Mildred Dunnock

Actor, Teacher
When Mildred Dunnock quietly demanded that "Attention must be paid" to Willy Loman in the 1949 Broadway premiere of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" opposite Lee J. Cobb, her indelible performance as Linda Loman ... Read more »
Born: 01/24/1901 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Filmography

Actor (35)

The Pick-Up Artist 1987 (Movie)

Nellie (Actor)

An Act of Love: The Patricia Neal Story 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Stuffed Dog 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Arthur Miller on Home Ground 1978 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Dragonfly 1974 (Movie)

Mrs Barrow (Actor)

A Brand New Life 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice? 1969 (Movie)

Miss Tinsley (Actor)

Death of a Salesman 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Behold a Pale Horse 1964 (Movie)

Pilar (Actor)

Seven Women 1964 (Movie)

Jane Argent (Actor)

Youngblood Hawke 1963 (Movie)

Mrs Sarah Hawke (Actor)

Sweet Bird of Youth 1962 (Movie)

Aunt Nonnie (Actor)

Butterfield 8 1960 (Movie)

Mrs Wandrous (Actor)

Something Wild 1960 (Movie)

Mrs Gates (Actor)

The Story on Page One 1959 (Movie)

Mrs Ellis (Actor)

The Nun's Story 1958 (Movie)

Sister Margharita (Actor)

Peyton Place 1957 (Movie)

Mrs Thornton (Actor)

Baby Doll 1956 (Movie)

Aunt Rose Comfort (Actor)

Love Me Tender 1956 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

The Trouble With Harry 1955 (Movie)

Mrs Wiggs (Actor)

Bad For Each Other 1953 (Movie)

Mrs Mary Owen (Actor)

Gulf Playhouse 1952 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jazz Singer 1953 (Movie)

Mrs Golding (Actor)

Viva Zapata! 1952 (Movie)

Senora Espejo (Actor)

Death of a Salesman 1951 (Movie)

Linda Loman (Actor)

I Want You 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Summer Without Boys (TV Show)

Actor

And Baby Makes Six (TV Show)

Actor

Baby Comes Home (TV Show)

Actor

Isabel's Choice (TV Show)

Actor

Murder or Mercy (TV Show)

Actor

The Best Place to Be (TV Show)

Actor

The Corn Is Green (Movie)

Miss Ronberry (Actor)

The Girl in White (Movie)

Dr. Marie Yeomans (Actor)

The Spiral Staircase (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

When Mildred Dunnock quietly demanded that "Attention must be paid" to Willy Loman in the 1949 Broadway premiere of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" opposite Lee J. Cobb, her indelible performance as Linda Loman became the embodiment of Miller's idealized mother figure: loving, supportive mother and wife and the family's moral balast. She repeated her landmark performance in the disappointing 1951 Laslo Benedek film opposite Fredric March (winning her first Oscar nomination) and again opposite Cobb in the brilliant 1966 TV adaptation (directed by Alex Segal) and for the Caedmon recording in the 1960s.

Formerly a schoolteacher, Dunnock made her stage debut in 1932 and won acclaim on Broadway in 1940 as a Welsh teacher in Emlyn Williams' autobiographical drama "The Corn Is Green", a role she reprised in her film debut in 1945. Although she is memorable in the brief role as the wheelchair bound victim whom Richard Widmark pushes down the stairs in "Kiss of Death" (1948), Dunnock gave her finest performances as seemingly genteel spinster types who display surprising inner strength and sympathy.

Dunnock studied acting with Actors Studio founders Lee Strasberg, Robert Lewis and Elia Kazan and after directing her in "Death of a Saleman", Kazan repeatedly cast her as a figure of quiet moral authority in such films as "Viva Zapata!" (1952) and as Aunt Rose Comfort in Tennessee Williams' "Baby Doll" (1956) for which she received her second supporting actress Oscar nomination. Evidently a favorite actress of Williams as well as Kazan, she continued her association with the playwright on Broadway, creating the role of Big Mama in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1955), appearing in "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" (1963) and starring in a 1966 regional revival of "The Glass Menagerie". She was also featured as Aunt Nonnie in Richard Brooks' 1962 film adaptation of "Sweet Bird of Youth".

Although she didn't begin acting professionally until she was in her 30s, Dunnock maintained an active career as a superb, understated character actress on stage, screen and TV. Her other notable films include Alfred Hitchcock's "The Trouble With Harry" (1955), "Love Me Tender" (1956), "Peyton Place" (1957), "Butterfield 8" (1960) and John Ford's last feature "Seven Women" (1966).

Relationships

Walther Dunnock

Father

Florence Dunnock

Mother

Linda McGuire

Daughter
born in 1934

Patricia McGuire

Granddaughter

Keith Urmy

Husband
married in 1933 until his death in 1991

Mary Urmy

Daughter
born in 1935 deceased

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York

studied acting with Maria Ouspenskaya, Lee Strasberg, Robert Lewis, Elia Kazan and Tamara Daykahanova

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore , Maryland

Goucher College

Towson , Maryland

Milestones

1987

Appeared in last film role, "The Pick-Up Artist"

1982

Was cast in George Englund's TV movie, "Dixie: Changing Habits" but Geraldine Fitzgerald replaced her in the role

1981

Played herself in the telepic, "The Patricia Neal Story"

1966

Reprised role of Linda in CBS TV adaptation of "Death of a Salesman"

1949

Created the role of Linda Loman in Broadway premiere of "Death of a Salesman"

1944

First film role in "The Corn Is Green"

1932

Broadway acting debut in "Life Begins"

Worked as teacher at the Brearly School, New York

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