Elizabeth Ashley Biography (1939-)

Born Elizabeth Ann Cole, August 30, 1939, in Ocala, FL; daughter of Arthur Kingman and Lucille (maiden name, Ayer) Cole; married James Farentino (an actor), September, 1962 (divorced, 1965); married George Peppard (an actor, producer, and director), 1966 (divorced, 1972); married James Michael McCarthy, 1976 (divorced, 1981); children: (second marriage) Christian Moore (a writer).

Actress, producer, writer
Birth Details
August 30, 1939
Ocala, Florida, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • (Off-Broadway debut; as Elizabeth Cole) Jessica, Dirty Hands, Actors' Playhouse, 1959
  • (Broadway debut; as Elizabeth Cole) Jane Ashe, The Highest Tree, Longacre Theatre, 1959
  • (As Elizabeth Cole) Esmeralda, Camino Real, Neighborhood Playhouse, New York City, 1959
  • (As Elizabeth Cole) Louise, Marcus in the High Grass, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, 1959
  • Elizabeth Brown (understudy), Roman Candle, Cort Theatre, New YorkCity, 1960
  • Title role (understudy), Mary, Mary, Helen Hayes Theatre, New YorkCity, 1961
  • Mollie Michaelson, Take Her, She's Mine, Biltmore Theatre, NewYork City, 1961
  • Corie Bratter, Barefoot in the Park, Biltmore Theatre, 1963
  • Maggie Train, Ring 'round the Bathtub, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1972
  • Isabel, The Enchanted, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theatre, Washington, DC, 1973
  • Maggie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, then American National Theatre and Academy Theatre, New York City,both 1974
  • Sabina, The Skin of Our Teeth, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theatre, then Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, both 1975
  • Betsey-No-Name, Legend, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1976
  • Herself, George Abbott ... A Celebration, Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1976
  • Cleopatra, Caesar and Cleopatra, Kennedy Center for the PerformingArts, 1976, then Palace Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • Mary, Vanities, Chicago, IL, 1977
  • Carnival of Dreams, New Dramatists Inc., New York City, 1977
  • Jennifer Crawford, Hide and Seek, Belasco Theatre, New York City,1980
  • Dr. Martha Livingstone, Agnes of God, Music Box Theatre, New YorkCity, 1982
  • Lois, The Perfect Party, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theatre, 1986
  • Laura Goforth, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Any More, WPATheatre, New York City, 1987
  • Herself, Happy Birthday, Mr. Abbott!, Palace Theatre, 1987
  • Isadora Duncan, When She Danced, Playwrights Horizons, New York City, 1990
  • Alexandra Del Lago, Sweet Bird of Youth, Shakespeare Theatre, Lansburgh, Washington, DC, 1998
  • Diane Burrows, If Memory Serves, Promenade Theatre, New York City,1999
  • Curtain Call 2000, Hartford Stage, Hartford, CT, 2000
  • Also appeared in The Madwoman of Central Park South, New York City; Eleemosynary; All the Queen's Men; Full Gallop; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Master Class.
  • Major Tours
  • Dr. Martha Livingstone, Agnes of God, U.S. cities, 1983-84
  • Hannah Mae Bindler, A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking,U.S. cities, 1985-86
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Monica Winthrop, The Carpetbaggers, Paramount, 1964
  • Jenny, Ship of Fools, Columbia, 1965
  • Alexandria Mallory, The Third Day, Warner Bros., 1965
  • Nan, The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1971
  • Loretta, Paperback Hero (also known as Le coq du village),Rumson, 1973
  • Felicity, Golden Needles (also known as Chase for the Golden Needles), American International, 1974
  • Cora Brown, Rancho Deluxe, United Artists, 1975
  • Jeannie Carter, 92 in the Shade, United Artists, 1975
  • Nancy Sue, The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday (also known as Wildcat), American International, 1976
  • Mrs. Emerson, Coma, United Artists, 1978
  • Andrea Glassen, Windows, United Artists, 1980
  • Gypsy Angels, 1980
  • Sophia Thatcher, Paternity, Paramount, 1981
  • Diana, Split Image (also known as Captured), Orion, 1982
  • Lookin' to Get Out, Paramount, 1982
  • Police Commissioner Jane Kirkpatrick, Dragnet, Universal, 1987
  • Dr. Dorothy Glaser, Vampire's Kiss, Hemdale, 1988
  • Miss Reed, Dangerous Curves, Vestron, 1988
  • Gloria, Pasion de hombre (also known as A Man of Passion),1988
  • (Uncredited; scenes cut) Governor Dalton, Mallrats, 1995
  • Mrs. Comstock, Shoot the Moon, 1996
  • Mrs. Tuccinini, Sleeping Together, Trident Releasing, 1997
  • Diane Freed, Happiness, Good Machine, 1998
