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Deborah Geffner is an actress, writer, director, singer, dancer, filmmaker, coach, bad-ass, and mom.She burst onto the stage at Carnegie Mellon University at the age of five. ... As a boy. ...In "The Caucasian Chalk Circle." The little boy who'd been rehearsing for months got the measles, and Deborah stepped in on one day's notice and got to say lines, ("Me too take sword! Me too cut off head!"), fence with boys, and eat cookies onstage. And at the end - they applauded!It was obvious to her that she had found her perfect place in the world. Her acting triumphs continued through moving to New York at 16 to study at Juilliard, working on and off Broadway, and ultimately winning the role of Kristine ("I Really Couldn't Sing") in the Broadway company of "A Chorus Line." While performing in "ACL", she auditioned for Bob Fosse who cast her in her first film, All That Jazz (1979). This is the role for which she is most often recognized, and possibly still the hardest and best work she's done professionally.While in New York, Deborah studied with wonderful teachers: Larry Moss, Sam Schacht, HB Studios, and then in Los Angeles with Peggy Feury, Peter Flood, The Groundlings, and currently the wonderful Richard Seyd. Soon after moving to LA, she was cast as a series regular in the pilot "Century Hill" with Richard Kiley, and in the TV-movie Legs (1983) (TV), with Gwen Verdon. "Legs," the story of a Radio City Music Hall Rockette, was shot in Manhattan. It was there, on the day after Valentine's Day, that her boyfriend flew to New York and proposed to her in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge after a snowstorm. They are still married, and are the proud parents of two girls, three dogs, two cats, many fish, and countless other assorted pets and adopted strays and rescues.Deborah loves telling stories that move people and make them think and laugh. She brings to every project her broad professional experience, her exacting standards, and her boundless sense of fun and enthusiasm, as well as the compassion and intuition she has developed from years of cooking dinner for teenagers.Recently, Deborah discovered how gratifying it is to write and direct films as well as act in them. Her first film, a 34 minute SAG short, Guitar Lessons (2009), is her baby, on which she taught herself to edit and everything else, and she is delighted by its success in film festivals, winning the gold - top prize in Suzanne DeLaurentiis' Cinema City International Film Festival, as well as two Accolade awards: Leading Actor and Short Film, and two Indie Fest Awards: Leading Actor and Dramatic Impact. It has also shown to acclaim at Big Bear International Film Festival, New FilmmakersSeries in NY, Red Rock Film Festival, the New Hope Film Festival, and many others. "Guitar Lessons" and Deborah's second short, "Razz & Jo Wake Up," screened at AFI in February of 2010.Last August, in the car on the way to Colorado, a friend's phone call inspired her to write her second short. By October she had written, directed, acted in, and edited "Razz & Jo Wake Up." She is looking forward to her next projects, a feature film that she is writing, and a short film, "Cake," which is wrapped and in post-production.Through Guitar Lessons (2009) Deborah discovered an affinity for directing. It was so refreshing to tell people what to do who didn't talk back to her. Deborah was asked to direct her first play, the wonderful "Beggars in the House of Plenty" by John Patrick Shanley, which had a very successful six month run in Hollywood, and won her "Outstanding Director" from Steven Stanley's Stage Scene LA her first time out. The second play she directed, Tennessee Williams "Portrait of a Madonna," garnered great reviews in the LA Times, Backstage, and others. She acted in one of the short plays in this same Tennessee Williams evening, "Five by Tenn," and received raves for her acting as well from all the same publications.She has played one of the leads in several incarnations of Theatre 68's long-running and much loved "Bill W.and Dr. Bob," a play which has done much good in the world and touched many lives. Deborah is also a regular performer in the New Short Fiction Series.And, yes, it was Deborah dancing the tango all over TV and the internet with her buddy, Gregory Jbara, in that commercial.