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Born: May 18, 1924 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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An actor who came to the fore in prominent supporting roles in film and TV relatively late in life, Pointer did her professional best typecast as concerned wives and mothers, assured career women and the occasional stern villain. Trained for the stage, she first performed in a touring company of "Kiss and Tell"; Broadway work over the years would include original productions and revivals of "The Country Wife", "Condemned of Altona" and "A Streetcar Named Desire". Married to actor turned TV producer-director Jules Irving from 1947 until his death in 1979, Pointer devoted much of her energy to raising their three children, one of whom is actress Amy Irving. Work in TV, in fact, only got underway for Pointer in the early 1970s as she approached age 50. She played a doctor in the daytime soap "Where the Heart Is", a history teacher in "The Failing of Raymond" (1971), Gen. Douglas MacArthur's (Henry Fonda) wife in "Collision Course" (1976) and a deaf parent in the ABC Afterschool Special "Mom and Dad Can't Hear Me" (1978).Feature film work began for the actress around this time, and with her light, clear eyes, quiet but firm alto voice and highly distinctive, deeply lined face and neck, Pointer graced a...

An actor who came to the fore in prominent supporting roles in film and TV relatively late in life, Pointer did her professional best typecast as concerned wives and mothers, assured career women and the occasional stern villain. Trained for the stage, she first performed in a touring company of "Kiss and Tell"; Broadway work over the years would include original productions and revivals of "The Country Wife", "Condemned of Altona" and "A Streetcar Named Desire". Married to actor turned TV producer-director Jules Irving from 1947 until his death in 1979, Pointer devoted much of her energy to raising their three children, one of whom is actress Amy Irving. Work in TV, in fact, only got underway for Pointer in the early 1970s as she approached age 50. She played a doctor in the daytime soap "Where the Heart Is", a history teacher in "The Failing of Raymond" (1971), Gen. Douglas MacArthur's (Henry Fonda) wife in "Collision Course" (1976) and a deaf parent in the ABC Afterschool Special "Mom and Dad Can't Hear Me" (1978).

Feature film work began for the actress around this time, and with her light, clear eyes, quiet but firm alto voice and highly distinctive, deeply lined face and neck, Pointer graced a series of intense dramas and thrillers. She made her debut in the teen horror film "Carrie" (1976, as the mother of Amy Irving's character) and enjoyed a larger part as Diane Keaton and Tuesday Weld's worried mother in "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" (1977). Rarely appearing in comedy, Pointer later acted in "The Onion Field" (1979), "Mommie Dearest" (1981), "The Falcon and the Snowman" (1985, as Sean Penn's mother), "Blue Velvet" (1986, as parent to Kyle MacLachlan) and the atypically whimsical "Un-Becoming Age" (1992). She has continued to work with Amy Irving in film ("The Competition" 1980, "A Show of Force" 1990) and TV ("The Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics" 1994). She received her greatest visibility via several seasons (1981-83) on the immensely popular primetime TV soap "Dallas", as Rebecca Wentworth, mother of Pam (Victoria Principal) and Cliff (Ken Kercheval). The actress has worked on the TV-movies "Generation" (1985), "Hemingway" (1988) and "Traveler's Rest" (1993), and made guest appearances on series like "The Flash" and "ER".

In 1981, Pointer married actor Robert Symonds, a supporting player active on TV as authority figures and historical personages including Harry S Truman, Benjamin Franklin and Robert E. Lee. She is also the mother of film director David Irving.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Desert Heat (1999)
3.
 Horton Foote's Alone (1997) Susan Hight
4.
 Carried Away (1996) Lily Henson
5.
 Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics (1994) Woman In Movie Theater ("The Theater")
6.
 Painted Desert, The (1993) Barbara
7.
 Un-Becoming Age (1992) Grandma
8.
 Runaway Father (1991) Mary Bennett
9.
 Disturbed (1990) Nurse Francine
10.
 Show Of Force, A (1990) Alice Ryan
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Made stage debut in the national tour of the comedy, "Kiss and Tell"
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Played role of Dr. Adrienne Harris in the early 1970s on the daytime drama, "Where the Heart Is"
1976:
Feature film debut, "Carrie" (as Amy Irving's mother)
1976:
Was a drama instructor at the Braille Institute
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Played Rebecca Wentworth on the long-running CBS primetime serial "Dallas"
1982:
Played rare leading role in the TV-movie, "Mysterious Two", a pilot for a sci-fi series that never materialized
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Played recurring role of Nora Allen on the CBS action fantasy series, "The Flash"
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husband:
Jules Irving. Producer, director, actor. Married December 28, 1947; died 1979; father of Pointer's children David, Kate and Amy; produced and directed TV-movies, series and miniseries including "Dark Victory" (1976) and "Loose Change" (1978).
husband:
Robert Symonds. Actor, director. Married January 3, 1981; has acted in films including "...And Justice for All" (1979) and "The Ice Pirates" (1984); has also acted in series and miniseries including "Where the Heart Is" (1969-73; a daytime drama which also featured Pointer), "The Adams Chronicles" (1976) and "The Blue and the Gray" (1982).

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father:
Kenneth K Pointer. Artist.
mother:
Augusta Leonora Pointer. Artist, illustrator.
son:
David Irving. Director.
daughter:
Kate Irving.
daughter:
Amy Irving. Actor. Appeared with Pointer in "Carrie" (1976) and other films.
grandson:
Max Samuel Spielberg. Mother Amy Irving; father Steven Spielberg; born June 1985.
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