Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
Michael Denison to Carol L. Dudley
Colleen Dewhurst Biography (1924-1991)
Born June 3, 1924, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; died of cancer, August 22, 1991, in South Salem, NY; married James Vickery (an actor), 1947 (divorced, 1959); married George C. Scott (an actor), 1960 (divorced, 1965); remarried George C. Scott, 1967 (divorced, 1972); partner of Ken Marsolais (a producer); children: (second marriage) Campbell, Alexander.
- Birth Details
- June 3, 1924
- Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- Death Details
- August 22, 1991
- South Salem, New York, United States
Credits; Stage Appearances
- Julia Cavendish, The Royal Family, Carnegie Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1946.
- (Broadway debut) A neighbor, Desire under the Elms, American National Theatre Academy (ANTA), New York City, 1952.
- A Turkish concubine and a virgin of Memphis, Tamburlaine the Great, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1956.
- Tamora, Titus Andronicus, New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF), East Side Amphitheatre, New York City, 1956.
- Kate, The Taming of the Shrew, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, New York City, 1956.
- Title role, Camille, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1956.
- The queen, The Eagle Has Two Heads, Actors Playhouse, New York City, 1956.
- Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Belvedere Lake Theatre, 1957.
- Mrs. Squeamish, The Country Wife, Adelphi Theatre, New York City,1957.
- Laetitia, Children of Darkness, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1958.
- Josie Hogan, A Moon for the Misbegotten (also see below), Festivalof Two Worlds, Spoleto, Italy, 1958, then Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY,1965.
- Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra, NYSF, Heckscher Theatre, New YorkCity, 1959, then Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1963.
- Caesonia, Caligula, 54th Street Theatre, New York City, 1960.
- Mary Follet, All the Way Home, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1960-61.
- Phoebe Flaherty, Great Day in the Morning, Henry Miller's Theatre,New York City, 1962.
- Abbie Putnam, Desire under the Elms, Circle in the Square, 1963.
- Miss Amelia Evans, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1963.
- Regina Giddens, The Little Foxes, Studio Arena Theatre, 1966.
- Sara, More Stately Mansions, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1967-68.
- Hester, Hello and Goodbye, Sheridan Square Playhouse, New York City, 1969.
- Shen Teh, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, NewYork City, 1970.
- The mistress, All Over, Martin Beck Theatre, 1971.
- Nel Denton, The Big Coca-Cola Swamp in the Sky, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, 1971.
- Christine Mannon, Mourning Becomes Electra, Circle in the Square/Joseph E. Levine Theatre, New York City, 1972.
- Gertrude, Hamlet, NYSF, Delacorte Theatre/Central Park, 1972.
- Josie Hogan, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Morosco Theatre, New YorkCity, 1973-74, then Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, CA,1974-75.
A Gala Benefit Show, Circle in the Square, 1974.
- Margaret, Artichoke, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1975-76.
- Martha, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (also see below), Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1976.
- Irene Porter, An Almost Perfect Person, Arlington Park Theatre, Arlington Heights, IL, 1976-77, then Belasco Theatre, 1977-78.
The Dance of Death, Massachusetts Center Repertory Company, Boston, 1977.
- Lillian Hellman, Are You Now or Have You Ever Been...?, PromenadeTheatre, New York City, 1977, then Century Theatre, New York City, 1978-79.
- Ruth Chandler, Taken in Marriage, Public/Newman Theatre, New YorkCity, 1979.
Night of 100 Stars, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1982.
- Argia, The Queen and the Rebels, Plymouth Theatre, New York City,1982.
- Olga, You Can't Take It With You, Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn,NJ, 1982-83, then Plymouth Theatre, 1983.
- "The Only Woman General," Festival of One-Act Plays, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1984.
Rainsnakes, Long Wharf Theatre, 1984-85.
Night of 100 Stars II (also see below), Radio City Music Hall, 1985.
- Arkadina, A Seagull, Eisenhower Theatre, New York City, 1985-86.
- Carlotta Monterey O'Neill, My Gene (one-woman show), Public Theatre/Martinson Hall, New York City, 1987.
- Mary Cavan Tyrone, Long Day's Journey into Night, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1987-88, then Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, 1988.
- Essie Miller, Ah, Wilderness!, Neil Simon Theatre, 1988.
- Melissa Gardner, Love Letters, Edison Theatre, New York City, 1989.
- Toured as Penelope, Maiden Voyage, Philadelphia, PA, 1957; as Martha, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, U.S. cities, summer, 1965; and asEleanor, The Lion in Winter, U.S. cities, summer, 1966. Also appearedin Real Estate, 1986.
Credits; Stage Work
- Director, Ned and Jack, Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, thenLittle Theatre, New York City, 1981.
Credits; Film Appearances
- Archangel, The Nun's Story, Warner Brothers, 1959.
- Helen Benson, Man on a String (also known as Confessions of a Counterspy), Columbia, 1960.
- Dr. Vera Kropotkin, A Fine Madness, Warner Brothers, 1966.
- Monique, The Last Run, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1971.
