skip navigation
Elizabeth Wilson

Elizabeth Wilson

Up
Down

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)

Recent DVDs

 
 

The Happy Hooker Trilogy... Tricks of the trade are all in a day's work for sexy Madam Xaviera Hollander in... more info $19.98was $19.98 Buy Now

The Graduate DVD "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me," Dustin Hoffman suggests to Anne... more info $9.98was $9.98 Buy Now

The Addams Family (1991) / Addams Family... They're creepy, kooky and all together ookie, but that's what makes them so much... more info $7.99was $12.98 Buy Now

9 To 5: Sexist, Egotistical, Lying,... At long last the real workers get to shine. That would be all the harried... more info $9.98was $9.98 Buy Now

The Goddess (1958) DVD Kim Stanley (Oscar® nominee, Best Actress, 1964, Seance on a Wet Afternoon)... more info $20.99was $20.99 Buy Now

Also Known As: Elizabeth Welter Wilson Died:
Born: April 4, 1921 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA Profession: Actor

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

A lady of stage and screen, award-winning actress Elizabeth Wilson had a long career in which she frequently played mothers and wives on television and the big screen. Many filmgoers will remember her best for her performance as Dustin Hoffman's mother in Mike Nichols' classic comedy/drama "The Graduate" (1967) and from her role as Ralph Fiennes' mother in Robert Redford's true-life drama "Quiz Show" (1994). She also had a prominent and memorable comedic role in the 1980 blockbuster comedy "Nine to Five," playing bad boss Dabney Coleman's assistant opposite stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton. She also co-starred in the big-screen adaptation of "The Addams Family" (1991), playing Abigail Craven, and had a late-career turn starring alongside Bill Murray in the drama "Hyde Park on Hudson" (2012), playing Sara Ann Delano Roosevelt, mother of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Like many stage-trained actors, Wilson balanced her career between her first love-theater-and feature films and television. Hollywood typically typecast her in matronly roles, but like any gifted actress, the dependable Wilson always found a way to heighten the role to her best advantage. Elizabeth WIlson died May 9,...

A lady of stage and screen, award-winning actress Elizabeth Wilson had a long career in which she frequently played mothers and wives on television and the big screen. Many filmgoers will remember her best for her performance as Dustin Hoffman's mother in Mike Nichols' classic comedy/drama "The Graduate" (1967) and from her role as Ralph Fiennes' mother in Robert Redford's true-life drama "Quiz Show" (1994). She also had a prominent and memorable comedic role in the 1980 blockbuster comedy "Nine to Five," playing bad boss Dabney Coleman's assistant opposite stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton. She also co-starred in the big-screen adaptation of "The Addams Family" (1991), playing Abigail Craven, and had a late-career turn starring alongside Bill Murray in the drama "Hyde Park on Hudson" (2012), playing Sara Ann Delano Roosevelt, mother of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Like many stage-trained actors, Wilson balanced her career between her first love-theater-and feature films and television. Hollywood typically typecast her in matronly roles, but like any gifted actress, the dependable Wilson always found a way to heighten the role to her best advantage. Elizabeth WIlson died May 9, 2015, at the age of 94.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Special Report: Journey to Mars (1996) President Richardson
3.
 Boys Next Door, The (1996) Mrs Fremus
4.
 Quiz Show (1994) Dorothy Van Doren
5.
 Spring Awakening (1994) Mrs Pierson
7.
 Skylark (1993) Harriet
8.
 Regarding Henry (1991) Jessica
9.
 Addams Family, The (1991) Abigail Craven
10.
 Burning Bridges (1990) Freda
VIEW THE FULL FILMOGRAPHY

Milestones close milestones

1953:
Made her stage debut in "Picnic"
1955:
Made her film debut in the adaptation of "Picnic," reprising her stage role
1963:
Appeared in Hitchcock's "The Birds"
1967:
Played Dustin Hoffman's mother in "The Graduate"
1980:
Appeared in "Nine to Five"
2012:
Played Mrs. Roosevelt in "Hyde Park on Hudson," which proved to be her final film role.
VIEW ALL MILESTONES

Education

Grand Rapids Junior College: Grand Rapids , Michigan -
The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -

Family close complete family listing

father:
Henry Dunning Wilson. Insurance salesman.
mother:
Marie Ethel Wilson.

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute