Martha Scott

Actor, Producer
An attractive, accomplished actress, Martha Scott began her professional career appearing in Shakespearean productions at the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair. After further honing her craft in stock and on radio, she made ... Read more »
Born: 09/21/1912 in Jamesport, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (43)

Charlton Heston: For All Seasons 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Dallas 1977 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

William Holden: The Golden Boy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

A Girl's Life 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Doin' Time on Planet Earth 1988 (Movie)

Virginia Camalier (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Actor

Adam 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Secrets of Midland Heights 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Charleston 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Married: The First Year 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Word 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bionic Woman 1975 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Newhart Show 1972 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Turning Point 1977 (Movie)

Adelaide (Actor)

Medical Story 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

My Wife Next Door 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Abduction of Saint Anne 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Airport 1975 1974 (Movie)

Sister Beatrice (Actor)

Charlotte's Web 1973 (Movie)

(Voice)

Ben-Hur 1959 (Movie)

Miriam (Actor)

Eighteen and Anxious 1957 (Movie)

Lottie Graham (Actor)

Sayonara 1957 (Movie)

Mrs Webster (Actor)

The Ten Commandments 1956 (Movie)

Yochabel (Actor)

The Desperate Hours 1955 (Movie)

Eleanor Hilliard (Actor)

Revlon Mirror Theater 1952 - 1954 (TV Show)

Actor

In Old Oklahoma 1942 (Movie)

Catherine Elizabeth Allen (Actor)

Stage Door Canteen 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Howards of Virginia 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

Adam: His Song Continues (TV Show)

Actor

Beulah Land (TV Show)

Actor

Cheers for Miss Bishop (Movie)

Ella Bishop (Actor)

Daughter of the Streets (TV Show)

Actor

Father Figure (TV Show)

Actor

Hi Diddle Diddle (Movie)

Janie Prescott (Actor)

Love and Betrayal (TV Show)

Actor

One Foot in Heaven (Movie)

Hope Morris Spence (Actor)

So Well Remembered (Movie)

Olivia (Actor)

Summer Girl (TV Show)

Actor

The Devil's Daughter (TV Show)

Actor

The Web (TV Show)

Actor

Thursday's Game (TV Show)

Actor

When I Grow Up (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An attractive, accomplished actress, Martha Scott began her professional career appearing in Shakespearean productions at the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair. After further honing her craft in stock and on radio, she made her mark as Emily in the 1938 original Broadway production of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer-winning "Our Town". Scott earned a 1940 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her film debut recreating the stage role. For much of her early feature career, the Missouri native generally playing characters much older than herself like the titular elderly woman reflecting on her life in Tay Garnett's "Cheers for Miss Bishop" or her loyal parson's wife in "One Foot in Heaven" (both 1941). Scott delivered a strong portrait of a greedy harridan married to a selfless newspaper editor (John Mills) in "So Well Remembered" (1947). In "The Desperate Hours" (1955), she was stalwart as the wife and mother of the family held hostage by Humphrey Bogart. The actress played the mother of Charlton Heston (nine years her junior) in two 50s Biblical epics, Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments" (1955) and William Wyler's Oscar-winner "Ben-Hur" (1959). After an absence of a decade and a half, Scott returned to acting as a nun on board a distressed plane in the schlocky sequel "Airport 1975" (1975) and offered an astringent turn as a ballet company manager in Herbert Ross' "The Turning Point" (1977).

Relationships

Carleton Alsop

Husband
married 1940

Mel Powell

Husband
Born February 12, 1923 Married 1946 until his death 1998

Kathleen Powell

Daughter
father Mel Powell

Walter Scott

Father

Letha Scott

Mother
second cousin of US President William McKinley

EDUCATION

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor , Michigan

Milestones

1993

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1990

Had last acting role in "Daughter of the Streets", an ABC TV-movie

1988

Final feature, "Doin' Time on Planet Earth"

1987

Was featured alongside former co-stars Jeffrey Lynn and Harry Morgan in an episode of the CBS drama series "Murder, She Wrote"; the actors recreated their roles from 1949's "Strange Bargain"

1985

Reprised her role as Patricia Shepard on "Dallas"

1981

Co-produced the feature "First Monday in October"

1979

Played recurring role of Patricia Shepard, mother of Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray) on the CBS primetime soap "Dallas"

1978

Was one of the producers of the Broadway play "First Monday in October"

1975

Acted in the all-star 'disaster' film "Airport 1975"

1973

Co-starred in the ABC TV-movie "The Devil's Daughter"

1972

Returned to features providing a voice in the animated "Charlotte's Web"

1968

Helped form the Plumstead Playhouse production company

1965

Co-starred on Broadway in "The Subject Was Roses"; also appeared in the national tour

1960

Last TV appearance for over a decade, "You're Only Young Twice" (CBS)

1959

Last feature for over a decade, "Ben-Hur"; played the title character's mother

1955

Played Moses' mother in Cecil B DeMille's "The Ten Commandments"

1940

Screen debut, reprising role as Emily in "Our Town"; earned Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination

1938

Broadway debut as Emily in "Our Town"

1933

Made professional acting debut appearing in Shakespearean productions at the Chicago World's Fair

Was series regular on the short-lived CBS drama "Secrets of Midland Heights"

Hosted and narrated the NBC anthology "Modern Romance"

Had recurring role as Bob's mother on "The Bob Newhart Show" (CBS) in the 1970s

Made early TV appearances on anthology shows like "Light's Out", "The Web" and "Revlon Mirror Theater"

Appeared in a Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"

Worked as a radio actress on such serials as "The Career of Alice Blair" and "John's Other Wife"

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