Kate Nelligan Biography (1951?-)

Original name, Patricia Colleen Nelligan; born March 16, 1951 (one source says 1950), in London, Ontario, Canada; daughter of Patrick Joseph (a municipalemployee in charge of ice rinks and recreational parks) and Josephine Alice (a schoolteacher; maiden name, Dier) Nelligan; married Robert Reale (a pianistand songwriter), February 19, 1989 (divorced); children: Gabriel Joseph. Addresses: Agent: Innovative Artists, 1505 Tenth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Birth Details
March 16, 1951?
London, Ontario, Canada

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Isabel, The Romantic Englishwoman (also known as Une anglaise romantique), New World, 1975
  • Anna Seaton, Licking Hitler, British Film Institute, 1977
  • Lucy Seward, Dracula, Universal, 1979
  • Peabody, Mr. Patman (also known as Crossover), Film Consortium of Canada, 1980
  • Agent, 1980
  • Forgive Our Foolish Ways, 1980
  • Lucy, Eye of the Needle, United Artists, 1981
  • Susan Selky, Without a Trace, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983
  • Eleni Gatzoyiannis (title role), Eleni, Warner Bros., 1985
  • The Mystery of Henry Moore (documentary), TV Arts, 1985
  • Sarah Howell, Il giorno prima (also known as The Day Beforeand Control), Columbia, 1987
  • Jane, The White Room, 1990
  • Lila Wingo Newbury, The Prince of Tides, Columbia, 1991
  • Cora, Frankie and Johnny, Paramount, 1991
  • Eve, Shadows and Fog, Orion, 1992
  • Lana Ravine, Fatal Instinct, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993
  • Narrator, Into the Deep, Sony Picture Classics, 1994
  • Charlotte Russell, Wolf, Columbia, 1994
  • Constance Saunders, How to Make an American Quilt, Universal, 1995
  • Catherine MacNeil, Margaret's Museum, Cinepix, 1995
  • Joanna Kennelly, Up Close & Personal, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Narrator, Stolen Moments, National Film Board of Canada, 1997
  • Narrator, Rape: A Crime of War, 1997
  • U.S. Marshal Catherine Walsh, U.S. Marshals, Warner Bros., 1998
  • Mrs. Jones, Boy Meets Girl, ARTO-Pelli, 1998
  • Olivia, The Cider House Rules, Miramax, 1999
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Mercedes, The Count of Monte Cristo, NBC, 1975
  • Bethune, 1977
  • Isabella, Measure for Measure (also known as The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Measure for Measure), 1979
  • Ruth Hession, Victims (also known as In Our Hands), NBC, 1982
  • Kitty Keeler, Kojak: The Price of Justice, CBS, 1987
  • Kay, Terror Stalks the Class Reunion (also known as For Betterand for Worse), syndicated, 1992
  • Holly Plum, The Diamond Fleece, USA Network, 1992
  • Stephanie Chadford, Shattered Trust: The Shari Karney Story (alsoknown as Conspiracy of Silence: The Shari Karney Story), NBC, 1993
  • Susan Miori, Liar, Liar (also known as Liar, Liar: Between Father and Daughter), CBS, 1993
  • Kate, Old Times, syndicated, 1993
  • Elise, Spoils of War, ABC, 1994
  • Sheila Walker, A Mother's Prayer, USA Network, 1995
  • Elizabeth Mink, Captive Heart: The James Mink Story, CBS, 1995
  • Margaret Pfeiffer, Calm at Sunset (also known as Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn), CBS, 1996
  • Kathryn McClain, Love Is Strange, Lifetime, 1998
  • Justice Sara Marie Brandwynne, Swing Vote (also known as The Ninth Justice), ABC, 1999
  • Kate O'Rourke, Blessed Stranger: After Flight 111, 2000
  • Elizabeth, Walter and Henry, Showtime, 2001
  • Episodic
  • Laura, "The Arcata Promise," Great Performances, PBS, 1977
  • Barbara Hoyle, "Three Hotels," American Playhouse, PBS, 1991
  • Sidney Carver, "After the Honeymoon," Road to Avonlea, 1992
  • Also appeared as Emily Murphy, "Emily Murphy," Heritage Minute.
  • Specials
  • Marguerite, The Lady of the Camellias, 1976
  • Backstage at Masterpiece Theatre: A 20th Anniversary Special, PBS,1991
  • The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1992
  • Narrator, Marcel Proust: A Writer's Life, PBS, 1993
  • Also appeared in Dreams of Leaving.
  • Series
  • Leonora Biddulph, The Onedin Line, syndicated, 1976
  • Miniseries
  • Title role, "Therese Raquin," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1981
  • JoAnn Thatcher, Love and Hate: A Marriage Made in Hell (also knownas Love and Hate: The Story of Colin and JoAnn Thatcher), NBC, 1990
  • Anne Balfour, Golden Fiddles, 1990
  • Helena Reid, Million Dollar Babies, CBS, 1994
  • Mrs. Which, A Wrinkle in Time, ABC, 2002
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Corrie Bratter, Barefoot in the Park, Little Theatre, Bristol, England, 1972
  • Hypatia, Misalliance, Bristol Old Vic Company, Bristol, 1972-1973
  • Stella Kowalski, A Streetcar Named Desire, Bristol Old Vic Company, 1972-1973
  • Pegeen Mike, The Playboy of the Western World, Bristol Old Vic Company, 1972-1973
  • Grace Harkaway, London Assurance, Bristol Old Vic Company, 1972-1973
  • Title role, Lulu, Bristol Old Vic Company, 1972-1973
  • Sybil Chase, Private Lives, Bristol Old Vic Company, 1972-1973
  • (London debut) Jenny, Knuckle, Comedy Theatre, London, 1974
  • Ellie Dunn, Heartbreak House, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1975
  • Marianne, Tales from the Vienna Woods, National Theatre Company, Olivier Theatre, London, 1977
  • Rosalind, As You Like It, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1977
  • Susan Traherne, Plenty, National Theatre Company, Lyttelton Theatre, London, 1978
  • (Broadway debut) Susan Traherne, Plenty, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1982, later Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Josie Hogan, A Moon for the Misbegotten, American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA, then Cort Theatre, New York City, both 1984
  • Virginia Woolf (title role), Virginia, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1985
  • Marylou Baines/Mrs. Etherington/Dolcie Starr, Serious Money, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1988
  • Elise, Spoils of War, Promenade Theatre, then Second Stage Theatre, later Music Box Theatre, all New York City, 1988
  • Melissa Gardner, Love Letters, Edison Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • Ruth Benson, Bad Habits, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1990
  • The Odd Couple, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1991
  • Lyssa Dent Hughes, An American Daughter, Cort Theatre, 1997

Further Reference


    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1996
    • People, January 27, 1992, p. 57

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