Agnes Moorehead

Actor, Teacher
She made her reputation in Hollywood playing heartless characters whose faces were frozen in masks of thin-lipped venality, but Agnes Moorehead received her start with comic roles on radio that emphasized her bottomless ... Read more »
Born: 12/06/1900 in Clinton, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (70)

The Hollywood Squares 1966 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Dear Dead Delilah 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Frankenstein: The True Story 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlotte's Web 1973 (Movie)

(Voice)

Night Gallery 1971 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of Terror 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Bewitched 1964 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

What's The Matter With Helen? 1971 (Movie)

Sister Alma (Actor)

The Singing Nun 1965 (Movie)

Sister Cluny (Actor)

Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte 1964 (Movie)

Velma (Actor)

How the West Was Won 1962 (Movie)

Rebecca Prescott (Actor)

Who's Minding the Store? 1962 (Movie)

Phoebe Tuttle (Actor)

Bachelor in Paradise 1961 (Movie)

Judge Peterson (Actor)

DuPont Show of the Month 1957 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

Alcoa/Goodyear Theater 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Jessica 1960 (Movie)

Maria Lombardo (Actor)

Pollyanna 1960 (Movie)

Mrs Snow (Actor)

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

A Tale of Two Cities 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of the Quarter Moon 1958 (Movie)

Comelia Nelson (Actor)

Suspicion 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bat 1958 (Movie)

Cornelia Van Gorder (Actor)

The Tempest 1958 (Movie)

Vassilissa Miranov (Actor)

Jeanne Eagels 1957 (Movie)

Madame Neilson (Actor)

Raintree County 1957 (Movie)

Ellen Shawnessy (Actor)

The Story of Mankind 1957 (Movie)

Queen Elizabeth (Actor)

Meet Me in Las Vegas 1956 (Movie)

Miss hattie (Actor)

Pardners 1956 (Movie)

Mrs Matildo Kingsley (Actor)

The Conqueror 1956 (Movie)

Hunlun (Actor)

The Opposite Sex 1956 (Movie)

Countess (Actor)

The Revolt of Mamie Stover 1956 (Movie)

Bertha Parchman (Actor)

The Swan 1956 (Movie)

Queen Maria Dominika (Actor)

The True Story of Jesse James 1956 (Movie)

Mrs Samuel (Actor)

All That Heaven Allows 1955 (Movie)

Sara Warren (Actor)

The Left Hand of God 1955 (Movie)

Beryl Sigman (Actor)

Untamed 1955 (Movie)

Aggie (Actor)

Magnificent Obsession 1954 (Movie)

Nancy Ashford (Actor)

Revlon Mirror Theater 1952 - 1954 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of Three Loves 1952 (Movie)

Aunt Lydia (Actor)

Fourteen Hours 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Blue Veil 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

Caged 1950 (Movie)

Ruth Benton (Actor)

Station West 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dark Passage 1947 (Movie)

Madge Rapf (Actor)

Dragon Seed 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mrs. Parkington 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tomorrow the World 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Magnificent Ambersons 1942 (Movie)

Fanny Amberson (Actor)

Citizen Kane 1941 (Movie)

Mary Kane (Actor)

Adventures of Captain Fabian (Movie)

Aunt Jesebel (Actor)

Government Girl (Movie)

Mrs. Wright (Actor)

Her Highness and the Bellboy (Movie)

Countess Zoe (Actor)

Johnny Belinda (Movie)

Aggie McDonald (Actor)

Journey into Fear (Movie)

Mrs. Mathews (Actor)

Marriage: Year One (TV Show)

Actor

Night of Terror (Movie)

(Actor)

Rolling Man (TV Show)

Actor

Scandal at Scourie (Movie)

Sister Josephine (Actor)

Show Boat (Movie)

Parthy Hawks (Actor)

Since You Went Away (Movie)

Emily Hawkins (Actor)

Suddenly Single (TV Show)

Actor

Summer Holiday (Movie)

Cousin Lily (Actor)

The Ballad of Andy Crocker (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Street (Movie)

Violette (Actor)

The Seventh Cross (Movie)

Mme. Marelli (Actor)

The Stratton Story (Movie)

Ma Stratton (Actor)

The Woman in White (Movie)

Countess Fosco (Actor)

The Youngest Profession (Movie)

Miss Featherstone (Actor)

Biography

She made her reputation in Hollywood playing heartless characters whose faces were frozen in masks of thin-lipped venality, but Agnes Moorehead received her start with comic roles on radio that emphasized her bottomless versatility. After being hired to provide the voice of sidekick Margo Lane to Orson Welles' "The Shadow," the actress joined the ensemble of Welles' fledgling Mercury Theatre on the Air. Together the pair transitioned from New York to Hollywood for "Citizen Kane" (1941), Welles' innovative feature film debut. Moorehead's tightly-coiled turn as the young Kane's cruelly pragmatic mother stamped the template for many of her subsequent film roles: the callous guardian of the young "Jane Eyre" (1943), the distant and disapproving aunt of traumatized "Johnny Belinda" (1948), and the unrepentant murderess who frames Humphrey Bogart in "Dark Passage" (1947) and dares him to prove it. Moorehead excelled in sympathetic roles as well, playing a reform-minded prison warden in "Caged" (1950) and Jayne Wyman's protector in "Magnificent Obsession" (1954), but her comic talents went largely untested until she was picked to play Endora, the witchy mother of suburban sorceress Elizabeth Montgomery on the long-running ABC sitcom "Bewitched" (1964-1972). Active in films, television, and radio, Moorehead weathered two failed marriages and a stab at adoptive motherhood before settling into eccentric solitude. Her death from cancer in 1974 halted a diverse career while immortalizing Moorehead in the pantheon of American pop culture icons.

Relationships

Sean Lee

Son

Robert Gist Director

Husband
Married Feb. 14, 1953 Divorced March 11, 1958

John Lee

Husband
Married June 5, 1930 Divorced June 11, 1952

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York

Muskingum College

New Concord , Ohio

University of Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Bradley University

Peoria , Illinois

Milestones

1974

Last TV appearance, "Rex Harrison Presents Short Stories of Love" (NBC)

1973

Made final Broadway appearance in "Gigi" as Madame Alvarez

1973

Last film, "Charlotte's Web" (voice only)

1964

Won fourth Oscar nomination for Supporting Actress for "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte"

1953

TV debut, on "Revlon Mirror Theater" (NBC & CBS)

1941

Had one of her best screen roles in Welles' "The Magnificent Ambersons"; won first of four Oscar nominations as Best Supporting Actress

1940

Film debut in Welles' "Citizen Kane"

1938

Joined Orson Welles' "Mercury Theater of the Air"

1929

Broadway debut, "Scarlet Pages"

1923

Radio debut, singing in St. Louis

1917

Appeared with Municipal Opera Company in St. Louis, Missouri

Toured in vaudeville with Phil Baker

Series debut, in "My Sister Eileen" (CBS)

Co-starred in hit sitcom "Bewitched" (ABC)

Bonus Trivia

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Although most sources list Moorehead's birth date as 1906, her stage career and the book "Die Showbusiness Enzyklopadie" by Honig and Rodek indicate 1900.

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Moorehead is one of the many cast and crew members who were rumored to have contracted cancer while filming "The Conquerer" near an atomic test site. Other alleged victims included director Dick Powell and co-stars John Wayne, Susan Hayward and Pedro Armendariz.

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