Actress-musician Jeanne Sorel Cohen, wife of late film producer Albert J. Cohen and mother to actress Louise Sorel and Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation fundraiser Mishka Michon, died Monday Jan. 27 of natural causesin L.A. She was 89.
She was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and migrated through London to New York City. Upon arrival in Hollywood she was signed by Samuel Goldwyn to a film contract and was hailed as the next Garbo by Hedda Hopper. She was both a pianist and a painter but finally opted for home and children. She later reclaimed her status as an actress by creating the Oxford Theater in L.A., teaching and performing there in numerous productions.
In addition, she did occasional films and TV work over the decades, including pics “Only Yesterday,” “American Madness” and later “Prehistoric Women” and “B.S. I Love You” as well as guesting on “Longan’s Run,” “Medical Center,” “Bewitched” and “The Monkees.”
Her husband produced films such as “The Fighting Seabees,” “Sign of the Pagan,” “Because of You,” “Never Say Goodbye” and many more.
Her daughters survive her.