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Sari was born and raised in Miami, Florida. After attending a great many Miami Vice-themed Bat Mitzvah parties and years of trying to smooth out her hair in a tropical climate, Sari left Miami for Los Angeles, where she studied Philosophy and Theatre at the University of Southern California.

Sari met her husband Alan on-stage at USC, during a Sondheim cabaret. They shared a bottle of wine in between their numbers. He was a tall, handsome Minnesotan. Sari had never met one of those before. She was smitten.


Sari and her Minnesotan moved to New York City in 2000, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Actors Studio Drama School at New School University. Sari continued to work in theatre, starring in an acclaimed revival of “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” at the Goodspeed Opera House and in her one-woman (and a rock band) show, "I'm Not Sorry" (Sari's name is pronounced 'Sari' like 'Harry,' but with an 'S'). Sari continued to work as a theatre educator, creating and implementing theatre programs in public schools and after-school arts programs throughout New York.

In 2006, the young lovers decided to leave Manhattan for Minneapolis, Minnesota (where Prince is from). A year later they had their little boy Dylan (loosely named after Minnesota's own Bob Dylan, although Sari’s son Dylan has threatened to change his name to Robert Zimmerman).

In 2009, Sari met fellow Minnesotans Joel and Ethan Coen and was cast in their film “A Serious Man,” which earned the Robert Altman Independent Spirit Award, a Gotham Award Nomination for Best Ensemble, and an Oscar nomination for Best Picture in 2010.

In 2013 Sari and her family moved back to Los Angeles.


On a Monday in 2015, Sari got a call that if she "happens to be in New York on Thursday, Woody Allen would like to meet her." Sari happened to be nowhere near NY, but luckily figured out how to get there. She was cast as Evelyn, Jesse Eisenberg and Cory Stoll's sister, in Woody's 2016 film "Cafe Society."

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