Agnes Moorehead
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Agnes Moorehead
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.
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Joan Blondell Q&A with Biographer Matthew Kennedy: Warner Bros. Years, Rare ... - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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It's got an amazing cast, including Jane Wyman, Agnes Moorehead, Charles Laughton, Audrey Totter, and a pubescent Natalie Wood. Joan is absolutely wonderful in it. She plays Wood's neglectful, self-absorbed mother, yet she keeps our sympathy and
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Top 10: Essential Utah movies - Salt Lake Tribune
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... the cast and crew were exposed to fallout from nuclear testing in Nevada — and some 90 of the 220 people working on the film (including Wayne, Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead and director Dick Powell) were diagnosed with cancer (though many of them
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James Stewart's early roles featured Aug 13 on TCM's Summer Under The Stars - Examiner.com
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I dare you to watch Gingold as Bianca de Passe and not see the genesis of Agnes Moorehead's Endora. Throughout his career, Stewart, in addition to frequently playing likable Average Joe-types, would frequently dabble in westerns
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Marion resident savors memories of meeting Hollywood stars - Ocala
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"Here's one signed by orchestra leader Guy Lombardo, and another by the great actors Charles Boyer, Agnes Moorehead, Charles Laughton and Sir Cedric Hardwicke — all whom were in the restaurant at the same time," Digiulio said
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Morning Call Sheet: More 'Bewitched,' More Alice, Cool Countdowns, and a Dumb ... - Big Hollywood
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They tuned in to watch Elizabeth Montgomery and Agnes Moorehead — who cannot be replaced. We were told Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell were the biggest stars on the planet when the 2005 “Bewitched” screen adaptation flopped in every way imaginable
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Interview: Alan K. Rode Brings 'Noir City' to Chicago's Music Box Theatre - HollywoodChicago.com
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HollywoodChicago.com: Have you ever wondered what “Sorry, Wrong Number” would've been like if it had starred Agnes Moorehead, who originated the role on radio, instead of Barbara Stanwyck? Rode: Well I think Agnes Moorehead would've been great,
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Fredo and Pat's 1970s adventure - Boston Globe
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Hollywood in the '30s would be a very different proposition without the invariably satisfying presence of an Edward Everett Horton or Beulah Bondi; in the '40s without a Sydney Greenstreet or Agnes Moorehead; in the '50s without an Arthur O'Connell or
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Maureen Dowd: We have already crossed over into 'The Twitter Zone' - Sacramento Bee
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Agnes Moorehead may seem to be a lonely farm woman under attack by scary little robots, but after she kills them and takes an ax to their spaceship, it turns out that she's the scary Amazon alien and the little men were US astronauts from Earth
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The Twitter Zone - New York Times
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Agnes Moorehead may seem to be a lonely farmwoman under attack by scary little robots, but after she kills them and takes an ax to their spaceship, it turns out that she's the scary Amazon alien and the little men were US astronauts from Earth
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Na wschód od Edenu - Gazeta Wyborcza
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Farmer z Nowej Anglii Zebulon Prescott (Karl Malden) wyrusza z żoną Rebeccą (Agnes Moorehead) i dziećmi na zachód w poszukiwaniu lepszych warunków życia. Rodzina podróżuje tratwą w dół rzeki Ohio. W drodze poznają trapera Linusa Rawlingsa (James
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Jane Greer on TCM: OUT OF THE PAST, THE COMPANY SHE KEEPS - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Dir: Sidney Lanfield Cast: Dick Powell, Jane Greer, Agnes Moorehead. BW-80 mins 2:30 AM RUN FOR THE SUN (1956) A British traitor hunts humans in the jungles of Mexico. Dir: Roy Boulting Cast: Richard Widmark, Trevor Howard, Jane Greer
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Se fueron Pedro Armendáriz y John Wayne - Esto
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Otros actores con cierto renombre en esa época que murieron a causa del terrible mal fueron Agnes Moorehead, enfermo de un pulmón; John Hoyt, también de pulmón, y el doble Chuck Robertson. El gran actor mexicano falleció el 18 de junio de 1963
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UMaine 2011 Summer Music Theatre Festival to present 'The Bat' - Bangor Daily News
