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Born: July 5, 1936 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Goessel, Kansas, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Raised in Kansas
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While in college, spent one summer singing in the chorus of operas in Center City, Colorado
1958:
Joined Pasadena Playhouse and made stage debut in "Look Back in Anger"
1959:
Made TV acting debut
1959:
Signed contract with Warner Bros.
1959:
Film debut "Five Gates to Hell"
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While making the 1960 film "Ice Palace", tutored in Shakespeare by Richard Burton
1960:
Received first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs"
1961:
Early TV credit, a guest appearance on "Maverick"
1962:
Earned second Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for "Sweet Bird of Youth"
1963:
Off-Broadway debut in "Journey to the Day"
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Offered role of Ophelia opposite Richard Burton's "Hamlet" and role of Irina in Actors Studio production of Chekhov's "Three Sisters"
1964:
Broadway debut in "Three Sisters" alongside Geraldine Page and Kim Stanley; replaced in film version by Sandy Dennis
1966:
Co-starred in "The Group"
1967:
TV-movie debut "The Outsider" (NBC)
1969:
Had starring role in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Rain People"
1970:
Lived in England
1970:
British stage debut in "A Touch of the Poet"
1974:
Played Georgie Elgin in a the NBC "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production of "The Country Girl"
1974:
Returned to films after a five year absence in "Juggernaut"
1976:
Earned a Tony Award as Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in "Kennedy's Children"
1978:
Co-starred alongside Alan Arkin in the CBS movie "The Defection of Simas Kudirka"
1980:
Offered a strong supporting turn as a concentration camp inmate in "Playing for Time" (CBS)
1981:
Cast as Brooke Shields' mother in "Endless Love"
1983:
Last film appearance for a decade "Sweet Scene of Death"
1987:
Won first Emmy Award playing Hope's mother in an episode of the ABC drama "thirtysomething"
1990:
Reprised her award-winning role of Hope's mother in another episode of "thirtysomething"
1993:
TV series debut as regular in the short-lived CBS series "Angel Falls"
1993:
Returned to films in "The Secret Life of Houses"
1995:
Won second Emmy as the mother of a murder victim in an episode of "NYPD Blue"
1995:
Played Peggy Buckley, a real-life pre-school owner accused of child molestation, in the acclaimed HBO movie "Indictment: The McMartin Trial"; received third Emmy Award
1995:
Played Al Franken's mother in "Stuart Saves His Family"
1996:
Co-starred with Mary Tyler Moore and Linda Lavin in the Family Channel TV-movie "Stolen Memories: Secrets From the Rose Garden"
1997:
Returned to Broadway as co-star with Rip Torn in Horton Foote's Pulitzer-winning "The Young Man From Atlanta"; received Tony nomination
1997:
Portrayed Helen Hunt's mother in "As Good As It Gets"
1998:
Appeared as Gram, the Caucasian matriarch of a biracial family in "The Wedding" (ABC)
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Returned to series TV as Estelle, the mother of Faith Ford's "Maggie Winters" (CBS)
2001:
Had featured role in "Angel Eyes"
2001:
Acted in Hartford Stage production of "Necessary Targets"
2006:
Earned an Emmy nomination for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for "Desperate Housewives"

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