|Known for||Batman: The Animated Series|
|Is||Actor Television actor Television presenter Screenwriter Voice actor Film actor|
|From||United States of America|
|Field||Film, TV, Stage & Radio|
|Birth||14 October 1955, Washington, D.C., USA|
Arleen Sorkin (born October 14, 1956) is an American actress, screenwriter, presenter and comedian. Sorkin is known for portraying Calliope Jones on the NBC daytime serial Days of Our Lives and for inspiring and voicing the DC Comics villain Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series and the many animated series and video games that followed it.
Life and career
Born in Washington, D.C., Sorkin began her career in cabaret in the late 1970s and early 1980s as a member of the comedy group The High-Heeled Women, alongside Mary Fulham, Tracey Berg, and Cassandra Danz.
From 1987 to 1989, Sorkin had the role of Geneva, a sexy maid to yuppie couple Richard and Linda Phillips, on the Fox dramedy series Duet. She would reprise this role on one episode of Open House, the sequel series to Duet. In 1990, she went on to be the original female co-host on America's Funniest People. She also wrote for Tiny Toon Adventures.
In 1992, Sorkin was dismissed from America's Funniest People by Vin Di Bona. In response, Sorkin filed a lawsuit against Di Bona, claiming she was dismissed from the show due to her race, after ABC Chairman Dan Burke had suggested to Di Bona that Sorkin be replaced by an African-American or a person of another ethnic minority. Sorkin sought $450,000 for lost earnings, and an additional unspecified amount for harm to her professional reputation and emotional injury. She additionally claimed that after she denounced the move as being racially motivated. Di Bona changed plans and hired new cohost Tawny Kitaen, who is also white.
One of her more prominent roles was the wacky but lovable Calliope Jones, as seen on Days of Our Lives. She played this part from 1984 to 1990 and made return visits in 1992 and 2001. She reprised her role on the soap for the fourth time on February 24, 2006. She returned to Days for a limited run beginning on May 5, 2010.
She provided inspiration for and has done the voice of the animated character Harley Quinn, the Joker's sidekick and lover, created by Paul Dini, a college friend of Sorkin's who created Harley for the DC Comics TV series Batman: The Animated Series. Harley went on to appear in DC comic books and in further animated TV series including The New Batman Adventures, Static Shock, and Justice League, as well as Gotham Girls, an internet cartoon series. Sorkin has also voiced Harley in feature films and video games. Following Batman: Arkham Asylum, Sorkin retired from voicing Harley Quinn and therefore did not reprise her role in its sequel Batman: Arkham City. Sorkin was succeeded by Tara Strong, one of her fellow DCAU voice actors.
For the series Frasier, produced by her husband Christopher Lloyd, Sorkin would perform as a caller to Frasier Crane's radio show; the lines would later be dubbed over by a celebrity caller. In the final episode of Frasier, Sorkin had an onscreen part as the owner of a monkey.
Since 1995, Sorkin is married to television writer-producer Christopher Lloyd with whom she has two sons, Eli and Owen.
Awards and nominations
|2009||Spike Video Game Awards||Best Voice||Batman: Arkham Asylum (as "Harley Quinn")||Nominated|
|1988||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Days of Our Lives||Nominated|
|1985||Soap Opera Digest Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role in a Daytime Serial||Won|
|Outstanding New Actress in a Daytime Serial||Won|
|1986||Outstanding Comic Relief Role on a Daytime Serial||Won|
|1988||Outstanding Comic Performance by an Actress: Daytime||Won|
|2011||Peabody Awards||Shared with Jessica Hernández (editor)||Bhutto||Won|
|2011||International Documentary Association||Video Source Award
Shared with Duane Baughman (director/producer)
Johnny O'Hara (director/writer)
Mark Siegel (producer)
Glenn Aveni (executive producer)