Colleen Dewhurst

Actor, Elevator operator, Switchboard operator
A prominent figure in the defining post-World War II years of the American theatre, Colleen Dewhurst paid her dues in so many low-pay and no-pay New York productions that friends and colleagues began calling her "the ... Read more »
Born: 06/03/1924 in Montreal, Quebec, CA

Filmography

Actor (67)

Avonlea 1989 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story 1996 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Bed & Breakfast 1992 (Movie)

Ruth (Actor)

Danielle Steel's 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Dying Young 1991 (Movie)

Estelle Whittier (Actor)

Murphy Brown 1988 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

Termini Station 1991 (Movie)

Molly Dushane (Actor)

National Memorial Day Concert 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

John Wayne Standing Tall 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Shortstories (10/08/88) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd Annual Tony Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Obsessed 1988 (Movie)

The Judge (Actor)

The 42nd Annual Tony Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

Bigfoot 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Gian Carlo Menotti: The Musical Magician 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

The Boy Who Could Fly 1986 (Movie)

Mrs Sherman (Actor)

The Making of "Anne of Green Gables" 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

A.D. 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blue and the Gray 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dead Zone 1983 (Movie)

Henrietta Dodd (Actor)

Escape 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Final Assignment 1980 (Movie)

Dr Valentine Ulanova (Actor)

Tribute 1980 (Movie)

Gladys Petrelli (Actor)

Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Studs Lonigan 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

When a Stranger Calls 1979 (Movie)

Tracy Fuller (Actor)

Arthur Miller on Home Ground 1978 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Ice Castles 1978 (Movie)

Beulah Smith (Actor)

Annie Hall 1977 (Movie)

Mom Hall (Actor)

McQ 1973 (Movie)

Myra (Actor)

The Hands of Cormac Joyce 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Price 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cowboys 1970 (Movie)

Madam (Actor)

The Last Run 1970 (Movie)

Monique (Actor)

A Fine Madness 1965 (Movie)

Dr Vera Kropotkin (Actor)

Man on a String 1960 (Movie)

Helen Benson (Actor)

The Count of Monte Cristo 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nun's Story 1958 (Movie)

Archangel (Actor)

A Few Days in Weasel Creek (TV Show)

Actor

A Perfect Match (TV Show)

Actor

And Baby Makes Six (TV Show)

Actor

Anne of Green Gables (TV Show)

Actor

As Is (TV Show)

Actor

Baby Comes Home (TV Show)

Actor

Between Two Women (TV Show)

Actor

Bigfoot (TV Show)

Actor

Death Penalty (TV Show)

Actor

Escape (Movie)

Lily Levinson (Actor)

Johnny Bull (TV Show)

Actor

Lantern Hill (TV Show)

Actor

Light of the Gods (TV Show)

Narrator

Sword of Gideon (TV Show)

Actor

The Civil War (TV Show)

Voice

The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Show)

Actor

The Glitter Dome (TV Show)

Actor

The Women's Room (TV Show)

Actor

Those She Left Behind (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A prominent figure in the defining post-World War II years of the American theatre, Colleen Dewhurst paid her dues in so many low-pay and no-pay New York productions that friends and colleagues began calling her "the Queen of off-Broadway. " On the Great White Way by 1952, the 28-year-old Quebec-born actress was too old and tall to play ingénues but was given the chance to portray spirited Kate in "The Taming of the Shrew" in a 1956 stage production that established Dewhurst as an actress in-demand. Following her film debut in Fred Zinnemann's "The Nun's Story" (1959), she made infrequent movie appearances, preferring to stay close to the New York theatre and second husband George C. Scott. The celebrated couple were married and divorced twice between 1960 and 1972, during which time they were paired onstage and in episodic television and feature films. A more frequent film presence as she approached retirement age, Dewhurst brought a sobering intensity to diverse film roles in Woody Allen's "Annie Hall" (1977), Donald Wrye's "Ice Castles" (1978) and David Cronenberg's "The Dead Zone" (1983). She was a late-life hit with young viewers in the "Anne of Green Gables" (CBC, 1985) telefilm and its 1988 sequel "Anne of Avonlea." Never forsaking her roots on the stage, Dewhurst served as the president of Actor's Equity from 1985 until 1991, the year that cancer robbed the American stage and international cinema of a distinct and formidable talent.

Relationships

Fred Dewhurst

Father

Ken Marsolais

Companion
lived together for last 16 years of Dewhurst's life

George C Scott Actor

Husband
Met in Circle in the Square production of "Children of Darkness" in 1958 Married in 1960 Divorced in July 1965 Remarried on July 4, 1967 Divorced on Feb. 2, 1972 Died on Sept. 22, 1999 best known for his portrayal of General George S. Patton in the film "Patton" and for playing General Buck Turgidson in Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove"

Alexander Scott

Son
born in 1961 father, George C Scott

Campbell Scott

Son
born in 1962 father, George C Scott acted with his mother in her last stage appearance, "Long Day's Journey into Night" and "Ah, Wilderness!" (1988) and her last film, "Dying Young" (1991)

James Vickery

Husband
married in 1947 divorced in 1959

EDUCATION

Downer College for Young Ladies

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
dropped out after one year

studied with Harold Clurman and Joseph Anthony

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York, New York

Milestones

1991

Last film, "Dying Young", starring her son Campbell Scott

1989

Began recurring guest-star role as Avery Brown, Murphy's mother, on hit sitcom "Murphy Brown"

1988

Last Broadway appearance, alternating roles in revivals of O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night" and "Ah, Wilderness!"; son Campbell Scott in cast

1987

Starred in one-woman New York show, "My Gene", playing Eugene O'Neill's wife, Carlotta

1981

Directed Broadway play, "Ned and Jack"

1975

Reprised "Moon" role on television

1974

Achieved greatest stage acclaim in the role of Josie Hogan in revival of O'Neill's "A Moon for the Misbegotten"

1960

First major Broadway role in production of Albert Camus' "Caligula"

1959

Screen acting debut in "The Nun's Story"

1956

Acted the roles of Gertrude in "Hamlet", Kate in "The Taming of the Shrew", Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra in Joseph Papp's Shakespeare in Central Park productions; acted several times opposite future husband George C. Scott

1952

Broadway stage debut (a bit part as a dancer) in Harold Clurman's revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Desire Under the Elms"

1946

Stage debut while a student in "The Royal Family" at the Carnegie Lyceum

Served as president, Actors' Equity Association

Directed National Theater of the Deaf production of "All the Way Home"

Resolved to become a pilot and later a journalist before considering an acting career

Family left Canada when Dewhurst was a child, moving first to Boston and later to Milwaukee

Bonus Trivia

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Also received the Sylvania Award in 1960 and the Lola D'Annunzio Award in 1961

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Dewhurst had been nominated for Emmy Awards six times before her first win.

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Served as vice-chair of the Save the Theater movement; was on board of the Actor's Fund and acted as chair of the fund's executive committee, which helps theater professionals who have AIDS; also served on board of Actors' Work Program, the American Council for the Arts, the Theater Communications Group and the Theater Development Fund

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