Joanna Roos (January 11, 1901 – May 13, 1989) was an American Broadway, radio, and television actress and a playwright. She was born in Brooklyn in 1901 and attended Syracuse University[1] as well as Yvette Guilbert's School in New York and Paris.[2]

In 1930 Roos performed the role of Sofya Alexandrovna in a classic performance of the Anton Chekhov play "Uncle Vanya" at the Cort Theatre in New York City, a production that one critic called "unforgettable".[1][3] The show ran for seventy-one performances.[4]

She retired in 1979 from her role as Sarah Dale Caldwell McCauley on the soap opera Love of Life.[5]

She was a founding member of the New Dramatists Committee. Several of the plays she wrote for the group won awards.[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Joanna Roos, 88, Dies; Actress and Playwright", New York Times, 1989-05-25,, retrieved 2010-08-20 
  2. "Ezra Stone, Joanna Roos, Highlight Eight-week Summer Theatre Session", The Cavalier Daily, 1948-05-22,,75584, retrieved 2010-08-20 
  3. Houston, Levin (1978-12-16), "Durable 'Uncle Vanya' has problems at Kennedy Center", The Free Lance-Star: 22,,2505768, retrieved 2010-08-20 
  4. Mantle, Burns, ed. (1946), The best Plays of 1945 - 46 and the year book of the drama in America, New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, p. 443, OCLC 255390252 
  5. Scheuer, Stephen H. (1979-01-12), "From Soaps to Stardom", Sarasota Herald-Tribune: 5D,, retrieved 2010-08-20 

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