As an actor, Nora has appeared regularly on stage and screen since age 10. Favorite roles from a sort-of successful career as a child actor include Benny in A Stoop on Orchard Street, Edgar in Ragtime, and Jimmy the Newsboy in Charles Busch's Times Square Angel. Most exciting, though, was a guest spot on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, in which they had a scene with Liza Minnelli, although Nora and Liza did not film together. Instead, Nora had to read the lines to a mustachioed second AD and pretend it was Liza. Acting.