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Also Known As: Lee Ann Remick Died: July 2, 1991
Born: December 14, 1935 Cause of Death: kidney and lung cancer
Birth Place: Quincy, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, singer, dancer

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Radiant, honey-haired beauty who combined sensuality with gentility in performances of surprising depth. Once billed as "America's answer to Brigitte Bardot," Remick made her screen debut as the nubile majorette who seduces country TV star Andy Griffith in Elia Kazan's powerful drama, "A Face in the Crowd" (1957). She played manipulators in "The Long Hot Summer" (1957) and "Anatomy of a Murder" (1959), and pathetic or victimized women in "Sanctuary" (1961) and "Days of Wine and Roses" (1962). Remick also demonstrated a flair for comedy in "A Severed Head" and "Loot" (both 1970).Remick began her career on stage and TV in the 1950s and continued to appear in both media through the late 1980s. She received a Tony nomination for her most famous Broadway role, as the blind woman menaced by three criminals in Frederick Knott's 1966 thriller "Wait Until Dark". Her sophisticated elegance made her well suited for Stephen Sondheim musicals: she starred on Broadway in his short-lived "Anyone Can Whistle" (1964); as the sassy former showgirl Phyllis in a concert version of "Follies" (PBS, 1986); and as the glamorous actress Desiree in a 1991 Los Angeles production of his "A Little Night Music", from which she...

Radiant, honey-haired beauty who combined sensuality with gentility in performances of surprising depth. Once billed as "America's answer to Brigitte Bardot," Remick made her screen debut as the nubile majorette who seduces country TV star Andy Griffith in Elia Kazan's powerful drama, "A Face in the Crowd" (1957). She played manipulators in "The Long Hot Summer" (1957) and "Anatomy of a Murder" (1959), and pathetic or victimized women in "Sanctuary" (1961) and "Days of Wine and Roses" (1962). Remick also demonstrated a flair for comedy in "A Severed Head" and "Loot" (both 1970).

Remick began her career on stage and TV in the 1950s and continued to appear in both media through the late 1980s. She received a Tony nomination for her most famous Broadway role, as the blind woman menaced by three criminals in Frederick Knott's 1966 thriller "Wait Until Dark". Her sophisticated elegance made her well suited for Stephen Sondheim musicals: she starred on Broadway in his short-lived "Anyone Can Whistle" (1964); as the sassy former showgirl Phyllis in a concert version of "Follies" (PBS, 1986); and as the glamorous actress Desiree in a 1991 Los Angeles production of his "A Little Night Music", from which she withdrew due to a relapse of cancer.

Beginning in the 70s, Remick worked increasingly in TV, becoming the queen of reality-based TV-movies and miniseries. She gave memorable performances as Jennie Jerome in "Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill" (1975); as Kay Summersby in "Ike: The War Years" (1979); as Margaret Sullavan in "Haywire" (1980); and as the scheming socialite Frances Bradshaw Schreuder in "Nutcracker: Money, Madness, and Murder" (1987).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bridge To Silence (1989) Marge Duffield
2.
 Dark Holiday (1989) Gene Lepere
3.
 Jesse (1988) Jesse Maloney
5.
 Vision, The (1987) Grace Gardner
6.
 Of Pure Blood (1986) Alicia Browning
7.
 Toughlove (1985) Jan Charters
8.
 Emma's War (1985) Anne Grange
9.
 Good Sport, A (1984) Michelle Tenney
10.
 Rearview Mirror (1984) Terry Seton
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Moved to NYC at age seven
1951:
Began career as a chorus dancer in summer stock productions at the Music Circus Tent
1953:
TV debut in "Double Ivory" on "Kraft Television Theater"
1953:
Broadway debut in "Be Your Age" at age 16
1956:
Film acting debut in "A Face in the Crowd"
1960:
Acted in TV special "The Tempest"
1973:
TV-movie debut, "The Blue Knight"
:
Appeared in TV miniseries and movies including "Ike" (1979) "Toughlove" (1985) and "Nutcracker - Money, Madness and Murder" (1987)
1985:
Performed in "Follies in Concert" at Avery Fisher Hall (broadcast on PBS's "Great Performances" in 1986)
1988:
Joined Garner/Duchow Productions to form Garner/Duchow/Remick Productions (with James Garner and Peter Duchow)
1990:
Made final stage appearance opposite Tom Skeritt in "Love Letters" in Los Angeles (June)
1991:
Star was dedicated in her honor on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (April)
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Education

Miss Hewitt's School: New York , New York -
Swaboda School of Dance: New York , New York -
Barnard College: New York , New York - 1953

Notes

"Someone asked me the other day why I play a nymphomaniac in 'The Detective.' The reason I did it was precisely because I don't really look like that kind of person. But I've played that kind of role--in 'A Face in the Crowd' I played a sexy girl and in 'Anatomy of a Murder.' They are sexy girls, but they don't really lean on it--in fact, lean away from it, which somehow becomes sexier."--Lee Remick in 1968 (DAILY NEWS obituary, July 3, 1991)

Received the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Award from the Hasting Pudding Theatricals (1965)

She was awarded a honorary doctor of humane letters degree by Emerson College in 1975.

She was honored with the Cancervive Victory Award in 1990.

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husband:
William A Collaran. TV director, producer. Married on August 3, 1957; divorced in 1969; born c. 1930.
husband:
William Rory Gowans. Assistant director, producer. British; married on December 18, 1970; Remick was cited as the "other woman" in Gowans' first wife Valerie's divorce action.

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father:
Frank E Remick. Furniture store owner. Owner of Remick's Department Store; divorced when Lee Remick was 21.
mother:
Margaret Patricia Remick. Actor. Married Frank Packard after divorce; was actor from 1947 to 1957.
brother:
Bruce Remick. Soil and sugar-cane researcher on a sugar plantation. Born c. 1933.
daughter:
Kate Sullivan. Writer. Born on January 1, 1959.
son:
Matthew Collaran. Born in 1961.
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