Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Beatrice Straight Biography (1918-2001)
Full name, Beatrice Whitney Straight; born August 2, 1918, in Old Westbury, NY; daughter of Willard Dickerman (a career U.S. Army officer, businessman, and diplomat) and Dorothy Payne (Whitney) Straight; married Peter Cookson (a producer, actor, and writer), June 2, 1949 (died January 6, 1990); children: Gary, Tony. Addresses: AGENT--STE Representation, 888 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019. PUBLICIST--Gertrude Brooks, 333 W. 56th Street, New York, NY 10019.
- Birth Details
- August 2, 1918
- Old Westbury, New York, United States
- Death Details
- April 7, 2001
- Los Angeles, California
- BROADWAY DEBUT--A spinning girl, Bitter Oleander, Lyceum Theatre, 1935.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Viola, Twelfth Night, and Goneril, King Lear, both Dartington Hall Players, Ridgefield, CT, 1939.
- Lisa, The Possessed, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1939.
- Viola, Twelfth Night, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1941.
- Angela, Land of Fame, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1943.
- Felina, The Wanhope Building, Princess Theatre, New York City, 1947.
- Emily Dickinson, Eastward in Eden, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1947.
- Lady Macduff, Macbeth, National Theatre, New York City, 1948.
- Catherine Sloper, The Heiress, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1948.
- Miss Giddens, The Innocents, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1950.
- Nell Valentine, The Grand Tour, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1951.
- Hesione Hushabye, Heartbreak House, Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA, 1952.
- Elizabeth Proctor, The Crucible, Martin Beck Theatre, 1953.
- Christine Collinger, Sing Me No Lullaby, Phoenix Theatre, New York City,1954.
- Marie Chassaigne, The River Line, Carnegie Hall Playhouse, New York City,1957.
- Title role, Phedre, Greenwich Mews Theatre, New York City, 1966.
- Blanche du Bois, A Streetcar Named Desire, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, MA, 1967.
- Mrs. Toothe, Everything in the Garden, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1967.
- the Mother, The Palace at 4 A.M., John Drew Theatre, Easthampton, NY, 1972.
- Helene Alving, Ghosts, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1973.
- Kate Keller, All My Sons, Roundabout Theatre, 1974.
- Gertrude, Hamlet, Circle Repertory Company, New York City, 1979.
- Also appeared with the Long Island Festival Repertory Company, Long Island, NY, 1968; and as Kate, Old Times, Lake Forest, IL, 1977.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE WORK
- Producer, Pygmalion, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1945.
- producer, Playboy of the Western World, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1946.
- producer, Henry IV, Parts I and II, Uncle Vanya, and a double bill of Oedipus and The Critic, all Old Vic Theatre Company, Century Theatre, New York City, 1946.
- director, Who Am I?, Young World Foundation Theatre Company, New York City, 1971-73.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Catherine Sloper, The Heiress, U.S. cities, 1948.
- title role, Phedre, U.K. cities, 1966-67.
- Blanche du Bois, A Streetcar Named Desire, U.S. cities, 1969-70.
- Also The Right Honourable Gentleman, U.S. cities, 1971.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- Mrs. Fortness, Phone Call from a Stranger, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1952.
- Nancy Staples, Patterns, United Artists, 1956.
- Theorai, The Silken Affair, RKO, 1957.
- Mother Christophe, The Nun's Story, Warner Brothers, 1959.
- Mrs. Burns, The Young Lovers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1964.
- Louise Schumacher, Network, United Artists, 1977.
- Kate Erling, Bloodline, Paramount, 1979.
- Marion, The Promise, Univeral, 1979.
- Kay Neeley, The Formula, United Artists, 1980.
- Rose, Endless Love, Universal, 1981.
- Dr. Lesh, Poltergeist, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1983.
- Ruth, Two of a Kind, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983.
- Claire Hastings, Power, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- Mrs. Hacker, Beacon Hill, CBS, 1975.
- Louisa Beauchamp, King's Crossing, ABC, 1982.
- Also Mrs. Phillips, Love of Life, CBS.
- MINI-SERIES Alice Dain Leggett, The Dain Curse, CBS, 1978.
- Rose Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and His Times, CBS, 1985.
- Joanna Sanford, World of Darkness, CBS, 1977.
- Queen Mother, Wonder Woman, CBS, 1977.
Credits; Also Cosmopolitan Theatre, DuMont, 1951; The Inner Sanctum, syndicated, 1954; Love Story, DuMont, 1954; "Where Have You Been, Lord Randall, My Son?," Eleventh Hour, NBC, 1963; Mission
- Impossible, CBS, 1966; Felony Squad, ABC, 1967; Matt Lincoln, ABC, 1970;Morningstar/Eveningstar, CBS, 1986; Playhouse 90, CBS; Kraft Television Theatre, NBC; Studio One, CBS; Ben Casey, ABC; Dr.
- Kildare, NBC; The Nurses, CBS; Lamp unto My Feet, CBS; St. Elsewhere, NBC; "The Princess and the Pea," Faerie Tale Theatre, Showtime; Jack and Mike, ABC.
- Beatrice Richmond, Killer on Board, NBC, 1977.
- Marion Creighton, Chiller, CBS, 1985.
- Margaret Sloan, Under Siege, NBC, 1986.
- Also Run Till You Fall, CBS.
- Mrs. Crampfurl, "The Borrowers," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1973.
- Also "The Magnificent Failure," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1952.
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