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Originally written in 1920, Rinehart's play was adapted into a silent film in 1926, and then revived again in a 1959 version starring Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 pm June 17, 18, 24, 25 and 2 pm June 19 and 26
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George Christy Talks About Fred Hayman, Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award, Zsa ... - The Beverly Hills Courier
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... Polly Bergen, Oscar Levant who coined the word Tinseltown, Jeanne Crain, Mia Farrow, Agnes Moorehead, Nelson Eddy, Spencer Tracy and others. Gustavo and wife Eloisa planned to stop by, but baby Martin (born April 1st) needed them at home
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Filme und Unterhaltung im TV - Höhepunkte Freitag, 10. Juni 2011 - Suite101.de
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Joseph Cotton und Agnes Moorehead spielen die weiteren Hauptrollen. Weniger subtil, dafür aber wesentlich blutiger, geht es in „The Hills Have Eyes - Hügel Der Blutigen Augen“ in RTL2 um 22:20 Uhr zu. Die Handlung selbst ist da weniger wichtig,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Agnes Moorehead
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1974
    Age 73
    Moorehead was one of the first members of the company to perceive a connection between the film and the fallout. Her friend Sandra Gould, who was featured with her on Bewitched, recalls that long before Moorehead developed the uterine cancer that killed her in 1974, she recounted rumors of "some radioactive germs" on location in Utah, observing: "Everybody in that picture has gotten cancer and died."
    More Details Hide Details As she was dying, she reportedly said: "I should never have taken that part." Moorehead appeared on hundreds of individual broadcasts across a radio career that spanned from 1926 to her final appearance, on CBS Radio Mystery Theatre in 1974. Moorehead began appearing on stage during her training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She appeared in seven productions as a student. She continued acting in the theater throughout her career until just a few months before her death.
    Moorehead died of uterine cancer on April 30, 1974, in Rochester, Minnesota; she is buried at Dayton Memorial Park in Dayton, Ohio.
    More Details Hide Details In 1994, Moorehead was posthumously inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame. The Touchdown Tavern in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, opened the Agnes Moorehead Lounge, exhibiting memorabilia. Moorehead bequeathed $25,000 to Muskingum College with instructions to fund one or more "Agnes Moorehead Scholarships". She also left half of her manuscripts to Muskingum with the other half going to the University of Wisconsin. Her family's Ohio farm went to John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, along with her collection of Bibles and biblical scholarship materials. Her mother Mildred received all of Moorehead's clothing and jewelry and Moorehead made provisions to support Mildred for the rest of her life. Moorhead's home in Beverly Hills was left to her attorney, Franklin Rohner, along with the furnishings and personal property within. Small bequests were made for friends and domestic staff along with some charitable contributions. She made no provision in her will for Sean (the boy John Griffith Lee and she had allegedly adopted) and the will stated that she had "no children, natural or adopted, living or deceased".
    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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  • 1973
    Age 72
    For the 1973 Broadway adaptation of Gigi, Moorehead portrayed Aunt Alicia and performed various songs, including "The Contract" for the original cast recording.
    More Details Hide Details She fell ill during the production, forcing Arlene Francis to replace her. Moorehead died shortly afterward.
    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.
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  • 1970
    Age 69
    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".
    More Details Hide Details She also reprised her role in Don Juan in Hell on Broadway and on tour, in an all-star cast which also featured Edward Mulhare, Ricardo Montalban, and Paul Henreid.
  • 1969
    Age 68
    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."
    More Details Hide Details In the fall of 1964, Moorehead participated in a five-minute commercial spot featuring casts of both Bonanza and Bewitched, announcing the new 1965 Chevrolet line. Moorehead was featured with Dan Blocker extolling the virtues of the new '65 Chevy II.
  • 1965
    Age 64
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The role brought her a level of recognition that she had not received before as Bewitched was in the top 10 programs for the first few years it aired. Moorehead received six Emmy Award nominations, but was quick to remind interviewers that she had enjoyed a long and distinguished career. Despite her ambivalence, she remained with Bewitched until its run ended in 1972.
