Goldie

Played by Melissa Leo

Goldie

The founder and proprietress of Goldie's comedy club is a living legend. Goldie's is the place to be for every up-and-coming comic in LA -- the next stop for the lucky ones is Johnny Carson's stage.  She knows it and they know it, and that's why she can be tough as nails and run things the way she pleases. However, she also has a true soft spot for her inner circle of comics. More like a den mother than a boss, she's their confidante, coach, banker, landlady and even seamstress when necessary. A product of the Borscht Belt and Catskills comedy scene, Goldie has finely-tuned instincts when it comes to comedy. But it's lonely at the top, and all that power she has amassed makes it hard for her to have real connections, especially with her estranged teenaged daughter.

The founder and proprietress of Goldie's comedy club is a living legend. Goldie's is the place to be for every up-and-coming comic in LA -- the next stop for the lucky ones is Johnny Carson's stage.  She knows it and they know it, and that's why she can be tough as nails and run things the way she pleases. However, she also has a true soft spot for her inner circle of comics. More like a den mother than a boss, she's their confidante, coach, banker, landlady and even seamstress when necessary. A product of the Borscht Belt and Catskills comedy scene, Goldie has finely-tuned instincts when it comes to comedy. But it's lonely at the top, and all that power she has amassed makes it hard for her to have real connections, especially with her estranged teenaged daughter.

Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo received an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award®, and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for her tour de force performance in THE FIGHTER. She also received Oscar® and SAG Award® nominations for her starring role in Frozen River, for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead and a Spotlight Award from the National Board of Review, among countless other accolades. Leo also shared a Best Ensemble acting award from the Phoenix Film Critics Society for her outstanding work in 21 GRAMS, opposite Benicio del Toro and Sean Penn. Leo is featured in Oliver Stone’s SNOWDEN portraying Oscar-winning documentarian, Laura Poitras. 


Other recent films include PRISONERS opposite Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal; OBLIVION, opposite Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman; the blockbuster OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Freeman and Aaron Eckhart; Robert Zemeckis’s critically acclaimed drama FLIGHT, with Denzel Washington; THE EQUALIZER which reunited her with both Fuqua and Washington. Other notable film work includes CONVICTION, with Hilary Swank; THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA, in which she starred opposite Dwight Yoakam; and HIDE AND SEEK, starring Robert De Niro. 


On the small screen, she received an Emmy nomination and a Critic’s Choice Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Made for Television Miniseries or Movie for her performance as Lady Bird Johnson in Jay Roach’s HBO movie ALL THE WAY. Leo earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her hilarious and outrageous performance on FX’s LOUIE, which People magazine called the best in television all year. Leo earned a Best Supporting Actress Emmy nomination for her work in the HBO miniseries MILDRED PIERCE. Leo is also known for her groundbreaking portrayal of Detective Kay Howard on HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREETS. Her other television credits include the HBO series TREME for David Simon and the FOX event series, WAYWARD PINES. 

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