Lee Remick


Actor
Lee Remick

About

Also Known As
Lee Ann Remick
Birth Place
Quincy, Massachusetts, USA
Born
December 14, 1935
Died
July 02, 1991
Cause of Death
Kidney And Lung Cancer

Biography

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 ...

Photos & Videos

Days of Wine and Roses - Movie Poster
Anatomy of a Murder - Movie Poster
Experiment in Terror - Movie Poster

Family & Companions

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

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)

Biography

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).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Bridge To Silence (1989)
Dark Holiday (1989)
Jesse (1988)
Jesse Maloney
Gregory Peck: His Own Man (1988)
The Vision (1987)
Of Pure Blood (1986)
Alicia Browning
Toughlove (1985)
Jan Charters
Emma's War (1985)
Anne Grange
Rearview Mirror (1984)
A Good Sport (1984)
Montgomery Clift (1983)
Herself
The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story (1983)
The Letter (1982)
Leslie Crosbie
The Competition (1980)
Greta Vandemann
The Women's Room (1980)
Tribute (1980)
Haywire (1980)
Torn Between Two Lovers (1979)
The Europeans (1979)
Breaking Up (1978)
Joann Hammil
The Medusa Touch (1978)
Dr Zonfeld
Telefon (1977)
The Omen (1976)
Hennessy (1975)
Kate Brook
A Girl Named Sooner (1975)
Elizabeth Mchenry
Hustling (1975)
A Delicate Balance (1973)
And No One Could Save Her (1973)
Fern O'Neil
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1972)
A Severed Head (1971)
Antonia Lynch-Gibboon
Sometimes a Great Notion (1971)
Viv
Loot (1970)
Fay
Hard Contract (1969)
Sheila
The Detective (1968)
Karen Leland
No Way To Treat a Lady (1968)
Kate Palmer
Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965)
Georgette Thomas
The Hallelujah Trail (1965)
Cora Massingale
The Wheeler Dealers (1963)
Molly Thatcher
The Running Man (1963)
Stella Black
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
Kirsten Arnesen
Experiment in Terror (1962)
Kelly Sherwood
Sanctuary (1961)
Temple Drake
Wild River (1960)
Carol Baldwin
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Laura Manion
These Thousand Hills (1959)
Callie
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
Eula Varner
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Betty Lou Fleckum

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Montgomery Clift (1983)
Other

Cast (Special)

Miracle on 44th Street: A Portrait of the Actors Studio (1991)
The 42nd Annual Tony Awards (1988)
Performer
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1988)
Performer
Remembering Marilyn (1988)
Eleanor -- In Her Own Words (1987)
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life (1987)
A Star-Spangled Celebration (1987)
The 40th Annual Tony Awards (1986)
Performer
Follies in Concert (1986)
Of Men of Women (1972)
Host; Wife (Story 4)
The Farmer's Daughter (1962)
Katrin Holstrom

Music (Special)

Follies in Concert (1986)
Song Performer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Around the World in 80 Days (1989)
Nutcracker: Money, Madness and Murder (1987)
Mistral's Daughter (1984)
Kate Browning
Ike: The War Years (1979)
Arthur Hailey's "Wheels" (1978)
QB VII (1974)
The Blue Knight (1973)

Life Events

1951

Began career as a chorus dancer in summer stock productions at the Music Circus Tent

1953

Broadway debut in "Be Your Age" at age 16

1953

TV debut in "Double Ivory" on "Kraft Television Theater"

1956

Film acting debut in "A Face in the Crowd"

1960

Acted in TV special "The Tempest"

1973

TV-movie debut, "The Blue Knight"

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)

Photo Collections

Days of Wine and Roses - Movie Poster
Days of Wine and Roses - Movie Poster
Anatomy of a Murder - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster designed by Saul Bass for Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder (1950). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Experiment in Terror - Movie Poster
Here is an original release movie poster from Columbia's Experiment in Terror (1962), directed by Blake Edwards. This is an Insert poster, measuring 14 x 36 inches.
The Long, Hot Summer - Movie Poster
Here is a Half-Sheet movie poster from Columbia Pictures' The Long, Hot Summer (1958), starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.

