Madeleine Sherwood

Actor, Director, Acting coach
An award-winning, apple-cheeked player Madeleine Sherwood worked extensively on Broadway in the 1950s, and was still playing occasional character parts in the 80s. She is perhaps best known as the stern, conservative ... Read more »
Born: 11/13/1926 in Montreal, Quebec, CA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Silence Like Glass 1990 (Movie)

Eva's Grandmother (Actor)

An Unremarkable Life 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Barrington 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Heart of the Garden 1984 (Movie)

Nanny (Actor)

Teachers 1984 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

The Doctors 1962 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Resurrection 1980 (Movie)

Ruth (Actor)

The Changeling 1978 (Movie)

Mrs. Norman (Actor)

Doctor Dan 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Wicked, Wicked 1972 (Movie)

Lenore Karadyne (Actor)

The Flying Nun 1967 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Pendulum 1968 (Movie)

Mrs Eileen Sanderson (Actor)

Hurry Sundown 1967 (Movie)

Eula Purcell (Actor)

Sweet Bird of Youth 1962 (Movie)

Miss Lucy (Actor)

Parrish 1961 (Movie)

Addie (Actor)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1958 (Movie)

Mae Pollitt (Actor)

Baby Doll 1956 (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

Broken Vows (TV Show)

Actor

Haunted by Her Past (TV Show)

Actor

Nobody's Child (TV Show)

Actor

The Manhunter (TV Show)

Actor

They Only Come Out at Night (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An award-winning, apple-cheeked player Madeleine Sherwood worked extensively on Broadway in the 1950s, and was still playing occasional character parts in the 80s. She is perhaps best known as the stern, conservative Mother Superior on the frothy ABC sitcom "The Flying Nun" (1966-70). Often billed as Thornton-Sherwood since 1980, she has operated a theater workshop under her hyphenated name.

Sherwood made her stage debut in her native Montreal in "The Corn Is Green" and by the early 50s was in New York where she made her Broadway debut replacing Kim Stanley in Horton Foote's "The Chase". In 1953, she played Abigail, who "named names" of supposed witches in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible". Two years later, Sherwood was Mae (Sister Woman), mother of a brood of "no-necked monsters" in Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer-winning "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", directed by Elia Kazan, a role which she reprised in the 1958 film version, directed by Richard Brooks. She also played Miss Lucy in both the 1959 Broadway and 1962 film versions of Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth". Her other impressive stage credits include Morgan Le Fey in the musical "Camelot" (1961), Maxine Faulk in Williams' "Night of the Iguana" (1962) and Mrs. Garnsey in "Inadmissible Evidence" (1965).

While amassing stage credits, Sherwood also worked in TV, making her debut in 1952 in an episode of "The Westinghouse Summer Theatre" (a.k.a. "Studio One") and she appeared in numerous live productions from New York in the 50s. After "The Flying Nun", she appeared for a short time on the NBC soap opera "The Doctors" (as the rustic Ma Thatcher) and also briefly appeared on ABC's "One Life to Live" and CBS' "The Guiding Light". Among her TV-movie credits are a particularly effective turn as a doctor in "Will There Really Be a Morning?" (1983), adapted from Frances Farmer's autobiography.

Sherwood made her film debut playing a nurse in Elia Kazan's "Baby Doll" (1956), written by Tennessee Williams, although it did not trigger an extensive screen career. Otto Preminger cast her as a dowager in "Hurry, Sundown" (1967) and in the 80s, she had supporting roles as the school secretary in "Teachers" (1984) and played grandmother to Jami Gertz in the direct-to-video thriller "Silence Like Glass" (1989).

Relationships

Laurence H Thornton

Father

Yvonne M Thornton

Mother

Chloe Sherwood

Daughter

Robert Sherwood

Husband
divorced

EDUCATION

School of Drama, Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1977

Milestones

1984

Co-starred in the feature "Teachers"

1978

Was featured in off-Broadway production of Marsha Norman's "Getting Out"

1970

Returned to stage performing in Harold Pinter's "Old Times"

1966

Played Mother Superior in "The Flying Nun" (ABC)

1958

Reprised role of Mae in screen version of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (directed by Richard Brooks)

1956

Played a nurse in film "Baby Doll", directed by Elia Kazan and scripted by Tennessee Williams

1955

Had featured role as Mae (Sister Woman) in Tennesse Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway

1953

Played Abigail in "The Crucible"

1952

Made TV debut in episode of "The Westinghouse Summer Theatre/Studio One")

1940

Screen debut "The Last Days of Edo"

Made Broadway debut replacing Kim Stanley in "The Chase"

Made stage debut in Montreal Repertory Company's production of "The Corn Is Green"

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