Agnes Moorehead

Born Dec 6, 1900

Agnes Robertson Moorehead was an American actress. Although she began with the Mercury Theatre, appeared in more than seventy films beginning with Citizen Kane and on dozens of television shows during a career that spanned more than thirty years, Moorehead is most widely known to modern audiences for her role as the witch Endora in the series Bewitched.… Read More

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1900 Birth Born on December 6, 1900.
1906 5 Years Old Moorehead later shaved six years off her age by claiming to have been born in 1906. … Read More


1918 17 Years Old Moorehead always said she graduated from Central High School in St. Louis, in 1918. … Read More


1923 22 Years Old In 1923, Moorehead earned a bachelor's degree, with a major in biology, from Muskingum College (now Muskingum University) in New Concord, Ohio; while there, she also appeared in college stage plays. … Read More
1929 28 Years Old She then pursued postgraduate studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, from which she graduated with honors in 1929. … Read More
1930 29 Years Old Moorehead married actor John Griffith Lee in 1930 and they divorced in 1952. … Read More


1937 36 Years Old Moorehead met Orson Welles, and by 1937 was one of his principal Mercury Players, along with Joseph Cotten. … Read More


1942 41 Years Old …  From 1942 to 1949, Moorehead played the role of the mayor's housekeeper in the radio version of Mayor of the Town. … Read More
1943 42 Years Old …  In 1943–1944, Moorehead portrayed "matronly housekeeper Mrs. Mullet", who was constantly offering her "candied opinion", in Mutual Radio's The Adventures of Leonidas Witherall; she inaugurated the role on CBS Radio.


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Moorehead skillfully portrayed puritanical matrons, neurotic spinsters, possessive mothers, and comical secretaries throughout her career. She played Parthy Hawks, wife of Cap'n Andy and mother of Magnolia, in MGM's hit 1951 remake of Show Boat. … Read More
1952 51 Years Old In 1952, she recorded an album of the drama, and performed scenes from the story in her one-woman show in the 1950s.
1954 53 Years Old She married actor Robert Gist in 1954 and they divorced in 1958. … Read More
1959 58 Years Old In 1959, Moorehead guest starred on The Rebel. … Read More


1964 63 Years Old In 1964, Moorehead accepted the role of Endora, Samantha's (Elizabeth Montgomery) mortal-loathing, quick-witted witch mother, in the situation comedy Bewitched. … Read More
1965 64 Years Old She also felt that the television writing was often below standard and dismissed many of the Bewitched scripts as "hack" in a 1965 interview for TV Guide. … Read More
1969 68 Years Old …  Co-star Dick Sargent, who in 1969 replaced the ill Dick York as Samantha's husband, Darrin Stephens, had a more difficult relationship with Moorehead, caustically describing her as "a tough old bird." … Read More
1970 69 Years Old In 1970, Moorehead appeared as one of the sisters to a dying woman who haunts her own house in the early Night Gallery episode "Certain Shadows on the Wall". … Read More
1973 72 Years Old 1 More Event
Moorehead also memorably supplied the voice of the friendly Mother Goose in Hanna-Barbera's 1973 adaptation of the E. B. White children's book Charlotte's Web.
She commented to the New York Times in 1974, "I've been in movies and played theater from coast to coast, so I was quite well known before Bewitched, and I don't particularly want to be identified as a witch."
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