Videos

Movie Clip

Wheeler Dealers, The (1963) - Surprise Becomes You Wall Street firm boss Bear (Jim Backus) is setting up his token female stock analyst Molly Thatcher (Lee Remick) to fail so he can fire her when he gives her a new assignment, and she meets visiting Texan client Henry Tyroon (James Garner), in The Wheeler Dealers, 1963.
Wheeler Dealers, The (1963) - The Very Dear Pig Still not clear the extent to which Texan Henry (James Garner) is playing the rube, but plenty with New York stock analyst Molly (Lee Remick) and roommate (Patricia Crowley), before what's officially a business dinner, the Maitre'd (Marcel Hillaire) victimized, in producer Martin Ransohoff's The Wheeler Dealers, 1963.
Experiment In Terror (1962) - Meet Me At The Roaring Twenties Teller Kelly (Lee Remick) takes a call from master criminal Red (Ross Martin), her threatened sister Tobi (Stefanie Powers) frolics at the pool and FBI-man Ripley (Glenn Ford) frets, in Blake Edwards' Experiment In Terror, 1962.
Days Of Wine And Roses (1962) - Special Qualifications Rebuffed in his attempt to make friends after a bad first meeting, San Francisco party animal and P-R man Joe (Jack Lemmon) expresses his frustration to teetotaling executive secretary Kirsten (Lee Remick), in Blake Edwards Days Of Wine And Roses, 1962.
Days Of Wine And Roses (1962) - This Is The Roach Kingdom? Joe (Jack Lemmon) on his first visit to Kirsten (Lee Remick) at her apartment, her enthusiasm for him and for booze advancing, as he panics bugs and tenants, in Blake Edwards' Days Of Wine And Roses, 1962.
Baby The Rain Must Fall (1965) - I Got Out A Bit Early Ex-con Texan singer Henry (Steve McQueen) is surprised to see his wife Georgette (Lee Remick) and daughter (Kimberly Block), having failed to tell them he was out of prison, and having failed to tell buddy Slim (Don Murray) and his landlord-employers (Carol Veazie, Charles Watts) they existed, in Baby The Rain Must Fall, 1965.
Baby The Rain Must Fall (1965) - Open, I Almost Fried Joining the opening from the To Kill A Mockingbird team, director Robert Mulligan, producer Alan J. Pakula and writer Horton Foote, from Baby The Rain Must Fall, introducing Zama Cunninghan, Lee Remick and young Kimberly Block, shot in Foote's hometown of Wharton, Texas.
Anatomy Of A Murder (1959) - An Attractive Jiggle One of a tiny number of movie appearances by jazz pioneer Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, who wrote the score, with sidemen including Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Cat Anderson on trumpet, lawyer Biegler (James Stewart) sitting in, before he finds and berates Laura (Lee Remick), wife of the soldier he’s defending on murder charges, because he killed the man who raped her, in Otto Preminger’s Anatomy Of A Murder, 1959.
Experiment In Terror (1962) - A Whole Bank Full Following the credits, San Francisco bank teller Kelly (Lee Remick) gets mugged in her garage by sneaky Red Lynch (Ross Martin) in Blake Edwards' Experiment In Terror, 1962.
Wild River (1960) - This Whole Place Will Be Water Montgomery Clift as Glover, the new Tennessee Valley Authority man, having noted the “TVA keep off” sign, not quite meeting matriarch Ella Garth (Jo Van Fleet), who refuses to sell her land even though the new dam’s already been built, Lee Remick her near-silent daughter, early in Elia Kazan’s Wild River, 1960.
Wild River (1960) - He Told Me Never To Get Off Stubborn Ella Garth (Jo Van Fleet) shows TVA-man Glover (Montgomery Clift) the grave of her husband, who told her never to give up the Tennessee River island he claimed, regardless of the new dam and the lake, her daughter Carol (Lee Remick) not exactly helping, in Elia Kazan’s Wild River, 1960.
Competition, The (1980) - You Have No Time For Her Introduced separately in earlier scenes, relatively junior pianist Heidi (Amy Irving) greets Paul (Richard Dreyfuss), who’s entering one last competition before he gives it up to become a teacher, at an elite San Francisco event, in The Competition, 1980.

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Family

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

Companions

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

Bibliography

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.