Sada Thompson

Actor
A celebrated stage actress whose occasional forays into TV and rare steps into feature films were selected with great care, Sada Thompson was cast in many "mother roles" throughout her lengthy career, due in large part ... Read more »
Born: 09/27/1927 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Reading Rainbow 1982 - 2003 (TV Show)

Narrator

Pollock 2000 (Movie)

Stella Pollock (Actor)

Indictment: the Mcmartin Trial 1995 (Movie)

Virginia McMartin (Actor)

Andre's Mother 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Painting Churches 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Marco Polo 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Town 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Entertainer 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate Characters 1970 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

The Pursuit of Happiness 1970 (Movie)

Ruth Lawrence (Actor)

Any Mother's Son (TV Show)

Actor

Family (TV Show)

Actor

Fear Stalk (TV Show)

Actor

Home Fires Burning (TV Show)

Actor

My Two Loves (TV Show)

Actor

Princess Daisy (TV Show)

Actor

Queen (TV Show)

Actor

Sandburg's Lincoln (TV Show)

Actor

The Patron Saint of Liars (TV Show)

Actor

The Skin of Our Teeth (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A celebrated stage actress whose occasional forays into TV and rare steps into feature films were selected with great care, Sada Thompson was cast in many "mother roles" throughout her lengthy career, due in large part to the no-nonsense aura she gave off in many matriarchal roles. Born Sept. 27, 1927 in Des Moines, IA, she was the oldest of three children of magazine editor, Hugh Woodruff Thompson, and his wife, Corlyss Gibson. The youngster grew to love the theater. Her first role on a semi-professional stage was, ironically, as a mother, in a college production of "The Time of Your Life." Thompson made her professional stage debut in Massachusetts in a production of "The Beautiful People." Continuing to land roles, she spent several years playing parts as diverse as Billie Dawn in "Born Yesterday" and Madame Arcati in "Blithe Spirits." After arriving in New York City in the mid-1950s, she often performed classic Shakespearean and Chekhovian roles as well as average Americans at prestigious theaters and elsewhere for three decades. Stage stardom arrived with her turn as Beatrice, the slovenly mother in Paul Zindel's Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" (1970), for which she won an OBIE. She solidified her success with her versatile, Tony-winning turn as four women in the same family in George Furth's "Twigs." Thompson even played Lady Macbeth in a 1969 production at the San Diego Shakespeare Festival.

Relationships

Hugh Woodruff Thompson

Father

Corlyss Elizabeth Thompson

Mother

Liza Stewart

Daughter

Donald Stewart

Husband
Married from December 18, 1949 until her death on May 4, 2011

EDUCATION

Carnegie-Mellon University

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania

Milestones

2000

Cast as the title character's severe mother in "Pollock"

1995

Portrayed Virginia McMartin in HBO's "Indictment: The McMartin Trial"

1993

Co-starred in the CBS miniseries "Queen"

1991

Played Carla's mother in an episode of "Cheers" (NBC)

1976

Starred in the ABC drama series "Family"

1970

Starred on Broadway in "Twigs"

1969

Starred Off-Broadway in "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds"

1961

Feature film debut, "You Are Not Alone"

1959

Made her Broadway debut in the musical "Juno"

1955

Made her off-Broadway debut in a production of "Under Milkwood"

1954

New York stage debut, "The Clandestine Marriage"

1954

Made TV debut on "Goodyear Playhouse"

1947

Made her stage debut in "The Beautiful People" at University Playhouse in Mashpee, MA

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