Joyce Ebert Biography (1933-1997)
Born Joyce Anne Womack, June 26, 1933, in Munhall (one source says Homestead), PA; died of cancer, August 28, 1997, in Southport, CT. Actress. Ebert is remembered for her performances on the stage, notably her work in more than eighty plays at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. Long Wharf artistic director Arvin Brown, who also was married to Ebert, directed her in many of the plays. She made her stage debut in 1953 in White Sheep of the Family in Pittsburgh, and she made her off-Broadway debut as Julie in Liliom in 1956. Among her performances during her prolific stage career were roles in TheMerchant of Venice, Hamlet, Pygmalion, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Love's Labour's Lost, The Iceman Cometh, The Miracle Worker, The Cherry Orchard, andRequiem for a Heavyweight. She first performed at the Long Wharf in 1966 in Misalliance, followed by The Glass Menagerie in 1967. Later performances included roles in She Stoops to Conquer, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Lion in Winter, Tobacco Road, Song at Twilight, and The Show Off. She also appeared on television, first on Frontiers of Faith for NBC in 1956. She also appeared intelevision movies such as Ah! Wilderness and The Widowing of Mrs. Holyroyd. Among the awards she received are the San Diego Shakespeare Festival's Atlas Award in 1959, the Clarence Derwent Award and the Obie Award, both in 1964, aDrama Desk nomination in 1977, and the Connecticut Critics Circle's special achievement award in 1996.
- Birth Details
- June 26, 1933
- Munhall, Pennsylvania, United States
- Death Details
- August 28, 1997
- Southport, Connecticut, United States
- New York Times, August 30, 1997, p. 52.