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Elaine Shore (March 4, 1929 – March 19, 2007) was an American actress. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 4, 1929. After studying at the Goodman Theatre and moving to Washington, D.C. in 1950, she and her former husband, Alexander Shore, had a daughter, Wendy.
She became active in community theatre both as an actor and director and created a theatre company in 1964 called "Actor's Company". She became a guest artist at Howard University during their 1965–66 season, starring in James Baldwin's Blues for Mister Charlie and in Weill and Brecht's The Threepenny Opera as Mrs. Peachum.
Professional Acting Career
She moved to New York City in 1966 and began her professional acting career by appearing in Al Carmines' San Francisco's Burning and Ted Shine's Sandcastles and Dreams. She then auditioned for Terrance McNally for his one-act play Next and was cast with James Coco in this off-Broadway hit. After Otto Preminger viewed the play, he cast Coco and Shore to appear in Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon with Liza Minnelli. Shore was then cast as Herschel Bernardi's no-nonsense secretary, Felicia Farfus, on the CBS television sitcom, Arnie, which ran for two years (1971 and 1972). Other performances on television including, Love American Style, and movies including The Eiger Sanction and The Sentinel were also a part of Shore's repertoire. In 1974, she won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Sea Horse at the Ivanhoe Theatre in Chicago.
She moved back to Washington, D.C. in 1989 to be close to her daughter and her family. She died of cancer on March 19, 2007 at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville, Maryland.
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