- Kate, The Cowboys, Warner Brothers, 1972.
- Myra, McQ, Warner Brothers, 1974.
- Mom Hall, Annie Hall, United Artists, 1977.
- Beulah Smith, Ice Castles, Columbia, 1978.
- Kate MacLean, The Third Walker, Simon-Quadrant-Wychwood, 1978.
- Tracy Fuller, When a Stranger Calls, Columbia, 1979.
- Dr. Valentine Ulanova, Final Assignment, Inter Ocean, 1980.
- Gladys Petrelli, Tribute, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980.
- Henrietta Dodd, The Dead Zone, Paramount, 1983.
- Mrs. Sherman, The Boy Who Could Fly, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986.
- The judge, Obsessed, New Star, 1988.
- Estelle Whittier, Dying Young (also known as Choice of Love), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991.
- Ruth, Bed and Breakfast, Hemdale Releasing, 1992.
- Appeared as herself, Arthur Miller on Home Ground, 1979; as the voice of La Pasionaria, The Good Fight: The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War, 1984; and as Molly Dushane, Termini Station, 1989.
Credits; Television Appearances; Movies
I, Don Quixote, CBS, 1959.
Focus, NBC, 1962.
- Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra, CBS, 1963.
In What America?, ABC, 1964.
The Crucible, CBS, 1967.
- Rebekah, The Story of Jacob and Joseph, ABC, 1974.
- Anna Cramer, And Baby Makes Six, NBC, 1979.
- Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith, NBC, 1979.
- Mrs. O'Neil, Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story, CBS, 1979.
- Anna Kramer, Baby Comes Home, CBS, 1980.
- Meg Larson, A Perfect Match, CBS, 1980.
- Elaine Lipton, Death Penalty, NBC, 1980.
- Lily Levinson, Escape, CBS, 1980.
- Val, The Women's Room, ABC, 1980.
- Myrtle Kennedy, Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, CBS, 1980.
- Cora Jackfield, A Few Days in Weasel Creek, PBS, 1981.
- Lorna Dilman, The Glitter Dome, HBO, 1984.
- Barbara Petherton, Between Two Women, ABC, 1986.
- Hospice worker, As Is, Showtime, 1986.
- Marie Kovacs, Johnny Bull, ABC, 1986.
- Golda Meir, Sword of Gideon, HBO, 1986.
- Margaret Page, Those She Left Behind (also known as Daddy),NBC, 1990.
- Hepzibah, Lantern Hill (also known as Jane of Lantern Hill), Disney, 1990.
- Margaret, Danielle Steel's "Kaleidoscope," NBC, 1990.
Credits; Television Appearances; Series
- Marilla Cuthbert, Avonlea, Disney, 1990.
Credits; Television Appearances; Mini-series
- Mary Lonigan, Studs Lonigan, NBC, 1979.
- Maggie Geyser, The Blue and the Gray, CBS, 1982.
- Antonia, A.D., NBC, 1985.
- Marilla, Anne of Avonlea: The Continuing Story of Anne of Green Gables, Disney, 1987.
Credits; Television Appearances; Specials
The Night of 100 Stars II, ABC, 1985.
The Making of Anne of Green Gables, PBS, 1986.
- Narrator, Light of the Gods, PBS, 1988.
John Wayne Standing Tall, PBS, 1989.
National Memorial Day Concert, PBS, 1990.
- Voice, The Civil War, PBS, 1990.
Carnegie Hall at 100: A Place of Dreams, PBS, 1991.
- Also appeared in And Every Man Is Free: A Tribute to Langston Hughes, 1984, and on Antoinette Perry Award ceremonies on CBS, 1986, 1988, and 1990.
Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
Talent Search, NBC, 1960.
East Side/West Side, CBS, 1964.
Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1965.
The Virginian, NBC, 1965.
Alfred Hitchcock, NBC, 1965.
Ben Casey, ABC, 1965.
The F.B.I., ABC, 1966.
Big Valley, ABC, 1966.
- Esther, "The Price," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1971.
- Mollie Joyce, "The Hands of Cormac Joyce," Hallmark Hall of Fame,NBC, 1972.
ABC Theatre, ABC, 1975.
- Marilla, "Anne of Green Gables," WonderWorks, PBS, 1986.
- "Gian Carlo Menotti: The Musical Magician," Great Performances, PBS, 1986.
- Dr. Gladys Samco, "Bigfoot," Disney Sunday Movie, ABC, 1987.
- "Point of Departure," Shortstories, Arts and Entertainment, 1988.
- Avery Brown, "Mama Said," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1989.
- "Helen Hayes: First Lady of the American Theatre," American Masters, PBS, 1991.
- Appeared in "Medea" and "Burning Bright," both Play of the Week, 1959; as Inez, "No Exit," Play of the Week, 1961; in "My Mother's House," Showcase, 1967; and on The DuPont Show of the Week, NBC, andU.S. Steel Hour.
New York Times, February 17, 1974; January 25, 1987.
Variety, August 26, 1991, p. 98.
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