Sharon Gans

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Sharon Gans Horn
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Born (1935-07-29) July 29, 1935 (age 83)
OccupationStage and film actress and Teacher/Cult Leader

Sharon Gans (born July 29, 1942, in New York City) is an American actress.

She is best known for playing the role of Billy Pilgrim's wife, Valencia Merble, in George Roy Hill's the 1972 film version of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five. Gans also starred in the award-winning documentary Artists and Orphans: A True Drama. In 1966, she won an Obie Award for Best Actress for her performance in Soon Jack November.


In October 1988, Gans directed the play The Legend of Sharon Shashanovah, presented at the 47th Street Theater in New York City.[1] Gans co-wrote A Chekhov Concert with Jordan Charney that was performed by the Moscow Contemporary Theater.[2]

Gans, and her late husband Alex Horn, founded and operate a "school" of the Fourth Way which some former students have asserted is actually a cult but which Ms. Gans has vehemently disputed. [3]

Ms. Gans was a party to the 1978 US Supreme Court case called Kulko v. California Superior Court in which the Court held that Ms. Gans had no right to sue her ex-husband for child support while she remained in California and he in New York; the case authored by Justice Marshall describes the facts surrounding the Gans/Kulko marriage in some detail. [4] The results of the case were overturned in later years after a difference case, but until then, Kulko v. California Superior Court was a widely known and taught court cacse.

In its July 2019 issue, EAST Magazine published an article by Spencer Schneider in which he describes the School led by Ms. Gans as an ultra-secret organization which engaged in various forms of physical and emotional abuse of its members, including himself, such as forced adoptions, arranged marriages, public humiliation, and forced-labor. [5] This article, while emotional, has various inaccuracies, such as Ms. Gans being confined to a wheelchair; the author portrays every member of the group as evil, even villainizing the beautiful cemetery which Alex Horn was born in. The article throws theatrics into an interesting story, reducing the validity of what Schneider shares.


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  2. ^ Jordan Charney Biography (1937-)
  3. ^ "History of Sharon Gans Group".
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