Elizabeth Ashley

Actor, Author, Model
A gifted, spirited Broadway lead of the early 1960s ("Take Her She's Mine" 1961, "Barefoot in the Park" 1963), Elizabeth Ashley has also proven popular on talk shows where she has become a quick-talking raconteur with ... Read more »
Born: 08/29/1939 in Ocala, Florida, USA

Filmography

Actor (66)

Sleeping Together 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tremé 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cake Eaters 2009 (Movie)

Marg (Actor)

National Memorial Day Concert (2000) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Home Sweet Hoboken 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1988 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the Heat of the Night 1988 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Just the Ticket 1999 (Movie)

Mrs, Paliski (Actor)

Labor Pains 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Happiness 1998 (Movie)

Diane Freed (Actor)

Burke's Law 1988 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Caroline in the City 1990 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1988 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dave's World 1990 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Buccaneers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1990 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Evening Shade 1990 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual American Comedy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rope 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Blues For Buder 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Vampire's Kiss 1989 (Movie)

Dr Dorothy Glaser (Actor)

A Man of Passion 1988 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

Dangerous Curves 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dragnet 1987 (Movie)

Jane Kirkpatrick--the Police Commissioner (Actor)

Stagecoach 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Blondes vs. Brunettes 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway Plays Washington! 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Split Image 1982 (Movie)

Diana (Actor)

Paternity 1981 (Movie)

Sophia Thatcher (Actor)

Windows 1980 (Movie)

Andrea Glassen (Actor)

Coma 1978 (Movie)

Mrs Emerson (Actor)

Tom and Joann 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

92 in the Shade 1975 (Movie)

Jeannie Carter (Actor)

Rancho Deluxe 1975 (Movie)

Cora Brown (Actor)

The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday 1975 (Movie)

Nancy Sue (Actor)

Golden Needles 1974 (Movie)

Felicity (Actor)

Ghost Story 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Heist 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magician 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Paperback Hero 1972 (Movie)

Loretta (Actor)

Second Chance 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Face of Fear 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

When Michael Calls 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker 1971 (Movie)

Nan (Actor)

The File on Devlin 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Ship of Fools 1965 (Movie)

Jenny (Actor)

The Third Day 1964 (Movie)

Alexandria Mallory (Actor)

The Carpetbaggers 1963 (Movie)

Monica Winthrop (Actor)

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

Actor

A Fire in the Sky (TV Show)

Actor

Another World (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Bayou (TV Show)

Actor

Harpy (TV Show)

Actor

He's Fired, She's Hired (TV Show)

Actor

One of My Wives Is Missing (TV Show)

Actor

Sandburg's Lincoln (TV Show)

Actor

Svengali (TV Show)

Actor

The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (TV Show)

Actor

The War Between the Tates (TV Show)

Actor

Warm Hearts, Cold Feet (TV Show)

Actor

Your Money or Your Wife (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A gifted, spirited Broadway lead of the early 1960s ("Take Her She's Mine" 1961, "Barefoot in the Park" 1963), Elizabeth Ashley has also proven popular on talk shows where she has become a quick-talking raconteur with the edge of someone fraught, wrought and distraught.

Relationships

Arthur Kingman Cole

Father

Lucille Cole

Mother

James Farentino Actor

Husband
Married on Sept. 1, 1962 Divorced in April 1965

James Farentino

Husband
married on September 4, 1962 divorced in 1966

Richard Mathews

Husband
first husband divorced

James McCarthy

Husband
married in 1975 divorced

Tom McGuane

Companion

George Peppard

Husband
married on April 18, 1966 divorced in 1972 father of Ashley's son Christopher

George Peppard Actor

Husband
Married 1966 Divorced 1972

Christopher Peppard

Son
born in 1968 co-directed and co-wrote first short film "Rex Justice" (1991) graduated from NYU film school

EDUCATION

Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences

Los Angeles , California 1957 - 1958
school changed name to California State University, Los Angeles in 1972

The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York 1959 - 1961
studied under Philip Burton; appeared in "Camino Real" and "The Crucible"

studied ballet with Tatiana Semenova

Milestones

2001

Portrayed Amanda Wingfield in the Hartford Stage revival of "The Glass Menagerie"; reprised role with slightly different cast at Houston's Alley Theatre

2000

Co-starred in the stage revival of Gore Vidal's "The Best Man"

1998

Resumed film career in the role of a divorcee chasing after the unhappily married Ben Gazzara in "Happiness", directed by Todd Solondz

1995

Returned to Broadway in revival of "Suddenly Last Summer"

1990

Had role as Emma Frame Ordway on the NBC daytime serial "Another World"

1989

Last major film for almost a decade "Vampire's Kiss"

1989

Acted in "Blues for Buder", a segment of ABC's "B.L. Stryker" starring Reynolds

1987

Played the police commissioner in the film version of "Dragnet"

1986

Acted in the loose remake of "Stagecoach" (CBS)

1983

Portrayed a former lover of Peter O'Toole's titular "Svengali" (CBS)

1981

Had supporting role in "Paternity", starring Burt Reynolds

1978

Cast opposite Joel Fabiani in "Tom & Joanne" (CBS)

1977

Starred opposite Richard Crenna in the NBC movie "The War Between the Tates"

1974

Starred as Maggie in revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway

1974

Acted in "Rancho Deluxe", directed by Thomas McGuane

1972

Co-starred in the TV thriller "When Michael Calls" (ABC)

1970

Made TV-movie debut in "Harpy" (CBS)

1970

Returned to films in "Marriage of a Young Stockbroker"

1965

Temporarily retired from acting

1964

Film acting debut in "The Carpetbaggers"

1961

Became Broadway star in "Take Her, She's Mine"; won Tony Award

1960

Made TV debut in "Dupont Show of the Month"

1959

Broadway debut (as Elizabeth Cole), "The Highest Tree"

1959

Off-Broadway debut (as Elizabeth Cole) in "Dirty Hands"

Played recurring role of the mother of Richard Karinsky (Malcolm Gets) on the NBC sitcom "Caroline and the City"

Had recurring role on the NBC drama series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" as the mother of detective Olivia Benson

Cast as part of the ensemble of the CBS sitcom "Evening Shade", starring Burt Reynolds

Bonus Trivia

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Appointed to the President's first National Council on the Arts (1965-69).

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