Melanie Joy Mayron (born October 20, 1952) is an American actress and director of film and television. Mayron is best known for portraying the role of photographer Melissa Steadman on the ABC drama Thirtysomething.
Mayron was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Norma (née Goodman), a real estate agent, and David Mayron, a pharmaceutical chemist. Her family is Jewish; her father was from a Sephardic background (the original surname was "Mizrahi") and her mother from an Ashkenazi family from Russia. She trained as an actress at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Mayron is the mother of Olivia and Miles, born in 1998. Most recently, she and her chemist father have developed a line of skin care products for babies and adults called "Mayron's Good Baby".
Mayron appeared in the 1974 movie Harry and Tonto, in the 1976 movie Car Wash and starred in 1978's Girlfriends. In the late 1970s, she played Brenda Morgenstern's best friend, Sandy Franks, on three episodes of the sitcom Rhoda. In 1988, she wrote, produced, and directed the comedy film Sticky Fingers. In 1995, Mayron directed The Baby-Sitters Club, a film based upon the book series of the same name. She also directed the television movie Toothless (1997) starring Kirstie Alley and the movie Slap Her... She's French (2002), starring Piper Perabo (which appeared on television as She Gets What She Wants). In 2006, she appeared as a judge in the reality show Looking for Stars on the Starz! channel. In addition, she has served as director for a number of television shows such as In Treatment, Providence, Dawson's Creek, Ed, State of Grace, Nash Bridges, Wasteland, Tell Me You Love Me and The Naked Brothers Band.
- 1979: Bronze Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival (Girlfriends)
- 1989: Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Thirtysomething)
- 1979 BAFTA Best Film Newcomer Award for Girlfriends
- 1990: Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Thirtysomething)
- 1991: Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Thirtysomething)
- 1998: Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs (The Wonderful World of Disney: Toothless)