Kim Stanley

Actor, Drama professor, Model
This imposing, emotional stage actress also made an occasional inroad into film and TV since the 1950s. After studying at the Pasadena Community Playhouse and New York's Actors Studio, Stanley appeared in a number of ... Read more »
Born: 02/11/1925 in Tularosa, New Mexico, USA

Filmography

Actor (9)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Right Stuff 1983 (Movie)

Pancho Barnes (Actor)

Frances 1982 (Movie)

Lillian Farmer (Actor)

U.M.C. 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Flesh and Blood 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Seance on a Wet Afternoon 1964 (Movie)

Myra Savage (Actor)

The Three Sisters 1963 (Movie)

Masha (Actor)

The Goddess 1958 (Movie)

Emily Ann Faulkner (Actor)

Danger (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

This imposing, emotional stage actress also made an occasional inroad into film and TV since the 1950s. After studying at the Pasadena Community Playhouse and New York's Actors Studio, Stanley appeared in a number of shows before making her Broadway debut replacing Julie Harris in "Monserrat" (1949). Her first major success came as the lovesick tomboy sister in William Inge's "Picnic" (1953), which led to further theatrical successes as nightclub "chantoosie" Cherie in Inge's "Bus Stop" (1955), the rebellious daughter in Eugene O'Neill's "A Touch of the Poet" (1958), one of Freud's patients in "A Far Country" (1961) and Masha in a 1964 revival of "Three Sisters", which was also filmed.

Stanley began making TV appearances on the "Golden Age" dramatic anthologies, "Danger", "Goodyear TV Playhouse", "Studio One", "Magnavox Theater" and others from the early 1950s. She won an Emmy for her turn on a 1963 "Ben Casey" episode that dealt with mercy killing and made her TV-movie debut in the family drama "Flesh and Blood" (NBC, 1986). The following year she appeared in "U.M.C." (CBS), the pilot for the series "Medical Center". Her performance as Big Mama in a PBS/Showtime production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1984) won Stanley a second Emmy.

Her big screen career has been extremely uneven and frustrating. Stanley's debut was in "The Goddess" (1958); she managed to turn in an intelligent performance despite being ludicrously miscast as a Marilyn Monroe-inspired sexpot. She was again impressive as a medium in the low-budget "Seance on a Wet Afternoon" (1964). Despite earning an Oscar nomination as Best Actress, Stanley left films for 18 years. She returned to features as the rapacious monster mother of disturbed actress Frances Farmer (Jessica Lange) in "Frances" (1982), for which she earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nod. This was followed by another great turn as early barnstorming pilot Pancho Barnes in Philip Kaufman's space-race saga "The Right Stuff" (1983). By this time, however, Stanley was devoting most of her time to teaching drama at the College of Santa Fe in her native New Mexico.

Relationships

Justin Reid

Brother

Jamison Clift

Son
father, Curt Conway

Curt Conway

Husband
married in 1949 divorced on April 3, 1956

Lisa Conway

Daughter
father, Curt Conway

Bruce Hall

Husband
divorced

J Reid

Father
divorced from Stanley's mother

Ann Reid

Mother
divorced from Stanley's father

Alfred Ryder

Husband
married on August 1, 1958 divorced

Rachel Zahn

Daughter
father, Alfred Ryder

EDUCATION

Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena , California 1949
attended on scholarship

Texas State University

Waco , Texas

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque , New Mexico

Actors Studio

New York , New York
studied under Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg

Milestones

1984

Last TV appearance to date, co-starred with Lange in "Cat on a Hit Tin Roof" (Showtime/PBS); won second Emmy Award

1983

Final film, "The Right Stuff"; played pilot Pancho Barnes

1982

Return to films as the title character's mother in the biopic "Frances"; received Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination; first screen collaboration with Jessica Lange

1979

Returned to NYC; served as artistic director at a small theater company

1968

TV-movie debut in "Flesh and Blood" (NBC)

1964

Final NYC stage appearance in "Three Sisters", with Geraldine Page, Shirley Knight and Sandy Dennis; production filmed

1964

Earned Best Actress Oscar nomination as a medium in "Seance on a Wet Afternoon"; last film for 18 years

1963

Won an Emmy for a guest appearance on "Ben Casey"

1962

Picked up second Tony nomination for turn as a woman afflicted with hysterical paralysis in "A Far Country"

1959

Starred in Anita Loos' stage adaptation of Colette's "Cherie"

1958

London stage debut, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

1958

Departed the Broadway production of "A Touch of the Poet", co-starring Helen Hayes and Eric Portman, after falling into conflict with Portman; she later claimed he struck a bit too enthusiastically in one scene and left the production; received Tony nomin

1958

Film debut, the starring role in "The Goddess"

1955

Garnered critical praise as the nightclub singer Cherie in Inge's "Bus Stop"

1953

Enjoyed theatrical success portraying a lovesick pre-teen in "Picnic" by William Inge

1949

Made Broadway debut replacing Julie Harris in "Monserrat"

1949

Garnered attention for her performance in the Off-Broadway show "Yes Is for a Very Young Man"

1947

Moved to NYC; supported herself as a waitress and dress model (for Herbert Sondheim, father of composer Stephen Sondheim)

Returned to New Mexico and began teaching

Worked for a season playing walk-on roles at a stock company in Louisville, Kentucky

Raised in New Mexico and Texas

Received scholarship to study acting at the Pasadena Playhouse

Once again returned to New Mexico to live and teach

Became a member of the theater group Off-Broadway Inc.

Joined the Interplayers, a theater group whose members included playwright Michael V. Gazzo, actor-director Gene Saks and actor-director Sidney Lumet

Bonus Trivia

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Stanley was her maternal grandmother's maiden name.

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