Elizabeth Hartman


Actor
Elizabeth Hartman

About

Birth Place
Youngstown, Ohio, USA
Born
December 23, 1941
Died
June 10, 1987
Cause of Death
Alleged Suicide By Defenestration

Biography

This fragile, red-haired actress is best known as the blind heroine of "A Patch of Blue" (1965), for which she earned an Oscar nomination as Best Actress. Hartman went on to grace several other major films in her brief career, notably Sidney Lumet's "The Group" (1966), Francis Ford Coppola's "You're a Big Boy Now" (1967), as an actress tutoring a naive Peter Kastner, and "The Beguiled" (...

Family & Companions

Gilbert Dennis
Husband
Screenwriter, director. Divorced.

Biography

This fragile, red-haired actress is best known as the blind heroine of "A Patch of Blue" (1965), for which she earned an Oscar nomination as Best Actress. Hartman went on to grace several other major films in her brief career, notably Sidney Lumet's "The Group" (1966), Francis Ford Coppola's "You're a Big Boy Now" (1967), as an actress tutoring a naive Peter Kastner, and "The Beguiled" (1971), as one of several Southern women who nurse a wounded Union Soldier (Clint Eastwood) during the Civil War. Battling depression and a declining career, the actress became reclusive in the 1980s. Hartman's 1987 death, after she fell from a fifth-floor apartment window, was listed as possible suicide.

Life Events

1965

Film acting debut in "A Patch of Blue"

Photo Collections

A Patch of Blue - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken during the making of A Patch of Blue (1965).

Videos

Movie Clip

Group, The (1966) - Dottie Renfrew Is Engaged Director Sidney Lumet resumes his narrative device with Kathleen Widdoes as college “class scribe” Helena typing, Joan Hackett as Dottie on the train, to a 1930-something New York party hosted by Kay and her boozy playwright husband (Joanna Pettet, Larry Hagman), Jessica Walter, Shirley Knight, et al conversing, in The Group, 1966.
Group, The (1966) - Landlord, Fill The Flowing Bowl Somewhat bawdy English traditional song Landlord, Fill The Flowing Bowl among several choral pieces opening Sidney Lumet's The Group, 1966, introducing classmates Joan Hackett, Candice Bergen, Shirley Knight, Joanna Pettet et al, and their valedictorian Kathleen Widdoes.
Full Moon High (1981) -- Original Trailer Leading man Adam Arkin is more prominent than his dad Alan, and co-star Ed McMahon doesn’t appear at all, in the rude trailer for independent director-producer Larry Cohen’s low-rent comedy-horror-nostalgia feature Full Moon High, shot in 1979 but released in 1981.
You're A Big Boy Now (1966) - Who Is She? Mayor John Lindsay intervened to get Francis Ford Coppola and crew approved to shoot in the main New York Public library, into which Elizabeth Hartman struts, drawing the attention of stack boy Peter Kastner, Tony Bill his buddy, opening You're A Big Boy Now, 1966.
You're A Big Boy Now (1966) - What Makes Her Tick? More than 30 minutes into the picture, director Francis Ford Coppola launches his second formal character sketch, of chilly Barbara (Elizabeth Hartman), whom his hero has been chasing, with her chronicler (Michael Dunn) and grabby doctor (Michael O'Sullivan), in You're A Big Boy Now, 1966.
Patch of Blue, A - Get Me Some Oranges Blind Selina (Elizabeth Hartman) and new friend Gordon (Sidney Poitier) at the grocery, getting to know each other in director Guy Green's A Patch of Blue, 1965.
Patch Of Blue, A (1965) - You Sound Like The Radio Selina (Academy Award-nominated Elizabeth Hartman) left alone at the park with her beads, has no idea the passer-by she meets, Gordon (Sidney Poitier), is African-American, early in probably the best known film by English director and cinematographer Guy Green, A Patch Of Blue, 1965.

Trailer

Companions

Gilbert Dennis
Husband
Screenwriter, director. Divorced.

Bibliography