Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Sada Thompson Biography (1929-)
Full name, Sada Carolyn Thompson; born September 27, 1929, in Des Moines, IA;daughter of Hugh Woodruff and Corlyss Elizabeth (Gibson) Thompson; married Donald E. Stewart, December 18, 1949; children: Liza. Addresses: AGENT--Bauman, Hiller & Strain, 9220 Sunset Blvd., Suite 202, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
- Birth Details
- September 27, 1929
- Des Moines, Iowa, United States
- STAGE DEBUT--Nick's Ma, The Time of Your Life, Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1945.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- At University Playhouse, Mashpee, MA: Harmony Blueblossom, The BeautifulPeople, Lady Bracknell, The Importance of Being Earnest, title role, Peg o' My Heart, and Adamina Wood, Dawn from an Unknown Ocean, all 1947; Eileen, Where Stars Walk, Leda, Amphitryon 38, Nina, The Seagull, and Ruth, Thunder on the Left, 1948.
- Title role, Joan of Lorraine, Pittsburgh Playhouse, 1948.
- Mrs. Phelps, The Silver Cord, Morris Kaufmann Memorial Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, 1949.
- At Henrietta Hayloft Theatre, Rochester, NY: Mrs. Higgins, Pygmalion, Emily Creed, Ladies in Retirement, repeated title role, Peg o' My Heart, Mrs. Montgomery, The Heiress, Emily, Our Town, Raina, Arms and the Man, and Madame Arcati, Blithe Spirit, 1949, Billie Dawn, Born Yesterday, Murial, Ah, Wilderness!, Annie Marble, Payment Deferred, Jackie Coryton, Hay Fever, Birdie Hubbard, The Little Foxes, Dona Lucia D'Alvadorez, Charley's Aunt, Frances Black, Light up the Sky, Bette Logan, Heaven Can Wait, and Hilda Manney, Room Service, 1950.
- Isabel, The Enchanted, stage reading, Pittsburgh Playhouse, 1950.
- Carmella, Halloween Bride, Arena Theatre, Rochester, NY, 1951.
- repeated title role, Peg o' My Heart, Pittsburgh Playhouse, 1952.
- understudy for Ruth Warrick, A Certain Joy, Playhouse Theatre, Wilmington, DE, then Locust Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1953.
- Under Milk Wood (concert reading), Kaufmann Auditorium, New York City, 1953.
- U.S.A., White Barn Theatre, Westport, CT, 1953.
- Patty, The Moon Is Blue, Niagara Falls Summer Theatre, Ontario, Canada, 1953.
- At Totem Pole Playhouse, Fayetteville, PA: repeated title role, Peg o' MyHeart, Nita Havemeyer, For Love or Money, and Leona Samish, The Time of theCuckoo, 1954; Lizzie Curry, The Rainmaker, and title role, Anastasia, 1956.
- Mrs. Heidelberg, The Clandestine Marriage, Provincetown Playhouse, New York City, 1954.
- Murder in the Cathedral, stage reading, Kaufmann Auditorium, 1954.
- Understudy as Sally Ann Peters, Festival, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1955.
- Cornelia, The White Devil, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1955.
- Lavinia Chamberlayne, The Cocktail Party, Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA, 1955.
- Feng Nan, The Carefree Tree, Phoenix Theatre, 1955.
- Laura, The Glass Menagerie, Institute for the Blind, New York City, 1955.
- reading from the poems of Dylan Thomas, Donnell Memorial Library Theatre,New York City, 1956.
- Eliante, The Misanthrope, Theatre East, New York City, 1956.
- Isadora Duncan and Eleanor Stoddard, U.S.A., American National Theatre Academy (ANTA), Theatre de Lys, New York City, 1956.
- Valerie Barton, The River Line, Carnegie Hall Playhouse, New York City, 1957.
- Masha, The Three Sisters, Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1957.
- Emilia, Othello, and Margaret, Much Ado about Nothing, both with AmericanShakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, 1957.
- Babakina, Ivanov, Renata Theatre, New York City, 1958.
- Mrs. Coyne, Juno, Winter Garden Theatre, 1959.
- repeated Isadora Duncan and Eleanor Stoddard, U.S.A., Royal Poinciana Playhouse, Palm Beach, FL, 1959.
- With American Shakespeare Festival: Mistress Quickly, The Merry Wives ofWindsor, and widow of Florence, All's Well That Ends Well, 1959, Maria, Twelfth Night, Juno, The Tempest, and Octavia, Antony and Cleopatra, 1960.
- Natasya Filippovna, The Idiot, Chrysler Auditorium, Rye, NY, 1960.
- Under Milk Wood, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1961.
- Emma Crosby, Diff'rent, New York Playhouse, Hyde Park, NY, 1961.
- Duchess of York, Richard II, and Lady Percy, Henry IV, Part I, both American Shakespeare Festival, 1962.
- Mrs. Rhythm, The Last Minstrel, Pocket Theatre, New York City, 1963.
- Emilia, Othello, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1964.
- Dorine, Tartuffe, ANTA-Washington Square Theatrre, New York City, 1965.
- repeated Dorine, Tartuffe, and appeared in Dear Liar, both American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 1966.
- Amanda, The Glass Menagerie, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, 1966.
- Florence Edwards, Johnny No-Trump, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1967.
- Agnes, A Delicate Balance, Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY, 1968.
- Mommy, The American Dream, and Winnie, Happy Days, Studio Arena Theatre,then Billy Rose Theatre, New York City, 1968.
- Mrs. Darlene Finch, An Evening for Merlin Finch, The Forum Theatre at Lincoln Center, New York City, 1968.
- Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, San Diego Shakespeare Festival, CA, 1969.
- Beatrice, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Mercer-O'Casey Theatre, New York City, 1970.
- Christine Mannon, Mourning Becomes Electra, American Shakespeare Festival, 1971.
- title roles, "Emily," "Celia," "Dorothy," and "Ma," presented under collective title Twigs, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1971, then Westport Country Playhouse, CT, 1973.
- Shay, Westport Country Playhouse, 1974.
- Madame Ranevskaya, The Cherry Orchard, Geary Theatre, San Francisco, 1974.
- Rosa, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1974.
- The Vinegar Tree, Atlanta, GA, 1978.
- The Matchmaker, Hartford Stage Company, CT, 1978-79.
- Sal, Wednesday, Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, 1983.
- Mrs. Antrobus, The Skin of Our Teeth, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1983.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Mrs. Molloy, The Matchmaker, U.S. cities, 1962.
- Emily, Dorothy, and Ma, Twigs, U.S. cities, 1972-73.
- Shay, U.S. cities, 1974.
- FILM DEBUT--Margaret, You Are Not Alone, 1961.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- The Pursuit of Happiness, Columbia, 1971.
- Desperate Characters, Paramount, 1971.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPERANCES; SERIES
- Kate Lawrence, Family, ABC, 1976-80.
- Carl Sandburg's Lincoln, ABC.
- The Entertainer, 1976.
- Our Town.
- MINI-SERIES Marco Polo, 1982.
- Princess Daisy, 1983.
- Goodyear Playhouse, NBC, 1954.
- Rocky King, Detective, DuMont.
- Robert Montgomery Presents, NBC.
- Kraft Theatre, NBC.
- Camera Three, CBS.
- The Big Story, NBC.
- Lamp unto My Feet, CBS.
- The Everlasting Road, ABC.
- The DuPont Show of the Month, NBC.
- The Nurses, CBS.
- Owen Marshall, ABC.
- Love Story, ABC.