Elizabeth W Wilson

Actor
A lady of stage and screen, award-winning actress Elizabeth Wilson had a long career in which she frequently played mothers and wives on television and the big screen. Many filmgoers will remember her best for her ... Read more »
Born: 04/04/1921 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (53)

Hyde Park On Hudson 2012 (Movie)

Mrs. Roosevelt (Actor)

Gideon's Crossing 1975 - 1976, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1975 - 1976, 1995 - 1996, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Dellaventura 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Promised Land 1998 (Tv Show)

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Spring Awakening 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Quiz Show 1994 (Movie)

Dorothy Van Doren (Actor)

Skylark 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Regarding Henry 1991 (Movie)

Jessica (Actor)

The Addams Family 1991 (Movie)

Abigail Craven (Actor)

Nora's Christmas Gift 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Conspiracy of Love 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Believers 1987 (Movie)

Kate Maslow (Actor)

Morningstar/Eveningstar 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Where Are the Children? 1986 (Movie)

Dorothy Prentiss (Actor)

Grace Quigley 1985 (Movie)

Emily Watkins (Actor)

The Incredible Shrinking Woman 1981 (Movie)

Dr Ruth Ruth (Actor)

9 to 5 1980 (Movie)

Roz (Actor)

All in the Family 1970 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Sanctuary of Fear 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Doc 1975 - 1976 (Tv Show)

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Happy Endings 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Another April 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Man on a Swing 1974 (Movie)

Psychiatrist (Actor)

The Happy Hooker 1974 (Movie)

Mrs Gordon (Actor)

The Prisoner of Second Avenue 1974 (Movie)

Pauline (Actor)

The Day of the Dolphin 1973 (Movie)

Mrs Rome (Actor)

Little Murders 1971 (Movie)

Mrs Newquist (Actor)

Catch-22 1970 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Jenny 1970 (Movie)

Mrs Marsh (Actor)

The Graduate 1967 (Movie)

Mrs Braddock (Actor)

The Tiger Makes Out 1967 (Movie)

Receptionist (Actor)

The Birds 1963 (Movie)

Helen Carter (Actor)

A Child Is Waiting 1961 (Movie)

Miss Fogarty (Actor)

Happy Anniversary 1958 (Movie)

Millie (Actor)

The Goddess 1958 (Movie)

Secretary (Actor)

The Tunnel of Love 1958 (Movie)

Miss MacCracken (Actor)

Patterns 1956 (Movie)

Marge Fleming (Actor)

Picnic 1956 (Movie)

Christine Schoenwalder (Actor)

Burning Bridges (TV Show)

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East Side/West Side (TV Show)

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Miles to Go Before I Sleep (TV Show)

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Million Dollar Infield (TV Show)

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Once Upon a Family (TV Show)

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Queen (TV Show)

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Scarlett (TV Show)

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The Boys Next Door (TV Show)

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The Easter Promise (TV Show)

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Biography

A lady of stage and screen, award-winning actress Elizabeth Wilson had a long career in which she frequently played mothers and wives on television and the big screen. Many filmgoers will remember her best for her performance as Dustin Hoffman's mother in Mike Nichols' classic comedy/drama "The Graduate" (1967) and from her role as Ralph Fiennes' mother in Robert Redford's true-life drama "Quiz Show" (1994). She also had a prominent and memorable comedic role in the 1980 blockbuster comedy "Nine to Five," playing bad boss Dabney Coleman's assistant opposite stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton. She also co-starred in the big-screen adaptation of "The Addams Family" (1991), playing Abigail Craven, and had a late-career turn starring alongside Bill Murray in the drama "Hyde Park on Hudson" (2012), playing Sara Ann Delano Roosevelt, mother of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Like many stage-trained actors, Wilson balanced her career between her first love-theater-and feature films and television. Hollywood typically typecast her in matronly roles, but like any gifted actress, the dependable Wilson always found a way to heighten the role to her best advantage. Elizabeth WIlson died May 9, 2015, at the age of 94.

Relationships

Marie Ethel Wilson

Mother

Henry Wilson

Father

EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Junior College

Grand Rapids , Michigan

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York 1942 - 1944

Milestones

2012

Played Mrs. Roosevelt in "Hyde Park on Hudson," which proved to be her final film role.

1980

Appeared in "Nine to Five"

1967

Played Dustin Hoffman's mother in "The Graduate"

1963

Appeared in Hitchcock's "The Birds"

1955

Made her film debut in the adaptation of "Picnic," reprising her stage role

1953

Made her stage debut in "Picnic"

Bonus Trivia

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Performed for US troops with the USO in 1945.

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Was friends with legendary actress Kim Stanley.

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Frequently played mothers and wives, but never married.

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