Margaret Colin

Margaret Colin


5/26/1958, Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Margaret Colin was born in Brooklyn in 1958 and grew up in Long Island where her father worked as a cop. She graduated from Baldwin High School in 1976 and attended Hofstra University until she dropped out to pursue acting. She landed her first role in ABC's Themore


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    • Margaret Colin: I have had only two jobs lined up ahead of time in the 26 years or more that I've been acting. I've been fortunate with the work I've gotten. From the soaps to commercials to sitcoms to drama to stage, back and forth - it's served me, because I just keep coming out swinging, trying to do my job.

    • Margaret Colin:(About fans) There's very little wall in my life. My family is not bothered by anybody. Usually the things people say to my husband [actor Justin Deas] or to myself would make anybody's day.

    • Margaret Colin: This is where my Democratic buddies are letting the ball drop, because they're not noting the difference between embryonic stem cell and stem cell research in general. That would be nice if that were an actual conversation people had.

    • Margaret Colin: Susan B. Anthony and all the early American feminists were all pro-woman, pro-family. They considered abortions a crime of men against women. In the '60s and the '70s, it was changed to [the belief that] having a child that was unplanned for and perhaps unwanted would hold you back. Under all circumstances, though, that can be the case. So, you have to change society, so that it accepts the woman with a child in college, in high school, at an acting studio, and in a law firm. It's also the responsibility of the pro-life community to provide services for the mother, and to celebrate the life of the mother and of the child. Not just get that baby born and abandon it.

    • Margaret Colin:(On her role as Pauline in "Triptych") She's a very destructive woman with an enormous amount of passion, she's very territorial, and she's done what she needed to do to survive. I hope, though, that people can see the humanity inside of the woman I play. I'm not as clear as Tennessee Williams, who said, 'Nothing human disgusts me' - plenty of things disgust me. But I'm on my way to finding the God in all of us, finding the life force in all of us. And that's what I hope I do when I play this woman.

    • Margaret Colin:(On why she stopped doing soap operas) Back in the day, they gave us 60 pages a day and they worked us around the clock every February for sweeps. So, no wonder I fell in love with them!

    • Margaret Colin: I've been a fan of Edna [O'Brien]'s since I was in my 20s,. I have books of hers that I bought as a young actress trying to be inspired, thinking maybe I'd purchase the rights and turn them into projects that I could do. She's a corker, as my father would say. There's nobody like Edna. She's the leading lady in her own life. She's in her 70s, and she's still going out there and producing work. She's here in the theater and she's giving notes to us and to the director; she's very hands on and she's quite a character. Encouraging a woman writer and doing her material and having so much of it that's so rewarding for an actor to play ... I think it's a very rare opportunity!

    • Margaret Colin:(On choosing her role in Triptych) I think that wasting the audience's time on the stage by doing something you don't think has any value is a very large sin. It's completely missing the mark of theater. So, [I do a show] if it resonates to me - whether or not I agree with the stand I'm taking. Like I said, I think Pauline - although I love her - is very inappropriate and damaging to her daughter. I don't really think this play is going to encourage women to be anti-social in any way, but it's going to give them an impression of their strengths.

    • Margaret Colin:(On her film "Amos & Andrew") It takes swipes at the current political correctness of everything. I like that - we get to slap everyone's hands.

    • Margaret Colin:(On being called feisty) I hate that word. When a woman is angry, people have to call it 'feisty' because that means she can still be attractive.

    • Margaret Colin:(About her character in "Now and Again") She's a terrific homemaker, she's in love with her husband and her kid. She's the kind of suburban woman who should be glorified.