Dinah Beth Manoff (born January 25, 1958) is an American stage, film and television actress and television director best known for her roles as Elaine Lefkowitz on Soap, Marty Maraschino in the film Grease, Libby Tucker in both the stage and film adaptations of I Ought to Be in Pictures, for which she won a Tony award, and Carol Weston on Empty Nest.
Manoff has also starred in numerous television movies and guest starred on various television programs in this timespan. Her film career cooled down during the 1990s but has come back in the 2000s (decade) with movies such as The Amati Girls and Bart Got a Room and a co-starring role on State of Grace. Manoff is daughter to actress Lee Grant and screenwriter Arnold Manoff. Her career has spanned more than three decades. Since 1997, Manoff has been married to Arthur Mortell and currently resides in Bainbridge Island, Washington. She had previously resided in Los Angeles, California and New York City, New York.
- Daughter of Arnold Manoff.
- Daughter of Lee Grant.
- Son, Dashiell born 1997.
- In the film musical "Grease", Dinah managed to nab the plucky, sexpot role of "Marty Maraschino", despite the fact she lacked in dancing and singing skills. She faked her way through auditions and personality, alone, got her the part. Later, when it came down to doing the choreography, Dinah remained conveniently hidden in the background.
- Dinah gave birth to twin boys, Oliver and Desi. [January 18, 2002]
- Has never done a nude scene or posed nude in her career.
- Won Broadway's 1980 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for "I Ought to be in Pictures," a part she recreated in the film version of the same title, "I Ought to Be in Pictures".
- She is best known for her portrayal of "Marty Maraschino" in the 1978 film "Grease".
- Guest starred in "The Golden Girls" and starred in the spin-off "Empty Nest". Her mother Lee Grant turned down a starring role in The Golden Girls.
- Lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington.