Eileen Heckart

Actor
A celebrated character actress of stage, film and TV, Heckart's disarming laugh, almost gangly frame and large eyes have lent themselves to the portrayal of overbearing mothers, career women, villainous dames, and a ... Read more »
Born: 03/29/1919 in Columbus, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (46)

Cybill 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Love & War 1992 - 1994, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Murder One 1992 - 1994, 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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The First Wives Club 1996 (Movie)

Catherine MacDuggan (Actor)

The Five Mrs. Buchanans 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Performer

Annie McGuire 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Heartbreak Ridge 1986 (Movie)

Little Mary (Actor)

Alice 1976 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Partners in Crime 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The Recovery Room 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Trauma Center 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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F.D.R. -- The Last Year 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Out of the Blue 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Backstairs at the White House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1970 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Burnt Offerings 1976 (Movie)

Roz (Actor)

The Hiding Place 1974 (Movie)

Katje (Actor)

Zandy's Bride 1974 (Movie)

Ma Allan (Actor)

All the Way Home 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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Butterflies Are Free 1972 (Movie)

Mrs Baker (Actor)

No Way to Treat a Lady 1968 (Movie)

Mrs. Brummel (Actor)

The Tree 1968 (Movie)

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Up the Down Staircase 1967 (Movie)

Henrietta Pastorfield (Actor)

My Six Loves 1962 (Movie)

Ethel Swenson (Actor)

Heller in Pink Tights 1960 (Movie)

Lorna Hathaway (Actor)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

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Hot Spell 1958 (Movie)

Fan (Actor)

Bus Stop 1956 (Movie)

Vera (Actor)

Miracle in the Rain 1956 (Movie)

Grace Ullman (Actor)

Somebody Up There Likes Me 1956 (Movie)

Ma Barbella (Actor)

The Bad Seed 1956 (Movie)

Mrs Daigle (Actor)

A Doll's House (TV Show)

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Breathing Lessons (TV Show)

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Seize the Day (TV Show)

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Stuck With Each Other (TV Show)

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Suddenly, Love (TV Show)

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Sunshine Christmas (TV Show)

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The Big Black Pill (TV Show)

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The Blue Men (TV Show)

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The Victim (TV Show)

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Ultimate Betrayal (TV Show)

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White Mama (TV Show)

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Biography

A celebrated character actress of stage, film and TV, Heckart's disarming laugh, almost gangly frame and large eyes have lent themselves to the portrayal of overbearing mothers, career women, villainous dames, and a host of sympathetic, beloved parts. Perhaps best remembered for her Broadway and film portrayal of Mrs. Daigle, the bereaved mother of Patty McCormack's first victim in "The Bad Seed" (1956), her Broadway and film portrayal of Mrs. Baker, the mother with overbearing concern for her blind son in the Broadway and film versions of "Butterflies Are Free" (1973) and her several appearances as Mary's "Aunt Flo" on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

Relationships

John Harrison Yankee Jr

Husband
born on August 1, 1920 married from June 26, 1943 until his death on February 23, 1997

Leo Heckart

Father
divorced Heckart's mother c. 1921 son went to live with him

Esther Heckart

Mother
divorced from Heckart's father retained custody of Heckart remarried four additional times

Luke Yankee

Son
born c. 1960

Mark Yankee

Son
born c. 1952

Philip Yankee

Son
born c. 1954 works on a cruise line stage managing theatrical presentations

EDUCATION

American Theatre Wing

New York , New York 1944 - 1948

Ohio State University

Columbus , Ohio 1942

Milestones

2000

Returned to the Off-Broadway stage playing an elderly woman with Alzheimer's disease in "The Waverly Gallery"; announced this would be the last time she would act

1996

Cast as Diane Keaton's mother in the film comedy "The First Wives Club"

1994

Co-starred in the CBS sitcom as one of "The Five Mrs. Buchanans"

1988

Appeared regularly as Mary Tyler Moore's mother in "Annie McGuire" (CBS)

1986

Made one-shot return to films in "Heartbreak Ridge"

1984

Series regular as mother-in-law to Lynda Carter and Loni Anderson on the short-lived "Partners in Crime" (NBC)

1983

Played nurse Amy Drecker on the ABC medical series "Trauma Center"

1980

Reprised role of Flo Meredith on episode of CBS' "Lou Grant"

1979

Portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt in NBC miniseries "Backstairs at the White House"

1979

Debut as TV series regular "Out of the Blue" (ABC)

1977

Returned to Broadway in "Ladies at the Alamo,"

1976

Last film for a decade, "Burnt Offerings"

1975

First appearance as Mary's Aunt Flo Meredith on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

1972

TV-movie debut, "The Victim," ABC

1972

Won Oscar reprising her turn as the overprotective mother of a blind man in "Butterflies Are Free"

1968

Played the featured role of Mrs. Baker in "Butterflies Are Free" on Broadway

1957

Created role of Lottie Lacey in "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs"

1956

Earned Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination reprising her stage role in "The Bad Seed"

1956

Film debut in "Miracle in the Rain"

1954

Created the role of Mrs. Daigle in "The Bad Seed" on stage

1953

Co-starred as Rosemary Sidney in the Broadway production of "Picnic"

1947

Made TV debut in now lost live program

1943

Member of the company, The Shorewood Players, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1942

Broadway debut as understudy and assistant stage manager, "The Voice of the Turtle"

Played recurring role of mother to attorney James Wyler (Anthony LaPaglia) in the ABC drama "Murder One"

Bonus Trivia

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Heckart was pledge president, rush chairperson and president of her sorority, Phi Beta, at Ohio State University.

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She received an honorary doctor of laws from Sacred Heart University in 1973.

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Received an honorary doctorate from Ohio State University in 1981.

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Received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Niagra University in 1981.

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