The actress Joan Copeland is dead. The American was 99 years old and died early Tuesday morning in her home in Central Park, New York, as her son Eric confirmed to several US media. Copeland was the sister-in-law of Marilyn Monroe and the sister of Pulitzer Prize-winning Arthur Miller.
Copeland gained fame primarily through her appearances in several US soap operas of the 1970s. For example, she played the twins Maggie and Kay in personal union in the CBS series “Love of Life”. She also played the role of Rebecca Stein in the US crime series “Law & Order”. She played the role of Judge Stein for ten years, from 1991 to 2001.
She played other roles in the series “Young and Passionate – How Life Works”, “Love, Lies, Passion” or in “Emergency Room – the emergency room”.
Joan Copeland: Turned 100 in June
Copeland was also active on New York Broadway, where she played in Sidney Kingsley’s “Detective Story” before her acting career. She also represented Katharine Hepburn in the role of Coco Chanel in the famous musical “Coco”.
She was born in 1922 into a Jewish family, her family emigrated from what was then Austria-Hungary to New York at the beginning of the 20th century, where Copeland was born and grew up. She was born as Joan Miller, later she changed her last name to Copeland during her acting career.
Copeland was married to bacteriologist George Kupchik from 1946 until his death in 1989. She leaves behind their son, Eric, and their niece, Rebecca Miller, who is best known as a director and screenwriter. She is married to Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis. Copeland also starred in her niece’s films.
Copeland would have turned 100 on June 1st. (shh)
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