Actress Mel Gorham is truly a work in progress.
A well seasoned veteran actress of the stage and screen as well as on television. She was born in Miami Florida from a Cuban Catholic Mother and an American Jewish Father.
At the age of four she started playing classical piano, then went seriously into dance, then stepped on a stage in a play at the ripe age of 12. She knew then what her life would be - an actress, with comedy being her forte'.
After attending the University of Miami drama dept. for 4 years and earning herself a bachelor of fine arts degree in drama, she packed it up and left for NYC at 21. Only to find that 2 weeks later she would be On Broadway and endure a lifelong career loving what she does, making people laugh, yet, her dramatic side was and still is as powerful as her comedic one.
Mel has starred in many plays and musicals in New York (On Broadway and Off) therefore, the theater is her backbone.
She has earned her own TV sitcom on NBC entitled Union Square. She was given a five picture deal with Harvey Weinstein at Miramax and starred as well as co-starred in Smoke, Blue in the Face, Curdled, Wishful Thinking & Copland. She has also worked with Directors Brian Depalma, Penny Marshall, Spike Lee, Wayne Wang and Paul Auster including partnering up on NBC with her sitcom director James Burrows.
Her acting credits are strong and memorable going head to head Robert DeNiro, Robin Williams, Harvey Keitel, Sylvester Stallone, Ray Liota, Drew Barrymore, and many top notch Directors as well.
Mel has graced the Broadway stage in the revival of Gerome Ragni and James Rado "Hair", Marvin Hamlisch's "Smile", and Kenneth Tynan "Oh Calcutta". Most recently, She has played her greatest Hollywood role in a dark comedy film, The Rainbow Bridge Motel to be released in 2017, there is a Hollywood Buzz that her performance is worthy of an Oscar Nomination.
Miss Gorham has also founded and created an organization to help women learn to love themselves as well as each other entitled: The Black Hat Society Private Ladies Club, having started with 7 ladies and today they are 20 members strong helping those in need. This powerful fun club of women just recently celebrated their one year anniversary on Miami Beach all dressed in white; having white cake, drinking champagne and bringing in the presence of their husbands and boyfriends. Having so much to celebrate, they recently drastically changed the lives of 3 women who were in dire need of help, love and support. They are here to empower one another, and help those not as fortunate.
Her newest project is a documentary film based on her very colorful life. She candidly and rawly speaks of her life in Hollywood, New York City and growing up in Miami as an only child with unusual parents, along with the marriages to her five husbands. It is entitled, "and who makes the clown laugh?" She shot this film with her very close, talented and trusting friends of 30 years Jerry and Hillary Hinkle and they brought in a young brilliant film maker and Editor Ralph Rennick III, Grandson of the late great on camera anchorman Ralph Rennick. The Chemistry these four had while shooting this black and white French style film noir was nothing short of perfect. With the flair of a 1960's film shot by the brilliant Jerry Hinkle. Jerry directed his first film with Mel. His wife and partner of 30 years Hillary, did all the make up, wardrobe, set design and also helped create the soundtrack with Mel. The film just completed is already in the process of being entered in all major film festivals for 2017, including Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, London, Tribeca, Beverly Hills, and Palm Springs Film Festivals, under the category of Documentary. "Raw, genuine & unique" was a comment made right after viewing the final cut of "and who makes the clown laugh?" Miss Gorham is the Executive Producer.
Indeed, Mel is truly a work in progress.
Photo by: Leyna Chiang, 2018.