  • 1964
    Age 63
    In 1964, Moorehead accepted the role of Endora, Samantha's (Elizabeth Montgomery) mortal-loathing, quick-witted witch mother, in the situation comedy Bewitched.
    More Details Hide Details She later commented that she had not expected it to succeed and that she ultimately felt trapped by its success. However, she had negotiated to appear in only eight of every 12 episodes made, therefore allowing her sufficient time to pursue other projects.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1959
    Age 58
    In 1959, Moorehead guest starred on The Rebel.
    More Details Hide Details Her role in the radio play Sorry, Wrong Number inspired writers of the CBS television series The Twilight Zone to script an episode with Moorehead in mind. In "The Invaders" (broadcast January 27, 1961) Moorehead played a woman whose isolated farm is plagued by mysterious intruders. In "Sorry, Wrong Number", Moorehead offered a famed, bravura performance using only her voice, and for "The Invaders", she was offered a script where she had no dialogue at all. Moorehead also had guest roles on Channing, Custer, Rawhide, in "Incident at Poco Tiempo" as Sister Frances, and The Rifleman. On February 10, 1967, she portrayed Miss Emma Valentine in "The Night of the Vicious Valentine" on The Wild Wild West, a performance for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
  • 1954
    Age 53
    She married actor Robert Gist in 1954 and they divorced in 1958.
    More Details Hide Details Agnes Moorehead's sexuality has been the subject of speculation. A number of articles have appeared in periodicals in the alternative press identifying her as a lesbian. Paul Lynde, Moorehead's occasional co-star on Bewitched, stated: "Well, the whole world knows Agnes was a lesbian--I mean classy as hell, but one of the all-time Hollywood dykes". Journalist Boze Hadleigh reported an incident, also sourced to Lynde, in which, when she caught one of her husbands cheating on her, "Agnes screamed at him that if he could have a mistress, so could she". Moorehead is reported in an interview to have acknowledged her same-sex orientation while identifying a number of other Hollywood actresses who "enjoyed lesbian or bi relationships". Moorehead's close friend Debbie Reynolds states categorically that Moorehead was not lesbian. Reynolds' autobiography mentions the rumor and states it was begun by one of Moorehead's husbands during their divorce.. Moorehead's longtime friend and producer, Paul Gregory, concurs in the assessment. Quint Benedetti, Moorehead's longtime employee and himself gay, also states that Moorehead was not lesbian and attributes the story to rumor-mongering by Lynde.
  • 1952
    Age 51
    In 1952, she recorded an album of the drama, and performed scenes from the story in her one-woman show in the 1950s.
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  • 1951
    Age 50
    Moorehead was in Broadway productions of Don Juan in Hell in 1951–1952, and Lord Pengo in 1962–1963.
    More Details Hide Details Moorehead's first radio role was a replacement of Dorothy Denvir's role as Min Gump in The Gumps. During the 1940s and 1950s, Moorehead was one of the most in-demand actresses for radio dramas, especially on the CBS show Suspense. During the 946-episode-run of Suspense, Moorehead was cast in more episodes than any other actor or actress. She was often introduced on the show as the "first lady of Suspense". Moorehead's most successful appearance on Suspense was in the legendary play Sorry, Wrong Number, written by Lucille Fletcher, broadcast on May 18, 1943. Moorehead played a selfish, neurotic woman who overhears a murder being plotted via crossed phone wires and eventually realizes she is the intended victim. She recreated the performance six times for Suspense and several times on other radio shows, always using her original, dog-eared script.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She was in many important films, including Dark Passage and Since You Went Away, either playing key small or large supporting parts.
  • FORTIES
  • 1943
    Age 42
    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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  • 1942
    Age 41
    From 1942 to 1949, Moorehead played the role of the mayor's housekeeper in the radio version of Mayor of the Town.