  • Mrs. Palinski, Just the Ticket, United Artists, 1999
  • Home Sweet Hoboken, Allied Entertainment Group, 2000
  • Labor Pains, 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Emma Frame Ordway #3, Another World (also known as Another World: Bay City), NBC, 1990
  • Frieda Evans, Evening Shade, CBS, 1990-94
  • Movies
  • Sally Devlin, "The File on Devlin," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1969
  • Sally Dillman, The Face of Fear, CBS, 1971
  • Marian, Harpy, CBS, 1971
  • Diane Craddock, The Heist, ABC, 1972
  • Ellie Smith, Second Chance, ABC, 1972
  • Helen Connelly, When Michael Calls (also known as Shattered Silence), ABC, 1972
  • Laurel Plunkett, Your Money or Your Wife, CBS, 1972
  • Erica Tate, The War between the Tates, NBC, 1977
  • Sharon Allan, A Fire in the Sky, NBC, 1978
  • Eve Swiss, Svengali, CBS, 1983
  • Freddie Fox, He's Fired, She's Hired, CBS, 1984
  • Dallas, Stagecoach, CBS, 1986
  • Blanche Webster, Warm Hearts, Cold Feet, CBS, 1987
  • Lolly Fontenot, Blue Bayou, NBC, 1990
  • Vicky, Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story, NBC, 1991
  • Aunt Emmalina, Love and Curses ... and All That Jazz, CBS, 1991
  • Carla Scott, In the Best Interest of the Children, NBC, 1992
  • Grandmother, Harnessing Peacocks, 1992
  • Miniseries
  • Kate, Sandburg's Lincoln, NBC, 1974-76
  • Babette Van Degan, The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, NBC, 1987
  • Mrs. Closson, The Buccaneers, PBS, 1995
  • Pilots
  • Sallie Baker, The Magician, NBC, 1973
  • Elizabeth Corban, One of My Wives Is Missing, ABC, 1976
  • Joann Hammil, Tom and Joann, CBS, 1978
  • Specials
  • Broadway Plays Washington! Kennedy Center Tonight (also known as Broadway Plays Washington!), PBS, 1982
  • Blondes vs. Brunettes, ABC, 1984
  • Herself, Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz, 1985
  • Annie, "The Rope," American Playwrights Theatre, Arts and Entertainment, 1989
  • The 7th Annual American Comedy Awards, 1993
  • The Golden Globe's 50th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1994
  • National Memorial Day Concert, PBS, 2000
  • Episodic
  • (Television debut) "Heaven Can Wait," Dupont Show of the Month, CBS, 1960
  • "The Big Splash," The U.S. Steel Hour, CBS, 1961
  • "The Young Avengers," The U.S. Steel Hour, CBS, 1963
  • "The Cage around Maria," Route 66, CBS, 1963
  • Run for Your Life, NBC, 1966
  • Faith, "The West vs. Colonel MacKenzie," The Virginian, 1970
  • Lois Stoner, "Encounter," Mission: Impossible, 1971
  • Karen, "At the Cradle Foot," Ghost Story, NBC, 1972
  • Andrea, "The Question," Mission: Impossible, 1973
  • Laura Keyes, "Close to the Heart," Ironside, 1974
  • "Diamond Run," The F.B.I., 1974
  • Woman, "Out of the Night," The Hitchhiker, 1985
  • Mrs. Zal, Cagney & Lacey, CBS, 1985
  • Linda Colby, Miami Vice, NBC, 1987
  • Eleanor, Eisenhower and Lutz, CBS, 1988
  • Vera Gerakaris, "Truck Stop," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1989
  • Karen & Kate Lawson, "Mirror Mirror," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 1989
  • Althea Campbell, "Blues for Buder," B. L. Stryker, ABC, 1989
  • Felicia Green, "A Girl Named Hunter," Hunter, 1989
  • Herself, "Off Camera," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1993
  • "Second Opinion," Law & Order, NBC, 1994
  • Mary Burton, "Who Killed the Motor Car Maverick?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1995
  • Jeanette, Dave's World, CBS, 1995
  • Herself, "Women in Film," Women of the House, 1995
  • Emily Broussard, "Big Easy Murder," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1995
  • Sandy, "Angels on the Air," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1995
  • Natalie Karinsky, "Caroline and Richard's Mom," Caroline in the City, NBC, 1996
  • Natalie, "Caroline and the Bad Trip," Caroline in the City, NBC, 1997
  • Madeline Pitt, "Truth Will Out," Homicide: Life on the Street, NBC, 1999
  • Serena Benson, "Payback," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NBC, 1999
  • Also appeared in The Defenders, CBS; The Nurses, CBS; Ben Casey, ABC; Stoney Burke, ABC; Sam Benedict, CBS; TheEd Sullivan Show, CBS; The Jack Paar Show, NBC; Mike Wallace's PM East, WNEW (New York City); and Miami Vice.
  • Television Work
  • Specials
  • Associate producer, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," American Playhouse, PBS, 1984
  • Autobiography
  • (With Ross Firestone) Postcards from the Road, M. Evans & Company, 1978

Further Reference


    • Life, November 21, 1963 .
    • People Weekly, November 1, 1999, p. 170.

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