Dale Soules

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Dale Soules
Born (1946-10-02) October 2, 1946 (age 75)
Known forOrange Is The New Black (2014-2019)

Dale Soules (born October 2, 1946 (1946-10-02)) is an American actress known for starring in The Messenger and portraying Frieda Berlin in Orange Is the New Black from 2014 to 2019.[1]

Early life

Soules was born on October 2, 1946 (1946-10-02) and grew up in the Greenwood Lake section of West Milford, New Jersey. She attended West Milford High School.[2] While in high school, Soules became interested in acting and began acting in Summer stock theater, singing in church choirs and started studying acting at HB Studio.[2]


Soules moved to New York in the mid 60s after high school to pursue an acting career, and initially worked behind the scenes in theater in a variety of positions.[2] Her big break came in 1968 when she landed her first Broadway role, the part of Jeanie in the original Broadway production of Hair.[2][3]

She continued to appear in a number of theater productions including four years in the play The Magic Show,[2] Hands on a Hard Body, Grey Gardens, and The Crucible.[3]

Soules joined Orange Is the New Black during its second season in the recurring role of Frieda Berlin.[4] Starting with the show's sixth season, Soules was promoted to a series regular.[4]

Personal life

Soules is openly lesbian.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1971 Prism Eva
1988 Blood Orgy of the Leather Girls Teacher
1997 Love God Connie
2006 Diggers Silly Lilly Waitress
2009 The Messenger Cashier
2009 Motherhood Hester
2012 Watching TV with the Red Chinese Bag Lady
2016 AWOL Ruthie
2017 Aardvark Lucille
2018 The Miseducation of Cameron Post Grandma
2022 Lightyear Darby Steel
TBA Midday Black Midnight Blue Kath
TBA My Love Affair with Marriage Official


Year Title Role Notes
1975 Really Rosie Nutshell Kid Television film
1981 American Playhouse Frances Episode: "Until She Talks"
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Mysty Episode: "Stress Connection"
2005 Law & Order Agatha Jacobs Episode: "Red Ball"
2007 American Masters Mrs. Wainwright Episode: "Novel Reflections: The American Dream"
2010 How to Make It in America Doris Episode: "Paper, Denim + Dollars"
2010 Big Lake Shelley Episode: "Chris Moves In"
2013 Unforgettable Alma Delaney Episode: "Line Up or Shut Up"
2014–2017 Orange Is the New Black Frieda Berlin 63 episodes
2017 At Home with Amy Sedaris Delta Mung Episode: "Making Love"
2019 New Amsterdam Allison Medrano Episode: "The Blues"
2019 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Margaret Episodes: "Hands!"
2021 Invasion Motel Receptionist Episode: "Orion"


  1. ^ "ABOUT". www.dalesoules.com. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Reich, Ronni (June 14, 2015). "N.J. native Dale Soules appears on stage and screen this summer". nj.com. The Star-Ledger. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Keller, Ilana (January 25, 2017). "From 'Hair' to 'OITNB,' Dale Soules fights for justice". app.com. Asbury Park Press. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Petski, Denise (May 31, 2017). "'Orange Is The New Black' Ups Dale Soules To Series Regular". deadline.com. Deadline. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  5. ^ Musto, Michael (June 5, 2017). "Drag Queens Have Been Reading Up a Storm (And Not to Filth) Also: Openly lesbian Dale Soules promoted on OITNB! Bette Midler headed to Fire Island?". Out Magazine.

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