    More Details Hide Details She also starred in The Amazing Mrs. Danberry, a situation comedy on CBS, in 1946. Moorehead's title character was described as "the lively widow of a department store owner who has a tongue as sharp as a hatpin and a heart as warm as summer." In the 1950s, Moorehead continued to work in films and to appear on stage across the country, including a national tour of Shaw's Don Juan in Hell, co-starring Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton, and Cedric Hardwicke. She appeared as the hypochondriac Mrs. Snow in Disney's hit film Pollyanna (1960). Alongside Bette Davis, Olivia De Havilland, Mary Astor, and Joseph Cotten, she starred in Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), as the maid, Velma, a role for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1937
    Age 36
    Moorehead met Orson Welles, and by 1937 was one of his principal Mercury Players, along with Joseph Cotten.
    More Details Hide Details She performed in his The Mercury Theatre on the Air radio adaptations, and had a regular role opposite Welles in the serial The Shadow as Margo Lane. In 1939, Welles moved the Mercury Theatre to Hollywood, where he started working for RKO Pictures. Several of his radio performers joined him, and Moorehead made her film debut as the mother of his own character, Charles Foster Kane, in Citizen Kane (1941), considered one of the best films ever made. Moorehead was featured in The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Welles's second film, and received the New York Film Critics Award and an Academy Award nomination for her performance. She also appeared in the Mercury film production, Journey Into Fear (1943). Moorehead received positive reviews for her performance in Mrs. Parkington, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and an Academy Award nomination. Moorehead played another strong role in The Big Street (1942) with Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball, and then appeared in two films that failed to find an audience, Government Girl (1943) with Olivia de Havilland and The Youngest Profession (1944) with the adolescent Virginia Weidler.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1930
    Age 29
    Moorehead married actor John Griffith Lee in 1930 and they divorced in 1952.
    More Details Hide Details Moorehead and Lee adopted an orphan named Sean in 1949, but whether the adoption was legal remains unclear. Moorehead raised Sean until he ran away from home.
  • 1929
    Age 28
    She then pursued postgraduate studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, from which she graduated with honors in 1929.
    More Details Hide Details Moorehead received an honorary doctoral degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Moorehead's early career was unsteady, and, although she was able to find stage work, she was often unemployed and forced to go hungry. She later recalled going four days without food, and said that it had taught her "the value of a dollar". She found work in radio and was soon in demand, often working on several programs in a single day. She believed that it offered her excellent training and allowed her to develop her voice to create a variety of characterizations. Moorehead met the actress Helen Hayes, who encouraged her to try to enter films, but her first attempts were met with failure. Rejected as not being "the right type", Moorehead returned to radio.
  • 1923
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She later received an honorary doctorate in literature from Muskingum and served for a year on its board of trustees. When her family moved to Reedsburg, Wisconsin, she taught public school for five years in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, while she also earned a master's degree in English and public speaking at the University of Wisconsin (now University of Wisconsin–Madison).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1918
    Age 17
    Moorehead always said she graduated from Central High School in St. Louis, in 1918.
    More Details Hide Details But, in fact, she appears in no Central High School yearbook while she does appear in the yearbook of Soldan High School. She lived near Soldan High School, on Union Boulevard; she did not live near Central High School on Grand Avenue and Bell. Although her father did not discourage her acting ambitions, he insisted that she obtain a formal education.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1906
    Age 5
    Moorehead later shaved six years off her age by claiming to have been born in 1906.
    More Details Hide Details Moorehead recalled her first public performance was at the age of three, reciting "The Lord's Prayer" in her father's church. The family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and Moorehead's ambition to become an actress grew "very strong". Her mother indulged her active imagination, often asking, "Who are you today, Agnes?", while Moorehead and her sister would often engage in mimicry, often coming to the dinner table and imitating parishioners. Moorehead noted and was encouraged by her father's amused reactions. She joined the chorus of the St. Louis Municipal Opera Company, known as "The Muny". In addition to her interest in acting, she developed a lifelong interest in religion; in later years, actors such as Dick Sargent would recall Moorehead's arriving on the set with "the Bible in one hand and the script in the other".
  • 1900
    Born
    Born on December 6, 1900.
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