living). Around age 12, Shor watched her older sister in a high school production of "Hello, Dolly!" and found her calling. Active in the arts in high school, she was among the first people in the newly formed BFA theater program at the University of Michigan. Even before her junior year, Shor scored her union card when she was cast in an Equity production of "A Man for All Seasons" in Connecticut. Like many, she headed for the Big Apple after graduating college. Unlike most struggling actors, Shor didn't have to fall back on waiting tables; in fact, within days of her arrival in NYC, she landed a spot in the chorus of a touring edition of "Fiddler on the Roof" starring Theodore Bikel. In 1994, she hooked up with composer Stephen Trask and actor John Cameron Mitchell and debuted as Yitzhak in workshops of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." Playing a male with desires to be a drag queen who ends up married to the titular frontwoman for a rock band, Shor landed a gift of a part. Most audience members who saw the show in its various incarnations could not believe that it was actually a woman playing the long-haired, bearded, embittered roadie/backup singer. She remained with the project through its various incarnations, including a triumphal 1998 Off-Broadway opening and the 2001 feature adaptation. As if to prove she wasn't just a one-character wonder, though, Shor found work in films and TV. She offered a fine comic turn as the leading lady's college roommate in the Sundance-screened "Let It Snow/Snow Day" (2000) and made her TV series debut as the irreverent sidekick to a woman involved with a much younger man in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Then Came You" (also 2000). Shor was cast as a sultry hostess in the remake of "Bedazzled" and made a second attempt at TV stardom as the title character's confidante and potential love interest in "Inside Schwartz" (NBC, 2001). Despite mixed reviews (most of which praised the actress' work), that series was cancelled after only nine airings. Undoubtedly, Shor would eventually find a role equal to that of Yitzhak, whether it be on stage or screen.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Cake Eaters (2007)
3.
 Shortbus (2006)
4.
 Pizza (2004)
5.
 Lbs. (2004) Lara Griffin
7.
 Bedazzled (2000)
8.
 Let It Snow (1999) Beth
9.
 Entropy (1999)
10.
 Flushed (1997)
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Milestones close milestones

2001:
Appeared in the Encores! staging of "Hair" in NYC
1990:
At age 19, obtained union card (Actors Equity) with appearance in "A Man for All Seasons" at a Connecticut theater (date approximate)
1997:
Film debut in "Flushed"
2000:
Played the college roommate of the heroine of "Let It Snow/Snow Day"; premiered at Sundance; released theatrically in 2001
2000:
TV series debut as regular playing the best friend of a newly single woman who becomes involved with a younger man in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Then Came You"
2000:
Acted in the remake of "Bedazzled"
1994:
Originated role of Yitzhak, a Croatian roadie/backup singer, in stagings of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
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After graduating from college, moved to NYC
2001:
Returned to sitcoms playing supporting role in the short-lived NBC series "Inside Schwartz", starring Breckin Meyer
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Toured as a chorus member of "Fiddler on the Roof", starring Theodore Bikel
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After parents' divorce divided time between Italy and Detroit, Michigan
2002:
Cast as Mary in the Kennedy Center production of "Merrily We Roll Along"
2001:
Reprised stage role of Yitzhak in the film version of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"; premiered at Sundance where film won several awards
1998:
Reprised Yitzhak in Off-Broadway production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
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Spent early years living in Venice, Italy where her father was studying on a Fulbright scholarship
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Education

Ferndale High School: Ferndale, Michigan -
University of Michigan: Ann Arbor, Michigan - 1993
University of Michigan: Ann Arbor, Michigan - 1993

Notes

On her "Hedwig" character, Shor told the Detroit Free Press (March 29, 2000): "Yitzhak's sort of a Croatian mixture of Barbra Streisand and Axl Rose."

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father:
Francis Shor. Academic. Professor at Wayne State University; divorced from Shor's mother; lived in Venice, Italy for many years.
father:
Francis Shor. Survived him.
sister:
Molly Shor. Corporate fundraiser. Older; when Shor was 12, she saw her sister in a school production of "Hello, Dolly!" and decided then to become an actress.
sister:
Molly Shor. Survived him.
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